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This winter I appear to be bouncing back and forth between sane/numb erika and crazy/happy/moody erika.

Sane/numb erika are Abilify days.

Today is not an Abilify day.

When I take it, I lose my creativity, and some part of my intelligence. Maybe my curiosity... maybe something less tangible that happens when you go from being in full command of your intellectual faculties and then suddenly only have 80% control.

But I'm not crippled by overwhelming anxiety and suffering.

As I said to a friend, "it's like Sophie's fucking Choice up in here."




I go through. I continue. Persevere. I have learned the meaning of those words. To keep an intimate relationship, I keep more things to myself, and I have learned the value of privacy to understand the currency of communication.

Communication disseminates information and can easily lead to intimacy, and therefore is an important as hell part of the work in relationships itself.

In a fact that will surprise no one who knows my parents, the communication skills I learned growing up are largely limited to threats and control-freak manipulative behavior.

It's been a real fucking pleasure to have to learn to express needs like an adult. If I were in charge of The Force, it would be vulnerability that leads to the Dark Side, so that's been a real fucking challenge, too.

(That having been said, it's still unclear to me why I haven't been journalling. Just haven't had the time, really, I suppose. More entries, but shorter than the norm seems likely.)

Actually talking to your partner is fucking important, evidently. I would say who knew, but let's be honest, everyone but me did.




Esperanza. But I won't wait, while I hope. I fight, I scheme, I build, I try my best. I do it every day, and it doesn't get any easier, but at least it hasn't gotten worse. And I like the results.

Carve it on my fucking tombstone. it's not quite Dorothy Parker*, but "She always tried her best" will do.

*Wherever she went,
including here,
it was against her better judgment.

My mother

Nov. 23rd, 2014 01:16 am
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She picked up soup for the girls. Lots of soup. Lots and lots of soup. I am 87% certain that she did this specifically because I said I was running into the city tomorrow to do just that errand.

Not that I actually care who picks up soup or whatever for the girls. Seriously, that's a low-level issue. But it's just so typical of her that if I say I'm going to do something, she runs ahead and does it. She used to edit my essays for me if I asked her to type them up. Without asking, and - once I caught on - against my requests to please, please, leave them alone. Not just proofreading stuff, but doing rewrites. I'm sure she thought she was being helpful, but... yeah, not so much. And now, I'm sure she thinks she's being helpful again, but I can't help thinking that it's really about being the hero, the one who is feeding the girls in their hour of need. Which is ridiculous, because it's just soup and really nobody thinks it's that big a deal.

It just bugs me. If she'd asked, I'd've been like "yeah, whatever". Or if she'd done this before I mentioned it, same deal. Or if she'd bought a couple of cans while she was out, this is all normal behavior. But I say I'm going out to get some soup and pudding and whatnot for the girls, and she restocks the pantry for me! She got Vienna sausages, guys, and I'm not even sure the girls will eat those. (I point this out, and she goes "Well, I checked with you!" No, she asked about Chef Boyardee, and I carefully said that a single can wasn't going to do much harm, because that answer was better than arguing. She didn't ask about anything else. I should've known she wasn't going to stop at a single can of ravioli.)

And it's not even the soup! It's just so typical of her. Of course, this never happens when it's something I really would like to get done. If I say I'm going to be doing a lot of laundry, she never steps in and does that for me, and I think she knows I hate doing the laundry. Usually she says "Oh, no, you can't, I have a load to put in!", except she never seems to have a load to put in unless she sees me heading towards the washer. (Well, she will put things into the dryer if I ask, but I have to ask. Which is fine, but why is she willing to spontaneously lug 40 cans of soup home from the city but not to surprise me with folded clothes?) And she certainly doesn't astonish me by taking out her own garbage. But soup, that she can get, totally unsolicited.

Ugh, I'm not even sure if this is a ridiculous and petty complaint or if I'm actually onto something here. (That's not a request for input, unless that input is unusually insightful.) Maybe some depressing world news about wars and global warming and shit will help me get some perspective (and if that isn't a tidy segue, I don't know what is!)

