I watch TV, ask me how

Apr. 18th, 2015 08:10 pm
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1) Today I was finally offered a survey I really wanted to take. It turned out to be about Netflix and high quality TV programming, but very specifically about the latest season of House of Cards, its characters and plotlines. It was very detailed (sometimes too much so as I was forced to use terms I didn't think applied). I was finally asked what any fan generally wants to be offered as a question: "If you could tell the producers of HOUSE OF CARDS to change just one thing about the show, what would it be."

I'm curious what others would have answered if offered the choice? Spoilers for S3 under the cut )

2) We didn't find out about the free on-demand week until it was almost over. The result was that we binge-watched Outlander over a weekend. Read more... )

3) I caught the latest episode of iZombie through On Demand as I haven't been watching it. Hearing it was Rob Thomas' new series was of interest, but given how Veronica Mars devolved, it wasn't something I was rushing to see either. Read more... )

4) Lastly, speaking of the unexpected, during my viewing of iZombie I caught the CW superhero vs. villain showdown. Read more... )

Saturday in the park with geese

Apr. 18th, 2015 06:24 pm
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What's the English word for "child of wild goose" - "goosling"? Anyway, there are currently a lot of them in the Munich city park, aka The Englischer Garten, and they're adorable. Their parents aren't bad, either. Hence, gratitious pic spam.

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more beneath the cut )

So much this

Apr. 18th, 2015 10:46 am
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[N]ot everything in life can include everyone.... The other day, I heard a famous actor complaining that National Siblings Day (not an occasion most people have noticed) was an insulting kick in the teeth to only children, who have no siblings to celebrate. It did strike me then that we might be losing the crucial differentiation between “something that seems benign enough and just isn’t aimed at me” and “something that isn’t aimed at me and therefore must have been invented solely to bring about my destruction”.
(Sophie Heawood, good column on why is David Cameron so afraid of single parents?)

This very much articulates things I was thinking during the week in the context of the Current Unpleasantness: that there are lots of things I have no desire to do but I am happy to live in a society where people who actually do those things can do them: e.g. go to Glastonbury Festival (the thought of which, blud thikkt wiv cold), swim in the Hampstead ponds (am weak swimmer, also, moorhen poo); that talk I heard from someone about Brixton gay squats and communal living, even unto shared underwear, where I was DO.NOT.WANT as anything I would do but, hey, diff'rent strokes, etc.

Intersecting with people who do not want to pay for public services which they do not personally use, without thinking about the benefits of living in a society which provides those (I do not have children but I am strongly in favour of better childcare facilities and education).

Which segues on, possibly not entirely intuitively, into post on the CU in which somebody pointed out that things which tend to win awards are those which are perhaps not subverting the tropes but at least doing something different with them, but the works which sells huge numbers are often those which are doing the tropes straight and uncomplicated (Chosen Ones, car chases, space battles, etc etc etc).

Which made me realise that there are various subgenres which, hedjog don't read as a general thing, but there are things that hedjog do read which are within those genres but begin from the trope-subversion - e.g. I was inhaling those Courtney Milan 'Brothers Sinister' romances some months ago.

(Have just started something that I thought was going to mix it up vis a vis tropes, and a short way in, am really not so sure. O HAI the exceptional bookish young woman thrown among tittering slaves to fashion...)

But, you know, maybe you have to have those things. And sometimes even the most stock trope of narratives can be kicked up several levels by the way it's done. Anyhow, I don't go around saying OMG we should ABOLISH milsf or alpha shapeshifter urban fantasy. Take it away, Sly and co:

More Links Than A Bag Of Sausages

Apr. 18th, 2015 03:30 am
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Story Time , Spike/Dawn by [profile] slashluv18.

EW re-watches Out Of My Mind . "Where Angel is able to love Buffy because he is good (having been cursed with a soul), Spike is able to be good in large part because he loves Buffy. It’s a big distinction and one that makes Spike one of the most fascinating characters on the show. As a villain, he was delightful. He was the kind of character you didn’t even really love to hate; you just kind of loved him. As a hero though, he’s insanely interesting and multi-layered, and because those layers really peel away as he falls for our heroine, I celebrate the dawn of Spuffy".

