catslash: (Nicola - :D?)
( May. 24th, 2011 02:24 pm)
. . . and then I didn't post for four months. Oops?

Um. Maybe I'll fill you guys in later on relevant things like classes I took, thoughts on fandom stuff, and so on. For now, though, I am going to try to gently ease back into at least posting often enough to keep the cobwebs from collecting on my journal by doing this thing I did a couple years ago. I'm just gonna copy and paste the entire text of the post itself.

As I'm sure many of you have done, I have lost multiple chunks of my life to TV Tropes. The most recent chunk was at the Wild Mass Guessing page, which is a gathering of pages on different fandoms discussing fanon theories from the sensible to the insane. Many of them have an "X is a Time Lord" guess, and since Dollhouse, there are a lot of "X is a Doll" guesses popping up, too.

So! In my idleness, I have decided to pose this - I don't know, meme I just made up to you guys.

Name me a fandom I'm familiar with, and I'll tell you who's a Time Lord, who's a Doll, or both (probably both) and why.

Feel free to swipe and use this yourself, if you could stand to kill some time.

I think it's been long enough for me to do again. You can ask for fandoms I did last time and I'll try to come up with different answers. Unless you do PotC, because "Jack is a Time Lord and the Pearl is his TARDIS" will ALWAYS be the right answer.
catslash: (Malcolm - plotting your doom.  yes yours)
( Jun. 30th, 2010 07:34 pm)
So I've finally - after, uh, three years or so of going "I am going to watch that someday, no really, I am" - gotten around to watching Life on Mars. The files I legitimately acquired are ripped from the original airings for the most part, I believe, and I was entertained to learn that S1/S2 aired back-to-back with S1 of The Thick of It. (Until TToI ran out of eps, I would assume.) I find the idea of a Gene Hunt-Malcolm Tucker double feature to be both awe-inspiring and deeply terrifying.
catslash: (yes! wait . . . - credit I have no idea)
( Mar. 21st, 2010 12:25 pm)
I am so excited for new Doctor Who next month that I keep dreaming about it. Seriously. Last night I had my second dream featuring Eleven in three days. (Amy was there too, I think, but my brain cares less about the companion we haven't met yet than it does about the Doctor.) Dreaming about TV or any kind of media at all is highly unusual for me. Dreaming about it twice in such a short span must mean that my excitement for new Who is so overwhelmingly powerful that I have to process it in dreams lest I explode.

catslash: (Nicola - and there you go)
( Mar. 2nd, 2010 08:12 pm)


I cannot EVEN. I loved this show so, SO MUCH omg I have to go explode now.

It is appropriate that I should find this link (thanks, Charles!) while I'm watching Titanic all the way through for the first time since it left theaters. So. For the eleventh time.

HATERS TO THE LEFT. You know what? I've been avoiding watching this movie again for years because I was afraid of finding out it sucked, as so many things one likes when one is fifteen tend to do, BUT IT IS STILL AWESOME. I don't even wanna hear it. TITANIC FOREVER. (I may be slightly biased.)
catslash: (Nicola - smile)
( Dec. 21st, 2009 02:49 pm)
Sitting in Starbucks, listening to a couple near me talking about the Wonder Twins and how their powers require them to work together to accomplish anything:

"You ever try playing with someone who doesn't quite get it? Like, I'm a whale and you're a tornado, thanks a lot. What am I supposed to do with that?"
catslash: (not mad)
( Nov. 17th, 2009 05:04 pm)
. . . so I got my usual monthly text telling me about how I have to pay my cell phone bill to continue receiving service and stuff, just in case that concept is beyond me. Usually, I don't look at those too closely, but right now I am writing a really boring paper so EVERYTHING that is not that paper is getting extra attention.

The From field, in its entirety:


YOU GUYS MY CELL PHONE SERVICE IS WITH THE 456. Now what do I do? Is the British government going to try to kill me? Should I keep a close eye on my eight-year-old brother?

