The Web - rehearsal script

Feb. 18th, 2017 07:17 pm
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still got two cats (i.e. anton hasn't gone exploring the outside, again). cats still learning to live with each other. they are doing vv well at it though. anton has been here a week exactly. he is sleeping next to me.

work has been hard, and i've played lots of board games. i did my first swap on boardgamegeek this week - which was very exciting. i literally swapped away the only two well-thought of games that i didn't want, though, so now i don't expect i'll swap again for a long time. also - when i opened the box that had arrived it contained not 'thurn and taxis' (an award-winning game about the bavarian postal service) and 'eight-minute empire' (a tiny area-control game), but instead 'ivor the engine' (a game about a children's television programme i haven't watched that apparently contains sheep). we would have played ivor before sending it on, but alas it was still in its original packaging. i await thurn and taxis still.

for now, here's a review of changes to 'The Web' - a terrible episode. UPDATED and COMPLETED.

Defiant - if a little shrill )

Academic Friday Week 5 and 6

Feb. 17th, 2017 03:24 pm
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Last week I was swept away from work by my mother, and when I finally sat down to recap my day it was Thursday, so then I postponed it another day, just to make the Academic Friday a Friday, because I'm good at coming up with postponing excuses like that.

Aside from that I feel like the weeks have been pretty crappy, lacking in everything; focus, hard work, perseverance, any work at all...

The good things
I have been accepted at two conferences. For one of them I actually got a "revise and resubmit" on my abstract, they wanted to know more about my findings. Which i then - and still do not - have, so today I've been trying to formulate "I have no idea, but based on other similar surveys the answer is no" into proper Academese. I've never heard anyone getting that before, though.

And on Sunday I am flying off to Copenhagen for three weeks. On Wednesday I start my first day at the University there, but I have more than enough of other things to keep me occupied until then. Also one of my friends who now lived in Copenhagen has found me a nice and cheap place to live. Update to follow!

The bad things
Serious attacks of procrastination, apathy and postponement, so very little have actually been done.

Next week
I will be in Copenhagen! I have no idea what will happen then.
I also will have to do some writing on other stuff, a report to the government on textbooks among other things.

A couple of quick recs

Feb. 17th, 2017 05:19 pm
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Because I love a good Clint POV wiht his subpar adulting and his llama puns that don't work out loud and his tendency to imaginatively name things:

Five Things that Don't Help Clint Sleep (at Least in Isolation) (4184 words) by florahart
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Clint Barton/Phil Coulson
Characters: Clint Barton, Phil Coulson, Natasha Romanov (Marvel)
Additional Tags: 5+1 Things, Getting Together, fluffarama, shut up I like sap, Sandwiches, not quite that kind of curtain fic but there is a curtain, Clint wears hearing aids
Summary:

Clint isn't that good at sleeping, and he's tried a lot of things. But well, maybe they turn out to be useful practice in the long run?




***

I also love an interesting story that takes a completely new twist of characters (I'm suddenly thinking of the original SV Five Things fic here and how astounding unique it was when I first read it). And this is an interesting idea done very well. With a happy ending.

When I Look in the Mirror I See Double (12110 words) by etothepii
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sherlock (TV)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Mycroft/John/Mycroft
Summary:

Mycroft and 'Anthea' are one mind in two bodies. Literally.

Discovering my inner hoarder

Feb. 16th, 2017 08:22 pm
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For years my mother have been bothering me to come home and go through the stuff I'd left at home. Considering I moved out about 20 years ago, and have lived in my own flat for the last 10, she is not wrong in nagging me. I just hate to tidy and I hate to throw away stuff.

That last thing was a bit of a surprise actually, I've never thought of myself as a hoarder, but when I went through my stuff I found an enormous amount of stuff that there is no reason to keep. You know, like my application for an UNIX account at the university back in 1995, my student id from 1994 until I finished, schoolbooks from first grade though to my notes on Latin and Greek in at master level. And postcards and letters. But most of it was books. So many books.

