Things read, watched and heard

  • Jul. 27th, 2017 at 11:05 AM
Recently read
The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner. I've seen the series mentioned all over the place, so I went in expecting to enjoy it more than I did (it's not really my genre). Some pivotal plot developments happened offscreen in a way I found frustrating, and the unreliable narrator thing didn't work for me, but mostly I felt it (necessarily) didn't have strong enough relationships for me to care very much.

Every Day and Another Day by David Levithan. The first is about a 16yo person who jumps into a different 16yo body each day, spending midnight to midnight in their host's life before moving on to the next one. And then they fall in love, and it all gets complicated. I enjoyed this -- it felt tropey in an interesting way, and I liked how it dealt with gender. (Warning for unexpected fat-shaming, though.) The second is a remix -- the same story from the fallen-in-love-with girl's POV. It was fine? There's a lot of repetition between the two, and I wanted the ending of Another Day to give me more.

Reading next
Probably the new Natasha Pulley, The Bedlam Stacks. Plus mergatrude has been luring me with Combeferre/Enjolras/Grantaire Les Mis recs.

Recently watched Kdramas
Finished Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo. The last six episodes were pure candyfloss and sparkles, and I enjoyed them tremendously (and hardly cried at all!). Almost nothing happened! (There was half an episode dedicated to the trauma of having a pimple on one's nose, and resulting shenanigans.) This show has leapt into my top 10 Kdramas.

Still watching Strong Woman Do Bong Soon, which is tonally ALL OVER THE PLACE, and rewatching Moonlight Drawn By Clouds. Just started Capital Scandal (2007), set in the 1930s during the Japanese occupation. So far it's very confusing, but first episodes are often like that.

Other TV
We're a few episodes into You Me Her, a Netflix show about a m/f married couple who mutually (and rather awkwardly) fall in love with a female escort. It's a little cringey in the way that's currently fashionable for TV light-dramas, but I'm enjoying it despite that. The guy is played by Amy Poehler's brother.

Films
The NZ film festival is about to start. I've bought tickets for:
- a Turkish documentary about the cats of Istanbul
- an Irish documentary about the Voyager spacecraft
- a South Korean drama set in France, called Claire's Camera (no relation to Claire's Hat, as far as I know)
- a South Korean drama set (I presume) in Korea, called Yourself and Yours
- a Thai drama about an architect and an elephant, called Pop Aye
- a French drama starring Catherine Deneuve, called The Midwife.

That should help boost my USA vs Other Countries film ratio! I may randomly try to go to other things during the day, depending on weather, availability and organisational oomph.

Also planning to see The Big Sick, Baby Driver, and possibly maybe Atomic Blonde and The Hitman's Bodyguard, if I decide I need some silly action in my life.

Podcasts
Still working our way through NPR's Invisibilia and enjoying it very much. Still keeping up with Fansplaining.

What I'm Doing Wednesday

  • Jul. 26th, 2017 at 2:43 PM
books Christie, Arendt )

grandma extreme old age is hard )

yarning
roses in progressstatue of liberty amigurumiThe garland is about 40 inches (1m) long, with 5 segments. I'm putting 4 roses on each segment, so that's 20 flowers. I've got ten made and ten to go, though I don't think I have enough of the variegated lavender yarn for the last one. Will have to improvise something. Then I can get it in the mail to Grandma.

Then today's newscycle pissed me off enough that I posted a WIP shot of my epic project, my 15" Statue of Liberty. I'm still awaiting lightweight yarn so I can make her robes that actually drape. Also a superhero cape.

In sum, yarning is coping.

Versailles 2.05 War And Peace Screencaps

  • Jul. 26th, 2017 at 9:09 PM


The usual rules apply – credit, don’t hotlink, don’t ask for zips/rars

Gallery: Home > Versailles > Season 2 > 2.05 War And Peace

FAKE Drabble: The Best Medicine

  • Jul. 26th, 2017 at 6:23 PM
 




Title: The Best Medicine
Author: [personal profile] badly_knitted
Characters: Dee, mentions Ryo.
Rating: G
Setting: After the manga.
Summary: Dee discovers the medicinal properties of tea.
Written Using: The dw100 prompt ‘Tea’
Disclaimer: I don’t own FAKE, or the characters. They belong to the wonderful Sanami Matoh.
A/N: 150 words, a drabble and a half.



The Best Medicine... )

Drabble: Substitute

  • Jul. 26th, 2017 at 6:09 PM





Title: Substitute
Author: [personal profile] badly_knitted
Characters: Ianto, mentions Jack.
Rating: G
Written For: Challenge 458: Console at [community profile] tw100.
Spoilers: End of Days.
Summary: With Jack gone, Ianto needs a friend.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Torchwood, or the characters.




Substitute... )

What makes me fall in love with things

  • Jul. 26th, 2017 at 7:44 AM
I was inviting people to ask me questions on Tumblr last night, and one of the things I ended up talking about is what makes me fall for things (books, movies, TV shows) in a fandom kind of way. I decided to post that here as well, because it took me a long time to figure it out but I did eventually figure it out, and I thought it was interesting. There are always a few outliers that don't quite fit this, or fit it in unusual ways, but for the most part, this is what makes the difference for me between something I merely like, and something I write fanfic for and can't stop talking about to anyone who'll hold still long enough.

Cut to keep from clogging your reading page )

Tags:

The Toast makes a one-day-only return appearance today! "Link Roundup!"

