Rest In Peace, Roy Dotrice

Oct. 16th, 2017 03:56 pm
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Roy Dotrice has passed away at the age of 94. May he rest in peace.

I wasn’t sure who he was at first, since I’m not interested in Game of Thrones. That is, I didn’t realize who he was until I checked IMDB and saw that he had played Roger Wyndam-Pryce in one episode (Lineage) of Angel. Now I remember him. Looking through the rest of his filmography, I have also seen him in Nightmare Classics: Carmilla (1989), Tales From The Crypt (1972), and two episodes of Faerie Tale Theatre. He was also Zeus in three episodes of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.

I might need to track down his episode of Tales From The Darkside, wherein he plays "Vampire Count Jeffrey Draco."
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This was my weekend (in no particular order):
  1. fed chickens in a hailstorm
  2. discovered my tv has died1
  3. failed to make the necessary decisions to buy a new tv
  4. saw ducklings, kaka, toutouwhai (native robin) and tuatara at the Karori Sanctuary
  5. started listening to the first Rivers of London audiobook
  6. started reading an excellent Les Mis fic
  7. had my first language exchange (in person, for 2hr20)
  8. only watched 1 hour of Kdrama
1 I have sound but no picture; it's only 4 yrs old; I am cranky about the mayfly lifespan of electronic goods these days.


ION, [profile] jamethiel_bane is doing a "post every day" meme, and I thought I'd do my own version, using her prompts, but maybe adapting some to suit me, and probably being far more erratic.

1. What do you prefer to be called by folks reading the entry? Who named you that and why? Where did it come from?

My fandom name is china shop, AKA china AKA Ms Shop. Even offline, in fannish circles I go by china.

It originates from an Ani DiFranco lyric (from the song "You Had Time"), via my pre-fandom blog, which was titled "you are a china shop, I am a bull". In 2007 I wrote on LJ:
Pre-fandom I was a different person online, and while I'm no less me now, well, livejournal is a slightly uncomfortable stage (in the performance sense) for me. The "push" of my entries appearing in your friends' list, as opposed to the "pull" of someone seeking them out. If I'm collected together, I'm more likely to cohere, but in general I suspect I'm a couple of tiles in a mosaic.

I first chose this name as a disclaimer -- you are a china shop, i am a bull -- and then accidentally claimed the fragile part as my identity. Possibly prescient.

The first paragraph of which seems adorably quaint now, in the face of tumblr and reblogging and posts running wild.

Anyway, yes, I am china. I named myself. I like it.

제 팬덤 이름은 차이나인데 진짜 세상에도 잰 사람와 이야기하면 저는 차이나이라고 합니다. 아니 디 프랑코의 노래에게서 제 이름이 왔는데 "너는 도예를 파는 가게인데 나는 황소예요"라고 합니다. 도예를 파는 가게는 차이나 쇼프입니다.

All this beauty passing by me.

Oct. 15th, 2017 09:18 pm
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It's not that I didn't think there were any photos of me on Facebook so much that - okay, I need to back up a bit. Last week - no, more than that. This is a big thing that only tangentially relates to me, so let me just start off with the biggest piece of news.

My younger brother's going to be on television.

Starting on Wednesday, on Fusion TV at 8 PM, Car vs. America is going live with my younger brother as one of the co-hosts. He's the taller one. This has been in production for months now, with a backstory that reads like a classic British sitcom, what with the website where he works getting sold and bought with the new owners wanting to recruit TV talent from outside the company and then looking within the existing employment pool and a whole roundabout of their TV show pitch working its way to be pitched right back to them almost exactly the same. He's given me behind the scenes stories of fights with producers I don't care to recount and every so often he stumbles back to New York City for a few days before heading back out to Pennsylvania for a story on a 25-year wait on imports or a drive from LA to Seattle following the most amusing route possible.

And this Wednesday, it goes on TV.

