Oct. 30th, 2014 06:02 pm
jmtorres: From Lady Gaga's Bad Romance music video; the peach-haired, wide-eyed iteration (Default)
seriously body, seriously?
jmtorres: From Lady Gaga's Bad Romance music video; the peach-haired, wide-eyed iteration (lady gaga)
So I made a thing for [personal profile] niqaeli's birthday.

vid: Bad Kids
fandom: The Losers
song: Bad Kids by Lady Gaga
file format: mp4, 28.1MB
runtime: 2:09
link: http:/jmtorres.dreamhosters.com/vids/BadKids.mp4 (right click to download)
youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AADvdV0jAsw
warnings: muzzle flash, explosions, blood etc ala canon, shadowpuppet noncon

Five against the fortress. Team vid. Go Petunias.


Oct. 10th, 2014 11:19 pm
jmtorres: From Lady Gaga's Bad Romance music video; the peach-haired, wide-eyed iteration (Default)
ahaahah so i successfully predicted the period by the incurable insomnia
jmtorres: From Lady Gaga's Bad Romance music video; the peach-haired, wide-eyed iteration (Default)
(x-posted from tumblr)

so i've been reading a bunch because my weird muscle thing makes books the most easily held form of media for me at the moment, and when I was doing a, well, honestly, semi-random above-the-waist draw from my shelves, I pulled out a book that I remembered as being id candy but i wasn't sure it was actually good, called Shadow by Anne Logston.

Shadow is a 500+ yr old elf, an extremely experienced thief, and cheerfully promiscuous. She sleeps with three different men in the first book, and also related the time she got her and her best friend Lady Donya out of a pickle with a band of highway robbers by... having an orgy with all of them, basically. Elven culture in general seems to be wired this way; most of her sexual encounters start off with her asking, "Well, aren't you going to greet me properly?" In addition, elves have sufficient difficulty conceiving that whenever an elf woman is fertile, it's tradition to grab as many elf dudes as she can find and "dance the high circle." Shadow herself was a high circle baby.

Most of the important characters in the book are women - Shadow's best friend, Donya, human warrior hero type; the mysterious assassin Blade; Celene, Donya's mother and one of the city leaders, and a magic worker who helps Shadow with some key plot points. The world is set up... not without misogyny? For instance, Shadow has to escape a rape attempt at one point, from men whose justification that "all elves are slutty" sounds a lot like real world "she was asking for it" bullshit. But it's set up so that women can take on these different societal roles - city leader, shopkeeper, assassin, guildmistress, warrior - and it's not remarkable, or unheard of. Also, it passes Bechdel like, every 5 minutes.

My conclusion upon finishing my reread was it was trashy in all the best ways, and I adored it.

I followed up by rereading another book that I recalled to be similar in terms of fantasy faux medieval setting and plot (female protagonist received a piece of jewelry that everyone and their uncle wants to kill her over; she uncovers plottiness in trying to survive and figure out WHY), The Raven Ring by Patricia C Wrede. (The other reason these books remind me of each other is another piece of id candy for me: hair. Shadow has a pile of hair on her head equal to her five centuries, which she has to keep talking people out of calling her Matriarch for, and styles of braids are likewise signifiers in Raven Ring, with Eleret asking a friend to give her a battle braid when matters escalate.)

Wrede is a better known, better recognized author than Logston (Wrede's gotten some ALA awards). She writes good prose, better prose, better dialogue I think - there are a couple of exchanges I have dogeared in my copy of this book, that I remain really fond of - but I actually came away disappointed on the feminism front. Yes, the book has a female protagonist, Eleret, but the next two characters in the line-up are male - Lord Daner, and Karvonnen the rogue - and worse, as a B-plot they're competing for her affections, and at the end of the novel she chooses one to take home with her (a fairly serious commitment, especially since she hadn't realized they were both romantically interested in her until late in the game). (Compare, Shadow gets laid a lot, but none of her partners think they're gonna go steady or whatever; one gets as far as asking if she's going to be staying long in the city where the story's set and she's like "ahahahah no i don't stick around long enough to see my human buddies get old, it's depressing." There's also, then, no competition between Shadow's partners; in the final scene, where they are sorting out what all happened and drinking together, two of them are there as her friends.)

