Shatner's Negotiator Returns

Jan. 31st, 2015 09:35 pm
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William Shatner is back in one of his most familiar roles, and we're not talking about Captain Kirk. Nope, rather he's once again playing the Negotiator in the latest commercial for Priceline, which will debut during the Super Bowl pre-game programming tonight, but is already online.

In the humorous spot, which is called "Know a Guy," the Negotiator explains how he secures deals nobody else can. Along theway, Shatner sports a variety of hats and suits, puts a man in a headlock and rides a luggage cart. Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting turns up at the very end, once again portraying the Negotiator's daughter.

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"The Justice League International cover has been homaged to death, I know, but we used it as the basis for issue 1′s cover because it had become pop-cultural shorthand for ‘this is a fun ensemble book that doesn’t take itself too seriously’ – and I was very keen to send that message out into the world because I don’t think the type of casual comic book readers we wanted to attract were aware that Transformers can do lighthearted, frothy stories (at this point I should add that the lightheartedness and froth was, of course, just a cover to disguise the drama and pain underneath)." -- James Roberts

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F, 31, GSOH

Feb. 1st, 2015 06:39 am
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limnetic:

Hey, who’s good to follow on tumblr in MCU right now? Good is highly subjective, I realise! Here’s what I am personally after:

Wants:

  • interesting fanart, original and reblogs
  • fic recs, preferably with some commentary (tag commentary ok!)
  • Watsonian (in-world) meta
  • happy squee and chatter

Do NOT Wants:

  • any untagged content
  • actor gifs and gossip
  • Doylist meta
  • rants

Any recs? Is this you? Reply/reblog/mail/let me know!

Got some but still looking btw!

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Posted by Carolyn Giardina


In all, 'Dragon' wins six trophies; 'Boxtrolls' wins two. 'Lego Movie' wins one award, best writing for writer/directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.

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because there is no justice in the world.

I can't imagine how the family of Aiyana Stanley-Jones must be feeling right now. And I can't fathom what the judge and juries involved were thinking. There is no sane logic by which you conclude that someone should be able to kill a seven-year-old and face no consequences. None.
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So I did a little of that this morning, and now that image -- that has been with me for several weeks now -- is out of my head and I don't have to keep it "refreshed." Yay.

Got the kid some of her stuff for the Animal Sciences class today. Yay. Still need boots and gloves suitable for barnwork.

Havva Quote
Home was a place you could trust the orchestra to read your mind as well as the score.
--Thief of Songs, M.C.A. Hogarth (available as ebook from the usual suspects, and also AllRomanceebooks.com)


INwatch+Bookwatch )

Dragons under fold )

Happy birthday to me!

Jan. 31st, 2015 11:34 pm
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The big 3-2! And I'm all bleeding and all, so not in a chipper mood. I'm just gonna pretend my birthday is next week. I really don't like having my period and my birthday coincide. Bah.

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Why Texas Muslims remained calm in face of angry hecklers

Tens of thousands of people have massed in central Madrid for a rally organised by radical Spanish leftists Podemos.

NSA's Water, Power Supply Under Threat in State Legislatures

In Los Angeles, Muslim women find empowerment in female-only Friday prayers

Mitt Romney bows out of GOP presidential race over potential for political injury

Ohio Delays All 2015 Executions As It Tries to Find Drugs

California's 'Dismally Meager' Snowpack Signals More Drought

Government supporters in Ukraine flee town as rebels advance (+video)

Ukraine peace talks collapse, Kiev and separatists trade blame

Palestinians in Syria cut off from aid once more: U.N.

Kurds battle IS jihadists around Syria's Kobane

In northern Iraq, Kurds struggle with IS booby traps

Nigeria's faltering response emboldens Boko Haram

Nigeria Elections: Boko Haram Violence, Ballot Chaos Threaten Vote

Boko Haram crisis: African Union backs regional force of 7,500 troops

Clashes Intensify Between Armenia and Azerbaijan Over Disputed Land This article is from the start of the month, but there's no risk of paywall

Greece seeks to reassure Europe as tensions rise

Experts raise alarm as plague kills dozens in Madagascar

Croatia just canceled the debts of its poorest citizens

North Korea introduces 'mandatory military service for women'