Last Tuesday, I saw the first episode. I saw it at the premiere party at the downtown office where he goes on the days he goes into an office. It was a fun half-hour of TV, lots of laughs, and yes, it's basically my younger brother up there. The party was definitely a party, with people hanging around and chatting and having fun with drinks and snacks and toys, and I was the first person there to figure out how to make the RC cars - "analog drones," I joked - go backwards. Someone was going around taking pictures, from informal snaps to serious smiles.

I'm in three of them. Six, seven, and nine, the one in the striped high-low dress. Front and center, even, in seven. In the ninth one I'm way on the upper left corner, but that's me up there. I deactivated my account years ago and didn't know until I found out almost by accident, when I heard my father tell someone else about the dress I wore. So I could've gone on for ages not knowing instead of just being taken by surprise a few days after the fact.

(It's dark rum and pineapple juice on the rocks, if you're wondering, and it wasn't the only reason I was smiling.)

It was a deeply enjoyable party, even if twice someone first gave my older brother a handshake - he's in a few, most clearly in the second-to-last where he's holding up a promotional T-shirt - and then moved to give me a hug. People I'd never met or even heard of, moving in for a hug. I didn't hug back, just stayed standing still, and then put out my hand for a shake. If they'd hugged my brother first, I'd have hugged back, since that would've been a sign of how things were done. But, as they didn't, I myself didn't reciprocate.

Still, even for that happening twice, I had fun. I got a t-shirt and some banana pudding and a couple of drinks, and it turns out, there's new pictures of me on Facebook.

And my younger brother's going to be on TV in a few days. Which is, I gotta say, pretty darn cool of him.

And I think, in that one picture, that's a pretty good smile.

Dept. of More Birthdays

Oct. 15th, 2017 05:53 pm
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Happy, Happy!

Happy Birthday to 
[personal profile] carbonel , who celebrated on Oct. 11. She is a thoughtful and creative person who is always a pleasure to communicate with, even though I do so rarely. I've received helpful advice from her on many occasions, when she didn't need to take the effort, something I've always appreciated. She's a fan, someone who can create in words and in textiles (the latter fills me with a certain amount of awe), someone who understands the joys of fic reading and writing, and who is someone I'm glad I know. I hope you had an excellent birthday, and will have an excellent year!

And Happy Birthday today to 
[personal profile] brithistorian  - I hope your day has been properly celebrated by loved ones and friends. You are someone whose posts I always enjoy reading, even if I say altogether too little in response to them. I hope the coming year is filled with academic success, family connections, work accomplishments, and fannish enjoyments. Go, you!
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These are very gossipy shallow reactions, but maybe I will get back into the swing of posting, who knows.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend S03E01 )

Jane the Virgin S04E01 )
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The Good Place is such a delight I don't even know how to talk about it. All I want to do is burble.

If you're not watching it, it's a half-hour afterlife comedy about a slacker (Kristen Bell) who has been accidentally misassigned to the "Good Place" (Heaven) after her death, and has to keep the mistake secret from the powers that be (Ted Danson), while trying to figure out how to be a good person -- or at least a good enough person not to stick out. Fortunately for her, she's assigned a soulmate (William Harper Jackson) who was an ethics professor in life.

I don't know how to convince you to watch this. The show is so much stranger, more surreal, and sillier than the setup portends. It is hilarious and moving; it burns through plot like a brushfire (avoid spoilers, I mean it); and the cast is so good, I mean, they are so amazing, not just Bell and Danson, but newcomers like Jackson and D'Arcy Carden as an omniscient database and Jameela Jamil as a socialite philanthropist and Manny Jacinto as a surprising sweetheart. The first season is streaming on Netflix and the second season is airing now.

Spoiler note: the numbering for this season is confusing, since some sources consider the first hour, aired together in a single night, as a single episode. I don't. The latest episode I discuss below the spoiler cut aired 10/12/17.

Spoilers have a thirteen-point scale where eight is the highest score )

Assess the essence of the mess.

Oct. 12th, 2017 05:09 pm
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If it all goes well, I'll have next Tuesday and Thursday completely free of any professional obligations. Anyone want to go out to lunch or take in a long museum afternoon?

