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.
"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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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:
- 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
Any recs? Is this you? Reply/reblog/mail/let me know!
Got some but still looking btw!
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.
Got the kid some of her stuff for the Animal Sciences class today. Yay. Still need boots and gloves suitable for barnwork.
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)
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( Dragons under fold )
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
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
( books )
La Boheme (Opera Australia)
The Kitchen (Sydney Festival)
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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. ;-)
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
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.
( Nattering and navel gazing )
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*
The viking mullet is a big hit at his first practice in a Ducks jersey.
Words: 3381, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English
- Fandoms: Hockey RPF
- Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
- Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
- Categories: Gen, M/M
- Characters: Mathieu Perreault, Alexander Ovechkin, Ryan Getzlaf, Washington Capitals Ensemble, Anaheim Ducks Ensemble, Original Male Character(s)
- Relationships: Mathieu Perreault/OMC
- Additional Tags: Coming Out, Team Bonding, Established Relationship, Trades, Humor, Journeymen
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
“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
- Fandoms: Hockey RPF
- Rating: Not Rated
- Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
- Categories: M/M
- Characters: Brendan Gallagher, Alex Galchenyuk, Anna Galchenyuk, P. K. Subban, Carey Price, Brandon Prust, Josh Gorges
- Relationships: Alex Galchenyuk/Brendan Gallagher
- Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Always a Different Sex, First Kiss, Oblivious, Sharing a Bed, Hair Braiding, Alternate Universe
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".
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'?"
Buzzfeed claims to have compiled "The 100 Most Important Cat Pictures of All Time". With commentary!
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".
Via Tumblr, "What One Man Learned From Wearing Makeup For A Week".
Via 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.
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.")
--"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.
--Steam Garden is a steampunk festival in Tokyo.
--"Air Plant Jellyfish", which are sold here on Etsy.
The east coast still has me beat.
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! :)
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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Title: Fall of Princes
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 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 eosrose made and shared at podfic_tips a while back, with the colors tweaked by 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.