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


There’s growing evidence that global warming is driving crazy winters

Biden denounces Russia, but says Ukraine must do more to clean up its governance

A Yeshiva Graduate Fights for Secular Studies in Hasidic Education

ISIS making inroads in Libya, Afghanistan, and Pakistan

The 'Caliphate's' Colonies: Islamic State's Gradual Expansion into North Africa

Madagascar plague outbreak kills 40, says WHO

Are farm crops key players in changes to seasonal carbon cycle?

Kenya bus attack: Al-Shabab 'wants religious war'

FBI arrests two would-be Ferguson bomb suspects: law enforcement source

A close look at a common North American songbird, the white-throated sparrow, reveals that it may be evolving a second pair of sex chromosomes (older article)

New York City Police Officer Shoots And Kills Unarmed Black Man For Using Stairs In Building

Faith groups divided over God’s role in climate change, natural disasters

A Rape on Campus: A Brutal Assault and Struggle for Justice at UVA

Republicans Said China Wouldn't Follow Through on its Climate Pledges. Looks Like They Were Wrong.

Before Snowden, a debate inside NSA

"Murder"

Nov. 23rd, 2014 01:40 am
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See, lady, this is what happens when you spend all your time grandstanding around the courtroom instead of teaching your kids doctrine!

and it kind of annoys me... )

Volume 105, Issue 14

Nov. 23rd, 2014 06:18 am
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Posted by Comic Store News: A Comic Book Based Newsletter

Fic
Marvel
- cordeliadelayne wrote "Miscommunication". (Rated PG, Clint/Coulson)
- _samalander wrote "Beautifully". (Rated PG-13, Clint/Natasha)
- magicasen wrote "Saving Bucky Bear" with art by seasaltpepper. (Rated G, Avengers and AvX Babies)
- starhawk2005 wrote "A Light in the Dark" final four chapters and epilogue. (Rated NC-17, Loki/Jane)
- comicsohwhy wrote "Dangerous Liaisons and Unwanted Alliances" Part 5. (Rated General, Steve Rogers/Tony Stark; Reed Richards, Susan Storm, Carol Danvers, Johnny Storm, Ben Grimm, Franklin Richards)
- evilmissbecky wrote "All the Time in the World". (Rated R, Tony Stark/Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson, James Rhodes, Natasha Romanoff, Bruce Banner, Hank McCoy, Thor, Clint Barton)
- iloome wrote "the spaces in between". (Rated Teen, Steve/Tony)

Drabbles and Ficlets
DC
- katleept wrote "Blessings From Above". (Rated PG, Thomas/Martha, mentioned Bruce/Selina)

Graphics
- fandom_forever posted Agents of SHIELD 2x08 screencaps (zip site requires free registration).
- famira posted Guardians of the Galaxy icons, Batch A.
- caotica_tatjana posted Laurel Lance icons.

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Remember kids: when a limo with diplomatic plates offers you a lift in New York City -- DON'T GET IN. It's a creepy super-villain who just wants to use you for your body.

scans from The Incredible Hulk 143 )

 

PS: These scans came from The Incredible Hulk DVD-Rom Collection from 2007. I mention this because: 1) Marvel deserves a shout-out for authorizing such a fantastic product (although unfortunately I think it may be out of print), and 2) If there is anything specific you'd like to see I've probably got it on here; feel free to leave a request in this post.

Hello from down the NaNo well!

Nov. 23rd, 2014 05:03 pm
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Hi new people! I'm excited to see my flist all plumped up like a happy chicken.

I'm a bit scarce at the moment as I try desperately to get through NaNo. Still 3K behind! But was 5K behind! NEVER SURRENDER! MORE FLASHBACKS!!

I still wanted to say hi, and welcome, and to point you to a couple of 'about me' posts that may be helpful:

About Me from 2009, and which I should update a little. Now, sadly, we only have two cats, and we no longer live on a street with alpacas. But we do live on a street with PONIES. It's awesome.

Where I Live, from last year's December meme. Still basically current, except on the locavore part, because this year we scored a saffron farm and (this one is awesome) a producer of escargot. There's snails in them thar hills.