Two cases of child pornography possession in Vatican in 2014

January books and theatre

Feb. 1st, 2015 04:38 pm
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So who's excited about the Australian Open men's final tonight? ME ME ME. I have such a surfeit of tennis emotions, it's embarrassing. But anyway so books:


The Edge - Dick Francis
Memory - Margaret Mahy
The Mark of the Horse Lord - Rosemary Sutcliff
Hostage - Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith
The Raven Boys - Maggie Stiefvater
The Dream Thieves - Maggie Stiefvater
Blue Lily, Lily Blue - Maggie Stiefvater
Black Butler (Kuroshitsuji) 19 - Yana Toboso
There Will Be Phlogiston - Alexis Hall

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La Boheme (Opera Australia)
The Kitchen (Sydney Festival)

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EP117: The Haunted Palace

Feb. 1st, 2015 05:00 am
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Posted by Matt

Have you not gorged yourself enough on episodes? Well then, Terror Fiends, taste the soft bare flesh of our commentary on the 1963 release of The Haunted Palace. Entitle yourself to the small amusements of film facts, Poe/Lovecraft comparisons, British lip smacking, cinematic cleavage, Matt’s beard selfishness, silly putty faces, liking the villains, post-menopausal insanity, […]

Rivers of London!

Jan. 31st, 2015 09:17 pm
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This is just to say that I continue my longstanding pattern of getting into fandoms a) years after everyone else and b) after my wife suggests them to me. :D So, [personal profile] muccamukk, [personal profile] philomytha, [personal profile] linndechir, it's all your fault and thank you so much for not shutting up about it. :D

I've read at least two other books these last couple of weeks, to various levels of satisfaction, in the hopes of powering through my library list while not devouring all of Rivers of London in five days. But still, every time I get a chance to get back to Peter Grant's adventures, I have the hugest smile on my face. (And a giant crush on Nightingale. And while I don't ship Molly/Nightingale, her slightly possessive care of Nightingale hits me in a very happy place for some reason. Unlike Mucca I do ship Peter/Nightingale, largely on account of those suits.)

Am 2/3 of the way through Moon Over Soho and foresee this becoming a beautiful friendship.

Dreamwidth icon only tangentially related. ;-)

Festivids recs

Jan. 31st, 2015 08:18 pm

Festivids is here!

Jan. 31st, 2015 11:38 pm
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Festivids! !! ! I got three amazing vids: 

The Craft: Semi-Charmed Life
The Decoy Bride: Low
Men in Black series: Small Town Moon

I have watched maaaybe a third of the vids and my eyes are starting to melt, so I'm stopping for the night. (Some of these sources, I haven't watched all the vids from them yet, I've been skipping around a lot.) Here's a group of recs from day one:

Almost Human: Gone Tech
Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse: Classic
Black Swan: Everything In Its Right Place
Black Swan: The Monster
Brooklyn Nine Nine: Dynamite
Edge of Tomorrow: All You Need is Kill
The Flash: Centuries
The Flash: The Runner
The Flash: We're All in This Together
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters: Always a Good Time
Jump Street movies: You've Got That
Luther: Can't Pretend
Luther: Take Me to Church
Mawaru Penguindrum: Look Around You: Penguins
Only Lovers Left Alive: Feather Moon
Pitt Bulls and Parolees: I'll Be There For You
Pleasantville: Renaissance!
RPF - Soccer (German NT): Us Against the World
Sports Night: Take Your Guess
What's Your Number?: What's Your Naked

On a sidenote, if you IRC, there are lots of Festividders in #vidding on irc.slashnet.org, come hang. And for the record, I have five vids in this year, so if anyone guesses at least three, ... I will shower you with gifs and praise? I can't promise an actual prize, but you will drink from the keg of glory. The complete master list for Festivids 2014 is here

January roundup

Jan. 31st, 2015 11:23 pm
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I haven't done this sort of thing in a while. Last year, my writing schedule felt like it went off the rails fairly quickly so I felt a little guilty and didn't bother to do progress updates. Since I have a number of progress related goals, I'm going to try and be better about that this year.

Nattering and navel gazing )

Sunday's gossip column

Feb. 1st, 2015 12:06 am
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Premier League strugglers eye Lambert, Anderson set for Brazilian move, Reus wants to work with Wenger, plus more.

