TV Talk

Mar. 30th, 2017 11:31 am
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1) Full disclosure, just the fact that this company decided to rename itself "Fandom" already pisses me off -- as if somehow by doing so they can lay claim to anything fans do and pretend that fans don't exist elsewhere on the web in their own communities. But then there's these lovely assumptions: Read more... )

2) I began watching Legion shortly before my trip and just finished the latest episodes. Also some thoughts about the Flash musical episode and Quantico. Read more... )

3) Finished watching Humans and am glad it will be back for another season. Read more... )

4) I didn't take many photos on my trip but I do have a few from before it Read more... )

Hedjog leaves the house

Mar. 30th, 2017 04:10 pm
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Which, admittedly, I was scheduling myself to do even if the houndz of spring had not been snapping at my heels for walkiez.

Since I had finally had the go-ahead to go and affirm at the Probate Office so that, in due course (10 working days, I was told) I can get the Grant of Probate and start getting things moving.

(In other executing news, that really small life insurance policy is creating an inordinate amount of hassle for such a minute sum - they will not release the money until I get the application signed by my sister, who is also named executor, but entirely happy for me to do all the various things involved. Fortunately I am going to the old homestead next week.)

As the Probate Office is in High Holborn, I thought I would make a little expedition of it, have lunch out (Wagamama Kingsway, because I really like the yasai katsu) and then go on to the Sussex Modernism exhibition at Two Temple Place -

And I may remark that an additional layer of surrealism was laid upon the event by its being held in what is, pretty much, late Victorian faux-baronial, with forest-loads of wood panelling and carved effects.

This was pretty much for research-related purposes.

(I'm not sure there was any mention in any of the surrounding textual material that - at least, I presume - one advantage of Sussex was really great railway connections with the metropolis. Maybe the catalogue has more to say on the subject.)

(Actually, I am now surprised that the Polswetts did not have a country cottage in Sussex not that distant from Cold Comfort Farm and that Seth Starkadder was not in great demand for being painted by Duncan Grant, et al.)

Walked to the Tube via Victoria Embankment Gardens, which displayed the typically London sight of, the sun's out, let's go and lie on the grass!

Two things

Mar. 30th, 2017 01:36 pm
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EW: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Reunion: Exclusive Photos
Lots of gorgeous pictures. And v. helpful for anyone wanting to do banner or anything else with the characters having aged. :)

Vox: 70 days in, Donald Trump’s presidency is flailing
Trump’s campaign rewarded him for breaking the rules. His presidency has punished him for it.

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Mar. 30th, 2017 09:18 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] shrewreader!

More Links Than A Bag Of Sausages

Mar. 30th, 2017 03:04 am
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Tattoo Removal Too , Giles/Buffy by [profile] quaggy_mire.

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EW celebrates 20years of BtVS. "In honor of Buffy the Vampire Slayer turning 20 years old (and still looking damn good), EW reunited the cast and creator Joss Whedon for their first joint interview and photo shoot in over a decade. “This is surreal,” says Whedon. “For the most part, this is like a high school reunion but much worse because they all still look really great. I was hoping some of them would puff out a bit. But that did not take place.”

EW's alternative cover.

Bustle talks "Why Isn't Faith At The 'Buffy' Reunion? Eliza Dushku's Absence Is Not "Five By Five".

TVGuide lists "The 25 Best Buffy the Vampire Slayer Episodes Ever, Ranked". "1. "Becoming" (Season 2, Episodes 21 and 22)
"The big moments are gonna come. You can't help that. It's what you do afterwards that counts. That's when you find out who you are."

Those now iconic words, spoken by Whistler, closed out the first hour of Buffy's epic and emotionally resonant Season 2 finale. And boy, oh boy did the big moments come in the second hour. After being tortured by Angelus for half a season, Buffy made the ultimate sacrifice in "Becoming" when she sent a newly resouled Angel to hell in order to close the portal that was opened after Angelus awakened Acathla. It wasn't just heartbreaking; it was world shattering. Although Buffy would go on to face bigger evils during her seven-season journey, none were more personal than the battle against Angelus and the knowledge that Angel had been saved just a few minutes too late.

But running the love of her life through with a sword in order to save the world -- just one painful example of the cost of being the slayer -- was hardly the only thing that happened in the two-part finale. Drusilla killed Kendra, which led to Faith's arrival in Season 3, while Spike's future as an ally was foreshadowed when he assisted Buffy in stopping Angelus -- at least enough to kidnap Dru and flee, thus protecting what he wanted. Elsewhere, Willow cast her first spell, Giles was tortured, and Joyce discovered her daughter was the slayer, an event that eventually
led to a falling out between mom and daughter and Buffy skipping town. Bottom line: "Becoming" was the combination of everything Buffy embodied -- horror, heartbreak, humor -- and it was the show at its very best".