Yesterday [dreamwidth.org profile] bluemeridian posted a batch of MCU and Wonder Woman recs.

"‘Wrath of Khan’ Returning to Theaters for 35th Anniversary".

"Orbit Turns 10: Take a Look at a Decade of Milestones". [The B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog]

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] misbegotten, the Cincinnati Zoo has successfully reunited Fiona-the-hop with both of her parents. Adorable hippo pictures ahoy!

From 2014, but via Twitter today: "BitchTapes: American Protest Music". [Bitch Media]

"The Fourth Messenger at the 2017 New York Musical Festival". [ViennaTeng.com] (Includes purchase links for the soundtrack and script.) [ETA: Refers to a concluded run, not an upcoming one.]

On Atlas Obscura:

--"NASA Just Released Hundreds of Historic Space and Aviation Videos".

--"These Endangered Pygmy Rabbits Survived a Wildfire by Heading Underground".

--"Why It Took Scientists So Long to Figure Out Where Babies Come From: Human conception was still basically a total mystery until as recently as 1875".

--"The Odor ‘Wheel’ Decoding the Smell of Old Books".

--"The Dormouse-Fattening Jars of Ancient Rome".

--"People in 1920s Berlin Nightclubs Flirted via Pneumatic Tubes".

--"Found: Never-Developed Photos of Mount St. Helens Erupting".

--"These Maps Reveal the Hidden Structures of ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ Books".



On Mental Floss:

--"The Golden Girls Are Starring in Their Own Version of Clue".

--"This Illustrated Periodic Table Shows How We Regularly Interact With Each Element".

Hawk plus double trouble skunks

  • Jul. 26th, 2017 at 9:07 AM
Last Saturday morning the heat started to break, which was very nice. What was also nice was that the day was filled with wild life.

Early in the morning we were visited by two skunks at the same time. Which was kind of crazy...also they both looked very much alike.

Still early in the morning, but after the skunks had departed, the crows were noisy, so I looked up in the sky and saw a lot of birds were in a frenzy, because there were some type of predator type birds in the sky. The turned out to be red tailed hawks, I got a lot of crappy photos, and one not too bad photo, so that was really cool too!

I will start with the hawk photo, the skunks are under the cut

red tailed hawk flying

Read more... )

relax

  • Jul. 25th, 2017 at 11:48 PM
I did nothing this evening. I poked at tumblr, I took a hot bath, and I read. I finished the book I was reading with was the diary of a woman from small town New Brunswick in the early 20th C up to the early 50s. The later diaries were edited because I guess the woman who published them didn't think we would want to read 30 years of visiting the neighbors but she was wrong! It was neat, but she died and left several plot threads unresolved ;p It was a nice quick read, anyway. I'm trying to ease myself back into reading some non-fiction, and that was a good start. I'm not sure what I'm going to read next.... Most of the books I have are heavy :p I guess I'll either sort it out in the morning or just rely on facebook to get me through the commute :p

Dryden seems apropos

  • Jul. 26th, 2017 at 8:52 AM
When churls rebel against their native prince,
I arm their hands, and furnish the pretence;
And housing in the lion's hateful sign,
Bought senates and deserting troops are mine.

~ John Dryden, 'Palamon and Arcite' ~

Chickadee <3

  • Jul. 25th, 2017 at 7:07 PM
I still have photos from the weekend to edit, but these pictures of a black cap chickadee that I took while down in the yard with it, only about 5-7 feet away, came out so cute I had to share them now :D



5 more large photos of a chickadee under the cut...Read more... )

Wren, probably

  • Jul. 25th, 2017 at 6:26 PM
Pretty sure this is a Carolina Wren, over on a neighbor's deck.
Not the best of pics, but it was lucky I even managed this.





I haven't seen these around here before, funky :)

Choices Made With Ease

  • Jul. 25th, 2017 at 2:42 PM
Title: Choices Made With Ease
Fandom/Warning/Rating:
Sherlock Holmes (ACD), ambiguous ending, rated G
Word Count: 293 words
Summary: Saving Holmes was what was important. The consequences of that success meant little to Watson.
Author's Note: Written for the [community profile] watsons_woes "Healer's Choice: One person Watson chose not to save" prompt.

Choices Made With Ease

FAKE Triple Drabble: Ultimate Revenge

  • Jul. 25th, 2017 at 6:04 PM
 




Title: Ultimate Revenge
Author: [personal profile] badly_knitted
Characters: Leo Grant, Ryo, Alicia Grant.
Rating: PG
Setting: Vol. 7, Act 19.
Summary: Only two people have the right to take Leo Grant’s life.
Written Using: The dw100 prompt ‘Revenge of the…’.
Disclaimer: I don’t own FAKE, or the characters. They belong to the wonderful Sanami Matoh.
A/N: This one’s a triple drabble.




Ultimate Revenge... )

Jul. 25th, 2017

  • 12:57 PM
Polyamory and autism

...in conclusion, I am polya?

(I have not been so identifying because reasons. But this article points out a couple things I hadn't thought about.)

Doctor Who Drabble: Postcards

  • Jul. 25th, 2017 at 5:50 PM
 




Title: Postcards
Author: [personal profile] badly_knitted
Characters: Donna, the Tenth Doctor, mentions Wilf.
Rating: G
Written For: Challenge 168: Mail / Male at [community profile] dw100.
Spoilers: Nothing specific.
Summary: Donna wants to shares what she sees on her travels with her granddad.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Doctor Who, or the characters.




Postcards... )

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