More news from the Sunnydale Press.

Buzzfeed lists "27 Signs You Went to High School in Sunnydale".

Maybe I'm over-suspicious?

Apr. 17th, 2015 08:38 pm
oursin: Photograph of Stella Gibbons, overwritten IM IN UR WOODSHED SEEING SOMETHIN NASTY (woodshed)
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(Shut up at the back there with the cries of 'Nooooooo! Say it isn't so!')

Yesterday I mentioned some weird possibly spammy emails I'd received.

I get a fair number over time from people trying to get me to pony up for their SEO services and who have failed to register that, hello, this site is not a business and in one place specifically warns people off trying to purchase condoms, as this is not something we purvey here, no, not even ones artisanally handcrafted out of sheepgut (though the occasional person still tries).*

But I suspect that I also get people who are trying to do some kind of SEO thing by asking me, apparently coming from some academic/education-related site (invariably, I think, of interest within the USA only), to link to them. Except, again, POINT THAHR MISST when they don't seem to have taken on board that my resources links pages are very heavily themed to particular research interests and I do not do general education-type sites (even if these things are legit, which, well, the jury has just sent out for doughnuts and coffee and there is no sign of an imminent decision). And after a bit, they will even send a polite follow-up.

So, when I get an email saying 'you have some broken links' and asking to contact 'the webmaster', but doesn't specify what links and which page on my fairly extensive site they were found, even if it comes from somebody who might be a student (but I would sure have more confidence in that if they had an actual institutional address rather than student-email.org) I am going to give it a side-eye. Even when a week or fortnight later they send a follow-up.

I am just being jaded, cynical and over-suspicious here?

*Maybe this is just me, but I would prefer fewer hits providing they were from people who were actually looking for the history of the condom, etc, rather than more from people who would be intensely frustrated that this was not the site they were looking for.

Elementary 2.20

Apr. 17th, 2015 04:09 pm
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Elementary, I don't know whether letting Holmes mention Edward Snowden in a positive way is your way of trying to atone for the abominable government propaganda exercise that was episode 2.03 (which shall remain unforgotten *shakes first*), but if so, keep at it.

In other news... )

I'll be travelling next week, so the next review will arrive with delay.

More Links Than A Bag Of Sausages

Apr. 17th, 2015 03:42 am
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Finding Rupert by Gilesbabe.

HuffingtonPost lists "10 Style Lessons We Learned From Buffy the Vampire Slayer".

DenOfGeek includes BtVS their "The TV Shows That Lived On After Their Finales". "Season six of Buffy was divisive and season seven, while less controversial, had its low moments and never quite reached the highs of previous seasons. But if you stopped watching at The Gift, you’d never get to see the show’s triumphant musical episode, Once More, With Feeling, which is the seventh episode of season six. Besides, you’ll never know whether you’ll be in the camp that hate season six, or one of its fans, unless you watch it".

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Apr. 17th, 2015 07:58 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] linzer and [personal profile] shezan!

Chewie... We're home.

Apr. 16th, 2015 09:16 pm
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I know, I know, I really shouldn't be getting my hopes up. But DAMN.

Colour my world with sunshine yellow

Apr. 16th, 2015 06:51 pm
oursin: Brush the wandering hedgehog dancing in his new coat (Brush the wandering hedgehog dancing)
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At least, today my mood seems rather better than it has been wont of late.


I do not even have to go about the woodlands to see the cherry hung with snow: looking out of the back window gives a splendid view of one in the pocket park, going 'Loveliest of trees? Mr Housman, you were so right, look at me!'


Had a lovely meetup with [personal profile] rahael - we work a brisk five minute walk apart (if not held up at traffic crossings) but in our busy, busy, lives have failed to meet up for far too long. We had a browse round the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Gallery, found that the coffee-shop in the Royal College of GPs makes rather acceptable coffee, and had a delicious lunch in Diwana. And much wonderful conversation on matters of mutual interest and enthusiasm.