Some things you should know

Jan. 31st, 2015 10:32 pm
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1. Allison Janney is now the Robot Queen of the Universe. Thank you, Key and Peele. (Don't think I don't remember you from The Planet's Funniest Animals, Key. You've come a long way, dude.)

2. I cannot stand that "Black Widow, Baby" song. I hear "I'm a black little baby" every damn chorus.

3. We just finished a second watch of Penny Dreadful and SPOILERS ) *gasp*

4. Who can read Italian? I may need some help that I will repay with fanfic. *bats eyelashes coyingly*
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by

He opens the door, and the dogs don't even have the decency to wait before they brush past him, their big hulking bodies shoving into him, casual as you please.

"Okay, then," Sid says, sighing in exasperation when they sit down to stare at him expectantly. "I'll call Geno."

They bark at him cheerfully, as if to say, "Do as you please, human, but we're probably gonna stay a while."

Words: 1476, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

winners do it with a smile

Jan. 31st, 2015 10:17 pm
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by

“Work hard,” Brenda says to girls that ask for her autograph on the street. “Work hard, don’t let anyone tell you what you want can’t happen,” she says and smiles and signs their jerseys, their hats, their notebooks, whatever they want.

“And do it with a smile.”

Words: 9211, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

Series: Part 4 of can't hold us

The return of linkspam!

Jan. 31st, 2015 11:17 pm
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Fandom

Over on (and via) Tumblr, a series of posts on mythology in the Queen's Thief books.

At the OTW, author Cecilia Tan has a guest post on "Why Fanfic and Fan Rights Should Matter to Pros".


Writing

[livejournal.com profile] mrissa posted about cliffhangers: "Further in my watching of ten gajillion cop shows with my workouts, I have noticed an alarming tendency to try to add suspense in all the wrong places. Not every season has to end with a cliffhanger. If people like your show, they will keep watching your show. [...] But if you do choose to end your season (chapter, whatever piece of your narrative arc) with a cliffhanger, for the love of Pete can you make it one that actually…cliffhangs? Competently?" There's also interesting discussion in the comments.

Via Jim Hines, author Myke Cole posted "Military Fantasy: What is 'Military'?"


Cute

Buzzfeed claims to have compiled "The 100 Most Important Cat Pictures of All Time". With commentary!


Social Justice

At Panels last month, Caroline Pruett wrote "How To Talk to our Daughters about Women in Refrigerators".

Via Twitter: "We Hate Our Bodies, and It's Not Our Fault."

At the Toast, "Friendship and Race and Knowing Your Place".


Unsorted

Via Tumblr, "What One Man Learned From Wearing Makeup For A Week".

Via [livejournal.com profile] lnhammer, a list of all the volcano webcams in the world--as of May 2011, so no guarantees of all links working, mind you. Specifically, when I checked the Kilauea links as given, they all seem to be down, but this page has current Kilauea links.

[livejournal.com profile] siderea posted "Something to be Done: On Breaking the Cycle of Child Abuse". (Content notes as specified there: "child abuse, discussed generally; discussion of victim-perpetrators.")

Via [personal profile] silveradept:

--"The Web concepts you need to understand in 2015".

--"Why the modern world is bad for your brain".

--"10 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About Intellectual Property Law".

--"Creative Commons Confusion Continues to Confound Content Creators" talks about what it actually means to license your work through something like Creative Commons.

Via Facebook:

--Steam Garden is a steampunk festival in Tokyo.

--"Air Plant Jellyfish", which are sold here on Etsy.

Weather Report

Jan. 31st, 2015 09:10 pm
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8:58pm - Rain continues. Preferred weather website continues insisting that the snow that has been advertized to arrive as early as 3pm and as late as 7pm is still on its way. No clue whether the roads will be drivable tomorrow, though I am currently scheduled to work at 6am.

The east coast still has me beat.

An embarrassment of festivids riches

Jan. 31st, 2015 08:53 pm
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This year, somehow I was lucky enough to get THREE gift vids for [community profile] festivids! THREE! It an abundance of vid riches, and they are all absolutely fabulous in their different ways. I love them. :D

Storm Song (Twister) - Twister vid! I was excited about the idea of this vid from the time I had the idea of nominating Twister, and here it is! It is exactly the vid I wanted for this source, focused on Jo (formative heroine!) and all her bristly stoicism and obsessive, intense commitment to this job, and Jo/Storms and Jo/Bill/Storms and triumphant science and it makes me feel a lot of feelings about this very old movie that I still love very much.