The supplementary characters (characters whose purpose is additional info/plot propeller) in Raven Ring tend to be male more often, too. Eleret's going to claim the belongings of her dead mother from the military; the military commander is male. So is the magical Adept she seeks advice from. There's a junior magical apprentice, Prill, who is female, but she seems mostly there for flavor; there's one or two female magical experts who are mentioned but remain entirely offscreen. While Shadow passes Bechdel fairly damn often, I had to think pretty hard to come up with scenes where Raven Ring did. Do Prill and Eleret talk about anything but Lord Daner or Adept Climeral? Still not sure. Prill is basically the only positively portrayed female character besides Eleret (her mom doesn't count since she's dead). I finally recalled that Eleret does pass Bechdel with an antagonist, who wants to talk to her about the ring, and with Daner's aunt, who Eleret asks for advice regarding her card reading. Daner's aunt - all of Daner's female relations - are treated somewhat dismissively, as if they are all silly and annoying because they are feminine.

And they are traditionally feminine, in the societally prescribed roles and dresses that seem a lot more like standard fantasy medieval. Sure, Eleret can fight and would prefer to be in leggings instead of skirts, and her mother was in the army - but that's only HER people's culture, the Cilhar aren't like everyone else, the Cilhar are odd, Daner keeps getting in her way because he thinks he's protecting a helpless maiden, his sisters are aghast that she doesn't wear a fancy dress down to dinner.

so overall i found the quality YA novel to be one that elevated a female protagonist by setting her against other women, one step forward two steps back; while the trashy women's adventure book had women with women friends helping each other; and also honestly having healthier relationships with men in terms of openness and respect vs "good" men who belittled and underestimated the female protagonist and had to learn to see her true capabilities.

these were both important books to me growing up but the direct comparison astonished me.
jmtorres: From Lady Gaga's Bad Romance music video; the peach-haired, wide-eyed iteration (Default)
Is anyone in the LA area interested in a beach trip? I go to Santa Monica beach, spend about half an hour in the water and a few hours wandering around downtown, get something to eat. I have a vehicle and a flexible schedule, I can be the wheels. I just want someone fannish to hang out with.


Aug. 25th, 2014 03:28 pm
jmtorres: From Lady Gaga's Bad Romance music video; the peach-haired, wide-eyed iteration (Default)
So apparently I really should just learn to take sudden depressive downswings as "you'll be bleeding from the crotch in 2 days"
jmtorres: A blueberry muffin on which one could interpret a sadface. (emo muffin)
So I recently upended my life (quit my job; moved to LA to live with [personal profile] jetpack_monkey and [personal profile] echan; finished the last classes I needed for my degree) and the sequence in which I did these things was both necessary and terrifying. They, and my family, are my financial net until I find work. My residency isn't officially switched yet - we need to go talk to the leasing office again on Monday about whether I am correctly in the system once and only once - and I've been in a limbo period for a while where I feel like all I do is watch Netflix and knit.

The only reason I didn't burn through Psych in a week is because there was a trip to Maine in the middle of it. Psych made me cry at the end because it hit all these buttons of real world crap in the last season: quitting the job that makes you a drone, feeling like a leech, trying for jobs people put up flyers for because you're that desperate, moving to follow people you care about, living the somewhat awkward OT3 life. And these things being difficult and having to talk to people you care about and just. Things. All my feelings. (I think I'm Gus, overall, but not everything is neatly aligned.)

In the last two months, I've watched about half of Atlantis, half of Continuum, a season of Daria, the Finder, we've started on Better Off Ted, Hemlock Grove, the current run of Teen Wolf, all of Psych, and I'm reaching for something else to spend my time on. Chuck, Witches of East End, Dead Like Me.

I fell asleep two episodes into Witches of East End, which isn't promising, but that's better than being on edge at the "flunked out of college, dead-end job, oops literally" aspect of the first couple of episodes of Dead Like Me, until I finally just stopped it, or the jarring why didn't I remember this part of Chuck where he's vying for the assistant manager position. And flailing about how he was kicked out of college. Was there a reason I stopped watching Chuck? I can't remember.

My degree is a fingertip's length away and I keep feeling like a drop-out for how long it took. At this point, probably the only more terribly apt media I could inflict on myself would be Wonderfalls: got the degree, and the dead-end job anyway.

Nate suggested Community at one point. I've been avoiding Community since it started because I know I can't deal with a show set in community college until I'm done with school. And I don't feel done enough yet. So.

I could go back to Daria but I'm starting to feel weird about watching high school set coming-of-age shows. When will I feel like an adult, and not like a coming-of-age story is still relevant to my life? I think I've asked that before. Like, five years ago.

I think I want purest escapist fantasy, but I get hung up on the fact that I can't relate to anyone.