Please allow me to offload linkspam before I die of tabs:

iO9's Top 100 Star Trek episodes. I didn't agree with all of them, but I did have a hell of a lot of fun reading through.


From the classier end of Facebook (that would be the fandom end!) 'Ozten': Pride and Prejudice for Australians
ELIZABETH (about Mr Collins): But he DRIVES A FORD and wears SOCKS WITH SANDALS.


I want a comicbook about these women. I want TV about these women: Meet the 4 Women Who Will Join the FDNY This Year. I am all about the competence porn in this article, and also about big strong women being heroes and saving lives.


The Powers trailer, via iO9 - this looks like it's actually going to be good. I am surprised! I wasn't sure what to make of a show coming out of PlayStation, I guess, but the casting for Deena is awesome, and Imdb says there's going to be Eddie Izzard, Michelle Forbes, and Noah Taylor. That is a kick-ass bunch of people.


American Horror Story’s Mat Fraser won’t star in your “inspiration porn” - I found this a really interesting interview, with lots of stuff about representation in media, and the interaction between actors and writers.



I think that's enough procrastination for now. ONWARD TO VICTORY! VICTORY THROUGH FLASHBACKS!

Fic: Shooting Party

Nov. 23rd, 2014 12:13 am
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Title: Shooting Party
Author: [personal profile] bring_me_sugar
Prompt: Sam Axe goes into a bar and meets...Ash Williams!
Fandoms: Burn Notice/Evil Dead Trilogy
Word count: 704
Rating/Contents: T/Mature/R for explicit violence and demon killing.

Fic @ my AO3

when in doubt, go with Kirby

Nov. 23rd, 2014 12:23 am
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I made a post this week that got over 400 notes! That is probably 395 more than any other post of mine ever has. (Not that I post much at all; mostly I just reblog images of ladies and/or superheroes.) Mild rush, but would I rather have a journal post with 400 comments? No question.

Mishmash post

Nov. 23rd, 2014 01:27 am
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--I keep feeling like it can't possibly be as late in the year as it is (you'd think I'd find that easier than usual, since Casual Job almost always winds up in early to mid-December), but somehow US Thanksgiving is in less than a week, and a week from tomorrow is the first Sunday of Advent. O_o US Thanksgiving is my benchmark for the start of the winter holiday season even though I live in Canada; so much of my online intake comes out of the US that it's when Christmas talk really revs up, and it's generally close enough to Advent that it's not unreasonable...except I still feel like we ought to be having warm days at least sometimes, but instead it's (I think?) a particularly chilly November for Nova Scotia. At least we've been spared any real snowfall so far. *knocks wood*

--Tonight I fell into Tumblr for a while for the first time in well over a week. I really am glad I kicked the habit of catching up on it completely every day (I even used to do it when Casual Job was on, which is slightly terrifying), but I keep forgetting how relaxing I find it, for the most part. I've got a lot of social justice stuff coming across my dash, but other than that, the fannish glee and cute animals pics are delightful but low-engagement in a way that's just what my brain wants sometimes. Tumblr'll never, ever be my preferred place to be online because of that low ratio of actual communication (Dreamwidth all the way for me!), but sometimes it's just the thing.

--Actual media intake for the evening: I started my Parasite reread and got maybe four chapters in before realizing that I was staying fully engaged as long as I was actively reading but starting to fall asleep on the couch within seconds every time I looked away from the screen for even a few seconds (which I do often, what with the kittens), so I fled the couch's vortex and watched the first episode of The 100. I can't say it immediately grabbed me by the heart or anything, but there were several familiar faces among the adult cast, all of them actors I really like, so that's exciting. *^^* (Especially Paige Turco, who's my favorite recurring guest star on Person of Interest.)