As it is, unless I talk myself out of it, tomorrow I may well go shoe shopping. It's not that I need anything so much as I saw these were on sale at an almost affordable price. I've wanted new work shoes for a while now, even though I don't need any - these or these and even these have all caught my eye recently - but it's getting into boot weather, and those look ridiculously fun. So. Tomorrow I'll see if the Manhattan Fluevog store has them, and if not, check what size I need to buy online. Provided I don't talk myself out of it beforehand.
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Reading
Still reading Whispers Under Ground. Enjoying it, but not racing through it (obviously).

Kdramas
Two episodes into Chicago Typewriter. I'm intrigued but not yet fully hooked.

Mystery Queen seems good. I'm enjoying it so far.

J and I started My Girl (2005) last week. I like it, but the script and production values are very dated, and J is less convinced. We're hoping it's not just going to be repetitive love triangle shenanigans, and they're going to do something more interesting with the characters. *fingers crossed*

Chief Kim is still on hold.

Other TV
We're up to s7 of Parks & Recreation, but last night we just watched Brooklyn Nine Nine, The Mayor (may turn out to be a bit too mainstream for our tastes, in terms of comedy), and the first two episodes of Rosehaven, an Australian sitcom with Celia Pacquola.

Get/together
I really enjoyed get/together (local mini fan con) this year. In some ways, there not being a mega-fandom consuming the majority of attendees worked in my favour, because I've never successfully been part of that, so having everyone be in smaller fandoms evens things out a bit. I showed a clip reel of Moonlight Drawn by Clouds, focusing on the slash side of my OT-V, and I think it went over pretty well, and I contributed a couple of rounds to the quiz. And ate too many (delicious, Knope-inspired) waffles. Good times.

I'm already planning another Kdrama clip reel for next year.

Podcasts
This afternoon I listened to an episode of Stay Tuned with Preet, and it was excellent. I'm not sure I'll listen to more, because there's only so much US politics I can take (I really should be paying more attention to NZ politics!), but it's always good to hear smart good people's take on things.

Books

Oct. 10th, 2017 06:09 pm
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Wonder Woman: Warbringer - Leigh Bardugo
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine - Gail Honeyman
What Happened - Hillary Rodham Clinton
SPQR - Mary Beard
The Ruin of Angels - Max Gladstone
Waking Gods - Sylvain Neuvel


DC's new, shiny thing is hiring Young Adult authors to write YA novels about their headliners, of which Warbringer was the first instalment. It had a couple of things working against it for me: I am super fussy when it comes to YA, and I've bounced pretty hard off Leigh Bardugo's work before. It also features a slightly different Themyscira from the movie, which felt like a mistake with the book following so hotly on its heels, and an actualfax teenaged Diana, which, um. That said, it was a fun adventure, it neatly sidestepped the het romance I was dreading, and the teenaged characters were fine, even though they were, you know, teenagers...

Hey, I think I've just put my finger on why most YA doesn't work for me!

I can't say I've much interest in the upcoming Batman or Superman books in the same series, but I will probably tag back in for Sarah J. Maas' Catwoman instalment.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is about a woman in Glasgow who grew up in care, has no understanding of social niceties, and is in massive denial about how lonely she is... then she accidentally makes a friend. As someone who doesn't have the best social skills (but is certainly more cognizant than Eleanor of where I'm going wrong) my levels of secondhand embarrassment reading this were off the charts like whoa. But once I got over that it really was a very lovely, very uplifting book.

My first reaction to What Happened was that I wasn't going to read it, but I would defend to the death Clinton's right to have written it. I mean, it's not like Hillary Clinton is the first politician to have lost an election, or the first to have written a book about it. I don't know what it is about her specifically that makes people think that she should put her herself out to sea on an iceflow, accompanied only by that woman from Game of Thrones shouting SHAME. Just kidding. Of course I know why that is, everyone knows why that is.