More importantly: should I stick with the 456 or take my chances with the Archangel network?
catslash: (bunny - credit kadath on JF)
( Nov. 15th, 2009 01:04 pm)
OMG today. Today is new The Thick of It (which I have watched, and which was excellent, as usual; I may post to say more later, but I haven't the time now), FINALLY some new Doctor Who, AND I woke up this morning to an e-mail informing me that there was new iCarly available for download.

Plus my mom and I are going to see 2012, which promises to be utterly ridiculous.

Today is made of geeky win. ♥
catslash: (Default)
( Nov. 10th, 2009 11:35 pm)
This morning I woke up from a dream in which I'd been listing all the things I remembered from General Hospital when I used to watch it waaaay back when I was a teenager. Like, Damian Smith, Lily Rivera, Alex Garcia, Carly's debut and the way her story played out (I still remember when she finally confessed to Bobbi that she was Caroline, one of the few individual moments I remember with any clarity), the returns of the Cassadines and finding out that Nikolas was Laura's son, Pierce Dorman and his reign of FUCKING CRAZY ("When I was just a little boy, I asked my mother, what would I be . . . ?") - and I woke up all nostalgic. I loved that show so hard for such a long time, and with a wretched memory like mine it's fairly impressive that I remember as much as I do. And with Jonathan Jackson coming back and James Franco doing a guest spot, I'm tempted to find a way to start watching it again, but, man, the bits and pieces I've heard about all the things they've done to characters who used to mean a lot to me - I know that's how soap operas work, but when you stop watching one, it becomes crystallized in amber in your head. And I'd kinda like to keep it that way.

Yeah, I'm totally only telling you all of this because I've managed to post at least once a day for a bunch of days in succession and I'd hate to break the record now. Especially after spending so long hardly posting at all.
catslash: (Hamlet faxed me - credit greydruid)
( Nov. 5th, 2009 07:13 pm)
Today during discussion of Jude the Obscure, my professor compared Arabella to the ending of Drag Me to Hell. ♥

In other news: Look, a meme that has nothing to do with RP!

Pick a paragraph (or any passage less than 500 words) from any fanfic I've written, and comment to this post with that selection. I will then give you a DVD commentary on that snippet: what I was thinking when I wrote it, why I wrote it in the first place, what's going on in the character's heads, why I chose certain words, what this moment means in the context of the rest of the fic, lots of awful puns, and anything else that you'd expect to find on a DVD commentary track.

Answers will vary depending on the passage, my attention span, and the age of the fic. The much older stuff (like, the stuff that's so old that I have it in my memories because tags didn't exist yet) is unlikely to get good answers.
catslash: (bunny - credit kadath on JF)
( Nov. 3rd, 2009 07:16 pm)
Item One: You are never too old to shuffle your feet through a drift of leaves to see how far you can elongate it by kicking them along. Ever. This is my favorite part of the whole foliage thing in the fall. Just make sure it's a wind drift, not someone's careful raking.

Item Two: VOTING. I am covered with stickers! I love voting. Um, not just because of the stickers. But the stickers don't hurt. On campus today, they were passing out "I Voted No on 1!" stickers to people who had, you know, voted No on 1. (Question One was an attempt to repeal the law Governor Baldacci signed in May allowing gay marriage. I have not discussed this issue in my journal because FLAMES ON THE SIDE OF MY FACE, but it's been a pretty big deal. Tons of campaigning on both sides.) But anyway, I love voting even on off-years, and haven't missed an Election Day since I turned eighteen. I keep the stickers and each year and stick them on my headboard, because I am a dork.

Addendum to Item Two: I did not know that there was no voting going on in California! So, obviously, my post of admonishment to non-voters does not apply to any Californians on the flist.

