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Especially after the last episode, I feel the need to give a thumbs-up to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. once more -- Season Four has really been firing on all cylinders. Robbie Reyes' arc was a great kick-off; this second half is different but just as intriguing. The show has flaws *coughCoulsonscentralitycough* but continues to surprise and delight me with its major storylines.

I made a STRONG STATEMENT in this little thread on Twitter about AoS. ;) (I know. It's unfortunate to use a microblogging service for macroblogging.)


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Concrete things done today: I slept until I woke up without an alarm (in practice, I slept badly and not all that late), took an accidental three-hour nap in the afternoon (with weird dreams and some discomfort), watched two episodes of The Good Place (three left), and watched the two episodes it took me to catch up on The 100. Technically those things were all on last night's modest to-do list for the weekend, plus while it's too soon to know if I'll catch what [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose has, at least today it seems clear that he's got another cold, not flu or something. Now if it'll just be (MUCH) easier on him than the one he had recently. >.> And I still hope to not come down with it, but at least I'm not mildly freaked out by the prospect like I am by the thought of flu.

Additional small accomplishments: we cut both cats' claws (hey, I said "small accomplishments") and I put a good dent in my email inbox.

Things I did not do at all: Work. Write. Read fiction. I would've liked to read, but I suspect I would've just fallen asleep again. It's the failure to get any work done that stings, though; I probably needed the day off, but ugh.

I feel like some of the day is unaccounted for, but really I think that's just the amount of time that vanished into clearing out a bunch of links I'd favorited on Twitter, which is in keeping with the sense that my brain never quite engaged today. :/

We have a rainfall warning for tonight, and sometime in the last hour the rain started in earnest; I can hear it on the window, which is pleasant but not as lovely as hearing it on a rooftop (which our place doesn't allow for).

Hopefully it'll wash a ton of snow away. We live on a loop, and the stretch of road linking the loop to the main street beyond is still over a third full of snow, although the drain and fire hydrant are plowed out (and the path carved to them through the snow encroaching on the street is somehow more imposing to me than the snow itself). So walking to and from the bus stop involves basically walking down the middle of the road and hoping no drivers turn off the main street too fast to look and see if anyone's walking there. -_-

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Feb. 25th, 2017 01:54 pm
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Smut Swap letter

Feb. 25th, 2017 07:38 pm
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Hello, dear writer of filth! This is the first time I've done smutswap. My AO3 username is dancesontrains, and you can get an idea of what I like from the stuff I've already written as well as the letter below.


general likes and dislikes )

(TW: incest)

The Flash TV 2014 )

(end TW: incest)

The Flash RPF )

Harry Potter - J.K. Rowling )

The Good Fight

Feb. 25th, 2017 10:49 am
monanotlisa: Kalinda looking at Alicia, both of The Good Wife (kalinda & alicia - tgw)
[personal profile] monanotlisa
ME: It's so good to see a short-haired woman* who's not queer** on US mainstream tv!

ALSO ME: I wonder if other people ship Lucca/Maia already...



* I understand that Lucca is Black, no matter how light her skin, and as such her short hair doesn't have quite the same connotations; that Hair in the Black community is a more complex matter than a few lines in a footnote can convey. And yet.

** Obviously the show has made no explicit statement on Lucca's sexual orientation, and there are already two! Canon! Queer! Women! Whose! Sexuality! Is! Not! A! Topic! But I will say that The Good Fight doesn't exactly show Lucca being much into her boyfriend...

Linkspam: fannish/geeky, misc.