Then bits of it started leaking out, and it seemed like she was mad at all the same people I was mad at, and baffled by all the same things I was baffled by, so I picked it up. It opens on election night, and I immediately started bawling like a baby. I'm still baffled by the reviews that called it an exercise in deflecting blame, because she accepts responsibility in this, she accepts so much responsibility that by the end I was going 'okay, it was your fault, I get it, enough already.' Mostly the book is her going: 'I was the candidate, the buck stops with me. But this was a weird election, and other things were happening. Here are some of them.' Which seems more than fair to me.

It did veer into the saccharine in places, mostly where she was talking about religion, but that might have been me being British and going 'ew, get this religion off my politics, it's all sticky'. And she does go on a fair bit about having won the popular vote, which is fair enough; in her position I would have had that tattood on my face.

I kind of want to say you done fucked up, America, but I feel like you already know that.

I have never been that interested in ancient Rome, but I have been extremely fond of Mary Beard ever since she got publicly lambasted for daring to go on Question Time looking like how you'd expect an oxbridge classics professor to look, while also being a woman, and shortly thereafter doing a BBC series on Calligula while wearing gold lame converse because zero fucks were given.

Anyway, SPQR was very readable, even for someone who picked it up more out of feminist feeling for the author than interest in the subject matter.

I've talked before about how much I love Max Gladstone's godpunk Craft sequence, and on paper The Ruin of Angels should have been my favourite; it featured library heist and all the relationships were f/f, but it felt like the flaws of the previous books were writ large in this.

The worldbuilding always was the best thing about this series (and it is seriously fucking awesome) but here it felt like the books were starting to crumble under the weight of all that worldbuilding. The plot, such as it was, felt like we were just moving from one worldbuilding set-piece to another until everything happened in the last fifty pages. And the characters desperately tried to avoid telling each other plot relevant information in case that accidentally created some story momentum.

On the upshot, there's an admin demon who considers taking bloody, demonstrative action to stop people erroneously flagging intra-office mail as triple urgent, and a lady knight who breaks her lady love out of prison with the line: knights can rescue their ladies from towers; that's practically what knights are for.

Basically, there's individual moments of brilliance interspersed through a sea of meh.

Waking Gods is the sequel to Sleeping Giants which I'd really loved a couple of months ago. It's plot can be summarised thusly: what good does a giant, unstoppable robot do you when the other guys have thirteen giant, unstoppable robots? Both books are told through interviews and log entries, and even if I'm not totally sold on the SF plot, they are super quick, super twisty, super fun reads.

(Graphic novels were Bombshells: Enlisted, and The Mighty Thor: Thunder in her Veins, both of which I got a hell of a kick out of. Because I am new to comics, and because there are so many, while I am but one person, my method to winnowing them down to the ones I might want to read is: no dudes need apply.)

Dept. of Delayed Birthdays

Oct. 9th, 2017 07:58 am
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Natal Celebrations Past and Almost Present

I haven't sent off birthday wishes to a number of people who definitely deserve them, so I'll start Monday off by doing that.

Back on Oct. 4, [livejournal.com profile] rmjwell had a birthday. He is a proud supporter and photographic archivist of some of the best amateur burlesque in the west (and probably the east as well.) He's a fan, a dad of twins, with all the patience that implies, and he is both funny and wise when he observes the world and comments on it. He doesn't show up in Journal land much these days, so I'll probably wish him belated birthday wishes elsewhere as well, but doing so here gives me the ability to introduce you to a truly delightful man.

On Oct. 6, the lovely [livejournal.com profile] heatherbelles celebrated, and I hope it was a marvelous celebration. She is an historical curator - one of the first I'd ever met - and a Whovian, who I first met on TWoP, of blessed memory. She was one of the people who first made me feel welcome in the aether. She is cheerful, funny, kind, and very much a delight to know, even if it's at a pixellated remove. My dear, I hope you had a fanTAStic birthday, and that the year to come is equally good for you!

