Are we in an alternate timeline?

3 September 2015 18:26
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This. This is an article in the Telegraph, a.k.a. the Torygraph because of its default right-wing-ness:

7 things you can do to help refugees like Aylan Kurdi

And god help us, that it took a photograph of a drowned toddler on a beach, but ... for a moment, it feels like change is happening. Suddenly we're talking about refugees again, instead of "asylum-seekers".

The Grauniad's report on what people are doing and what you can help with, with lots of links (and I suspect better info than the Telegraph's, but that may be my biases speaking):

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/sep/03/britons-rally-to-help-people-fleeing-war-and-terror-in-middle-east

[twitter.com profile] Patrick_Ness's Save The Children fundraiser -- he and various other YA authors are matching funds, and have sent it through the roof (Save the Children supports refugees worldwide, and has a current appeal for the Syrian refugee crisis)

The petition on the official UK government site -- the fact that it has over 200,000 signatures means it has to be considered for debate: Accept more asylum seekers and increase support for refugee migrants in the UK

38 Degrees -- e-mail your MP: http://speakout.38degrees.org.uk/campaigns/248

If you can volunteer to help refugees re-settle in your area, Avaaz/Citizens UK: https://secure.avaaz.org/en/uk_refugees_volunteers_faq/ (Guardian report here)

The usual fuckers are out on Twitter, going "If you're holding up a sign saying Refugees Welcome, don't forget to include your address, LOLZ" -- but some people who are in a position where they can are in fact doing so:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/sep/01/berlin-group-behind-airbnb-for-refugees-overwhelmed-by-offers-of-help

So I started watching The Sopranos

3 September 2015 20:19
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Whenever anyone would tell me I should watch The Sopranos, I used to joke, "What do I need to watch it for? I've got my own dysfunctional Italian family." It was the same reason I always gave for never having seen The Godfather or any of the other mafia movies. But, you know, it was always meant to be sarcastic, because I was pretty sure my life actually bore very little resemblance to a TV show or movies about mobsters. I did grow up in New Jersey in an Italian-American family, but although we certainly had a criminal element, as far as I can tell, the crime was anything but organized, lol.

But people keep telling me how good it is, and this summer one of my favorite TV critics was doing a rewatch of the first season, so I said what the hell, I'll give it a shot. (I've only seen the first season so far.)

YOU GUYS IT IS SO EXACTLY MY DYSFUNCTIONAL ITALIAN FAMILY.

Very minor spoilers, mostly just me blathering about my childhood )
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I'm a migrant. I came to the UK in search of new opportunities, a new job and a better life. I came on an aeroplane. I had a visa. And I was lucky enough to find all of those things.

A refugee is not a migrant. A refugee is someone who is so desperate they'll pay their life savings to put their toddler on a leaky boat in the sea on the slim chance they'll find safety somewhere else. Even the thought of having to do that to my children makes me physically ill. No one does that who is not at the absolute end of hope. No one.

It makes me ill that the British government's position is that it has been doing enough to help these people. Yes. By doing such helpful things as cancelling funding for the boat rescue service that could have prevented them from drowning. Very helpful. Because you don't have to offer asylum to corpses.

More Links Than A Bag Of Sausages

3 September 2015 03:32
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A Place of Wild Honey , NC-17 Spike/Willow/Angel by [profile] xspike4evax.

Chapter Six of Stalker by [personal profile] forsaken2003.

It's been 10 years of Seasonal Spuffy !

[personal profile] ruuger re-watches AtS .

Thinky thoughts on the nature of good vs. evil in the Buffyverse by [personal profile] rebcake.

SMG celebrates her 13th wedding anniversary.

#VeryBritishProblems

3 September 2015 08:16
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So yesterday was my first day back in the London office since I went on leave. There were many pleased-yet-awkward greetings with my work colleagues, but this exchange took the cake.

Me: *goes for hug*
Him: *proffers hand*
Me: *already has left arm around one shoulder, but tries to proffer right hand anyway*
Him: *sees me going for hug, aims for kiss on cheek*
Me: *realises too late that kiss on cheek is option, kiss ends up somewhere in the air over my opposite shoulder*
Both: *give up on the attempt, step apart and carry on with embarrassed mumbly verbal greetings*

The best part: he's originally Polish and I'm originally American. Oh, Britain. This is what you do to your immigrants. We used to know how to greet people smoothly and confidently. And now we can't. THANKS A BUNCH

Questions I am pondering

2 September 2015 21:57
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[personal profile] next_to_normal
1. Is it problematic that my diet now consists almost exclusively of grilled cheese? I do occasionally eat other things (eggs, for example, which seems to be the only food left I have not at some point vomited back up), but I had TWO - count 'em - TWO grilled cheeses today. Not for lack of trying - I made an attempt at broth at lunchtime and chicken for dinner, but couldn't manage more than a few bites of either.