I'm tired. I need to do something else.

eta: so I'm gonna turn off comments on this entry, because I was not actually looking for TV recs when I said I need to do something else.


Aug. 24th, 2014 02:50 pm
jmtorres: The arch-elf from the movie Santa Clause, with pita. (food)
Them what are interested in truffles from me, I have narrowed down my list of flavors to like... 8. Anyway, this is a finalization stage so I know what proportions to make of everything. You may ask for multiple flavors! Treat it like you're getting a dozen (that was the original plan) and tell me how many of each you want, and any you definitely want excluded.

Final flavor list:

(Honey and Lemon had fairly low interest but were left on because I totally have those things and I might want them for myself. Kahlua I definitely want for myself what are we even talking about. )

(Members of my household should also respond so I know how many to make for keeping!)

(If you didn't respond to the original post it's okay to ask to be included now. But the flavor list is set, you can only pick from these. The recipe says I should get 15 dozen truffles out of this; ten people replied and there's me and Nate and Echan here, so I could hand out to a couple more people.)

(Although I hadn't mentally processed through the notion of shipping costs for a dozen packages earlier. Poking at USPS I think it will probably be $5-6 per package within the US which I think I can probably handle, though if anyone wants to chip in I will happily accept. Does anyone who has requested truffles live outside the lower 48?)


Aug. 20th, 2014 05:07 pm
jmtorres: The arch-elf from the movie Santa Clause, with pita. (food)
So I was considering making chocolate truffles because I have too much free time and a fair amount of cooking supplies. Only it turns out that I'd be making a batch of like, 15 dozen, so uh, does anyone want homemade truffles?

potential flavors:
--fair warning all the nut ones would probably be made with some form of alcohol
--am willing to take requests if i can figure out how to do a flavor neatly
--like raspberry ala chambord

Ping if interested with requested flavors, I'll probably figure out the 4-6 favorite flavors that will cause me the least pain and suffering and send out like, a dozen to everyone who wants.

Recipe includes condensed milk and butter, so sadly not for my vegan or dairy-free friends.
jmtorres: From Lady Gaga's Bad Romance music video; the peach-haired, wide-eyed iteration (free bit**)
Oh my god

I'm trying to get the projector set up as a second monitor on Bit, because by a miracle* the screen is today medium viewable for fighting with menus (everything is on slow fade transition, therefore the mouse is invisible when moving, I've gotten to love the arrow keys). I did the driver install for the projector off the copy of the install CD [personal profile] jetpack_monkey put on my flash drive, because Bit has no CD drive of its own. Bit remains unconvinced anything is attached to it, citing as its only two available monitors its attached screen, and the Plug and Play! version of its attached screen (?!). I also tried turning it off and turning it back on again despite my fears of screen quality degradation. I am now stumped.

Fucking Bit, I swear to god.

*I figured I couldn't make it any less functional, since it was throwing fucking static last night, so I took a note out of Scotty's book and whacked it a couple of times

ETA: No, you know, the real miracle is it even let me use the wireless keyboard I mean REALLY what were the chances
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✔get some stuff out of the car
✔grocery store
-swim maybe?
-sort logs for writing
-unpack something
✔save knitting for a reward
✔unexpected bonus round: book all the travel with [personal profile] echan
jmtorres: Fight Club: animated with porn insert. Inches on the reel-to-reel. (vid)
to do list if i managed to get up and like, wear clothes today:
✔wash a load of clothes so I can wear jeans to drive tomorrow
✔get stuff up from the car
--build Miss a cat tree
--figure out what the fuck to do about the unplungeable toilet
✔eat something. grill cheese? I shopped yesterday
✔watch some more leverage and knit some more

things i want to vid lately:
--finish the "Self-Esteem" vid
--Nate really wants me to make the Actual Cannibal Shia Laboeuf vid
--echan cracked up at the idea of a Dr. Strangelove vid to the Cake cover of War Pigs
--I found a song for the Dot/Phryne vid I want, I should actually follow through on that
--we're talking about clipping Fringe more, it's exciting
jmtorres: (time travel)
watched the movie "In Time" with [personal profile] echan tonight; we were both interested in it when it came out but never got around to seeing it and I picked it up from work's bargain bin, I think, and anyway


like, on the one hand, it's a socialist movie making a very unsubtle allegory about the problems with capitalism, and i want to like it for that,


also: there was no escape from civilization, I didn't even get the money shot for the dystopia vid. i mean, i guess it IS more realistic that they wouldn't be able to break the system entirely, they would have to keep beating on the walls from within, but it's also really narratively unsatisfying. like, that ending SUCKED