I have always loved books, but from I was about 15 until 20 I bought an enormous amount of books on flee markets. Which means it is a lot of Norwegian and Danish (or the even older Dano-Norwegian) translations of stuff. SO I have the whole oeuvre of Alexandre Dumas, Jack London and Agatha Christie. I kept the lasts ones. But I also had a enormous amount of obscure novels from the 50s, 60s and 70s. I haven't read them in 25 years, if ever, so I don't think I'll read them again.

I think I had an idea that I one day would move into a huge flat and have enormous amounts of wall space to cover with shelves. Unfortunately I only have 55m2 here, and definitely not enough wall space for the books I have here.

So now I am trying to get rid of stuff. Which would be easier if I had a car, so I could drive to the recycling station. For now i just put it in the storage space I have in the basement. One step at the time.

Mid(ish) Month Check in

Feb. 16th, 2017 03:45 pm
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I made a few plans for the month of Feb, so let's see how I'm getting on.
check-in )

cats

Feb. 15th, 2017 10:04 pm
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i haven't been away - so much for that one post a day thing. but... still alive!

also: we now have two cats.

new cat is called anton. we got him from croydon animal samaritans (so - kind of from a shelter, but also... it was literally, a woman's house with lots and lots of specialised cat visiting boxes in the massive backyard) on saturday. many many good cats, but this cat was the most affectionate and also ginger, which was what we wanted.

the shelter called him sam, but erin's sister has called him anton, after anton chekhov.

today he went missing for 6 hours... that would have been a very sucky ending to the two-cat lifestyle. but now he is back. sasa is surprisingly ok with it.

here are some pictures of cat 2, sometimes with cat 1.

cats )

Commit to Drabble

Feb. 13th, 2017 07:41 pm
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1) So International Fanworks Day is almost here and a Feedback Fest is on at AO3, as well as the annual short fanworks challenge. I wrote another one for it this year, which crosses Miss Fisher and Captain America.

2) I am not someone who enjoys the Joker, and right now I feel like the cult of his followers are disturbingly close to what's happening politically. So that part of Gotham is definitely not appealing to me.Read more... )

3) Some things I have, however, liked about The Flash: Read more... )

4) Most of these issues I already knew about but the fact that a virus can be a major reason for weight gain is something I doubt many know. I also find it unsurprising that heavy antibiotic use and antihistamines can be a double blow.
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This is a long story, and yet I loved it. Too often a certain word-count goes hand in hand with meandering plot point and I develop a vague frustration and don't finish it, but this starts well, gets you interested in Sherlock and Mycroft, and then keeps growing at this wonderfully organic pace that feels satisfying and intriguing.

It's teen John and Sherlock -- which usually works for me becasue Sherlock is such an overgrown teenager even as an adult -- and young adult Lestrade and Mycroft, and... oh. It's a nice retelling of some of the plot points of s1 but from a slightly different angle, and I'd really recommend giving it a try. We have Mrs Hudson caring for the boys, we have a young Sherlock and Mycroft without parents (Mycroft too responsible and trying too hard to keep Sherlock happy, Sherlock demanding and spoiled and not quite seeing how deeply he's loved), we have John (who is everything perfect for Sherlock), and Lestrade (who is smart enough to see when rules should be broken for Sherlock).

It's really a really satisfying, well-developed world. I can't recommend it highly enough.

(And as with all my recs, everyone else might have already read this. But it was new to me, and I enjoyed it.)


Saving Sherlock Holmes (139494 words) by earlgreytea68
Chapters: 43/43
Fandom: Sherlock (TV)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Underage
Relationships: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson, Mycroft Holmes/Greg Lestrade
Characters: Sherlock Holmes, Mycroft Holmes, Mrs. Hudson, Greg Lestrade, John Watson, Molly Hooper, Harry Watson, Sally Donovan, Dimmock (Inspector), Jim Moriarty
Additional Tags: Teenlock, AU, Schoolboy AU
Summary:

Sherlock Holmes, schoolboy. Yeah, that basically sums it up.

ordinary things

Feb. 12th, 2017 04:11 pm
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My recent ordinary acts of kindness:

1) finished the quilt for the foster children, turned it over to the person co-coordinating the collection; it's really really nice, if I do say so myself