Something about that combination of buttered bread and cheese - which they tell you not to eat when you have an upset stomach! No dairy is one of the main things they tell you! But this is not your normal nausea, apparently - manages to satisfy my stomach's desire for solid food, because the nausea kicks into overdrive on an empty stomach, while also not being substantive enough to cause too much abdominal pain as I digest, while ALSO apparently being bland enough not to upset the delicate balance in there but not SO bland that the mere thought of choking it down makes me want to hurl (like the chicken, pasta, rice, crackers, toast, and every other goddamned starch on the planet). 

2. Why don't they just sell ginger ale already flat? I'm sure there are a few people out there who actually like drinking it (my mother is one of them), but it's also sort of universally accepted as "the thing you drink when you have an upset stomach" but for that it's supposed to be FLAT, so why not just sell a non-carbonated version? It'd probably be a big seller! Because it is a pain in the ass to have to sit there and stir out the damn bubbles. When I want my ginger ale, I want it NOW. I've actually taken to pouring out glasses and just letting it sit, so that by the time I'm ready to drink one, it's already flat. 

3. Is sympathy puking a thing in cats? Chelsea chokes up the occasional hairball just like anyone else, but she's vomited twice during the last couple weeks I've been sick. I know that seeing (or worse, SMELLING) someone throwing up can cause an upchuck reflex in people, but CATS?

(Actually, I think I know the answer to this one. I think it's just that she eats too fast. Because occasionally I'd forget to feed her so she'd be really hungry? And by "forget" I mean "lay down to take a nap, totally meaning to get up again before I go to bed, but I was on that crazy knock-out medicine so six hours later the nap turns into just going to bed" and I'd feed her the next morning.)

in need of some Buffyverse info

2 September 2015 18:41
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Is anyone pretty comfortable with their knowledge of Fred Burkle? I've got a couple of questions, and I only watched most of Angel once.

I think I'm covered for now, thanks!

Philosophy vs. Frivolity

2 September 2015 13:40
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[personal profile] rebcake
This just came across my dash:

“It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.”
--Lord Darlington from "Lady Windermere's Fan" by Oscar Wilde

So I've been having thoughts, as one does, about the nature of good and evil as seen through the lens of BtVS. Especially, you know: Spike. There are always posts and discussion about it, this one being most recent, and it's all really interesting. I keep waiting for people to convince me that Spike is capital "E" evil, rather than thoughtlessly destructive (among other things). It comes down to how a person defines evil, which is surprisingly difficult to define. It's sort of like love that way.

But now I'm thinking that maybe the quote above is closer to my philosophy of Spike than anything particularly deep. Tsk.

I'm rewatching Angel (again)

2 September 2015 14:02
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I've switched my silly-stand-alones-only rewatch from Buffy to Angel, so a few thoughts:

  • This show is basically Women Get Hurt and then saved by Angel: The Series, isn't it? It seems that the more of Joss' works I watch, the more hypocritical his horror movie rant a few years ago seems (See also: Cabin in the Woods, or: At Least The Director of Hostel Doesn't Claim to be Against Misogynistic Torture Porn).


  • I'd completely forgotten just how much of a 90's procedural the first season is. It's basically about a Vampire consultant detective who solves crimes and gets on the nerves of a by-the-book ladycop. You can clearly see that it was influenced by Millennium and The Profiler. And strangely it has a far more of a 90's feel than Buffy - even those seasons of Buffy that were made more firmly in the 90's.

    I'm again wondering, though, if Kate was supposed to be a more prominent character? Because it feels like the show was building towards a reationship between her and Angel, and then suddenly she just pretty much disappears. Did the plans change, or was the whole thing just a twist on usual TV tropes like killing off Doyle in the middle of the first season?

    eta: I looked her up in the Buffy wiki to see how in how many episodes she'd appeared and WTF?
    It was rumored that Kate would return for a cameo in later seasons, either a working girl in the supernatural bordello visited by Angel and the Groosalugg in Couplet or as one of the strippers entertaining Spike in Soul Purpose. Unfortunately, Elisabeth Röhm was too busy appearing in the series Law & Order and was unable to appear.