Feb. 25th, 2017 11:39 am
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Season 1, Episode 8 The Banks of the Lethe

Originally aired 20 November 2000

Dylan discovers a way to communicate through a black hole with his former fiancee, on a ship sent to rescue the Andromeda in the past, but when faced with a possible reunion by transporting through time, he must decide whether to leave the future behind and abandon his mission to reform the Commonwealth. Resolving to time-travel back to the rescue ship, then return to the future with his lover, Dylan finds himself on the bridge of the Starry Wisdom just in time for a Nietzschean attack. The crew of the Wisdom trick their attackers into thinking the Andromeda is fully functional by nudging its orbit around the black hole, as Dylan sends a gravity-warped transmission threatening attack. The ruse works and the Nietzscheans leave, but Harper informs everyone that he can only lock on to Dylan to bring back. Dylan says goodbye and returns to his own time. Upon his return, he learns that while the efforts to alterAndromeda's destiny failed to free him in the past, the "nudges" made it possible for the Eureka Maru to save him in the present, so Sarah saved him after all. Guest stars Sam Jenkins, Kevin Sorbo's real life wife, as Dr. Sarah Riley, his lost love.




I really appreciate the way Dylan and Sarah are given a chance for farewells. And the character of Sarah is – technically – so interesting with her determination and strength in getting this wildcard project going while the Commonwealth was falling apart. And yet, the actress, was so whiney and petulant that it is hard to like her.

Also, the people in the past are curiously incurious about the future. Once the radio line was open, I would be bursting with questions about what happens, and, if worst comes to worst, where the best places to hide out are. Yet crickets.

Also, some very funny lines. ‘The deck drips with the blood of the unworthy’.

Modest, unexciting weekend goals

Feb. 25th, 2017 01:17 am
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Goals for the weekend:

--Sleep.

--DO NOT catch whatever illness hit [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose like a ton of bricks today. (Pleasepleaseplease let it just be a[nother] cold; we got flu shots, but you never know. >.<)

--Adapt as much of the final Maid-sama! volume as possible. The last ten pages or so of the first half are due this Monday [see also: kind and understanding editor!], and while the second half of the volume isn't due until the week after, a) I have a whole 'nother rewrite due that week too and b) we're still catching up at Casual Job, so AFAIK I'm working there Monday and Tuesday (at least).

(Imagine lots of sparkles and hearts around that "FINAL VOLUME", because holy crap is this series wordy. So wordy. I will not miss the horrifying amount of work it entails.)

--Catch up on The 100 (two episodes) and put as big a dent as possible into the second half of The Good Place season 1 (finishing it, ideally, but it depends somewhat on [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose since we're watching it together).

--Start reading A Conjuring of Light. (I finished both Final Girls and Wishful Drinking tonight.)

--Words?????? Make some???? This is a thing I can do???
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This is about to make it sound like I'm a gardener. I'm not a gardener, I just suffer from an abundance of space so I put things in the ground and water them maybe once if they're lucky, and some of them die and some of them sit there resentfully and some of them make me free food and some of them make me free food and then make more of themselves. I call this "Darwinian gardening".


Silverbeet: I hope you like silverbeet because you're going to be seeing a lot of me around.

Asparagus: Eat me!

Spring onions: o/~ You cut me down, I spring up again, you're never gonna get me down o/~

Button mushroom: Surprise, I'm a mushroom!

Poppies: We resemble that scene in the Wizard of Oz.

Strawberries: Hi I made you a strawberries.

Silverbeet: What colour do you like do you like green or yellow or red or pink or orange or pale green or more red or-- No, can't do silver, how about orange or green or dark green or--

Pumpkin: I have huge flowers.

Bok choy: Slugs enjoy me.

Lettuce: Earwigs are my friends.

Poppies: Here have more seeds than you could ever use in muffins in a year.

Strawberries: More strawberries?

Celery: I will take two years to grow and taste terrible but it's the thought that counts, right?

Silverbeet: Or yellow-green or red-orange or orange-pink or green-red or--

Pumpkin: So many flowers.

Raspberries: Ugh, here are 14 raspberries I suppose.

Plums: Are you ready for plums? WHOOMPH!

Strawberries: Hi again it's me, strawberries.