--Another benefit of Casual Job wrapping up is that we can get back to some of our group viewings. We've been showing Utena to Kas gradually (we're around Ruka's introduction), and before I went back to work and [personal profile] wildpear had a Sunday evening class for a few months, we'd been in the habit of watching things with her and her husband and Kas on Sundays after Pumpkin goes to bed--which never leaves time for much watching, so shows take a while, but that's okay. ^_^

Anyway, we'd nominally started a Firefly rewatch (for once, something we'd all seen already!) ages ago, but never got past the pilot, and in the intervening time I've started really, really wanting to show them Leverage, which none of us have seen all the way through. (I've seen all but the back half of season 4 and some episodes of season 5 [I have seen the series finale]; [personal profile] scruloose has seen an unknown and scattered number of episodes, Kas has seen the pilot, and [personal profile] wildpear and her husband haven't seen it at all.)

So [personal profile] wildpear and I talked about it a bit last night, and as much as anything, GamerGate made the decision for us, because right now neither of want to see Adam Baldwin's face. (I'd been somewhat aware for a while that Baldwin's a sorry excuse for a human being, but WOW, SO AWFUL.) Leverage it is.
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Standouts in 'Chicago' helmer Rob Marshall's latest Broadway adaptation, unveiled Saturday, include 'Devil Wears Prada' co-stars Emily Blunt and Meryl Streep

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Boo, hockey. Yay, sleep.

Nov. 23rd, 2014 12:00 am
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Original Cat excels at looking majestic in photos. This one not so much )


Spent the night fighting with antivirus software while watching two hockey teams lose, rather than working on yuletide fic. Less than a month til the deadline. Which means just over a month until my Christmas shopping needs to be done. Yikes!

"Bigger on the inside"

Nov. 22nd, 2014 11:42 pm
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[personal profile] rosefox
Things that happen on Twitter:

[twitter.com profile] readandbreathe: Idea of the day: A Doctor Who/Proust mash-up.
[twitter.com profile] rosefox: Remembrance of Timey-Wimey Past, or Was It Future, I Forget
[twitter.com profile] ronhogan: I bit into a jelly baby and a flood of future memories overwhelmed my mind.
[twitter.com profile] readandbreathe: "For a long time I used to go to bed early. I'd dream of a box that is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside."
[twitter.com profile] ronhogan: OMG, that pretty much IS Amy Pond fic, right there.
[twitter.com profile] rosefox: "We are all of us obliged, if we are to make reality endurable, to nurse a few... follies in ourselves." (unchanged)
[twitter.com profile] a9ri: "the real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having a TARDIS"
[twitter.com profile] rosefox: "Every person is destroyed when we cease to see him; after which his next appearance is a new creation, different from that which immediately preceded it." Also unchanged. Maybe Proust WAS a Time Lord.
[twitter.com profile] readandbreathe: WHOA.
[twitter.com profile] ronhogan: WHOAx2.
[twitter.com profile] rosefox: "altogether he looked... as though he were the lifeless and wire-pulled puppet of his own happiness." < Matt Smith
[twitter.com profile] rosefox: (I am not a Matt Smith fan.)
[twitter.com profile] rosefox: "Often she had seen [servants] born. That's the only way to get really good ones." Yep, Amy Pond fic all the way.
[twitter.com profile] rosefox: This is making me want to read Proust, which I have never actually done. I'm just pulling quotes off Goodreads.
[twitter.com profile] readandbreathe: Ooo, you must. I just started the fifth volume.
[twitter.com profile] rosefox: Do let me know if it's better when read with the assumption that Proust was a Time Lord.

Edition 3,059

Nov. 23rd, 2014 04:23 am
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Fanfic: Other Slash
Rebound Tenderness 1/? by cosmic_medusa (Dean/Castiel, R)

Fanfic: RPF
Highway to the Moon by viviansface (Jared/Jensen, NC-17)

Icons
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Nov. 22nd, 2014 08:28 pm
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It's Dungeness crab season here; [livejournal.com profile] cattitude and I bought a nice big cooked crab this afternoon, which I took apart and he is making into crab cakes. It will be good, but while I was taking the crab apart, I remembered that some months ago, talking with [personal profile] roadnotes, we agreed that he would make some for her and Scraps, this winter.

There's grief as a background, right now, and then there are odd sharp moments, like that. But we go on, and we are going to eat crab cakes.
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It replaced 'direct' with 'dig' (why?) but it knew immediately how to spell Cumberbatch. (As in our honored lizard-prince from beyond the stars, Benedict Cumberbatch.)