May. 11th, 2014 10:27 pm
jmtorres: From Lady Gaga's Bad Romance music video; the peach-haired, wide-eyed iteration (Default)
of course. of COURSE i am


Apr. 10th, 2014 10:52 pm
jmtorres: From Lady Gaga's Bad Romance music video; the peach-haired, wide-eyed iteration (Default)
i decided to fight the dragon that is school
the day my period was due.
i am now bleeding
jmtorres: Text is "It's death for me to be caught with marbles in my possession" quote from Vorkosigan. Image of marble. (vorkosigan)

so a few years ago niq and i had this plotbunny about the hilarious rom-com of Alys and Padma, because they were totally a fairytale romance, the prince's grandson and the beautiful young vor maiden. I mean, we headcanon it as a fairly modern fairytale romance where she was actually low vor and worked for a living instead of being like, a count's daughter or something. I mean, her job was a countess's social secretary but

part of the story of their romance included this barrayaran engagement tradition i invented and am routinely saddened does not occur in any of the canon weddings: the reading of the faults. it's kind of an outmoded tradition? but so like the idea is: the best man will tell the bride to be all of the groom's faults, in theory so that she could throw him over in the best man's favor. Oh wait i just found my old post on it, let me quote what Ivan told me about: "a Time of Isolation tradition that has almost entirely died out in which a friend of the groom will slander him most vilely--to scare his bride off, or legitimately warn her what she's getting into, or possibly just troll everyone for the lulz, depending on what fairy tales you heard as a child." Aral read Padma's faults for him, because, ridiculous modern fairy tale; Padma attended, though he was not supposed to, so he could add his own commentary on how he was really much worse than Aral was painting him. Ivan drags Ekaterin off to read her Miles's faults, because he's been writing the list since he was sixteen years old and he realized how desperately Miles wanted to find his Lady Vorkosigan, and he WILL NOT BE DENIED THIS OPPORTUNITY

today i started cracking up at the notion of Selda (we named her, whatever) and Ezar's wartime engagement and you know, things are shitty as hell and there's not time for a lot of niceties but in a moment of black humor Selda demands of this camp of ragged soldiers that someone tell her Ezar's faults, and no one really wants to? he's their leader? it feels inappropriate? but eventually Piotr's like HE EATS HIS GROATS WITH BUTTER. SALTED BUTTER. and eventually half the camp chimes in with stuff about that silly or "he put me on latrine duty!" or whatever (eventually Selda cuts them off and says perhaps someone had better tell Ezar HER faults instead. Negri--we made Negri hers before Ezar's, he was her bodyguard and also her messenger when she outmaneuvered Yuri and sent them an invitation to come take the palace--SO much backstory we've decided on for this lady okay--anyway, Negri agrees to read her faults to Ezar but says perhaps they better do it in private. "Oh, are we going to pretend I am unsullied?" asks Selda; "Yes, my lady, I think we should pretend," says Negri.)

so like, pffffff ridiculous fast forward 85 odd years, Duv is comfortable enough about his extended in-laws to go off on historical rants about people they knew, and Aral drops, contextless, into a thesis on Emperor Ezar, that among his many faults, he ate his groats with salted butter

and Duv, taken aback, asks how one is meant to eat groats?

and Aral replies, with maple syrup, as any good Vorkosigan will tell you.


Mar. 9th, 2014 07:06 pm
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really, body? REALLY?


Jan. 8th, 2014 07:07 pm
jmtorres: From Lady Gaga's Bad Romance music video; the peach-haired, wide-eyed iteration (Default)
rush period


Dec. 5th, 2013 06:52 am
jmtorres: From Lady Gaga's Bad Romance music video; the peach-haired, wide-eyed iteration (Default)
right okay i'm pretty sure two times is not a pattern but we're now going to officially link insomnia I want to throw pills at and PMS
jmtorres: From Lady Gaga's Bad Romance music video; the peach-haired, wide-eyed iteration (Default)
Does anyone want a graze code
jmtorres: image of a white ipod with an unbitten apple logo from Diane Duane's Young Wizards novels, text "I want a WizPod" (apple)
My laptop charger cord has the bullshit thing where it's constantly trying to pull out of its casing right (mac users ja feel me) and I tried to prod it back in as usual and it visibly sparked and is now no longer fuctional

standard oeprating procedure in effect: order replacement from amazon, notify internet, close computer.