Another Oct. 6 celebrant is 
[personal profile] supergee , who is another wise person I met on These Here Intarwebz, and how lucky I am to have the chance to meet such people. He is a calm and steadfast proponent of both the mind and the heart, and can speak on behalf of both in pithily accurate commentary. We don't always agree (I think good music's been made right up until yesterday, and will probably be made today and tomorrow as well, for instance), but this world would be a much less interesting place without him in it. Many happy returns of the day, a few days late.

Dear Yuletide Writer

Oct. 9th, 2017 12:25 am
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[personal profile] arduinna
(Wow, assignments came out fast - apologies for not having this up in advance!)

Thank you so much! The thought of a story in any of these fandoms is already making me happy.

I love all of these fandoms unreservedly, so if you have a yen to explore the universe, or bring in additional characters I didn't list, it's all good.

If you want more information about my requests, read on - but please don't worry if your ideas go in a different direction. Optional details are optional! I would much rather read the story you wanted to write than the story you felt you were obligated to write because of something I said. As long as it's for one of these fandoms, and uses the characters, you totally win at Yuletide. \o/

my fic tastes )

Why I love these fandoms

(Alphabetical, not ranked by preference! I love them all. :)

Boston Legal )


Peacemakers )


The Slipper and the Rose )


Tango & Cash )


Valdemar Series - Mercedes Lackey )

I adore all these fandoms, and will be happy with absolutely anything you write, as long as you enjoy writing it.

And thank you, again!!

Yuletide Time!

Oct. 9th, 2017 09:50 pm
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Welp, I have lived long enough to have reached my twelfth Yuletide. I am surprised and pleased at this outcome, especially after the way that 2017 rolled in for the whole world.

Anyway. Yuletide is always fun for me, I've always loved my gifts, and I try to generally be chill about the process, so I hope I can make your assignment easy and enjoyable for you, too. My letters tend to be long – please don't worry! I am chatty, and excited that we share a fandom. I am all on board with optional details being optional: you go and ODAO if you have to. We have connected over our love for a fandom. I will love what you write.

I've put down ideas for each fandom – they are honestly just random things that have occurred to me as I write my letter, things that would be cool to read. I'm not particularly attached to any one idea (or fandom, for that matter), but wanted to throw out some prompts in case you're the kind of writer that likes prompts or wants to get an idea of how I view the fandom. If you find those prompts too constrictive, please fly free! I love the fandom, I love all the characters, I love the way that people are fannish about the characters. I am a fan of fandom, so show me how you love the characters we matched on, and I will be happy. I promise.

After eleven of these letters, I've got my likes and dislikes pinned down, so I've cut and pasted them from previous letters:
Likes and dislikes )

I've talked about the specific fandoms under the cut, with possible scenarios or prompts. I talk more about some than others, but please understand I have no favourite. It's just what has come to mind as I write the letter. I would be happy with fic for any of these fandoms.

There are important spoilers here for Westworld and The Good Place, so if you're browsing letters, please be careful!

Beautiful Losers II – Jack Vettriano, The Defenders, New Rules – Dua Lipa, Doctor Strange, Westworld, The Good Place )


Miscellanea
If we've matched on a large canon, and it's not going to work for you, I've got a few small and easily accessed canons here:
A painting: Beautiful Losers II, Jack Vettriano
A music video: New Rules – Dua Lipa.

For stalking purposes, I'm [archiveofourown.org profile] st_aurafina and [tumblr.com profile] st-aurafina. All my previous Dear Author letters are here: Dear Author. If you have any questions, you're welcome to message my partner, [personal profile] lilacsigil. She will keep your secret for life, or at least until after reveals.

Thank you so much for writing! I hope your Yuletide is fantastic.

Dept. of Well, Damn

Oct. 6th, 2017 10:04 pm
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Because Of Course Nothing Goes As Expected

So, almost as soon as I'd posted my last more or less positive comments about Phil, we got a call from the surgeon. She got the biopsy results from the growth a bit faster than I'd expected.

It's a tumor. 

Of course, the surgeon (who really is quite a nice person, don't get me wrong) emphasized that the tumor might not be anything but benign. 