Item Three: My Oscar Wilde professor is awesome. We had our midterm last Thursday, and I completely mismanaged my time, as is my wont, and only finished three of the four questions we had to do. Well, he came to me after class and said I was the only one who hadn't at least gotten a start on a fourth question, and he didn't want to have to give me a shite grade (that is a paraphrasing) that doesn't reflect my actual ability in the class, and when I explained that I have ADD and it distorts my sense of time (which is every inch the truth, you non-ADDers have NO idea), he said yeah he thought it was something like that, and it allows him to give me another fifteen minutes to try and complete a fourth answer. So! Shan't flunk the midterm in one of the classes I'm learning the most from this semester after all!

Item Four: Had a bunch of time during srsly boring discussion of unending Irish poetry (I suck so much at reading poetry; my interpretation of things tends to be way too literal for like ninety-five percent of poems to make anything resembling sense in my brain) to work on a sort of experimental Evita fic I've had percolating for a few days. So that was a much better use of those two and a half hours.

Item Five: Today wins.
catslash: (Default)
( Nov. 1st, 2009 01:44 pm)
Everything I have watched this weekend was AWESOME. I did finally get hold of both parts of The Sarah Jane Adventures, and watched that, and it was awesome. I figured out how to watch the ready-to-burn-to-DVD conversion of the 2006 revival of Evita bootleg I've had for a while (turns out you don't need to do the actual burning to watch it with the DVD Player program, as long as you've got all the right files, which . . . duh, oops), and it was awesome. And I just watched 3x02 of The Thick of It, and it was FUCKING AWESOME.

And I have to read a huge chunk of Jude the Obscure today (I have a movie I am also going to watch, with Christopher Eccleston and Kate Winslet; it and Sparknotes are Plan B if I run out of time/brain/will to live), so it is obvsly very important that I tell you in detail about how awesome each awesome thing was.

The Sarah Jane Adventures, 3x05 and 3x06: The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith. With random Children of Earth spoilage toward the end, because I can never seem to leave that alone when I talk about SJA. )


Evita! This is the production with Elena Rogers, Matt Rawle, and most importantly, Philip Quast. )

Man, I think I just depressed myself right out of an adequate discussion of The Thick of It. To say nothing of how long it's taken to write this so far, man, my brain hurts. (I refuse to proofread.) I'm not sure I'm up to it in general, anyway - the show has changed in really interesting ways with a new Minister, and a woman at that, and what seems to be a subtle difference in Malcolm Tucker's explosions. He's still funny as hell, but there's been a moment or two where Peter Capaldi's performance is more rawly furious than I recall it being before; it's much easier to see that Malcolm is going to give himself a stroke long before he has a chance to retire. I think I want to see how the show progresses for a couple more episodes, how the dynamic in the office firms up with the new member, and maybe rewatch the previous episodes before I go in depth. I do think that, so far, the show has only gotten better, and I will leave you with a Malcolmism that I choose to interpret as a subtle shout-out to Children of Earth (paraphrased a bit):

"Do you know, Malcolm? How to best clear up a paper jam?"

". . . do I know how to best clear up a paper jam? How about you try killing a kid an hour until it sorts itself out?"

(. . . I so badly crave a fusion crackfic with Malcolm replacing John Frobisher for the events of CoE. I cannot even.)
catslash: (Default)
( Oct. 29th, 2009 08:52 pm)

What's the statute of limitations on songs you should hate but love anyway? In other words, how long before nostalgia becomes an acceptable factor/excuse?

I have a copy of "My Heart Will Go On" complete with clips of dialogue from Titanic. The movie came out when I was fourteen, and I saw it for the first time when I was fifteen (for my birthday!). I am now twenty-six. Is it okay to admit that, due to fond associations, I love the song and always will, or should I keep my mouth shut on the subject for a while longer? What about Ricky Martin's "La Vida Loca," which came out when I was roughly sixteen? When does it become okay to embrace songs (or other forms of media) that become victims of tremendous backlash?
catslash: (can't brain today)
( Oct. 12th, 2009 07:41 pm)
So, every once in a great while, I will issue a request for fic challenges.

