baby, take me to the feeling!

Mar. 30th, 2017 12:32 pm
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Ugh, work. Other people, why are they?

Last night, L met me for a quick drink after work to discuss my review, but of course, I was late because even though the board meeting happening this evening was originally scheduled for two weeks ago, nobody's slide deck was finalized. I don't even know. The meeting was originally scheduled for 3/14. How were the presentations not finalized until 5:20 pm on 3/29?

I mean, I get it. It's like uploading your yuletide story two weeks in advance and then deciding to rewrite the whole thing and suddenly not being finished at the deadline. But still, I find it really frustrating.

On the plus side, I was actually only 7 minutes late in the end, and the chicken fingers were excellent so it all worked out, despite my desperate annoyance with other people's inability to finish their stuff.

Then last night, I dreamt there was a Check, Please! update, but it was only available via Skype, and even though it was still a still comic, it was done as a slideshow with voiceover narration. I don't remember what actually happened, though.

Anyway, here are two links, one fun, one less fun (but still good for a little schadenfreude):
- 70 days in, Donald Trump’s presidency is flailing at Vox

and

- Buffy the Vampire Slayer 20 year cast reunion photos at EW.

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Thinking about politics in fandoms

Mar. 30th, 2017 05:31 pm
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A friend mentioned earlier today on Twitter that she was surprised that conservatives can like Star Trek, with it's far-future leftwing utopia. I'm not singling her out; I've seen this opinion expressed many times.

It's also not something I personally agree with.

Star Trek shows a beautiful wageless future, one where folk in the Federation have their bigotries (mostly/apparently) eradicated and people are free to do what their heart desires. It's woven into the foundation of the show. I love it a lot, but I can see how some folk would dismiss that side of it as fantasy; as fantastical as warp drive, one-society planets or near-humanoid species scattered all over the galaxy.

I'm a socialist. I also enjoy other fandoms that are less left-wing than Star Trek; in some versions of Transformers, Optimus Prime (the leader of the Autobots) is literally a police officer. I love the character*, but that doesn't mean I support cops in real life. The Autobots are positioned as the good guys, fighting against the evil Decepticons who want revolution/reform, often via mind control, cult of personality and the like. It's not exactly a positive portrayal of left-wing thought (!); doesn't mean I like it any less. There are giant robots!!

I can see what I view as flaws in the canons I enjoy and still enjoy them, and I expect more conservative folk would do the same thing for Star Trek and the like.

*I'm also usually Team Decepticon. Rise up <3
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IT'S COLD. This displeases kitty! >[

I went to the nice vampires today, to give blood, and my body decided to stage a rebellion, because of course it did. *rolls eyes at it* So I got very little done during the day, which was annoying.

Started trying to play The Witness, as it's a puzzle game and I got it from HumBundle a bit ago, but for some reason it only wants to display on my portrait screen. Tried a couple of tricks to get it to move across, but alas the googles have failed me - I might have to actually change my default screen, which would be super annoying and mess up a bunch of other things. *makes faces* We'll see how I feel about it later I guess.

Updated the router firmware, but no dice, so I'mma poke that again tomorrow when it's not so fucking cold and typing doesn't make my fingers ache. Stupid weather. *more faces*

Still, despite it being a day full of annoyances, I'm feeling pretty good, so that's something!

Daily Happiness

Mar. 30th, 2017 02:49 am
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1. Busy day, but I got everything done that urgently needed to be done, so tomorrow I can just enjoy my day off!

2. Next Tuesday I have another concert to go to but also the big giant yearly evaluation meeting where all the store managers have to give their pitches to the president for people's raises was moved to that day, so I was worried I might not get out in time, but today there was an email that made it sound like we could go home after our store was done, so I double checked and they confirmed it, and my store is one of the first ones in the morning, so not only will I have plenty of time for the concert, but I can do the ordering and stuff I usually do Wednesday, and then not have to go in on Thursday (which I thought I might have to do because I have a doctor's appointment Wednesday in Irvine and it's also Carla's birthday so I was planning on taking the day off so we could go to lunch at one of her favorite restaurants that's down by the doctor's office). So I'm pretty happy about all that. (And just in general happy about not having to sit through a day-long meeting.)