Nov. 5th, 2013 07:55 pm
jmtorres: From Lady Gaga's Bad Romance music video; the peach-haired, wide-eyed iteration (Default)
so apparently i may have been exceptionally fragile the last few days because i was PMSing?


Oct. 17th, 2013 06:23 pm
jmtorres: From Lady Gaga's Bad Romance music video; the peach-haired, wide-eyed iteration (Default)
I have graze.com codes again

I'm not *yet* opening it up as a free for all, there's a couple of people I want to offer, but uh, watch this space?
jmtorres: Fight Club: animated with porn insert. Inches on the reel-to-reel. (film)
--clean the balcony
--clean the bathroom
--talk to mother
--pay bills
--write a rejection my filmmaking colleague will accept

--preproduction meeting. agenda: to-do list


Sep. 25th, 2013 06:40 pm
jmtorres: From Lady Gaga's Bad Romance music video; the peach-haired, wide-eyed iteration (Default)
jmtorres: Count D from Petshop of Horrors, Text: love the beast (bestiality)
stated purpose of tab cleaning: make my computer more useable for writing in specified time blocks, less tempting

alias unread
The Twelfth of Never by Yahtzee
Bristow's 11 by Yahtzee

due south unread
Ajax Fassbender's Amateur Guide To Zombie Wrangling by Brigantine

white collar/chuck/fringe unread
Intelligent Designs by auburn

white collar unread
Love as Rich as the Sea by elrhiarhodan

teen wolf/pacific rim unread
we're all together in the same robot (in life) by kellifer_fic

pacific rim unread
i forget the difference between seduction and arson by gyzym

teen wolf/welcome to night vale unread
Welcome to Beacon Hills by HalfFizzbin, otter

teen wolf/white collar unread
My Patience is a Medal by Saucery

teen wolf/gilmore girls unread
bulwark by kellifer_fic

teen wolf unread
Trust In This (Even If You're Scared Stiff) by otter
The Whole Glass Of Water by ladyblahblah
Sourwolf Candy by relenafanel
she's got stickers on her locker by leah k
Completing the Square by clio_jlh
When You're Still Waiting for the Snow to Fall by JenNova
Where we ought to be by clio_jlh
Wild and Reckless Breeze by GotTheSilver
By a String of Blue Lights by Lapin
Coyote Courts the Moon by tzzzz
Happiness is not a horse, you cannot harness it by otter
Bullets and Claws by miya_morana
Still by coppersin
The Skies Above Are Blue by greensilver
Grumpy Old Men by peroxidepest17
glad i didn't die before i met you by deerie
Telescoping Effect by relenafanel
First Date by halffizzbin
Like Calls to Like by Ciircee
AU fluff 'verse by mieraspeller
giving up this whole lie, this whole me by Loz
Dog Days by flaming_muse

teen wolf partially read
tween wolf: season 2 by verity
His Password is Also Derek by teromain
wolf whistle by ashinan
Cry Havoc by ladyblahblah
Aversion Therapy by entanglednow
Rattle this Ghost Town by scoutshonor
A Brief Introduction to Live Action Roleplaying by wldnst
I have a grave to dig by pistol
Trust Fall by Stoney
Show me the way back home baby by stilinskisparkles
Articulation by fleete
Parallels by Survivah
You Saw Me Standing Alone by breenwolf
Not As Described by Febricant
Not Like Bond & Moneypenny by WhoNatural
sterek on a plane by trelkez
The Noble Tie that Binds by minusoneday

teen wolf recs sets
trope: werewolves can turn into wolves
trope: fake boyfriends
fluffy fuzzy recs
accidental marriage; established relationship
knotting and mating

vid things i am still thinking about

real life
community solar

the lace stockings stiles is currently making for his wedding to derek, for magical reasons. that I am currently fixing the pattern to, because why would you knit socks flat, why.
herringbone lace stocking pattern
standard abbreviations
kitchener stitch
the starter socks I made over the summer
mesh stockings
jmtorres: From Lady Gaga's Bad Romance music video; the peach-haired, wide-eyed iteration (Default)
list of oddly specific descriptors that could be applied to two shows I've watched this year