    ...the hell? This is like that Inara gets raped by reavers rumour on Firefly!


  • Something that I was already thinking about while rewatching Buffy is that Joss often gets praised for the casting in his shows, but I feel like he's not so much good at casting good actors, as he is good at casting actors who are good at that one role. There are some very talented actors in his casts, like Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker and J. August Richards, but I feel like most Jossverse alumni go on to play the exact same character over and over again.

    (this thought was brought to you by me switching from DVD to TV after finishing an episode and catching the end of a Bones episode)

    (sidenote: I recently rewatched Black Swan, and Mila Kunis in that movie is basically Faith as played by a more talented actor. Seriously, if you like Buffy/Faith, you have to watch that movie)


  • I wonder what happened between S1-S2 because the quality of the writing suddenly goes up in the second season, even more radically than it did on Buffy. There are still standalones in S2, but they have a better pacing and dialogue, and the humor feels less forced. It almost seems like in S1 they were trying too hard to separate itself from Buffy, because it lacks almost completely all the good elements of Jossverse.

More Links Than A Bag Of Sausages

2 September 2015 03:31
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The Real Thing , Spike/Buffy by [personal profile] bogwitch.

Her Very Own Igor , Willow/Dawn by [personal profile] velvetwhip.

Tricks Are For Magicians , Dawn/Willow by [personal profile] snogged.

Never a Good Time , Cordelia/Darla/Doyle by [personal profile] aaronlisa.

Distraction , Spike/Xander by [personal profile] sparrow2000.

High Times , NC-17 Spike/Xander by [profile] perverted_pages.

Spike banner, icon, wallpaper by [personal profile] comlodge.

TinyFences podcast talks What's My Line, Part Two.

Storywonk podcast talks Choices.

Fanfare podcast talks Something Blue .

Fanfare podcast talks Hush .

Fanfare podcast talks Hero.

Fanfare podcast talks Parting Gifts.
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[personal profile] lotesse
I forget how much I dislike reading historical!KingArthur scholarship until I try it out again, ugh. It's all that thing in "The Monsters and the Critics" - the questions that are being pursued in the research are overwhelmingly documentarian-historicist when what i want is mythopoetics and sacred/social anthropology, I don't care if Arthur was real or not I just want to talk about who was telling what stories when and with what meanings -

I was trying to find out about Arthur, land-magic, and British-Isles colonialism. I want to know if I can legitimately make the land of the Thames valley react to Bran Davies as the rightful king come again, being that he's not English but Welsh. I would be confident having the Welsh mountains react that way to Bran, and the Thames valley would absolutely react to say T.H. White's Arthur, who isn't Welsh at all - but I'm not entirely clear on how it works, having a Welsh king function as a unification figure for Britain, when Wales has had a subordinated position in the British Empire since basically forever.

T.H. White's is the version of the canon that I know the best, and it doesn't deal with that aspect, being pretty post-Tennysonian in its characterization of Arthur and the meaning of his reign; and I mean I've also got a bunch of MZB bouncing around in the back of my head, but that's not likely to help me much in terms of either clear politics or good history. I turned up a book by Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, whose work I've liked before, on the postcolonial Arthur that I mean to read, and I've had Graham Robb's book on sacral Britain on loan from my dad for about forever; but unless I turn up something explicit to prohibit it, I do think that Susan Cooper gives me enough in-text justification to cross British regional folklore traditions, if not to completely intermingle them. I feel like DiR very much lets particular traditions wash over each of the books in the series, leaving behind a series of overlapping residua. There's the never-explained Bran/Herne connection, for one thing, to justify the linkage; Herne is very solidly Thames-region-specific, and Bran Davies has his eyes.

2016 Hugo discussion

1 September 2015 20:50
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[personal profile] snickfic
I've been following the Hugo discussion for most of the year, ever since the 2015 nominations were announced. It seems to me that the most important thing to come out of all the Hugo brouhaha is that if we care about them as awards (not that you have to! plenty of people don't give a darn, and that's fine!), the most important thing we can do to support them is be more active at the nominations stage as well as the voting stage.

