Apr. 17th, 2017

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Hello new people from LJ, welcome to the new digs.

Apparently, you can't import your journal any longer without signing the evil LJ TOS agreement, that no self-respecting contracts attorney and/or copyright attorney would sign in a million years. Sorry about that. I imported my journal prior to this development, so am not missing all that much. Just the Costa Rica Photos. (That said, it may not matter one way or the other...when you delete it, before or after signing the evil TOS.)

* Open Id You can however import all your comments via claiming an Open ID DW URL on LJ. It flips your comments to DW comments. I've set up a DW Open ID on LJ, in case I want to comment over there. It's not overly useful, because I find LJ impossible to navigate without an actual journal and flist. But, if you don't have that problem...DW has a lengthy email about how to do it and whole host of other things that can be found HERE. (Personally, I found this to be rather confusing, but maybe you'll figure it out. Of course part of the reason I found it confusing, is I claimed an Open ID prior to figuring out the non-scripts option. I tried to delete with the Open ID option -- it does not work.)

*Can I delete without signing the evil TOS? Yes, you can delete your journal without signing the evil TOS agreement. All you have to do is turn off the scripts, either by installing something like Ghosterly or turning on "No Scripts" via Firefox. Unfortunately, you can't do much else when you turn off the scripts, since it also turns off your comments and makes it impossible to post or read comments to friends journals. You can read everything, and you can delete your journal -- but that is about it.

* For people struggling with HTML? There is a cheat sheet on line regarding how to do it, which can be found HERE. Years ago I got a handy guide then promptly lost it. I know the basics, how to bold, do block texts, links, cut for spoilers, and italics, underlines, and cross-outs. I don't have a lot of patience for coding and formatting, but was forced to do some of it...because of some Buffy fansites that required it. (*cough*crazyassgeekyacademicswithtoomuchtimeontheirhands*cough*). I think I drove them nuts because I am not great at it. Not techy. If I was techy, I'd be making a lot more money and have a cushy job at some place like Google.

* Can I follow people on LJ or DW without being on one or the other? Yes. I have no idea how you do it though. There are feeds -- I tried setting them up for various lj folks' journals, but they didn't work, so either the people aren't posting, locking their journals, or it isn't working. You can apparently cross-post from LJ to DW and DW to LJ. I was crossposting from DW to LJ, until I got pissed off at LJ and deleted my journal on LJ. It's easy to do DW to LJ though. I've no clue how you do it from LJ to DW, I wish I did, because I'd have the Costa Rica pics now.

* There's a site on DW called lj_refugees with handy info on how to use DW.

* If you want to help the ostracized and disenfranchised Russian LGBTQI....DW has some links on how. Go HERE. This is an issue I care about - and am considering finding a way to help out. It's also at the top of the list of reasons why I deleted my LJ and refused to sign the TOS.

* In regards to this journal? I post about everything under the sun. See my bio information HERE for who I am, etc. I have widely eclectic tastes. Please don't bash them. I'm liberal, albeit, not quite as liberal politically as most of my Access list. I am a theist that leans toward agnostic, depending on who you talk to. Psuedo-Christian/Buddhist.

* Still haven't figured out how to post images. Vids yes. Images no.

* Loving the television series Legion. Best thing I've seen in a while. One episode left, once that's watched, will post a lengthy review. (Should mention that one of my guilty pleasures is superhero comics, if you hate them, please keep it to yourself. I don't want to know.)

Oh ending with a great Buddhist Quote that I saw today, that made me happy:

Buddhist author, Jack Kornfield: "If you can sit quietly after difficult news; if in financial downturns you remain perfectly calm; if you can see your neighbors travel to fantastic places without a twinge of jealousy; if you can happily eat whatever is put on your plate; if you can fall asleep after a day of running around without a drink or a pill; if you can always find contentment just where you are: you are probably a dog."
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Just finished watching Noah Hawley's adaptation of Legion from the Chris Claremount and Bill Sienkiewicz Marvel comic creation.

Legion in the Marvel comics is the only son of Professor Charles Xavier and Gabrielle Heller. In the comics, David Heller, aka Legion is conceived while Charles Xavier is in Israel at a clinic helping Holocaust survivors. Legion in the Comics )

That's the comic books. The television series veers sharply away from the comics in various ways. spoilers for the television series )

So this series feels like a breath of fresh air. And it also is reminiscent of the original intent behind the character of Legion, expressed in the limited comic series of the same name. (Which I only vaguely remember. I read it, but I read it in the 1980s or 1990s. And did not hold on to it. But what I saw on tv did sort of remind me of it in bits and pieces. Along with a lot of other things. Hawley references a lot of old sci-fi television series and movies in that series. And in some cases improves on them.)

I was wickedly impressed by what Hawley accomplished here. The casting is pitch perfect. I love Dan Stevens as Legion. He manages to pull you into the story, if it weren't for Stevens, I don't know if it would work. Helps that Hawley's writing is on target. Hawley weaves a surreal tale that skirts the line between science fiction, psychological horror story, and superhero comics. It's really not until the end that he falls into comic territory, and it still works. He manages to play homage to where the story originated, yet still provides a completely new and innovative take on it. I don't think anyone else has quite managed that to date.

spoilers )

Rachel Kellar's Sydney, reminds me a lot of the Rogue character, who absorbs others powers and can't touch anyone. Syd is more interesting, because she switches bodies when she touches people. Just can only do it when she's in her own body. Hawley establishes rules or limits for everyone's powers. The only one who may not have limits is David aka Legion. We'll see.

The world feels like an odd hybrid of the 1960s/70s and 80s. I'm guessing it takes place in the 1980s, but a more advanced version of the 80s. The music is the 1960s. I want the soundtrack.
The character of Oliver is clearly stuck in the 1960s, so this probably is the 1980s or 90s. Which is prior to the Marvel movies, and around the same time as X-Men movie reboot, even though both take place in another universe.

So much going on here to ramble on about. And it's bed time. Way past. Anyhow, I loved it. Wish there were more episodes. Will definitely be hanging about for S2, assuming the Doofus doesn't find a way to kill us all first.

Overall rating? A.

Highly recommend, especially if you are a fan of the British series The Misfits, The X-men, and Noah Hawley's writing. You don't have to be a fan of the comics though, most of the power I know who loved it at work, don't know zip about the comics nor would be caught dead reading them.

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