3. I played some more Zelda tonight. I keep meaning to play at least a little every day, but somehow there never seems to be time. I need to work on just playing a little bit at a time, but I always feel like if I'm going to play, I want to play a lot, and then end up not doing it at all. But tonight I went up the cliffs outside of Zora's domain to get the shock arrows and a photo of the Lynel (and maybe try and fight him, but he blasted me while I was taking a photo so I just ran, lol). And then I ended up going to a nearby shrine instead and then from there to a great fairy fountain, so I got my clothes upgraded a bit (though I'm missing some ingredients). Then I went down south and opened up the Lake Tower (I plan on catching some fish in Hyrule Lake while I'm there, since that's what I need to upgrade my Zora gear). Tomorrow I probably will attempt the first divine beast, though.

4. Today is Chloe and Molly's birthday and they're a big grown up two years old! (And Jasper is five months! When did these kitties get so big!?)



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[dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose and I are halfway through season 1 of Legion, and I'm not emotionally engaged/invested at this point, but I'm finding it fascinating. I'm also largely trying to mentally detach it from what I remember of the character's place in comics canon, because four episodes in, it appears* that there's little, if any, connection beyond "a mentally ill young man with multi-faceted, tremendously strong psychic powers". If any of the characters other than David come from comics canon, I don't know/remember them.

*Bearing in mind that Legion's not a character I was ever super-familiar with; I feel as if he was fairly back-burnered during the years when I was actively engaged with the comics.

I know Keri Russell only for The Americans; I didn't even know until Julia mentioned it recently that she was the lead in Felicity, which I've never seen. Until tonight, I didn't realize quite how long ago Felicity was. Then I saw a picture of Russell from that period, and mentioned on Twitter that it had made me boggle...at which point Julia linked me to a picture of Russell's hair from earlier in the Felicity time frame. She was SO YOUNG! She had SO MUCH HAIR! Such curls! *boggles anew*

Speaking tangentially of The Americans: despite having watched all of seasons 1-4 last year ("recently", is what I'm getting at), I think every season, when Henry first appears on screen, I stare at him and wonder if they recast the role. But the IMDb says it's been Keidrich Sellati all along.

Has everyone seen the Buffy 20th anniversary reunion pics? (Which Anthony Stewart Head missed, but not for lack of trying to attend. ;_;) My favorite pics are the one of Amber Benson, Alyson Hannigan, and Seth Green (fic please? Yes?), the solo pic of Amber Benson, and the solo pic of Seth Green. Oh, and Emma Caulfield + bunny!

(Speaking of Tony Head, I am unreasonably charmed by this tweet.)

I'm used to Amazon blithely combining items from multiple orders when shipping, but according to my inbox and package tracker, tomorrow a box of items from four orders, weighing nearly 10 lbs, is going to arrive. O_O

Contents: two manga volumes (Fruits Basket [omnibus] vol. 11 and Twinkle Stars vol. 2) and eight novels (of which I'm most excited for Mishell Baker's Phantom Pains). One of the novels is Laini Taylor's Strange the Dreamer, which I ordered last July based on its original release date.

On the weekend a few of us watched the Les Miserables 25th anniversary concert (which I've owned for...a few years?...and had never seen). I started to draft a post about it, but what I've wound up with is a weird heap of notes that have very little to do with that specific concert performance (or at least, little to do with what was actually performed--my feelings about some cuts are very much in evidence in the mess of words). So, uh...hopefully that'll turn into an actual post of some sort, but this is not that.

drive by rec: age of youth

Mar. 29th, 2017 08:40 pm
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I am currently watching Age of Youth (Hello My Twenties! on Netflix), a slice of life kdrama about five college-age girls that live together in a shared house. It is absolutely stunning. I am on episode four, and I cannot remember the last time I loved a show this much. Perhaps Nirvana in Fire? This is the opposite genre, but both of them are brilliantly shot, have a compelling ensemble cast, are consistently amusing, and break my heart a bit. But Age of Youth does all this while also being utterly adorable.
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DW's birding trips don't begin until 8:30, so when they're quite close, like today, it's the most leisurely morning of my week. Six of us walked up Stream Trail as far as the second set of "trail closed" signs, a little past the inaptly named Trail's End (no bikes past that point), not much more than a mile. Redwoods are notoriously un-birdy, but this amazing relict stand is closely surrounded by willows, chaparral, and other habitats, and edges are always have the best birding. Bird of the day would have been western pygmy owl, hooting in the distance, except that I could not hear it at all well, unlike most of the group. I may have a hole in my perception at that frequency or something. Therefore bird of the day was Pacific wren. We heard half a dozen or so calling and singing along Redwood Creek; in one location two males were counter-singing, songs overlapping and continuous. We also got one excellent and extended look at a Pacific wren sitting out in the open, preening; they are secretive little brown birds so this was great. Birds of the stream banks: )