With that in mind, I've been actively reading pro literary SFF for the first time in probably at least five years (other than, like, Mieville). So far, the novels I've been reading are old, but within the next week or so I should be picking up Jo Walton's The Just City and Elizabeth Bear's Karen Memory at the library, which I am looking forward to.

However, I've been reading a lot of 2015 short fiction! You guys, there is SO MUCH short SFF being published these days. Tons of it's free online - Clarkesworld, Abyss & Apex, Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Apex Magazine, Uncanny Magazine, Tor.com - and there's more that costs, like the big three and Lightspeed.

There've been some threads on ffa for this purpose, which has been keeping me motivated. I've tried a bunch of stuff, but so far Clarkesworld is ahead by a mile in terms of producing stuff I like. What I've read there has been at least moderately successful at least 85% of the time, which is already a better rate than I have previously experienced at any short fiction venue ever. In case you're looking for recs for nominating/general reading purposes, here are a bunch that I enjoyed or found interesting, though sometimes with caveats:
* Cat Pictures Please, by Naomi Kritzer - a would-be benevolent AI who likes cats
* A Universal Elegy, by Tang Fei - unreliable, unstable narrator, creeping alien horror
* Three Cups of Grief, with Starlight, by Aliette de Bodard - mind ships! complicated sibling dynamics
* The 3 Resurrections of Jessica Churchill, by Kelly Robson - compelling, creepy aliens, teen Native girl protagonist, am not sure how I feel about inclusion of 9/11 element, beware graphic rape scene

Anyway, this is a post for talking about 2015 stuff you've read, whether or not you have any intention of nominating things for Hugos. Novels you've read or are looking forward to? Short fiction that you enjoyed?

(FYI if you're looking for things to read, [livejournal.com profile] mrissa posts occasional roundup of short fiction she's enjoyed, and someone's keeping a spreadsheet of recced Hugo-eligible works here.)

More Links Than A Bag Of Sausages

1 September 2015 03:30
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Ashes to Ashes and Dust to Dust , Darla/Buffy by [profile] kwritten.

Playing With Fire , Spike/Xander by [personal profile] forsaken2003.

And Make a Lost World Thy Home, BtVS/VM crossover by [personal profile] jesterlady.

Chapter Twenty of Broken Arrow by [personal profile] velvetwhip.

DarkHorse previews Angel & Faith, Issue No. Eighteen .

The HollywoodReporter reviews, back in 1997, Welcome to the Hellmouth.

EW includes Spike in their "16 TV characters who stuck around longer than expected". "Spike, a poet-turned-vampire sporting atrocious bleached hair and a leather jacket, was supposed to briefly appear as a villain and then die off, as temporary bad guys are wont to do. After he proved popular with fans of the show, creator Joss Whedon decided to fully develop his character".

The AVClub includes Winifred Burkle in their "The late greats: 18-plus TV characters who buoyed shows midstream". "it was only at the very end of that second season—when Amy Acker joined the Angel Investigations team as Winifred “Fred” Burkle—that Angel really became Angel".

Where does the time go?

31 August 2015 16:28
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[personal profile] rebcake
It's the end of August!?!

Since my last post, I've been buried in a mountain of work, which is sort of nice and sort of not. Of course, there was also a lot of travel arranging, which is like a second full-time job, at least the way I do it. There's also been plenty of recreation, including hosting houseguests, seeing bands, dancing, going to parties, having a girls weekend at a Napa vineyard with the "girls" from college. I also attended a tightly plotted drag show wherein the villain was named PIxie Pardonne Moi (sic). A friend had been tapped to pole dance (badly) during the intermission. Heh. Good times, y'all.

I've missed a lot of fun LJ activity. There were memes that seemed exciting, excellent art and fic — some of which I missed, I'm afraid — and this exciting party celebrating the 5th Anniversary of sb_fag_ends!

FIREWORKS!!!

I only got my act together enough to post a silly prompt, alas, but the mods over there deserve to be fêted! Take a bow bogwitch, quinara, and shapinglight! Garlands also to all the contributors who continue to make that comm so great! Go, read, comment! I know I will.

My recent pre-series Giles fic, Giles and the Mountain, was nominated by very kind person(s) in Round 32 of the Sunnydale Memorial Fanfic Awards in the Best Gen, Best Drama, and Best Characterization (for Giles) categories, and also in Round 12 of the No Rest for the Wicked Awards, in the That Old Gang Of Mine (best gen) category. I'm touched that my sporadic work still appeals to somebody out there! There's still time to nominate your favorite fanworks, and make a fellow fan's day!