(This is not one of those posts.)

And then I will say, "And eventually I'll gather them all into one post!"

. . . a year later almost to the day counts as "eventually," right? Because last October, I asked for challenges for kiss fics. And have spent the intervening year reminding myself periodically to make that master post, and then not doing it, because I never get to every request and I hate being like, "Yeah, sorry about that."

. . . hey, at least by now some of you are new and haven't seen these yet?

from sotto_voice: Shaun of the Dead - David and Dianne, theater production )

from karaokegal: Torchwood, Jack and Owen, on the beach. )

From ashen_key: Torchwood/The Fix - Jack Harkness and Cal Chandler, hall of mirrors )

from joanne_c: Doctor Who, Nine and Jack - somewhere unexpected )

Yeah, I can totally see why I procrastinated on doing THAT for a year.

Next up: Crossover challenges from last April!
catslash: (Doctor implode - credit discordanticons)
( Oct. 11th, 2009 07:53 pm)
Have an entry that has been percolating in my head for a few days.

Things I think about during my class on Oscar Wilde and the fin de siécle:

* Writing a brief crack crossover between the Jeeves and Wooster books and The Picture of Dorian Gray, based entirely on the fact that both Bertie and Lord Henry have an Aunt Agatha. "Oh, dear, it's my dreadful cousin Bertie no, Dorian, don't look, maybe he won't see us. He lets his valet dictate his wardrobe, which says everything you need to - oh, hello, Bertie, I didn't notice you oozing past!"

* How awesome a post-S4 Doctor Who episode fic with Oscar Wilde as the public domain celebrity guest star would be. It would take place in 1882, while he was lecturing in Canada and America, and - um, would have a plot of some kind. I'm not so good with the plots. Should I borrow from the show's past, maybe dig a little deeper than goddamn Daleks and Cybermen? Should I gank something from Torchwood or SJA? Should I, oh god, make something up? And that's still easier than I suspect writing Wilde would be. Honestly, the more you know about a person, the harder they are to accurately characterize.

Things I do not think about:

* Essays which include sentences such as "By 'they' here I definitionally mean 'we.'" Really? What a coincidence. By "fuck you" here I definitionally mean "EAT ME." YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO DO THAT. THE ONLY NON-HUMOR-RELATED EXCUSE FOR CHANGING THE MEANING OF A FUCKING PRONOUN IS COMPLETE LACK OF EDUCATION, WHICH IS THEORETICALLY THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT YOU POSSESS. I've never taken a class that assigned so many essays composed entirely of Pretentious Academic Speak, most of which are harder to read than the works they are analyzing, so I have yet to build up a tolerance, and frankly I'm not sure I want to.
catslash: (Default)
( Oct. 8th, 2009 08:52 pm)
Roleplay meme!

NOTE: Please only respond to B if you are currently in a game I am in ([ profile] milliways_bar or [ profile] mixed_muses. I cannot do this for regular fandom because my brain doesn't work that way and I can't remember my past characters well enough to do it. If you disregard this and it makes me cranky enough, I might just delete your comment. I'm getting a little tired of people ignoring the roleplay aspect of these memes when I do them.

A, of course, can qualify as a fanfic question too, so that one's open to everyone.

A. Has my portrayal of a character(s) changed the way you think of him/her?

B. Pick one of my characters and I'll answer the following questions about him or her.
I reserve the right to omit questions that I think are stupid, that I can't quantify for the character in question, or that look at me funny.

1. What would your character kill for? What would they die for?
2. What would they refuse to do under any circumstances? Why?
3. What do they dream about?
4. What’s their biggest fear?
5. What single object would they be most hard pressed to part with? Why?
6. What is their fondest memory?
7. What is their worst memory?
8. What or who was were their most significant influence? Expound.
9. What do they believe makes a successful life?
10. What makes them laugh?
11. What are their religious views?
12. What is their greatest strength?
13. Do they have a fatal flaw? If so, what is it?
14. Who is the most important person in their life?
15. If they died, who would miss them most? How would they die?
New show I am in love with: The Thick of It.