  • female lead is a US govt agent in a male-dominated profession
  • main character experimented on as a child in a manner that made some major part of her adult life inevitable
  • father/figure with morally questionable past estranged from child at start series; relationship grows throughout series
  • mother/figure of dubious loyalties
  • memory recovery via mad scientist heavy drug usage shenanigans
  • fridged boyfriend (might be a double agent of some kind)
  • treasure hunt quest for pieces of a technologically improbable device scattered around the globe in the distant past
  • prophecy child
  • mysterious alternate version of lead character
  • mysterious alternate version of secondary character given cutsey nickname to alleviate the horror
  • character replaced by alternate impersonating her for a godawful long segment of a season
  • brainwashing people to think they are other people
  • X-Files homages
  • seasonal ensemble shake-up changes all the character relationship dynamics
  • season break time jump when show has written self into a corner

I mean I could go on but
jmtorres: From Lady Gaga's Bad Romance music video; the peach-haired, wide-eyed iteration (Default)
is "Going Under" by Evanescence sufficiently cemented as Lord King Bad Vid material that it would still be worth the joke, or is it old enough to have passed out of mind?
jmtorres: Fight Club: animated with porn insert. Inches on the reel-to-reel. (film)
motion to excise roman polanski from the film canon

also dw griffith

all in favor say aye
jmtorres: animation: Supernatural 4.09, Ruby gasps as she wakes up Coma Girl. Text: COMA GIRL LIVES! (alive)
I don't really want to get into it right now but I'm in this weird phase where I'm like, re-evaluating all my life choices and goals because I don't like where I am and I want to get out.

Anyway one of the fantasies about getting out I've had was being a hermit, and I mentioned it to [personal profile] niqaeli and she says, "....would your hermitage have *wifi*?" and I said I dunno, maybe

I've been trying out a thing of not actually wifi-free life but less wifi life where I turned off email to my phone and I haven't actually been on tumblr for a week, that was super easy to give up actually, and I think what works for this is one hour a day in the evening on the internets? Which I spend sorting through my email to see if there's anything I actually want to read, and talking to people on IM.

(And like, I haven't posted meaningfully on dreamwidth in months and months, but now I do? go figure)

so I think I might stay with this? Like. At the very least I think I'd like to run the experiment a little longer. One thing I was curious about was whether my sleep schedule would be affected at all if I wasn't staying up late to tumbl or whatever. Answer: no, my internet habits developed because my ability to sleep is fucked sideways, not the reverse. But I kind of. I don't know. It's a thing I'm working out still I guess.

But anyway I'm super not keeping up with anything that doesn't land directly in my inbox or say hello to me right now, so if anyone is interested in being my email penpal buddy or IMing in my one hour a night, you should say! (apparently my hermitage of less wifi involves inviting people to contact me...)


Aug. 18th, 2013 06:42 pm
jmtorres: Faith tortures Wesley. Text; Pretty when you bleed. (blood)
*falls over and dies*

pod fic!

Jun. 28th, 2013 06:39 pm
jmtorres: (happy)
[personal profile] nickelmountain made podfic of my Cyteen story, A House in His Head. standard warning: the fandom is the warning. warning that didn't occur to me until I started listening to it: YOU WILL BE LISTENING TO A PERSON READ YOU DEEP-TAPE INSTRUCTIONS, MAYBE DON'T TAKE A CATAPHORIC BEFORE LISTENING TO THIS PODFIC IF THE CONCEPT OF DEEP-TAPE IS MEANINGFUL TO YOU PREPARE YOURSELF FOR THAT? *hands*


Jun. 21st, 2013 06:39 am
jmtorres: From Lady Gaga's Bad Romance music video; the peach-haired, wide-eyed iteration (Default)
dear body are you even being serious right now

so hey

Jun. 11th, 2013 07:07 pm
jmtorres: Close-up of the fuschia scarf Lilah from "Angel" wore after being beheaded. (coping mechanism: ribbon)
i had a root canal yesterday

i am misery

if you made plans with me for NYC, I will still meet you! But for limited amounts of time before i go back to curl up on [personal profile] grey_bard's couch. Walking around exploring will not be so much a thing.

also right now i am favoring soft foods. and. really hoping my vicodin 'scrip will last the whole trip.