SMFA_nom_spike wicked_award_button.jpg

The creepy part of having cats

31 August 2015 11:14
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[personal profile] fenchurch
So, not too long after she joined our household in 2007, Numfar started "guarding" me while I was taking a shower. She'd sit on the counter between the shower and the door, with her back to the shower... and would stare at the door the entire time I was showering (I even posted a photo of her doing her guarding thing last year). If I closed the door, she'd come sit by the shower and chatter at me the whole time. And it's funny, because I found that if I close the bedroom door, but leave the bathroom door open, as long as she knows the outer door is closed, she'll be all relaxed and chatty. Or if she knows [personal profile] rackham is in the bedroom, then everything is fine too. So, I really do think she thinks she's guarding against something.

Our other cat, Zoë, hasn't ever shown much of an interest in the shower, aside from occasionally being fascinated by the falling water. Except for the last few months, when she's started taking up a guard station on the floor between the shower and the door, mirroring Numfar's stance up on the counter and staring at the door the entire time I'm showering. And yeah, it becomes a bit creepy after awhile. This morning, they were both on guard duty and then, simultaneously, just stopped. Zoë suddenly got up and went to sit on the bottom shelf of the towel rack and, at the exact same time, Numfar turned around to face the shower and started chattering at me. As if whatever threat they perceived had moved on. Creeeeeepy.

Crossposted from my Livejournal.
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Could It Be Magic , Spike/Buffy/Andrew by [personal profile] dragonyphoenix.

In Service , NC-17 Fred/Darla by [profile] brutti_ma_buoni.

Chapter Three of Badly Done, Dawn, Badly Done by [profile] kwritten.

[community profile] fantas_magoria re-watches "Bad Girls" .

Band Candy icons by [personal profile] teragramm.

EW includes tributes from SMG & SG in their Wes Craven tribute article.

RIP Wes Craven

31 August 2015 08:13
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[personal profile] beer_good_foamy
I had a weird nightmare last night. I'm not saying it was a premonition or anything like that, just that when I tried to write it down this morning I promptly forgot it when I saw the headline "WES CRAVEN DEAD".

I grew up on Craven's movies - the ones I could find in reasonably non-mutilated state in my local video store, at least - and it's hard to imagine a Buffy TV series getting greenlit without the success of Scream.



I mentioned nightmares. His three big franchises - The Hills Have Eyes, Nightmare on Elm St and Scream - all worked (arguably up to a point) because they understood what dreams do, the fundamental weirdness that we spend a third of our lives unconscious giving our brains free rein: They take things we pretend we don't know and make us face the monster under the bed. The people left behind as part of our progress, the murders swept under the rug, the things you can't talk about in daylight. The calls that come from inside the house. You can choose not to go to summer camp, you can choose not to go to that weird cabin in the woods, you can choose not to build on top of graveyard... you can't choose not to dream. That Scream took the idea to another meta level made perfect sense, because where do those nightmares turn up? In horror movies.

Don't go there, Sid. You're starting to sound like some Wes Carpenter flick or something. Don't freak yourself out, okay? We've got a long night ahead of us.

He always brought a level of humour and self-awareness to his movies, not to replace horror (OK, some of the Elm St sequels got pretty ridiculous), but to heighten it, to make it more human, but also to help us handle it. You can't choose not to dream, but you can always fight back if you know the rules - just don't expect to ever, y'know, win permanently. He weaponised the sequel: The battle always goes on.



I rewatched Nightmare on Elm St for the Nth time a few weeks ago - the original, with a tiny Johnny Depp getting killed in one of the most memorable movie deaths I know - and it's still ridiculously good. 30 years of deconstructions, reconstructions, CGI advances and so-called culture wars (and if we're honest, some pretty crappy sequels) haven't taken one jot of power from Nancy desperately trying to make her parents understand that nightmares are real - and unlike all those other Final Girls of the 80s, calmly and deliberately taking matters into her own hands when they refuse to admit what they've created.

Thank you, Mr Craven. Sweet dreams.

so I was bored...

30 August 2015 14:04
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[personal profile] deird1
Being in a rather silly mood, I thought I'd classify each of the Farscape characters by their alignment and class.

...so. That happened.