A Hero Comes Home (Wonder Woman) - Diana, Hippolyta and the Amazons! I love the grounding force that Hippolyta and Themyscira and the Amazons are for Diana, even as she can't stay and live that life, and this vid captures all of that so perfectly. I love the new-to-me minimalist version of this song for the tone of the vid, so quiet and contemplative and moving.

Spectrum (Wonder Woman/other DC stuff) - The DC Trinity OT3 vid I tossed out as a pipe dream, which someone made real and beyond my wildest imagination! It is so epic, as any DC Trinity vid should be, and it gives me a truly embarrassing number of feelings about this OT3. Even apart from my very earnest feelings about them as a unit, I am never over how happy it makes me to see Diana as an equal member of this heroic trio, fighting alongside Superman and Batman, being every bit as important and iconic as they are.

ETA: I did end up making two vids, even though I said I was pretty sure I'd only accomplish one. Oops. Guess them if you dare! :)

Sundance Awards: The Winners List

Feb. 1st, 2015 12:11 am
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Posted by THR Staff


'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl' claimed both the U.S. Dramatic grand jury prize and the U.S. dramatic audience award.

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In Memoriam

Jan. 31st, 2015 06:58 pm
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Carl Djerassi, whose work led to the Pill.
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[Sheppard/Other, Ronon Dex/Sheppard: John Sheppard, Ronon Dex] Written for casey28's prompt for the Never Ever Will I Meme -
"John breaks up with Ronon to be with Rodney." [Complete]

Reading Frenzy Reboot - Part 15

Jan. 31st, 2015 09:26 pm
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First reading frenzy post of 2015! This was a light reading month for me since work is getting busy, and there are a bunch of heavier books that I started but need to drop right now because I can't handle them. But I did finish 1 novel and read several noteworthy new fanfics:

The Black Count: Glory , Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss: really excellent interesting and meticulously researched biography of the life of General Alexander Dumas, father of Dumas the author of The Three Musketeers, The Count of Monte Cristo, that sheds light on slavery in the French sugar-growing colony of Sante Domingue (Haiti), the growing population alongside that of black and mixed race free men and women, racism and attitudes toward race in France, and the historical and social context in which General Dumas was able to rise to high rank. This reads like an adventure story but is historically accurate and is presented in a fairly balanced and fair way: where there are conflicting accounts of certain events the author presents them all, and he indicates where there is uncertainty as to whether some events are true or just speculative tales.

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Superman's New(er) Costume

Feb. 1st, 2015 12:20 pm
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Here's the cover to Superman #39 with Superman's new costume:

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Podfic: "Fall of Princes" by kaizoku

Jan. 31st, 2015 08:37 pm
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Well it's a good thing I made a New Year's resolution to post a fanwork each month, or I wouldn't have edited this last night and posted it this morning:

Title: Fall of Princes
Author: [personal profile] kaizoku
Fandom: Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Ships: Arthur/Gwen, Gwen/Merlin, Arthur/Gwen/Merlin
Summary: Arthur wants to see Gwen with another man.
Notes: OMG you guys this story is so hot.
Links: Text, download, and streaming links at the AO3

Another one of my resolutions was to repost twenty of my old podfics to the AO3 each month until it's done. Well, work has been busy and I've been putting it off so I didn't really try until today, and so far I've done three. Lots more uploaded to the webspace [personal profile] paraka's giving me, but it will take a long time to fill everything in, especially with some authors having left fandom and/or taken down their fics, and with the files on my own computer being way more disorganized than I'd realized.

Anyway, here are my works tagged podfic on the AO3. It will be gradual. I'm using a posting skin that [personal profile] eosrose made and shared at [community profile] podfic_tips a while back, with the colors tweaked by [personal profile] fire_juggler and I really like how it looks. I sure regret not doing this years ago.

The Awesome Ladies Podfic Anthology is happening again this year with submissions due by February 8th. This is a fun thing to participate in even if you haven't made podfic before. I am happy to have a deadline to motivate me to make something in February.

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