It's also possibly my autocorrect is being paid off of by the Cumberbatch Oscar lobbying committee for unknown but probably sinister reasons.

Chesterfield Ridge Pride

Nov. 22nd, 2014 07:58 pm
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We have 4 cats right now, which is really wacky.  Our friend Mitzi died, and no one in her family could care for her two kitties, so we took them in.  It's been over a month now, and there is no real violence between them -- but it's really weird to have so many cats. 

Sweetie -- who I swear suffers from PTSD -- is the oldest, at around 5-6 years. She's a long hair burmese queen that Mitzi adopted from a shelter.  We believe that she had been used as a breeder, and she was abandonded after a few litters as she throws up a lot.  She weighs around 8 lbs, and really is a sweetheart when she's not anxious.

Lilly is the next oldest, around 4 years - grey tabby and white, long hair, lovely and territorial.  She was FIV+ so she was kept isolated from the rest of the household for several months, and when we took her in, we kept her in a separate room until her blood test came back clean.  She's a doll, but can get overly excited, and she's very much a loner.  I'm not sure she really sees other cats as her same species.

Jasper is "Sweetie's Kitten".  She was alone a lot after Mitzi adopted her, which made her anxiety worse.  Mitzi thought that having another cat would help her, and so she picked up a male red tabby kitten as male/female cat combos are easier to integrate.  Sweetie and Jasper really did have this 'oh, my lost baby is found!' thing going on for quite a while.  He is a big ol' two or three year old 18 lb monster now, and he climbs up on the counters and the top of the refrigerator. In 20 years, none of my cats has ever climbed Mt Fridge, but that's where Jasper likes to lay.

Jack is the youngest, born in April of this year. He's a tabby the color of toasted coconut, and loves to hang out with us, licking and cuddling and sitting in our laps. He had a bad run with an upper respiratory infection, and while his sneezing is normal now, one of his eyes still gets watery occasionally and needs antibiotics.   Jasper is his bestest buddy, and the two constantly play and get into trouble.  Lilly and Jack also hang out some, and she lets him lick her head.  He ignores Sweetie, who mostly stays upstairs in a couple of rooms, and she lets him swagger  into her domain with only the occasional hiss.  So I think -- fingers crossed -- this might all work out.

And I think I am now, officially, a crazy cat lady.

What humans do.

Nov. 22nd, 2014 10:01 pm
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I'm always disappointed that the Avatar francise and fandom - both The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra - don't get much into how bending feels. Not just things like Toph's seismic sense or her ability to tell if someone's lying, an airbender's sense of the wind's flow around them, or even a metalbender's ability to perceive the faint traces of earth in the metal.

I mean more things like how a waterbender's shifting their element from solid to liquid, or liquid to gas, changes their perception of it. Or if bending snow requires a different sort of control than water. If bending snow has anything in common with sand-bending, how that feels within the bender's head and hands. What happens inside their head of a waterbender or an earthbender who's bodily cut off from their element and then returned to it. How that feels. Does it grow distant and faint, or is it something that simply shuts off? When is it cut off entirely?

What's required of lavabending. How that differs from sandbending, or metalbending, how speaking to and working with the element is changed based on its mutable properties while still remaining earth. Much as lightningbending is still bending fire, only a different form thereof. Firebending the only bending discipline that comes from within the bender - when they bend fire outside of themselves, what's called upon for that sort of bending instead.

Airbenders are capable of constantly perceiving their element, and can't be fully cut off from it within the physical world. In the spirit world, benders can't bend unless they've bodily traveled there; how does an airbender's awareness change in that set of circumstances? Do other bending disciplines have lessons on working with limited resources that simply can't apply to airbenders, who operate on an all-or-nothing scale?

This is the sort of thing comics and cartoons are perfect for: the illustration of radical perception differences which can't be communicated within other mediums, not without breaking the bank or someone's brain. And it disappoints me that this is a rare case where fandom isn't doing anything with this rich, untapped vein of story possibilities.