Zucchinis: Would you like a zucchini? Haha it's a marrow now. Enjoy your four marrows while I grow more marrows.

Mandarin tree: You grew me from a seed from a supermarket mandarin, what did you expect, flowers?

Lemon tree: All my flowers fell off.

Strawberries: Look here are more strawberries.

Silverbeet: I'm going to spend three months slowly going to seed now.

Pumpkin: All the flowers.

Grapes: Btw I decided to make grapes two months early this year, you probably didn't notice them hidden under the leaves. Oh look the birds ate them all, what're you gonna do.

Yellow zucchinis: Would you like a tiny yellow zucchini or shall I just shrivel up, yeah I think I'll do that.

Pumpkin: I guess I can make one pumpkin. Also more flowers!

Mystery cucurbit: Spherical cucumber, spherical pumpkin, who knows? The important thing is that I'm really big!

Peaches: Hey the peaches are ripe now, also turning mouldy, why didn't you pick them in the three seconds they were perfect?

Lettuce: I'm going to look like a dandelion as I go to seed.

Bok choy: I'm going to emit a secret call to aphids worldwide to come and swarm my seed pods.

Silverbeet: I've made a million seeds and every single one of them will be a new silverbeet, I think you'll enjoy their colours.

Strawberries: Continuing to grow strawberries.

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Feb. 24th, 2017 01:01 pm
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I'm sitting at the airport for a layover on my way home and I am freezing. I have a jacket on, but the jacket is failing me. My credit card also failed me (not really but sorta) because someone committed fraud with it while I was out of the country, thus freezing my card. I have no US money on me right now, but the card people let me use it for 15 minutes to buy water before closing the card again. Bah, wtf card. You have a chip! I thought that was supposed to protect me! Good thing I called that I was elsewhere because that's when the fraud charges happened and my card suspected it was stolen. Still. It's almost the end of the month and I'll have to input new card numbers for the bills I pay with it once new card comes in.

I am also very tired and want to nap forever. Stupid time adjustments.

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Feb. 24th, 2017 10:20 am
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[personal profile] seekingferret
I Puritani by Bellini, staged by the Met

Look, we already know I don't give a shit about most 19th century opera, this is not news. The first act of I Puritani was a total snoozefest of moderately unlikeable characters, tepid plot twists, and attractive but not particularly character-driven bel canto vocal lines. And so I decided to skip out on the second and third acts, which according to the summary in the playbill were "Act II: Totally misogynistic mad scene" and "Act III: Surprise! Everything works out in the end".




Just to fill out the post, thoughts on the new season at the Met: I was terribly excited to learn that Luis Bunuel's puzzlingly surreal and emotionally complex film El Angel Exterminador had been adapted as an opera and would be staged by the Met... until I learned that Thomas Ades was the composer. [personal profile] freeradical42 and I skipped the second half of his Tempest because we were so annoyed by the way he'd simplified Shakespeare's characterizations, and I did make it through his Powder Her Face, but it was an endurance feat. Maybe the third time's the charm, but I'm not super thrilled about the prospect of seeing him ruin another favorite text.

I'm amused but unsurprised that the Met is already staging a new Tosca, and that their advertising is highlighting its similarities to the Zeffirelli Tosca. Never change, Met. Never change. I am a little... regretful... that I have not seen the current, much-maligned Tosca production and have now missed my shot, but on the other hand, me and Puccini never get along.

And I am very intrigued by the new production of Cosi fan tutte, set at Coney Island? That has the prospect of being a total blast to watch.

Post-show treasure hunt results

Feb. 24th, 2017 09:59 am
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Two quarters, an eerie glass disk and a Kleenex that might have been rolled in a shoggoth.

Someone else found the underwire from a bra but I don't think it was near where I found my trove of artifacts. I feel confident nobody was removed from this space-time continuum while trying to harness forces beyond their ken, leaving behind only a few bits of flotsam to indicate they ever existed.

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