In Dept of Consumerist Splurging, I now have a shiny new tablet (Asus Memo Pad 7) - my Nexus had been getting increasingly and exasperatingly temperamental since a major system upgrade, which I discover to be a Known Issue. It was less of an extravagance than it might have been, since not only were John Lewis offering a fairly knockdown price, I had some JL vouchers that I had been wondering how to spend.


Within the past week, finally achieving publication, 2 encyclopedia articles and a journal article.


Travel arrangements for the June jaunt, pretty much now all in hand.


Dept of Curious Suspected Spam: not quite sure what is going on with these, any thoughts?

That one I have had before, where someone purporting to be a teacher emails me to say how helpful her class have found my website in their project, and they would be so thrilled if I could include a link to their class project. I am just dubious about any page on some worthy topic in women's history where the URL involves 'datehookup'...

Today I had an email from some bloke at some small publishers (actually I think it might be more of a 'services for self-publishers' kind of deal) giving me (by name) the sad news that his wife has died and that there is a tribute site appended to their business page. Except I can't think I ever knew the lady. Or him. HUH?


Okay, the title of this post invokes Petula Clark, but as today has been reported by the ODNB as Dusty Springfield born on this day, have Dusty in uncharacteristically upbeat mood:

The Americans 3.12

Apr. 16th, 2015 09:56 am
selenak: (Claudia and Elizabeth by Tinny)
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In which the clock ticks for more than one character.

Read more... )

More Links Than A Bag Of Sausages

Apr. 16th, 2015 03:34 am
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Here and Now , Spike/Buffy by [profile] feliciacraft.

Chapter Thirty Nine of Shattered Remains by [profile] xspike4evax.

[personal profile] rebcake makes time travel recommendations .

Storywonk podcast talks Season Two.

Hhwlod podcast talks What's My Line.

AngelRewatch podcast talks No Place Like Plrtz Glrb .

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Apr. 16th, 2015 07:56 am
oursin: Brush the Wandering Hedgehog by the fire (Default)
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] girlyswot!
oursin: Painting of Clio Muse of History by Artemisia Gentileschi (Clio)
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Latterly just noticing the problem of certain women historians who are doing rather nicely for themselves being the face person on various historical TV programmes, and thinking 'hello, she is talking on [X] but surely that isn't actually anything like her field in which she is renowned, indeed, some centuries' difference?'

Pretty sure that you get the same thing with male historians, and on the one hand this is probably about being someone who already has media cred, but also, probably, related to that phenomenon I have remarked upon re interviewees in historical programmes, that providing they can be designed 'An Expert' it matters rather less what their actual expertise is to do with.

Not to mention, as I have probably heretofore remarked, oftimes what is required for being a telly talking head about ye hystorykles is just knowing somewhat more that the average being on the Clapham omnibus, in fact knowing too much is probably a hindrance because then you start going 'it's all more complicated'.

(And no, of course this is not born out of me being in a bit of a miff about being approached for my input on topic on which I am Internationally Acclaimed Expert but presenter person intends to present about.)

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What I read

G B Stern, Unless I Marry (1959), which is a bit weird. It has some lovely typical passages of insight into individual behaviour and interactions between individuals, but it's almost as though she set out to describe a particular person and their general situation and then about two-thirds of the way through decided that Moar Plot was needed and goes off into rather aytpical melodraaaama, including the back-story.

Margaret Drabble, The Pure Gold Baby, which was on my re-read list, looked for it the other week, couldn't find it, discovered it when looking for something else, which is rather the theme at the moment. To find a book, I have to look everywhere I think it might be, give up, and then look for something else entirely. Now, in this one, and perhaps I noticed particularly by contrast with the Stern, she almost eschews anything that might count as plot entirely, and pretty much gets away with it. But then I imprinted on Drabble at an early age (c. 17, as I recall); also, for me she is one of those writers whose style I find myself mentally narrating bits of my own life in, while reading them or just after.