However, she said, she advised that we undertake the operation to remove Phil's left ear canal, to prevent any possibility of non-benign tumer growth. 

And of course we're going to, although we told her we wanted to talk about it over the weekend. 

We'll do it. A lot of my retirement money is going to go into taking care of Phil. And I'm a selfish enough old broad that I'm begrudging those dollars. 

But it's Phil; it's our little kitty, and it's only a month or so since we lost one of our other beloved kitties. 

Poor Phil; he's not in for a good time. 

But I'm hoping that this will help him live beyond his current 8 or 9 years. Had he already been 14? Perhaps the decision would have been different. 

But he's not 14, he's only 8 or 9. So we'll fork out the retirement funds, and pay for something that will, I hope, make him ultimately feel better. 

Fuck. 

On a scale of 1 to Las Vegas, this is, of course, not a big thing. 

But, fuck. What a fucking way to end the week. 

Dept. of Friday

Oct. 6th, 2017 07:52 pm
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Very Quick Precis of The Week 

Phil )

Book )

Work )
The world is too much with us, plus exhaustion )
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Title: Guardians of the Gilmore: Kill Me Now
Author: Ericadawn16
Prompt: Gilmore Girls and Guardians of the Galaxy, I turn all Sean Gunn appearances on Gilmore Girls into Kraglin events.
Character/Pairing(s): Kraglin, surprise guest
Rating: PG
Warnings: Nothing whatsoever except very mild language
Spoilers: Nothing there either
Summary: Kraglin is dropping some cargo off on Knowhere.

Kill Me Now

Kraglin was first mate now. Peter was off somewhere. Luckily, his M ship had a tracker so Kraglin no longer had to look after him. It had been about five years since that incident with Simon Williams.

Today was an easy job. He just had to drop their cargo off on Knowhere.

"Where do you want the dog?" he asked the latest assistant. Assistant was kind. They were basically slaves.

"Um, well, do you know where the back office is?"

"Nope."

Most people would have rolled their eyes at that point.

"Okay, you know the entrance you just went through?" she asked but he was tired and just wanted to unload the mutt.

"Nope."

"Going to help me at all?" she asked.

"Nope."

"Sir!" she called and turned back to Kraglin again, "This is Cosmo, right?"

"Sure, why not?" he replied. At least, he responded to Cosmo so he assumed that was the dog's name. There aren't too many dogs dressed in space suits either.

Ain't drinking from no well.

Oct. 5th, 2017 08:42 pm
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I finally got around to reading It this summer. In part, because I knew I had some long plane flights ahead of me and I wanted to pack one book to save space so I wanted to bring as much book per book as I could. Also in part because I'd recently read A Wrinkle in Time. Now, both novels are about small groups of misfits teaming up using the power of the human spirit to defeat an otherwordly, unknowable entity called It that eats fear and wants to devour all those who resist It. I'm not dismissing the importance of maintaining faith and truth and forgiveness and love in today's world. But being aware of "[the themes of] cyclical violence, generational trauma, the respective fucked-uped-ness of both childhood and adulthood, and the fundamental horribleness of American history" as well as the necessity of not looking away from mundane, banal horrors and addressing all those things to help break the cycles and stop them from perpetuating into the future seems more salient for the world as it exists right now.

Also, I didn't need that much Jesus coming out of nowhere.

So I'll take book with the gangbang in a sewer and an actual Jew.

I saw the movie today. Coming right after playing through Bioshock made for a strange viewing experience. Monstrous shapes and sounds coming from pipes and bodies in all the wrong shapes and pure nightmares calling out and horrors rising up out of the water in the dark - yeah. I spent a lot of the movie going, "Oh, okay." Not quite the right context for being scared, but I was definitely impressed, and there were some shots and images that took my breath away for all the right and wrong reasons at once. The images were mostly what I'd paid to see, so in that respect, I got my money's worth.

I can't help but keep thinking about Stan. I'm absolutely certain that comes as no surprise to anyone. Spoilers for the novel under the cut. )

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