2) made another pair of gauntlets (my 3rd) for another person at work who has cold hands a lot and is going through a rough time; gave same person my emergency soup and cracker stash for lunch since they'd forgotten their own

3) went to a school fundraising function for a friend and ending up spending over 2 hours working a booth and helping out because they needed the help (instead of enjoying myself at the booths)

4) more babysitting so a friend could go grocery shopping without schlepping everyone to the store

5) took over a (small) project at work that is really not something that I need to be doing, to help a couple others out who have too much on their plates

6) number of times I didn't make a stink about something when something got fouled up and really impacted my day negatively (not counting small stuff like during driving, but the medium sized stuff where people should know better, and got caught being doofuses): 2

King Charles III

Feb. 11th, 2017 01:04 am
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Hey, so I saw something about an old white dude assuming true national political power for the first time in his life, finding out it was all harder than he thought, and causing a constitutional crisis.

It was not the evening news, though! This was a speculative production about what Charles will do when Elizabeth dies, but written in the style of a Shakespearean history play.

Read more... )

This play was certainly interesting and uncomfortably resonant, but in the final analysis, I can't say that I really enjoyed it or that I quite recommend it to anyone. I will say that I didn't dislike it and I don't recommend against it, but I feel really quite ambivalent about it, altogether.

Also, I walked into Hip City Veg because I'd seen it and was hoping for a vegetable forward place I might like to eat, but it was vegan burgers and fries, which, no. If I wanted a burger for dinner, I would have gone to Fuddruckers or b. However, a couple of doors down was Honeygrow, which is a salads and stirfry fast casual place that's delicious; it's similar to Sweetgreen. (Not terrible like Chop't, which is a plague upon salad places.) (Also, confession, I was still STARVING after I had the salad, so I walked to Luke's and got a lobster roll, then I had a brownie from theater concessions. And I'm currently deciding between more food and bed.) But it was TASTY, even if I wasn't really full.

What will come

Feb. 10th, 2017 04:28 pm
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1) Here and Now recently had a segment on what makes media items popular. Unsurprisingly, the answer was that it should be familiar yet a little different, and repeated often. But the way that something is distributed is more important than the quality of its content. I can't believe that fanworks didn't get included in this discussion since I would think it's the very definition of the theory. Read more... )

2) I saw the documentary "Casting By" by accident last week on Netflix. I'd heartily recommend it. While I felt the ending was abrupt, I think it spoke to both women's roles within the industry and why, for many reasons, we need more female directors. It also provided a really interesting commentary on how the process of making movies has evolved in the past century. Read more... )

3) I recently watched The Martian and The Huntsman: Winter's War. Both have well deserved reputations. Read more... )

I wouldn't call Huntsman awful Read more... )

4) Speaking of Colin Morgan's agent, there's the final season of The Fall. Read more... )

5) Read an article in Vanity Fair'sHollywood issue about how it's the next industry about to be disrupted by tech, following the music, journalism, and publishing industries. Read more... )

Watch on the Rhine

Feb. 9th, 2017 11:44 pm
zvi: Judith Light as Hedda Gabler: Theatre Critic (theatre critic)
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My mom and I have a partial season subscription at Arena Stage, and Wednesday, we saw Watch on the Rhine, part of their Lillian Hellman festival.

I didn't know anything about the play, and it was rather frighteningly timely, as it was set in 1940 and was about Americans being confronted by the reality of Nazi resistance and collaboration. There was some interesting stuff about class, and maintaining appearances, and telling the truth versus lying, and trying to force someone to be the person you wish they were.

The performances were pretty decent.

I was quite pleased to see Andrew Long as Kurt Müller, who used to do a lot of work at Shakespeare Theatre, but hasn't for the past several years, as he's reached that awkward age where you're too old for princes but not old enough for kings. (Not really. He's totally old enough to play kings.) He had sort of a thick German accent for the part, but was quite compelling and charming nonetheless.

I also really enjoyed the performances of Lise Bruneau as Sara Müller and Natalia Payne as Marthe De Brancovis. They very much gave the impression of being people, rather than roles, which most of the rest of the cast didn't quite hit. The children, particularly, were quite stage-y, but they were also laboring under German accents, and the Babette part, especially, was underwritten.

