If you are someone who's been reading my Dreamwidth in the last ten years, you may have noticed that I've had a rather - shall we say - complicated relationship with Doctor Who and especially the Doctor himself. I always wanted to like the Doctor, but he never quite worked for me, and I suppose that almost-but-not-quite-something-that-I-
Then "Heaven Sent" happened and suddenly I found myself watching the show because of the Doctor instead of despite of him.
( This gets long... )
But I've now rambled way too long here, so I'm going to let the recs do the talking.
(if you want to read more gushing, please read my reviews of S8 and S9, Part 1 and Part 2 (apparently I have completely forgotten to post my S10 thoughts...))
( ...and then there are the recs... )
Please go and leave loads of comments and kudos and likes to these fics/vids, because they are all fabulous and I want these people to make more Twelve content.
(also, I just realised that I had no recs for art about Twelve... *considers going to find some*)
(also also, I hope all these links work because I had no time to check them all)
Sidenote: I didn't even realize that Peni Parker had been a character prior to Into the Spiderverse, much less that Gerard Way created her.
2) One of Columbus' sons created a vast library and its finding aid has recently been identified: "One of the things that Hernando realized was that collecting every book in the world — and this was during the early age of print when the number of books was accelerating rapidly — collecting all these books wouldn't really be very useful if you didn't have some way to organize and distill them all. So he paid an army of readers to essentially read every book in the library and distill it down to a short summary so that this enormous library could be at the disposal of a single person who would be able to control it." ( Read more... )
3) The problem with broad surveillance is exactly that anyone can get swept up in police action for just being in the wrong place at the wrong time:
"Ever since law enforcement discovered most Americans carry tracking devices with them 24/7, they've been approaching cellphone providers with warrants targeting geographic areas rather than people.
When a crime has been committed but cops don't have any suspects, they ask Google and others to canvass the area for them. Officers hand providers a geofence and ask for everyone who wandered into the selected area during a certain timeframe. Once cops have everyone, they start looking for someone."
4) I'm glad to hear that Hasan Minhaj's Netflix series got a Peabody award. It's been terrific. We just finished watching his S2 and his segment on Indian politics has been the most informative I've seen on the topic.
5) I recently took a survey on TV shows, and the number of shows I did not recognize was vast. There's actually one called Sex Sent Me to the E.R.?
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Here is a tweet with screenshots of the article: Queerness and Death in the Magicians. It also looks like a PDF is up at the discord: https://twitter.com/coldwaughtersq/
Note: this will definitely help settle the drama, by the way. That'll work.
ETA (7:30 PM CST): so that thread was deleted and so was my RT of it. Here's another one: https://twitter.com/thelaynierizer/
ETA (7:59 PM CST): Full article now available on tumblr: https://three--rings.tumblr.com/post/
2) Speaking of seductions, I really liked the second episode of Fosse/Verdon ( Read more... )
3) The last episode of B99 made me feel shippy about Kevin and Raymond :) At the same time I could not get into Amy and Jake's argument about having kids in the episode before it. ( Read more... )
4) Speaking of reproduction, we have robins right now trying to nest on our door wreath. We took the first wreath off the door and let it sit on the ground for about a week. We hoped they'd stop, which they did. However even after removing their nest-in-progress, when we put it back on the door, they started right up again.
We've just put up a new wreath and put a dead plant pot with their nest materials by the door. I sprayed the new wreath with a natural oil insect repellent so maybe that'll work? One door nest has been enough.
5) Some pertinent articles about the lack of diversity progress in entertainment fields: An exec who expected the investigation about Les Moonves' behavior to delve into racial discrimination at CBS found it was ignored, while the romance writers' field is diversifying a whole lot more slowly than fantasy and scifi. It astonishes me that there are still people who think these playing fields are even – it has to be a matter of deliberate ignorance because I don't see how it could be missed.
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I finally got around to watching The Umbrella Academy on Netflix, after hearing lots of mostly-positive comments and reviews. Naturally, I must now share ALL OF MY OWN COMMENTS AND REVIEWS. Such is the nature of the internet…
I mostly enjoyed it, though the ending felt empty and unsatisfying.