Some Invisible Man icon sources

Nov. 22nd, 2014 06:28 pm
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[personal profile] sholio
It turns out that trying to find LJ-style icons for a show that's almost 15 years old and has next to no existing fandom is really hard. I keep finding places that USED TO have icons but now have sad little white boxes or "journal deleted" notices. (And yes, I could make my own, and I may do that at some point, but I'm lazy. Part of the problem is that making screencaps is an enormous pain since Apple in its infinite wisdom decided to make it as hard as possible to take screenshots from a DVD. I get not wanting people to be able to rip it, but screenshots? Seriously?)

Anyway, I did find some icon posts still active, in case other people want some!

Icons from the pilot
More icons from the pilot
Still more icons from the pilot
Assorted icons from the first few episodes (no major spoilers that I noticed)
General season one icons (contains some spoilers)
Invisible Man icons as part of a misc icons post (no spoilers I noticed)
Invisible Man icons in a multifandom icon post (didn't see any spoilers)
Icons mostly from episode 2 (lots of needles in this set, for the needle-averse)
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So remember this summer, when I posted about the game my girl cat made up? (Dropping cherries from the counter into the water bowl.)

Well, now any remotely round fruit or veg left on the counter is game, and she has recently gotten supremely good at it. We've found lemons, roma tomatoes, and now a giant beet in the water bowl. It's kind of impressive, really.
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Posted by Clarke Wolfe

As far as I’m concerned, Penny Dreadful turned out to be the surprise of the year in terms of tight storytelling, passion, scares, outstanding performances and deep emotion. The series received an expanded follow up season with Showtime ordering a total of ten episodes up from season one’s eight.

Now, in the first released image from season two, featuring Josh Hartnett’s Ethan Chandler and Eva Green’s Vanessa Ives in a tender embrace, the press release that accompanied the photo promised that in the upcoming season, “Vanessa and Ethan form a deeper bond as the group, including Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton), Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway), and Sembene (Danny Sapani), unite to banish the evil forces that threaten to destroy them. Meanwhile, Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney), the Creature (Rory Kinnear) and Brona (Billie Piper) are all waging battles of their own.” While some are speculating this synopsis and the still are hinting at a romantic relationship between Chandler and Ives, I’m not so sure.

Series creator and sole series writer John Logan previewed season two of his hit series extensively this summer at San Diego Comic Con telling the crowd of fans, “Next season is very different. The cosmology and the theology of the show is much larger, and the next season they are thrown into a much more threatening supernatural show. And next year Madame Calli, who appeared in episode two and briefly in the last episode, and her supernatural world will become the big threat in the second season.” Logan also previewed season two by saying that the sophomore season would “deeply grapple with theology, because the question of whether or not there is an world beyond in central to season two.”

PennyDreadful_9358

Penny Dreadful returns to Showtime for season two in 2015.

I watched Mockingjay Part 1

Nov. 23rd, 2014 01:21 pm
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Note: major spoilers for all books and currently released films below!

I love the Hunger Games, but I don't love it the way I love other books and movies and television shows. I don't love it for the characters -- though there are many that I like, or admire, or care about quite a lot. I love it for the story, the themes, for what it does. (Not to say that I don't find much to love in story, plot, and theme in other media, but in The Hunger Games this plays a much more prominent role vs characters than in anything else I love.)

The Hunger Games is the multi-million dollar franchise of my marxist anarchist heart. I'm only slightly kidding. )

An aside about movie Coin vs book Coin. )
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Posted by Joseph McCabe

If you still haven’t seen Paramount’s Blu-ray releases of Star Trek: The Next Generation, you’re missing out on one of the great TV restorations of our time. No longer confined to the murky tones of standard resolution, the adventures of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D positively pop with color and clarity, as heretofore unseen details reveal themselves. And the new special effects (respectfully reworked from the show’s original low-res digital effects) make the Star Trek universe feel that much more eternal. You can experience a taste of all this in the following blooper reel video (courtesy of Uproxx) from the show’s seventh season and final. Available on December 2nd, it includes the unforgettable last episode “All Good Things…”, still one of the finest TV series finales in history, and unquestionably the greatest Star Trek series capper. But for now, just enjoy the unflappable Patrick Stewart fight the urge to let out a hearty — ah, but that would be telling…