AK identified the tiny blue butterfly we saw as a spring azure, or echo blue, the plainest of the four common tiny blue butterflies.

So what arrived?

Mar. 29th, 2017 03:47 pm
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In a previous entry I said we'd bought patio furniture, which was scheduled to be delivered by FedEx today, bu that FedEx claimed the shipment consisted of one box a foot square and 9" deep, with a weight of three pounds.

Toby was convinced that we'd somehow bought expensive dollhouse furniture. I was convinced that what we were going to get was a box with the warranty and some cleaning fluid in it (that's happened before when we bought furniture).

On the way home from dropping documents by our tax lady, we got a notification from FedEx that our shipment had been delivered, so the drive home was a bit tense as we wondered what awaited us.

So what arrived...?

Read more... )

the saints can't help me now

Mar. 29th, 2017 03:33 pm
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- My long black wool coat, which I wore literally until it fell apart, fell apart this morning. Sigh. At least it is finally warming up? A little? The blue wool coat is too heavy for 40-50 degree days, which is where we are now, so my blue jacket will have to suffice. But I loved that coat. It fit well and was roomy enough to wear a fleecy and a big sweater under and also had inside pockets like men's coats do. I wonder if they still sell it. I mean, it's a long black wool single-breast coat. It shouldn't ever not be available right?

- So. My review went well, as these things go. They said a bunch of really nice things about me, so there's that. There are of course improvements to be made and also I at least now know who my direct supervisor is going to be going forward, and hopefully there will be some more transparent communication forthcoming in terms of stuff they want me to know about so I can do all the stuff they want me to do.

- I can't even discuss last night's Flash without an inappropriate amount of anger, which I know has more to do with timing and personal stuff than the show (though the choices made would have still made me angry prior to now, I probably would have shrugged it off a little bit more). spoilers )

- reading meme! It's been a few weeks, huh?

What I've just finished
DC Bombshells volumes 1 and 2, which I highly recommend if you like lady (adult) superheroes kicking Nazi ass up and down the European theater while lady (teenage) superheroes hold down the fort in Gotham (and elsewhere, but we only see the ones in Gotham). And why wouldn't you?! Do I think the Trump metaphor worked? Not all that well. Did I overall enjoy these two volumes a lot? HELL YES I DID. We've got Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Stargirl, Batwoman, a whole roster of Batgirls (and one Robin!), Catwoman, Zatanna, Mera, Huntress, Harley & Ivy (I feel like I might be missing someone? I'm still surprised Canary hasn't shown up yet), plus Amanda Waller. I even like the cheesecakey art, which is loving and fun, rather than gross and off-putting.

Technically I did not finish The Guineveres because it had to go back to the library and I guess I wasn't really feeling it, since it felt like a chore to open it up even on all the long trainrides I had this month.

What I'm reading now
I put aside Hidden Figures, which I own, in favor of library books, so now it's Born a Crime by Trevor Noah, which I am enjoying immensely. I plan to get back to Hidden Figures soon.

I'm also in the middle of volume 3 of DC Bombshells but they are clearly not collecting them fast enough for me.

What I'm reading next
I kind of went on a book-buying spree recently when there was a sale of ebooks for $2.99 and under, so I have even more stuff to choose from. And there's always the library, ready to spring something on me all unawares. So who knows?

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Mass Effect Andromeda

Mar. 30th, 2017 02:17 am
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My tl;dr review: this is a profoundly mediocre game that I mostly enjoyed. I wanted a mostly upbeat game where I got to play a queer woman exploring planets, shooting bad guys, and and kissing cute girl aliens, and that's what I got. If there were any other games that let me do all that I might have been more dissappointed with the quality of the experience, but there basically aren't, so. Also I had a health downswing so bad I'd normally have to lie in bed playing hidden object games for a week, which made the drawn out, simplistic nature of the game kind of a plus. My enjoyment fell pretty drastically once I got better haha.