Something happier

Mar. 29th, 2017 09:51 pm
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OTP <3 )
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In which we travel from the South lIsland to the North Island and visit the capital.

And some movie magic )
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What I read

Josh Lanyon, Fair Game (2010) m/m romantic thriller (I guess), following a rec from someone somewhere. It was okay - though I'd fingered one character as at least dodgy and concealing something quite early on - but I'm not inspired particularly to continue reading the series.

Robin Stevens, First Class Murder (2015).

On the go

Simon Brett, The Killing in the Café (2015).

Charlie Fox, This Young Monster (2017): 'hallucinatory celebration of artists who raise hell, transform their bodies, anger their elders and show their audience dark, disturbing things'. I did that somewhat reprehensible thing where one sees something in an indie bookshop that one should be supporting, and then goes away and gets the ebook a) because it's cheaper and b) because Boox We Are Too Menny and I am trying to cut back, not with entire success, on introducing more actual books into the household, at least until I have undertaken the long deferred purge.

Up Next

Dunno: I am in that state of mind vis a vis reading in which I have a massive tbr pile that includes things that I definitely want to get to, and yet keep getting distracted by other people's recs, thing I picked up in the charity shop, etc.

Oh yes, and had a thought that one of the reasons I did not get on with that Patricia Craig book was that our tastes do not seem to mesh: she either did not read or disliked some of the canonical works of my childhood, and liked things about which I was meh (I never got on with Just William, one would like to think that I already detected the misogyny, but I think it was the style that turned me off in my youth).

Article 50 Day...

Mar. 29th, 2017 01:26 pm
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The Independent: Brexit is not the high point of democracy – it's the greatest fraud ever perpetrated in British politics
An irate local farmer told me he voted to leave as a protest against EU bureaucracy that delayed payments of his subsidies. He thought Defra was an EU department. He didn’t realise it was The Department for Rural Affairs and that the EU had fined our governmental department for its incompetent administration of subsidies

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Mar. 29th, 2017 09:19 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] thatyourefuse!

More Links Than A Bag Of Sausages

Mar. 29th, 2017 03:00 am
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EW reports that Simon Pulse will be writing a new series. "new spinoff series of the cult classic television show that will be written by New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White. The series, which will be published in the fall of 2018, will be titled Slayer and will feature a brand new slayer from the group of potentials that Willow used her Wicca skills to awaken in the show’s final episode". "On October 3, Simon Pulse is also set to release Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Twenty Years of Slaying, a special hardcover collector’s edition that highlights all the best content from Volumes 1–3 of the original Watcher’s Guides, as well as exclusive new content, including never-before-seen interviews with the cast and crew".

Fanfic Question Meme

Mar. 28th, 2017 05:09 pm
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Taken from many people, here’s a fanfic focused meme.

Choose a fic and 1 (or more) question(s) from the list below:

1: What inspired you to write the fic this way?
2: What scene did you first put down?
3: What’s your favorite line of narration?
4: What’s your favorite line of dialogue?
5: What part was hardest to write?
6: What makes this fic special or different from all your other fics?
7: Where did the title come from?
8: Did any real people or events inspire any part of it?
9: Were there any alternate versions of this fic?
10: Why did you choose this pairing for this particular story?
11: What do you like best about this fic?
12: What do you like least about this fic?
13: What music did you listen to, if any, to get in the mood for writing this story? Or if you didn’t listen to anything, what do you think readers should listen to to accompany us while reading?
14: Is there anything you wanted readers to learn from reading this fic?
15: What did you learn from writing this fic?

My fanfic (from Yuletides past, mainly) can be found here at Ao3. Or here at Teaspoon, where I last added anything from Doctor Who seven years ago.

Or you can peer into the depths of a tag called ‘fanfic I’ve written.’ There’s one Firefly fanfic down there somewhere, and quite a few drabbles for that and Buffy from back when I was starting to dabble in fanfic for the first time.

What does this remind me of?

Mar. 28th, 2017 08:21 pm
oursin: My photograph of Praire Buoy sculpture, Meadowbrook Park, Urbana, overwritten with Urgent, Phallic Look (urgent phallic)
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Yet another case in which a bloke who has committed significant violence against a woman, of which there is no possible doubt, walks free (well, suspended sentence) apparently on the basis that it would ruin a promising career if he went to jail. (Which it does turn out he was somewhat less than truthful about.)