You just know there had to have been a lot more going on with Picard and Crusher off screen, eh? But what we did see of their relationship made for some of season 7’s most memorable moments, particularly in “All Good Things…” where the show flashes forward to the crew’s future (as well as backwards to their past). As for what’s going on with Jonathan Frakes in the above video, well, your guess is as good as mine. Hopefully there will be some explanation, and a lot more bloopers, when the Blu-ray arrives. But even if the outtakes don’t provide enough laughs, there’s always the unintentional hilarity of the “romantic” ghost story in season 7’s worst episode “Sub Rosa”. Engage!

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Nov. 22nd, 2014 09:55 pm
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Nov. 23rd, 2014 02:04 am
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"One thing that Sakura wished she had realized a long time ago was that love could come slowly. If she had known that it would have made it easier to see what was happening between her, Mikorin and Nozak, would have made it so simple to acknowledge what was between them all. But as it was, their feelings had surprised them."

Words: 1425, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

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Patchwork Families Part 4 of 5
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams

word count: 941

Review part ONE, TWO, and THREE


:: The lovely, amazing, talented [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith allowed me to play in her sandbox of Polychrome Heroics. Anything developed here is also hers to play with as she will. It's only fair! ::



Time passed in selecting and ordering supplies, until Saraphina woke up. Then it was measured in soft French, in stories and songs and nursery rhymes. Aidan looked up as Arlene entered, carrying a small bowl and spoon. He was sitting on the visitors' chair, with Saraphina in his lap and the baby carrier worn empty on his chest. Both had little dabs of some white cream on their faces, in their hair, on their necks and even their hands.
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Reviews of Caron Pour un Homme, Coco Chanel, Chanel Egoiste, Chanel No. 5, Eau de Rochas, and Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male Terrible


I have quite a few samples I'd love to re-home with someone else who will love them more than I do. At this point, I'd like to just get the samples out of the house to clear the way for my new order of BPAL which will hopefully arrive before Christmas. So, if you're really interested in something listed in the linked post and have nothing to trade, no worries. Consider it a gift. If you only have one scent to trade, and you're interested in ten of mine, you can have all ten! I'd really prefer to send these out in multiples, so please ask for more than one. Be greedy, my friends. :) Someone will also get a sample of something Sephora sent me with an order (a skin mattifying creme, I think).

Perfume Reviews

Nov. 22nd, 2014 08:54 pm
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Although Emma and I have been testing perfumes, I haven't had the time to post any reviews, so here's an attempt at clearing the backlog. This also means I have quite a few samples I'd love to re-home with someone else who will love them more than I do. At this point, I'd like to just get the samples out of the house to clear the way for my new order of BPAL which will hopefully arrive before Christmas. So, if you're really interested in something and have nothing to trade, no worries. Consider it a gift. If you only have one scent to trade, and you're interested in ten of mine, you can have all ten! I'd really prefer to send these out in multiples, so please ask for more than one. Be greedy, my friends. :) Someone will also get a sample of something Sephora sent me with an order (a skin mattifying creme, I think).

On to the reviews!

Caron Pour un Homme, Coco Chanel, Chanel Egoiste, Chanel No. 5 )

The Eau de Rochas that Decynthus was so sweet to send me as a gift )

The Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male Terrible that Executrix was so sweet to send me as a gift )

Giveaways and Swaps )
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Posted by Clarke Wolfe

Well, I think it’s safe to say that scary clowns are having a moment. Between Twisty and Dandy on this season of American Horror Story to True Detective director Cary Fukunaga’s upcoming two-part feature adaptation of Stephen King’s It, the nightmare creatures are back and more terrifying than ever.

One of the most intriguing horror prospects is Clown, produced by Eli Roth. The movie started out as a fan-made trailer produced in 2010. Now, here we are in the end of 2014 and the film directed by Jon Watts has seen a release in Italy after its featured poster was banned for being “too scary.” There has been some confusion about what was going on with the US release of the movie as Dimension Films has yet to set a premiere date stateside.