The theater we were in, the Fichandler, is a theater in the round, and in theory there aren't any bad seats, but in practice, sitting on the west side meant I looked at the back of a lot of heads during some especially tense moments.

The play itself, as I said, had to do with the problem of Nazis intruding into an idyllic American existence, and it made me think, both about how do you know, how do you choose to be aware that these fucked up things are happening, and when do you choose to do something about it? When do you choose to do something bad to stop the fucked up things from happening? If someone does a bad thing for a good reason, and you honestly had no idea that was going to happen, but it's done now, what do you do?

In the context of punching Nazis, I'm comfortable saying that you should punch a Nazi, and you should be arrested for punching Nazis. But nose-punching doesn't change anything in a general sense, whereas killing Nazis really might, but even killing a Nazi is unlikely to be one's whole mission. I don't know what I would be willing to do, really. I'm not particularly brave or physical, I find it very difficult to believe I'd be successful at killing a Nazi, even if that seemed like the most appropriate course of action. At the moment I'm giving a fair bit of money and I'm sometimes making phone calls, but if I can only sometimes get it together to make a phone call, am I really of any use?

Anyway, I highly recommend going to see the play if you're someplace near a production.

Visual Happiness

Feb. 7th, 2017 11:35 am
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1) I was fascinated a few weeks ago by White SoxFest, which was broadcast live on the Comcast Sports Network. They had players and fans strolling down a runway, and interviewed one of the players who talked about calling fans to encourage them to support the team during the coming season. (He reported, not surprisingly, that many of them thought he was trying to sell them something).

Mike explained that lots of teams had such pre-season events where fans can get pictures and autographs, and that it was a form of sports con. It made me wonder why we didn't get media fandom conventions broadcast on TV, with actors calling fans encouraging them to watch the show.

Then I realized why. Read more... )

2) Joss Whedon's tweet from a while back that "WE HAD THE TIME MACHINE AND WE STILL DIDN'T STOP HITLER" made me wonder how that perspective may change entertainment going forward. I think it's been incredibly obvious that Nazis were the favorite villains of Hollywood -- unquestionably bad and easily demonized. Less often were the actions and feelings of the average Germans of the time represented. Read more... )

3) In happier personal news, we have a new large-screen TV. This is something I've been wanting for a long time but this became more significant as my distance vision has, in the past year, joined my reading vision in requiring some assistance. Our open plan room with the TV at the other end has become increasingly annoying. So I started doing research. If anyone is embarking on the same journey, here's what I can tell you. Read more... )

4) I have another Festivid work to recommend, A Better Son/Daughter documenting Carrie Fisher. Excellent choices all the way around, and I defy you not to tear up by the video's end.

5) Not a Festivid work and very different in tone, but wonderfully edited and an awesome view of the MCU: Glitter and Gold by Grable424 and DJCProd.

Silent Sunday, hiking and lemons

Feb. 5th, 2017 08:54 pm
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It's been a quiet Sunday, but I still feel I've managed to do a lot. I dragged myself out of bed and went for a hike this morning, up and down at Fløyen. And since it was not only good weather, but also the Get Out Day, organised by the Norwegian Trekking Association, so the mountain was overflowing with families. But it was nice. they've put up new signposts over the winter as well, so I found a new trail as well. And it was really nice to get out, even though I'm a horrid shape after sitting still for four months.

Then I've spent the rest of the day reading and making crispbread, which I do every other Sunday when I run out. It is really easy, but needs attention every 10-15 minutes. Also, some weeks ago I found (yes!) a litre of vodka when tidying, and since I do not drink that, I was wondering what to do with it - I even contemplated selling it to the students, since they keep putting up offers for hard spirits on the Facebook page. But then, some days later I got a postcard from Italy with a recipe for limoncello on it, clearly a sign. So now I have been peeling lemons, and my flat smells nice and summery. Also my fingers are covered with lots of little cuts and nicks from peeling. And does anyone know what to do with six naked lemons?

Signpost at Fløyen

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