Crichton - Chaotic Good Bard
Crichton breathes chaos - so the alignment was pretty obvious. As for the character class: he's very into persuasion, negotiation, and trickery. He'll fight if he has to, but he'd rather look for a clever way around a problem.

and the rest )
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[personal profile] next_to_normal
but you're legit not sure you can stay awake the half-hour until it starts.

You guys. YOU GUYS. I have not, in all my bitching and moaning about ~nausea and ~vomit, discussed how INSANELY TIRED I have been lately. I knew (because it was listed as one of the side effects, and also the pharmacist was like, "No, seriously, don't take this and then try to drive a car") that drowsiness was one of the side effects of Compazine, aka anti-nausea medicine number two. And I recognized that I was sleeping a lot, like more than is normal, even for a dehydrated and malnourished person, and that even the nature of my sleep was not normal.

This is a whole post about sleep )
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[personal profile] snickfic
I matched on Faith/Giles for [livejournal.com profile] rarepairfest, and after a solid six weeks of scrabbling around, trying to decide what to write, I ended up saying screw it, obviously the solution is world-saving fuck or die.

I wrote the last of this story less than 24 hours before it went live, and I honestly have no idea whether it's any good. But hey, I finished it. And yay, Faith/Giles.

The Clockwork Circuit of the Stars (2099 words) by Snickfic
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Rupert Giles/Faith Lehane
Characters: Rupert Giles, Faith Lehane
Additional Tags: Post-Canon, Ritual Sex, Fuck Or Die, Slayer-Watcher Relationship
Summary:

“So, Cliffnotes,” Buffy said. The table might’ve been round, but there was still no question which one of them was queen. “Slayer and watcher do the hokey-pokey, and the world keeps turning itself around.”

A long, thick, syrupy silence followed. Faith broke it by laughing, and everyone turned to glare. “What, like it’s going to be anyone except me and G?”

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Chapter Two of Badly Done, Dawn, Badly Done by [profile] kwritten.

Meta on Buffyverse souls by [personal profile] rahirah.

Spike/Buffy video by [personal profile] quinara.

Thinky thoughts on mental health issues in Season Seven by [personal profile] beccaelizabeth.

Laughingsquid ranks television series finales. AtS comes in at No. 11 and BtVS at No. 18.
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[personal profile] next_to_normal
This season's "big bad," such as it were, is a character named Ari Adamian, heir of an Armenian crime family, played by Rhys Coiro.

He also, I have noticed, bears some resemblance to my gastroenterologist.

At least, a younger version of him. And I have no idea if Coiro's accent is at all accurate, but it is similarly foreign enough, given my zero talent for identifying accents, to remind me of my doctor's accent (he's Hungarian). It's the kind of thing where the accent probably wouldn't ping me at all except he LOOKS like him, too, so. 

So now if you watch Graceland, you too can picture my GI doc as a crime boss. And when they make the movie of this part of my life (working title Vomit: The Neverending Story), I know who will be playing Dr. H.
quinara: Spike smoking on a crate. (Spike crate)
[personal profile] quinara
/Young Ones

The Fag Ends Anniversary Party is still going, people. I have a few things I will try and edit up (/embellish???) to bring over at some point, but I was occupied rather a lot this week by the saga of my desire to make a video, specifically for the Depeche Mode B-Side Fools, because [livejournal.com profile] bogwitch prompted it (obviously), and I have been annoyed about not having made a video for ages. Long story short, when I replaced my laptop with a PC a few years ago, the ancient version of Windows Movie Maker stopped working with any file types apart from .wmv, and it was basically impossible to get any footage into it (and so far my attempts to try and find other software to make videos has been a complete disaster; for some reason I love WMM). However! After Windows 10 made me lose everything, and I had to find the CyberLink DVD player through a random menu, I discovered there was some CyberLink movie-making software on my computer, which was useless for everything APART FROM turning ripped .mkv DVD files into high quality .wmv files. And so I was saved!!

Of course, I then decided I wanted to make a Angel S5 Spuffy reunion vid, because I have wanted to make an AU vid for ages. So there was this whole business with downloading some dodgy version of The Grudge dubbed into Hindi and playing about with that and then deciding to invest a whole £1.27 in a DVD to make everything look nice, so then I had to wait for that to turn up. But now it's here!!! It is rather necessary to just go with the idea that LA and Tokyo basically look the same.

Do be careful if you have photosensitive epilepsy, as I would always say with any of my vids. As Hyperdub used to say about Burial tracks before you bought them, also, the glitches are part of the effect. ;)



A few more shots of courage and...