Back in January of 2014 a trailer was released, although with the lack of information or comments that followed, some people believed that the trailer was leaked. The Italian release of the movie earlier this month was very real though and thanks to the folks over at Film.It, we’ve got a look at some horrifying images from the movie which centers around a dad who dresses up as a clown for his sons birthday party only to find out that he can’t take the costume off. Yikes. Nightmares, I tell you!

If you’re feeling brave, take a look at our gallery of the images, included the banned poster, followed by the fan made trailer and the official international trailer below!

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Here’s the fan made trailer that inspired it all:

Now here’s the international trailer for the release in Italy:

What do you think, horror fans? I love how some of the shots are pretty similar. It could be a really neat success story if it all pays off. Are you excited to see Clown in all its twisted in grizzly glory? Reveal your thoughts about the nightmare creatures below!

We’ll keep you posted on release date details as they emerge!

...and the weekend has arrived!

Nov. 23rd, 2014 09:36 am
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Last night I went out for dinner and drinks with Melissa and some of her old students (now just friends. They've been getting together every few months like this for years). One of them is my student this year, and we've had multiple conversations about our friendship with Melissa, so this time she invited me as well. We went to an Asian fusion restaurant in Umeda. The food was tasty and everyone was really nice. Feel like I've been kind of accepted into their group, and they've promised to invite me to all future get togethers. Awesome!

When I came back home I beat Persona 3 Portable. I know a couple entries ago I complained a bit about certain aspects of the game, but the game was still completely and utterly awesome. I think I like P4 a bit better as a game, but I think I liked P3's overarching story better. And the ending. THE ENDING. It was PERFECT. And, Aigis. My dear, sweet Aigis. Was not expecting her to be my fav by the end, but it happened and now I have so many feelings.


Really liking the new Sakanaction stuff (this is a double a side single, I think? There's another video here featuring a DANCING SPIDER). I haven't paid attention to them for a while and am now feeling like I need to remedy this. Though I do feel the need to chime in once again and say how I wish their videos weren't so focused on the vocalist. I WANT TO SEE MORE OF THE REST OF THE BAND.
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Posted by Merrill Barr

With his role as David Letterman’s successor on CBS’ Late Show set in stone, it won’t be much longer now before the doors close for good on Stephen Colbert’s run as host of The Colbert Report, but if there’s one thing Stephen isn’t fond of doing, it’s going quietly into that good night. This past week, the host had on a guest, but not just any guest; rather it was none other than the man that made him/his executive producer, Jon Stewart. There to promote his new film, Rosewater, Stephen was quick to get to what matters: Stewart’s amazingness at everything. Check it out:


So as we slowly watch the clock tick down on Colbert’s time on Comedy Central, it’s nice to see the man going out strong, and this interview will totally be remembered as one of the finest moments in the series’ history.

No matter how outlandish Colbert gets, his clear “don’t take any of this seriously” attitude is what keeps us engaged, and it was so much fun to watch him “spar” with Stewart this week. We have no doubt, considering how many interviews and late night talk shows he’s had to do for the new film, this was, by far, Stewart’s favorite interview of the press tour, and that he found it a great way to close out the marketing campaign. Of course, it would also be nice if Stewart could just stop being good at everything, right?

What did you think of the “spar” between Stewart and Colbert this week? Let us know in the comments below.

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I can’t remember how this started (but I can tell you exactly how it ends) (12377 words) by gwyneth rhys
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Captain America (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Steve Rogers, Brock Rumlow, Sam Wilson (Marvel)
Additional Tags: Groundhog Day, Time Loop, Temporary Character Death
Summary:

“And this is the thing, Steve. I would rather relive this day for eternity than watch them win and you die, or see you be enslaved to them the way I was.”



Just your average Winter Soldier gets trapped in a time loop story.

got your heart in a headlock

Nov. 22nd, 2014 11:47 pm
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Starring a grumpy theater major, a green-eyed, blue-haired terror, a club of twenty-something misfit dreamers, too much coffee to possibly be healthy, and general mayhem. horikashi, college!au.

Words: 3878, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

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