Many people have gone into the game's flaws, and they are all absolutely correct! So I'm going to use them to structure my review. The reasons these flaws didn't ruin the game for me are all very subjective, this is definitely not a game for everyone.

I'm assuming you've played a Mass Effect game before, if you haven't: play one of the other Mass Effect games instead. They are all much better games. This game is for people who have run out of good Mass Effect games and want more badly enough to lower their standards.
No major spoilers )

Look at me, reading shit and all

Mar. 29th, 2017 12:58 pm
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Pleasure Bound: Victorian Sex Rebels and the New EroticismPleasure Bound: Victorian Sex Rebels and the New Eroticism by Deborah Lutz

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I enjoyed this one. I knew a little bit about most of the people discussed in this book (you can't study Victorian literature without knowing bit about Richard Burton or Swinburne or the Rossettis, for example) but only the very superficial. This is a really interesting look at several loosely connected and intersecting groups of people (the pre-Raphaelites, the Cannibal Club, and the Aesthetes) and how their art and lives were focused on their sexual experiences. The book is written much more like creative non-fiction than the usual academic book, so it's incredibly readable. Every now and again, the author uses an awkward turn of phrase or says something in a confusing way or gets out her thesaurus just to remind us that we are reading the work of the erudite, but on the whole, the style is very readable and accessible and the subject matter is deeply interesting.



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Oronooko: The Royal SlaveOronooko: The Royal Slave by Aphra Behn

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Not one I'll be rereading. I somehow missed reading this in college and wouldn't have read it now except that I'm teaching it. I know it's an important text, and I'm glad I've read it, but I found it very underwhelming. Also, the almost complete lack of dialogue made reading it fairly tedious.



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Into the Badlands 2.2

Mar. 29th, 2017 10:17 am
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 Even post-apocalyptic Wuxia manages to jump on the anti-Trump political commentary train.

spoilers )

Arrrrgh

Mar. 30th, 2017 01:34 am
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So, today I've been trying to set up my raspi as a Terraria server for me and Azy, because why the hell not.

Run into two major obstacles: 1. I can't remember the passwords for the raspi. Do thing I know where I wrote them down, but I can't find THAT, either. Ffffff.

2. The router is being an ABSOLUTE BUTTFACE and REFUSING TO SAVE CHANGES. >E >E >E >E >E I don't know why, either! I'm doing what it says - hitting save, then resetting the router - but yeah, it Really Doesn't Want to do the thing. May have to SSH in and do it manually rather than using the browser interface. Which is annoying because gdi router you have ONE JOB. (But hey, guess who's super fucking glad they're learning about this shit anyway! Because if I hadn't been taking the networking class this semester I would be SO CONFUSED, as well as grumpy. ^^;;;)

Still, even if it's filled with roadblocks, it's at least forward movement, so that's good. :D

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Mar. 29th, 2017 08:20 am
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"It's about the personal computer revolution of the 80s, Lee Pace is in it and he is a bisexual dumpster fire who you and the rest of the characters won't be sure if you want to fuck or slap during any given scene"*

...

....

So, uh. Apparently I need to watch Halt and Catch Fire.

I don't even usually like watching series - too much time commitment; movies are more to my taste. But. See above, especially re: Lee Pace.

Which reminds me that I still haven't watched Pushing Daisies, even though it's been on my to-watch list for years. I should get on that one of these days. Something to do while knitting, perhaps....

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Mar. 29th, 2017 08:47 am
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so the patio furniture we ordered is theoretically on a FedEx truck to be delivered today...the FedEx website says we're getting a single package 12" x 12" x 9" that weighs 3 pounds.

Hmmm.
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DEAR ABBY: My husband and I recently had a baby girl, our first. We both work full-time, but my husband is gone nights and weekends and I'm the primary parent at home with our daughter.

Something has been bothering me since my daughter came along. My in-laws have never once told me I'm doing a good job as a mother. I'm critiqued every time they come over, whether it be that her hands are too cold, her room is too warm or her nails are too "sharp."