It's a 2005 British comedy/satire about politics, following the Minister of Social Affairs and all the completely insane shit that goes on in his department. It first came onto my radar after Children of Earth, when people were suddenly interested in sharing things Peter Capaldi has done.

Then there was a movie, In the Loop, based on the show, and it somehow managed to make its little way up to Portland for a week or two. I was able to get out and see it, and it was brilliant. It was funny as hell, reasonably easy to follow despite that fact that I know fuckall about the structuring of British government, and did I mention funny as hell? I was thrilled that I'd gotten to see it, and reminded myself to check out the show.

The show is better.

I know this is kind of an awkward entry so far, without much information about what makes these things awesome, but it's kind of hard to get into it. What's so funny about a wall that's falling apart, or a politician owning an extra apartment? I can't explain it. You just have to see it for yourself. The other half of the appeal is the dialogue, which is partially improvised and as a result sounds really natural. And they had a swearing consultant, so you may rest assured that the swearing is authentic and truly quality. I just don't think the vast majority of it would be especially funny written out. It's a very "you have to be there" kind of show.

And yes, Peter Capaldi is fantastic in it. His character, Malcolm Tucker, is the polar opposite of John Frobisher. He's vicious and aggressive and swears constantly (the subject line? Malcolm) and will cut any throat he has to cut to keep things running smoothly. He is a magnificent fucking bastard, and I think the only thing that could stop him dead in sheer despair would be meeting meek little John Frobisher slinking around wearing Malcolm's face. And even then he'd find some way to turn this to his advantage that would make Frobisher positively long for more poisonous orders from PM Horatio Green.

Tragically, The Thick of It is not available on DVD in the States, though In the Loop will be released eventually, I'm sure. I mean, hell, if a limited release movie makes it to fucking Maine, it's done pretty well for itself. For the record, I am absolutely not planning to make TToI available in any way in the next week or two. Just making that clear.
catslash: (Sam is not so sure about this.)
( Sep. 27th, 2009 08:01 pm)
There's been some good TV in the last couple of days!

I haven't the mental energy to flail about it properly (blame Oscar Wilde; an essay on criticism as art disguised as a couple dandies shooting the pretentious shit is, while carrying added entertainment value, still an essay on criticism as art, and a fairly long one, too), so I will keep it brief and spoilerfree.

Dollhouse: I have been unsure about its ability to sustain itself past the first-season arc, but if the second season premiere was any indication, holy shit I think it'll manage. That was some amazing TV, first rate acting (esp Amy Acker, omg), some promising seeds for future story, and the kind of queasily uncomfortable storytelling I forgot to expect from this show. Okay, tiny casting spoiler that you probably already know. )

iCarly: Best teen-oriented show you aren't watching because it's on Nick. Yeah, I know, and the only reason I overlooked my doubts and gave it a shot is because [ profile] sotto_voice, whose taste I trust, was all kinds of enthusiastic about it. It's a fun show, without nearly as much obnoxious lolforthekids crap as you probably expect it to have, and a lot of clever, funny asides. And! Continuity in storytelling and characterization! If you trust me, you'll give it a try.
catslash: (Default)
( Sep. 20th, 2009 12:45 pm)
I was on iTunes earlier, downloading the new iCarly (because SHUT UP, that's why), when I noticed something a little odd about the new splash image. And, being steeped as I am in British TV and movies these days, I found it immediately hilarious.

Putting aside entirely the question of why she's flashing a backward peace sign, I will cheerfully point out that, if she were British, Carly would effectively be giving us the finger.

I guess the pressure of being the goodygoody finally got to her.


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