Jill Robinson, Doctor Rocksinger and the Age of Longing (1982). There was a period in the mid to late 90s when, having discovered internet booksellers and postage charges being lower than they now are, I was acquiring quite a lot of works by writers who had written something I had found interesting. In the case of Robinson, I had been very taken with her memoir Bed/Time/Story (1974). This novel, however, while I suppose it fits into a trajectory of novels which instead of being about women going to pieces, are about women getting themselves together, or at least beginning the journey in that direction, is not particularly anything I would recommend: it's readable enough, I suppose.

Vivian Gornick, The Situation and the Story: the art of personal narrative (2001) which is very insightful on what makes essayists/memoirists good, although there are things there I might argue with and I should really like to see her wrestle with GB Stern's 'ragbag chronicles'...

On the go

Still working through Solar Flares.

I started Octavia Butler's Unexpected Stories on the Kobo recently - early work but good, so far.

Jill Robinson, Past Forgetting (1999), which takes her back to memoir and an account of how, after a life-threatening grand mal seizure, she found herself with memory loss (including forgetting that she had married an Englishman and was living in London) and fugue states. And this is really a much stronger work.

Up next

Not sure - have various things in the pipeline. Also, should probably get started on Antonia Forest, The Player's Boy, for the [livejournal.com profile] trennels readthrough.

Bates Motel 3.06.

Apr. 15th, 2015 03:25 pm
selenak: (Norma by Benchable)
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In which 24 hours without Norma turn out to be more than her sons can bear, but luckily the tv viewer doesn't have to bear it because we get to follow her and watch Vera Farmiga being fantastic some more.

Read more... )

More Links Than A Bag Of Sausages

Apr. 15th, 2015 03:27 am
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Misunderstandings , Spike/Dawn by [personal profile] dragonyphoenix.

The Green Eyed Monster , Amy/Kendra by [personal profile] punch_kicker15.

Chapter Fifteen of Dreams and Mirrors by [profile] kikimay.

Chapter Fifteen of Answering Prayers by [personal profile] velvetwhip.

Writers! Here we go again .

[community profile] fantas_magoria re-watches What's My Line, Part One .

Dorkly.com includes the comic BtVS in their "The 5 Most Ridiculous Sex Scenes in Superhero Comic Book History". "Technically Buffy isn't a superhero in the traditional comic book sense, but she does gain superpowers in the official comic continuation of the TV series. That means she could lift trains, read minds and bust out cutesy Joss Whedon dialogue at superspeed. More importantly, her new abilities included can flying naked while having sex with Angel and crashing into cliffs like a filler episode of Dragon Ball Z".

Of Ebook trees and DMCA Complaints

Apr. 14th, 2015 06:25 am
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[personal profile] fresne
 Ok, here's the sitch, someone scrapped A03 and posted quite a few works onto ebooks tree. Even if you think you're obscure as writers go, if you're on AO3, go follow the instructions from here to look yourself up to see if your included
<a href="http://besinaao3.tumblr.com/post/116303502520/ebooks-tree-com-update-and-getting-your-works">

I was kindly sent this link by someone who saw that I'd been scraped. Because yes, I was part of mass horde scrape. 

What I find hilarious about the whole thing, is given the nature of my writing, of 33 works scraped one was literally titled "This is not a story - Filling in the Variations", 13 were waaaaay out of any copyright but my own for the specific words, 17 were very serial number file offish (ah, yes, my Minoan Sherlock Fic, for example - oh wait, that's out of copyright too), and 2 works that yes, if I made money on them would be a violation of fair use. 

Oh, and that I had to enter a Capta to prove I wasn't a bot to send a DMCA complaint. Eye rolls. 

I mean really, their bot thinks there's a market for modern fiction written as if it was a medieval romance? Porny medieval romances Awesome, where is this market and I would gladly sell them my works. 

Anyway, the first part is the important bit, if relevant. Spreading the word.


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