They compliment my husband repeatedly, and he's the first to give all the credit to me, but I feel like they don't think I'm doing a good job and it makes me feel bad. Am I being too sensitive? -- CRITICIZED ALL THE TIME

DEAR CRITICIZED: It is possible that in making these comments, your in-laws are simply trying to be helpful. Instead of regarding them as criticism, take them under consideration.

However, if your hurt feelings persist, you -- or your husband -- should point out to his parents that in trying to be helpful, they have forgotten to be supportive, and mention some of the things you are doing right.

Daily Happiness

Mar. 29th, 2017 02:35 am
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1. All the people who were out sick last week seem to be back in shape now, and no one called out today.

2. The Panic concert was so good! I had a blast and will write it up in more detail tomorrow.

3. I love the look on Jasper's face here!

Agent Carter AU not-fics

Mar. 28th, 2017 11:54 pm
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I asked people on Tumblr last night to send me an AU and I'd give them some thoughts on that AU, which all ended up being Agent Carter. I got more than I could write, but here are the ones I did:

Vintage car mechanic AU
Librarian AU (with follow-up suggestions)
Art heist AU
Pet Shop of Horrors AU
Wild West AU
Star Wars AU (with follow-up expanding on Daniel's role in this 'verse)
College student AU
College faculty AU

Ugh

Mar. 29th, 2017 07:26 am
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Everyone at work is going to be cranky tomorrow--there's a big storm that
just passed over and in addition to the tornado sirens that went off (they
go off for warnings, which means conditions are likely, not necessarily
that one's been spotted), the university sent out an alert on their info
line so everyone got a text AND a phone call.

There's also a lot of cranky parents right now who are getting the alert
because their phones are registered as the main contact but who don't live
in the area.
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Fannish/Geeky Things

There's a trailer for the upcoming Ancient Magus' Bride anime! [YouTube, ~1 minute]

If you ever want the bat wing necklace Claudia wears on Warehouse 13, this is where you get it. [Via Allison Scagliotti's Instagram.]

"Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman to Host ‘The Handmade Project’ Weekly Series at NBC".


Via The Rec Center:

--"Full-body reading: Literary criticism taught me to scrub my feelings out of my reading, but a medieval mystic showed me how to put them back in".

--"Mary Sue: From self-inserts to imagines, how young women write themselves into the narrative". [Elizabeth Minkel]


Social Justice

"The List of Books Men Must Read Before Messaging Me About Feminism".

I may have linked this one before, but what the hell: "Men Just Don’t Trust Women. And This Is A Problem".

"A Conversation About Disability Rights in Education".


At The Establishment:

--"The Problem With Judging Other People’s Food Choices". [Sarah Kurchak]

--"‘It’s Because You’re Fat’ — And Other Lies My Doctors Told Me".


Cute Stuff

"You Haven’t Lived Until You’ve Heard Baby Sloths Having a Conversation".

"Watch: Corgi racing is more amazing than you would ever have imagined".


Miscellaneous

"The Folly of 'Purity Politics': A new book argues for the value of owning up to your imperfections".

A Twitter thread from [twitter.com profile] Delafina777, starting with "Okay, so, some thoughts about how multiple women in meetings can help each other be heard". (And from within that thread, we have "Donald Trump-inspired app counts how often men interrupt women" [Mashable] and "5 Nice Things You Do Daily (That Secretly Ruin the World)". [Cracked, 2014])

"Cat Anxiety: How to Recognize & Treat It".

"Tattoo Artist Who Lost His Arm Gets World’s First Tattoo Machine Prosthesis".

"Cats Are Actually Nice, Scientists Find".

Mallory Ortberg, formerly of The Toast, just started a TinyLetter newsletter. The first letter is called "'I felt like Salieri, or a dog watching TV: furious and hostile and confused': Bellowing about trees with Sondheim", in which she spectacularly fails to bond with Into the Woods. I adore Into the Woods, but not bonding with it is fair, I suppose (no, no, it's fair), and Mallory Ortberg is hilarious. "By the end I no longer hated anyone, not even myself; I desired only to be reconciled with all of humanity. I could not imagine leaving the theater, nor in letting any of the actors leave the stage. They were all my children, which meant they were also my beans, and beans are wishes, and dreams don’t exist."

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