May. 11th, 2013 11:25 pm
jmtorres: Jaye from Wonderfalls; get her words out (write)
so this may come off vain but what are your favorite stories of mine? [personal profile] grey_bard wants to make a zine of some my stuff and asked me if i had any i definitely wanted in, and uh, I dunno, my brain is failing me, so

*p ugh

May. 4th, 2013 06:20 pm
jmtorres: Faith tortures Wesley. Text; Pretty when you bleed. (blood)
hello period
jmtorres: From Lady Gaga's Bad Romance music video; the peach-haired, wide-eyed iteration (Default)
all present and accounted for
jmtorres: Close-up of the fuschia scarf Lilah from "Angel" wore after being beheaded. (coping mechanism: ribbon)
I was thinking about going to LA the weekend of 5/3, but my usual suspects are, gasp, away at a wedding. So. Would anyone else in the CA coastal region be interested in hosting a fangirl for 2-3 days? LA and San Diego are about the same time of drive for me; San Francisco would be about 11 hours for me and thus slightly more than I want to drive after a full day of work, but um, I know I have peeps there, so, ponder?
jmtorres: image of a white ipod with an unbitten apple logo from Diane Duane's Young Wizards novels, text "I want a WizPod" (young wizards)
So I will be in NYC June 12-June 17. The purpose of my journey is: fangirl (verb, intransitive).

I am interested in hanging out with my friends and making new fannish friends! Therefore, if you live somewhere reachable by the subway system, I am willing to come to you. If you live somewhere withing a day trip of the city and there's something you wanna do (like hang out with me! or go to a museum or see a show or something social with me!) you could come to me.

I have this vague idea about rereading So You Want to Be a Wizard and recreating Nita and Kit's Ordeal (hopefully without actually changing universes). This might be a multi-day endeavor, or I could just be overly optimistic, given the amount of time I spent communing with my laptop on [personal profile] grey_bard's couch when last I visited. Also probably I should just acquire braces for all my joints now and bring them with me pre-emptively.

More realistic and concrete plans include going out to Coney Island to go to the beach, as I live in a landlocked location but am part selkie on my mother's side and cannot resist the call of the sea.

I am interested in (but last time failed to make plans I followed through on regarding) MoMA, the Guggenheim, visiting the New York Public Library on a day when it is open (last time I managed to go by on July 4th, which is, in fact, a national holiday, when libraries are closed), Paley Center, probably many other historical sites or museums I have not heard of. I will probably visit one of these this time (maybe two, I'm pretty sure the library is somewhere on the Ordeal walking tour).

I will almost certainly spend at least part of one day in Central Park.

Also I am interested in food. I like many kinds of food. I like trying new foods. New York is a great place for this and hey yeah. I also like trying new drinks and would not mind getting medium trashed one night of my trip if a few people knew a good place for that and wanted to hang with me for that ("medium trashed" = walking a bit wobbly, I love people, I may be interested in snuggling other interested parties).

I might like to go see some form of live entertainment (theatrical, musical, burlesque, who knows). Maybe!

But: fannish people. I totally want to hang out with you and meet more of you. You should say hi if any of the above sounds like cool stuff to do! And like, look, I kind of fail at keeping in touch with people, so even if it's been years since we've talked, if you wanna meet up I would be excited for it! Even if we've never really talked personally, just been on each other's reading lists, I would be excited for it! Like, don't think this invitation is just for my besties. This is for everyone I have conceivably run across in fandom like, ever. I am totally serious, I want to hang out with you.

Fair warning: I might talk about Teen Wolf.
jmtorres: Loki in dog form. Text: Yes? (Loki)
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Person of Interest/Teen Wolf crossover. Harold accidentally takes Bear on a playdate with a werewolf. For [personal profile] enemyofperfect.

Call it a fit of whimsy. Harold writes the craigslist ad like a personal. Single brown Malinois male seeks playmate for long runs in the park. Like donuts, hot dogs, first edition Asimov. Speaks Dutch.

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Apr. 4th, 2013 09:28 pm
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hello uterus

we meet again
jmtorres: From Lady Gaga's Bad Romance music video; the peach-haired, wide-eyed iteration (Default)
want a wireless keyboard with integrated mouse for use lounging around in bed viewing projector image on wall.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005DKZTMG/ this seems to be what I want and I know good things of Logitech but I can't shake the impression that it's not a full size keyboard

http://www.ergogeek.com/perixx-periboard-716-wireless-ergonomic-multi-touchpad-keyboard.html this seems like it IS a fullsize keyboard despite being only half an inch different (more images on defunct amazon page). But it's a brand I've never heard of

anyway um, opinions? advice?

my birthday

Mar. 3rd, 2013 12:04 am
jmtorres: movieverse Steve Rogers with dorky grin. Text: The future is awesome! Who else is a robot? (awesome)
is in two weeks, and [personal profile] echan is coming out to see me and

i was wondering if any AZ peeps would wanna do some kinda meet-up? Somewhere in Phoenix metro, like Friday the 15th or Saturday the 16th, fangathering of geekiness to celebrate my 30th 29th birthday?
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I gave all my Graze codes out to fandom peeps, so I can't invite her. Anyone got a code to spare?