Details behind the spoiler cut…
There is still so much I want to say about all of it, but my thoughts won't organize themselves sufficiently. Read cleolinda; lots of commentary and links.
I do, however, want to comment eventually on the less-loaded topic of bad storytelling, which was also a factor here.
But there's also this: any hack on earth can write tragedy. Devastating your audience is the easiest thing in the world.
You know what's hard? Blowing their minds with sheer joy. Shock them by giving them what they didn't even know they could want. I think I can count the times on one hand where a show managed that. To get it, you have to work for it.
I don't get--I'll never get--why anyone on earth would do the second--would manage the fucking impossible--but in the end, only care about, only take pride in, only value doing the first.
Ways To Give
merpancake is raising funds to help keep her family in their rental; they are struggling on one income while trying to get disability help for her husband, and they are unexpectedly pregnant. Currently they are trying to make a month's rent and get current on bills; you can read more and help out here.
iamshadow21 linked to a fundraiser for Bill Mantlo, a comic book writer and co-creator of Rocket Raccoon and Cloak and Dagger, who has been in care since a hit and run left him with a permanent brain injury nearly thirty years ago. His younger brother, who has been the primary supporter of his care, is retired and would like to bring Bill home from the institution he has been in for a decade; unfortunately he is in nearly $100K of debt and needs funding to help out. You can read more and help out here.
typewrittenwolf is fundraising to save their house from code enforcement liens and possible issues with the bank; both they and their parents are disabled, making earning the money difficult. You can give through ko-fi here or purchase off their amazon wishlist here.
ellie-elizabeth21 is a disabled, nonbinary person fundraising to leave an unsafe household where they are being harassed by their landlord and dealing with an abusive parent. You can read more, reblog, and find a link to donate here.
Anon linked to a fundraiser for top surgery for Krysta, an agender person whose fundraiser has been stagnant for the last few months. You can read more and support the fundraiser here.
ravenreyamidala linked to a fundraiser the Magicians fandom created after a controversial death of a character in the most recent season finale. They are raising awareness about harmful television tropes and also raising money for LGBTQ+ youth support foundation The Trevor Project, including holding an online auction. You can get more information and see all the latest updates at thankqforthehope or give directly through their Trevor Project fundraising page.
thewalrus-said's beloved cat was unexpectedly hospitalized recently with as-yet unidentified stomach problems, and they are fundraising to cover vet bills and fees. The upper end of the estimate is $3.4K, not counting whatever treatment she may need once the problem is diagnosed. You can read more and reblog here or give directly through paypal here.
Anon linked to fundraiser for deadcatwithaflamethrower and drougnor, who are fundraising for rent for their family after Droug lost his job. You can read and reblog fundraising links here, see and purchase jewelery for sale here, or give through her Ko-Fi or paypal. They also have a wishlist here, as a couple of family birthdays are coming up.
Katy linked to a fundraiser for grrlcookery and her partner, who need help to keep their home as her partner's business hasn't had any orders or contracts in the past two months and they are currently facing eviction. They're raising $1500 for two months of rent and food, and also to set up a shed for soapmaking to help earn some extra cash. You can read more and reblog here or give through ko-fi here.
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Today is also my tenth dreamwidth anniversary. HOW. What even is time. My intro post is still dated 2020, from lj days of yore where we had no stickies and we made a post that would stay on top forever. I guess we're living in the future.
At least the future has VR. And even more so now, with PS5 confirmed to have backwards comparability, including the PSVR. Cranky I left home just as Falcon Age, Ghost Giant, and Table of Tales came out, but very happy to see they've all been reviewed well, especially GG. Fingers crossed ToT does well enough to get some DLCs, more tabletop simulators with neat mechanics and branching storylines is A+ in my book.
While you're here, check out this lovely Notre Dame tribute somebody built in No Man's Sky =)
(sorry for all the PSVR chatter, I know nobody cares. I've actually unlocked my twitter so I can participate in conversations there. Let's hope the horde doesn't find me!)
I am one of those who is debating doing a de-rec of the show. Below cut, trigger warnings and spoilers for those who are still unspoiled.