[BtVS/AtS + Depeche Mode, with some guest footage]
[HD on Vimeo // my other vids]

Market.

28 August 2015 17:39
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Going to the same place three times in a row? A couple of years ago this was the epitome of Spießigkeit for me, boring, unimaginative and narrow-minded.

Well, this year we again returned to Lagos in Portugal, but my excuse is that it is a great place and we still hadn't seen everything.

For instance, we hadn't been inside the municipal market, an unremarkable building from 1924. More here )
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Chapter One of Badly Done, Dawn, Badly Done , BtVS/TVD crossover by [profile] kwritten.

Don't forget that the Comment Party is still going strong over at [community profile] sb_fag_ends.

JB is joining the cast of Hawaii Five-0.
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Back from vacation and -- actually slogged through almost another whole work week since then. Vacation was lovely, beach was pleasant and the saltwater pool at the house we rented was soooooo pleasant I don't know what this crazy technology is but being able to spend time in a pool and not come out with my hair smelling like chlorine is amaze. Got lots of time in with my parents and sister + my nieces. Also got a lot of quality reading in which, together with the rest of the past month since I posted, gives me a pretty long list here which I'll try to handle in bullet points unless I really have something to say.
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• What are you currently reading?

In the middle of my fourth Tessa Dare novel (A Lady by Midnight) as well as Starling by Racheline Maltese & Erin McRae, a m/m romance that [personal profile] stultiloquentia recommended.

• What did you recently finish reading?

Bullet points (or dashes since I don't remember how to make bullet points), the ones elsewhere in this post are cut-and-paste:

-A Night to Surrender and A Week to Be Wicked by Tessa Dare; the latter particularly was quite funny and makes some ingenious twists on the elopement-and-ruination tropes of the Regency era.

-- Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes. I think LB is brilliant but this book was trying to be like seven different things, and about 3 of them worked? Recommended mostly for the dead on social media satire/pastiche and the exploration of contemporary Detroit. Also has a well-drawn mother daughter relationship among POC protagonists. Avoid if gore/body horror/serial killers are deal breakers.

-- The Story of a New Name and Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante. Books 2 and 3 in the Neapolitan Cycle (I read the first, My Brilliant Friend, a while ago, and book 4 is coming out September 1). Follows the two main characters through the 60s and 70s in Italy. Lots of daily life and politics, smart and often brutal examination of class. Lots of domestic abuse, including marital rape, which is included in the context of a very pointed feminist critique (the women in these books are not always easy to like, but the men are universally along a scale of toxic to brutal to -- at best-- useless. For all that, a good third of New Name takes place at a Mediterranean beach resort and so was pretty great to read by the pool. I wouldn't recommend these to everybody but if 'feminist roman a clef about class politics on the Italian Left in the mid-20th century sounds, anchored around a complex, emotionally intense friendship between women" sounds like your jam, then do it. Definitely should read these in order, though.

-- In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume (this is her new novel for adults). I felt like this was . . .anthropologically interesting? In a way it is to US air disasters and New Jersey in 1951 what the Ferrante books are to Italy in the 70s, but that's necessarily more familiar to me as an American reader. Too many point of view characters, some of whom are definitely more developed than others.

-- Paper Towns by John Green. Liked this a lot, good beach read with some surprising moments of insight.

-- The Green Road by Anne Enright. I picked this up because it was on the Man Booker shortlist (and available in audio, and pretty short.) Turns out Enright is an Irish novelist of some note that I wasn't familiar with, and I enjoyed her writing in this multigenerational family saga but in a minimalist way that collects and connects small moments to represent many lives over a lot of years. Also between reading this and Broken Harbor, I feel like I spent a weird amount of time thinking about the real estate bubble in Ireland in the early/mid-2000s. Interesting to see Enright make a lot of the same cultural observations that Tana French did which is not surprising because they are writing about the same place.

-- My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead. Turns out George Eliot (and her common law husband George Lewes) were pretty cool people. This is engaging personal literary criticism with some memoir and biography thrown in. Probably only interesting if you've read Middlemarch recently enough to remember it well (guilty; it also made me want to reread Mill on the Floss. And to watch the Middlemarch miniseries from the 90s, which naturally Netflix has taken off streaming since the last time I meant to watch it but didn't.

-- Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves by Henry Wiencek: This book is annoying. Read The Hemingses of Monticello instead; or maybe Wiencek's book about George Washington, which is supposed to be good, but this one isn't.

Previously mentioned books I finished: Broken Harbor by Tana French (very affecting; I would probably not recommend this to anyone with young kids, and definitely not to anyone who doesn't want to read bad stuff happening to kids. Also SPOILER )

And The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu, which has since (deservedly, I think, regardless of any surrounding shenanigans) won the Hugo Award for Best Novel.

In comics, I caught up with all of Gangsta. that's been published in the US, and read a lot of The Sixth Gun by Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt, some of which is amazing creative supernatural stuff with a great heroine and some some of which is, "Vision Quest Cultural Appropriation Paloooza -- really, we're doing this?"

• What do you think you’ll read next?

I want to read Tana French's The Secret Place, though I need a break of indeterminate length first, I think. Also I have the back half of Marlon James' A Brief History of Seven Killings, Ta-Nehisi Coates' Between the World and Me and more romance novels calling, and the new Ferrante out on September 1. Plus I'm gonna read the new Jonathan Franzen as soon as the library gets it for me, if only to tweet incredulously about it.
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It's the end of the week and I'm fighting off a throat infection. Have a kid picspam; I know I need one.


These lecturers just keep getting younger and younger.

We went to the university this past weekend so that the bloke could have an office tidy and we could take the children to the Barber Institute (art gallery) and the Winterbourne botanic gardens. Ms Humuhumu took the opportunity to sit in his comfy swivel chair.


And brush up on her aerosol chemistry. As you do, of a Sunday.

+2 )

Over the past few weekends, we have encountered about twenty of the 200 owl statues gracing various locations in Birmingham and its environs. Below the cut: Humuhumu, with owls.

+7, last one not an owl )

EastEnders

27 August 2015 21:11
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Aaaaaaah, it was so good today. Possibly because Shabnam is my fave (and Stacey - and Kush, and possibly Martin after this for being so daft - and Tamwar always, and Mick), but the set pieces!!! But you should all watch this weirdly cropped YouTube upload. And Tuesday's, because it sets up the day of the stag do when this is all set.

Enjoy the camp and the running around the Square!! You will not regret it. Or maybe, but never mind.

Tuesday:


Today!


Yes, these will probably keep disappearing...

quietly fangirling

26 August 2015 10:08
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I am rather besotted by Elementary at the moment.

It's a crime show, which I like. It's also almost the first iteration of Sherlock Holmes I've seen where he isn't an arsehole.

My knowledge of the books is very limited. Most of what I know about the character is from Sherlock Holmes (RDJ), Sherlock, House, and Elementary. I have differing levels of affection for all the aforementioned - but Elementary is the first I've seen where Holmes's rudeness is purely from pragmatism, rather than because he actually gets a kick out of offending people.

(Also, it's really fun.)

Hockey Recs #7

25 August 2015 14:27
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I always say I'm going to do make my next recs post a little sooner, and then I really, really don't. Maybe this time I'll learn.

FYI I'm probably about done reccing Kane/Toews, but there was one here in particular that I really loved and didn't want to leave out. However, I've stuck that pairing at the bottom so you can avoid it if you prefer.

Sid/Geno )

Other Pens Pairings / Pens Gen )

Pens Vids )

Other Pairings )

Kane/Toews )
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This fic goes back to a few years ago when I found out that the girl who played Lisbon's niece on The Mentalist had also played a hunter on Supernatural, which gave me the idea of Lisbon's family being hunters (because she certainly has the family baggage to match the Winchesters). In this scenario, Jane would be a real psychic with his Citroen taking the place of the Impala. Cho would be an angel. Obviously.

This is the first of the The Mentalist-scene-with-a-Supernatural-twist stories that I thought of. I might write more if people are interested :)

He Who Fights Monsters (1794 words) by Ruuger
Fandom: The Mentalist
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Patrick Jane & Teresa Lisbon
Characters: Teresa Lisbon, Patrick Jane
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Supernatural (TV) Fusion, Episode: s01e23 Red John's Footsteps, Crossover
Summary: The events of "Red John's Rules" in an AU where Lisbon is a hunter and Jane is an actual psychic.

You don't need to be familiar with both fandoms (I hope). For those not familiar with The Mentalist, this is the scene that the fic is based on.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] bubblesbrnaid for the beta :)

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