Feb. 26th, 2013 10:38 pm
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aha, it's a period

self-loathing, chocolate consumption, crying snotballs, nebulous pain in my abdomen, blood pouring from my vagina

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My roommate wants to visit a friend in Vegas and is trying to con me into driving her. She was thinking we’d take my braintwin so I’d have someone to hang out with while she’s off with her friend. Only niq’s workweek is Thurs-Mon, so she has to take time off work to take a trip on our weekend, so that continues to be unlikely.

So my question is: Do i know any fanpeople in Vegas who’d want to hang out with me for a weekend? Or anyone who’d considering making a trip to meet me there and hang out with me for a weekend?
jmtorres: Quinn from Sliders asleep with book open on his chest. Text: Sweet dreams. (book)
When I did the test run of this, I got some, uh, disbelief from someone who was interested in one of the books on tumblr. People don't really do the fannish yardsale style post on tumblr, they do giveaway drawings to get a lot of reblogs? I just want to get rid of my stuff, okay *G* So I wrote this whole paragraph about how #Saturday sendings works that I don't know if you guys need on dreamwidth, but here:

So, #saturday sendings is a plan I hatched to unclutter my house by giving away stuff I don't need or have multiple copies of, once a week. It is NOT a drawing, you do not have to like, follow, or reblog (although if you know somebody you think might want something I've listed, reblogging is fine!). It is not just for my followers, it is for anybody who wants. (And I will always use the #saturday sendings tag, you can track that if you want to follow offers without following me!) It is FIRST COME FIRST SERVE. The first person to tell me they want an item and provide me with a valid address to send it to gets to have it. You can contact me by ask, by comment on the this DW crosspost (comments screened), or by email, juliette torres at gmail. If I can ship what you've requested for under 5 bucks (so, small items to the lower 48) I will not ask you for any money! If I calculate the shipping to be more than 5 bucks based on either item bulk or your location, I will ask you to chip in on the cost of shipping. I list mid-week, I send on Saturdays. After Saturday, what's left gets donated locally.

THEM'S THE RULES. And now for this week's offerings!

  • Lord of the Rings by Tolkien, omnibus trade paperback, movie cover
  • Bad Monkeys by Matt Ruff, trade paperback claimed
  • The Phoenix Guards by Steven Brust, trade paperback claimed
  • Deep Wizardry by Diane Duane, paperback, the cover where it looks like they're sinking in the ocean

x-posted from tumblr

jmtorres: From Lady Gaga's Bad Romance music video; the peach-haired, wide-eyed iteration (Default)
My roommate is getting rid of a handful of books and wants a quick answer, because she'll go give these to the local used bookstore if no one wants them.

  • Dan Brown, The Davinci Code (large print) & Angels and Demons (large print)
  • Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice (large print)
  • Arthur Conan Doyla, Eight Great Sherlock Holmes Stories (large print)(the stories are: A Scandla in Bohemia, The Red-Headed League, Speckled Band, Engineer's Thumb, Musgrave Ritual, Final Problem, Empty House, Dancing Men) claimed!
  • Lord of the Rings audiobook on 13 CDs, BBC production claimed

If you are in the continental US I will ship any one of these to you at no cost. If you are outside the lower 48 or want more than one, get in touch and I'll figure what I need to ask from you for shipping.


x-posted to tumblr

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basically every week on some random day i will post a list of things i am looking to get rid of, and on saturday I will send things out

…probably starting in the new year. new year’s resolution!

I am thinking for stuff that ships for under $5 I will just hand out to whoever wants, but if it costs more than that to ship (due to size/weight or you living very far away from me) I will request you cover shipping. So in most cases a dvd, cd, or book you could get for free if you live in the continental US, but if anyone wants this fucking 50lb bag of plaster of paris, I would ask you to pay for the cost of shipping.

Seriously though does anyone want a 50lb bag of plaster of paris? IT'S BEEN CLAIMED HALLELUJAH

(I will be using the tag #saturday sendings on tumblr if you would like to track offers.)


Dec. 14th, 2012 08:42 pm
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I am moving to a new apartment! If you would like to know my new address, please send me your email (comment screening is on) and I will evaluate my knowledge of your trustworthiness/likelihood of serial murder. (My standards require us to have exchanged some direct communication previous to this request. Other than that, pretty low.)


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