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I know this sounds dramatic, I know it's not rational, but I'm not rational right now, and it's bothering me enough to put it here.
I recced this show for a lot of reasons, but one of them was for how it handled mental illness and how much work they put into doing it well, showing both short- and long-term consequences and ongoing issues. To anyone who watched because of those recs, I'm so sorry.
1) I am logged in at DW. I am looking at my feed and earlier today I answered some comments. I try to do the same a few hours later, haven't logged out, and in two different places DW is refusing to send the replies through because it says I have the wrong password for my account. What?
EDITED TO ADD: Well the problem seems to be resolved, at least for now. Apparently the site was simply no longer accepting my password. I don't know why. When I tried logging out and back in again, it would not accept my password. I finally had to reset it to log back in, and once I did the various pages where I tried to comment accepted the new password and let the comments through. Why this happened only on other account pages and not on my own makes no sense to me (not to mention why it simply stopped accepting the password in the first place).
2) I am seeing the LJ 18+ image in all sorts of places, apparently from accounts hotlinking from the LJ gallery but also accounts I'm seeing on LJ itself. Does anyone have any idea why this is happening?
2) I hadn't exactly forgotten that I'd recorded a few brief podfics years ago, but I had forgotten to add them to my AO3 account. So I corrected that this week. I had intended for it to be an ongoing thing but my free time changed a lot around the end of that year. The year before I had been job hunting and so assumed my schedule was very up in the air. A year later I realized I'd better start finding something to do because apparently the job search was not going to end as I expected. Enter the podfics and volunteering and then that new microphone got packed away just a few months later.
So I told shadowscast, (who has been writing again!), that I was going to try and get that rolling this year. And now I'm saying it here so that I actually do some more recordings, although after all this time I've forgotten what little I'd learned. So it may not be soon.
3) I finally saw Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse and boy was that good! I can't recall anyone who didn't say the same these past months. I do really regret that when I had the chance to see it with friends that we ended up at The Favourite instead. Not that it wasn't a good movie also, but very different, and I think we would all have had more to talk about regarding Spiderverse instead (especially since one of the group was an animator). ( Read more... )
4) I was thinking about how there are so many only kids of deceased parents in superhero stories. Why is this? Does it simply make it an easier story to tell because the hero has few obligations and ordinary ties? When one thinks of it, it's a very unusual story, especially in earlier decades and centuries where being an only child was a fairly unusual circumstance.
5) I just posted my 222nd rec at AO3, and it's for a fic that is as flawless as they come.
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We have a slightly more concrete plan for the coming weeks, with the understanding that plans can change from day to day based on test results, scheduling issues, the whims of the insurance companies, and more.
Amy’s currently going through her third round of R-EPOCH chemotherapy (her fifth or sixth total round of chemo, depending on how you count them.) The goal is to do one more round the first full week in May, then do another CT scan. If she looks cancer-free at that time, we’ll move on to the bone marrow transplant step.
I got choked up the first time the phrase “cancer-free” came up. There’s so much hope and fear wrapped up in those two words, and in the results of that scan a month or so from now. We know she’s responded well to treatment so far, but there’s so much unknown…
We got to spend some good family time together for my birthday weekend, which was nice. I ate way too much, which was also nice 🙂
I’d like to believe the end is in sight, and we’re starting to move toward the next steps of her recovery and rebuilding our new normal. The whole family is pretty damn tired of cancer and chemo and all the rest. This crap gets old pretty quick.
We learned something exciting this week, though. Amy’s been using an infusion pump that delivers her chemo cocktail over the course of 3-4 days. But the tubing has sprung a leak at least three different times, all in the same spot. It looks like the chemotherapy meds are actually eating through the air filter in the line. These are the chemicals they’re pumping into my wife’s body…
Well, if they eat through filters, hopefully they’ll gobble up cancer cells even better.
I realise I haven't posted in over a month, and that it'd be a bit much to come back, put up a Game of Thrones review and disappear again, so I'll try not to do that last thing. I don't know what's happened to me really. I just have this vast reluctance to post at all, and I don't know why, beyond that feeling like I have nothing interesting to say is a big part of it. :(
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