And okay, I have been seeing these sorts of cases for a very long time now, and one might even have hoped that this sort of thing would have come to an end -

And we note that it is very, very rare for anyone in the legal system or even in the reporting, to express any concern over the damage done to the woman's potential through injuries, long-term effects of trauma, etc.

So, I was thinking about this, and what came to mind was a famous 'gotcha' argument popular among the anti-abortion forces c. 1970 or so, which was to posit a particular case of mother with several children, family straits, disease, and when anyone remarked that it seemed a clear case for termination would go 'aha! you have terminated Beethoven!' (there may have been other instances: that is the one I remember).

Because women's lives have no value except for the male offspring they bear... (though statistically, very few of those are going to be Beethoven*).

A thought which would have led me to hurl against the wall, except that they were library books, far too many works of sf/fantasy in which a woman underwent various adventures and travails and this was not to fit her for her own role as The Chosen One, it was to get her in place to bear The Chosen One.

*Given all the relative advantages in terms of education and parental investment, relatively few men have ever been Shakespeare/Newton/Beethoven/etc. I will also reiterate here my argument that Great Male Leaders were not necessarily able to outwrestle all the men they lead, it was not about simply physical superiority.

More Links Than A Bag Of Sausages

Mar. 28th, 2017 03:11 am
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Cold Comfort , Giles/Faith by [personal profile] il_mio_capitano.

The Guilty Culprit , Giles/Xander by [personal profile] angelus2hot.

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mini!ficathon: anything goes : 1. Any fandom is welcome, as usual.
2. Prompt as much as you wish, but make a separate comment for each prompt. The more prompts, the better, trust me.
3. When you fill a prompt, please leave a comment here (link, title, warnings, prompt). Art, fic, fill with whatever. Multiple fills encouraged!
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5. Have fun!

TheGuardian talks "When good TV goes bad: how Buffy the Vampire Slayer started to suck". "Like a bumble bee, it shouldn’t have worked but it did, beautifully. For six seasons. Then the seventh happened and it all went terribly wrong".

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Mar. 27th, 2017 07:53 pm
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i'm rubbish at social interactions

this is making finding a local affinity group quite difficult


Good post

Mar. 27th, 2017 07:41 pm
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Pandorica Jar: Steven Moffat and the idea of the female Doctor
So many people seem surprised or even shocked because of Steven Moffat’s “sudden change of mind” regarding female Doctor. I don’t know why, really. But for those who haven’t been paying attention to the question of the female Doctor during the last several years, here’s a cheat sheet.

Remember The NY Times Request?

Mar. 27th, 2017 02:25 pm
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‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer,’ Reimagined by Its Fans


When “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” one of television’s most influential series, first turned up 20 years ago this month, it didn’t just attract viewers, it also unleashed an army of would-be writers creating their own adventures about Buffy Summers, her friends Willow and Xander, and the vampires Spike and Angel, to name a few.

Fan fiction takes characters from an established book series, TV show, movie franchise or other cultural cornerstone and riffs on them. Some of it is highbrow stuff by highbrow authors — what is Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencranz and Guildenstern Are Dead” but Shakespeare fanfic? Mostly, though, the authors are amateurs with an overwhelming affection for the characters and a yearning to feel a stronger connection to them. For some, it’s a fun hobby; for others, it’s therapeutic — they might write under pseudonyms and use their stories to explore issues and problems they are facing.
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Mixed martial arts is the fastest-growing sport on Earth.... what does this bloody spectacle say about the world we live in?

I don't know what, if anything, it says about the world we live in, but that article suggests to me someone who does not know a great deal about the history of sport/popular entertainment - I am like, o tempora, o mores, what are these days when somebody can write an article on fighting as spectacle and not name-check gladiators in the Coliseum? Infamy, infamy, etc.

I am totally given to wonder what a person knows about the history of sport if they can write this:

Victorian rules of football and rugby codified an attitude towards team play that made sense in the factory and on the battlefield.
Victorian rules were the imposition of a disciplinary structure (where is Michel Foucault when you need him?) on the rather more freeform sports constituting various kinds of football: which pretty much combined the football and the hooliganism in one package.

See also, boxing before Queensbury: not that boxing in its present form doesn't have significant risks, even if they're long term ones about brain damage rather than blood on the floor.

I suspect that there is a significant history of sports starting as something close to a brawl and gradually developing rules, rather than the rules coming first.

On a somewhat less extreme level, beach volleyball has that pattern of informality to codification.

I am also, why is he not, if not doing historical analogies, linking this woezery to a loooong tradition of dystopian fiction? - because the concept was not a new one in The Hunger Games.


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