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Jun. 26th, 2017 09:15 pm
such_heights: amy deep in thought (who: amy [dust after rain])
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It occurs to me I've been on twitter a lot the last two months, but nowhere else. So - hi. Still here. Grieving, but here.

Comments disabled as I think I've had as much sympathy as I can handle (it's much appreciated, just A Lot sometimes).



Jun. 25th, 2017 09:00 pm
istia: john and rodney of sga sitting on the pier (sga | mcshep pier)
[personal profile] istia
Is anybody watching Sean Bean's new show, Broken? I'm loving it. Bean is perfect as a Catholic priest in a northern parish who does everything he can--w/ passion & warmth & determination--to help various struggling parishioners while simultaneously dealing w/ his own surfacing trauma from childhood abuse.

I'm not fannish about it because there's no real slash fodder (other than 1 old friend/mentor, another priest, he sees regularly, but not for long periods), but it's great viewing. For those who like angst, anyway. :)

Also features wonderful guest stars, like Anna Friel & Paula Malcolmson in standout performances! It's a 6-episode BBC show. I've seen 4 episodes so far & am already hoping there'll be a S2.

Trailer if you'd like a peek! )

♠ ♠ ♠

I spent a chunk of today curating my movie tags here on my journal. Movies tend to be 1-off posts, unlike many TV shows, & it seemed silly to have this growing number of tags w/ 1 use. So I decided to consolidate them into types. Since I have 91 posts w/ movies, several w/ more than 1 movie in them, that was a job!

A fun job, though, because 1. I enjoy organising stuff & 2. I love tags!

The hard bit was deciding what genres to group the movies into, but ultimately it made most sense to go w/ the genre that means the most to me for each movie. The basic reason I chose to watch that movie.

Also decided to use only 1 tag/genre per movie, unlike librarything where I tag my books for setting, period, & anything else that applies (ie: gay, historical, fantasy, england, 1890s, author: scott = Melissa Scott & Jo Graham's Lynes & Mathey series).

Read more... )

All we do is fade away

Jun. 25th, 2017 12:07 pm
gwyn: (8ball wizzicons)
[personal profile] gwyn
[personal profile] goss has created a cool new community for fan artists called Drawesome. If you're an artist or just interested, go check it out. I keep thinking about trying to learn to draw--I'm completely wihtout talent, I can't even draw stick figures, and I really don't know how to even go about it, but I'm surrounded by artists and they're always grousing at me that anyone can learn, you don't have to be born with talent. I don't believe this, but I still want to learn, at some point.

Drawesome on DW
[community profile] drawesome: A Drawing Community for Fan-Artists


I haven't been making this public much yet, but I feel like I have to, just so everyone knows what's going on. They found a cancerous tumor during the colonoscopy Thursday, so…yeah. Guess who has cancer. Did you guess me? You're correct!

It's weird, I've been expecting this for years, but not this one: I figured it'd be melanoma or the thing that killed my twin sister, ovarian cancer. This one is my ultimate nightmare--I'm phobic as hell about bodily functions, and there's so much awful stuff that results from colon cancer that I'm completely freaked out about.

I don't see the surgeon till Thursday so right now I don't know much. I had a CT scan yesterday to see if there's more cancer anywhere else and additional bloodwork, and then I had to put on my everything's normal face and go do a guest lecture at the UW. This one woman waited till I was saying thanks goodbye to pop up with a question, and to say she had resting bitch murderface is to put it mildly; I wouldn't be surprised if her whole family was axed to death and they're buried in her basement. And she asked this totally angry, pissed off question and I just didn't have spoons to answer so I was like a deer in the headlights.

Anyway, my biggest fear is that this means I can't go to Vividcon. Like, I care way less about my life, especially these days, and am totally willing to wait till after so I can go. I have a feeling they will not like this. But it's the one thing keeping me together. Not to mention very expensive nonrefundable tickets. The doctor kept stressing how early they'd found it and how good that was. But he also smiled when he said I might have cancer so who knows what's going on with him. Oh and also I got notice that the insurance I have through the ACA is going away next year--the only reason I was able to afford the colonoscopy was that this insurance was really good, and the only other decent one doesn't work with my doctor and clinic. So even if the fucking republicans take everything away in two years, I'm out for 2018 just when I need it most. (And they're such fucking liars, they blame this on market volatility and say it was such a hard decision…no, it's not, you just want more money lining your bonus pockets.)

I'm turning off comments, even though yes, I am really sad and depressed and feeling very lonely. My family's all gone, and most everyone lives far from me or useless (like, I love my BFF, but he's useless) so it's a lot to expect of people. It's been hard just doing day to day stuff like I'm fine. But I have a lot of this in my future so I have to get used to it. I hate the not knowing the most, though.
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Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2sQ52mP on June 25, 2017 at 10:38AM

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Jun. 24th, 2017 06:25 pm
istia: 2 kel'ein from cherryh's "kutath" in black robes with swords, 1 crouched beside other (x | cherryh kutath)
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The reality show, that is, about survival-expert volunteers dropped off in a remote location entirely alone--w/ 70 lbs of camera equipment to tote around & record everything--to try to outlast everybody else, w/out getting themselves killed along the way, to win the $500,000 prize.

You might remember my watching & commenting on the 1st 2 seasons because the people-against-wilderness battleground was the northern end of Vancouver Island, exactly opposite to where I am, but familiar terrain & wildlife & all that.

Last year's 3rd season switched locations to Patagonia, so I didn't watch it, but this year they're back to my Island! So I am, of course, watching again. Only 2 episodes in so far.

They've switched it up this year. Instead of dropping a bunch of lone people off in different locations, they're doing teams this time. Each member of the 2-person team gets dropped 9-10 miles from the other. They choose who they want as their partner & which of them will stay in place & build a shelter, suss out local food supplies & all that. The other partner is given a compass & a bearing & has to set off to find their teammate. Whee!

Details )

Vidding history project help needed

Jun. 24th, 2017 06:18 pm
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[personal profile] morgandawn
Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2t70xqo on June 24, 2017 at 11:12AM

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Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2s81L05 on June 24, 2017 at 08:10AM

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Chapter Update: Celluloid Hero

Jun. 23rd, 2017 09:37 pm
gwyn: (steve rogers shield)
[personal profile] gwyn
Celluloid Hero (29728 words) by gwyneth rhys
Chapters: 6/?
Fandom: Captain America (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe, Golden Age Hollywood Actors
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Steve Rogers, Bette Davis, John Garfield, USO Tour Dancers (Marvel), Original Characters, Barbara Stanwyck, Gene Tierney, William Powell, Cary Grant, Randolph Scott, Jack Warner, Delmer Daves, Ida Lupino, Hedy Lamarr
Additional Tags: Golden Age Hollywood, Hollywood Canteen, World War II, The Star-Making Machinery, Propaganda, someone's going to get his V-card punched, and by someone I mean Steve, Letters, Minor Bucky Barnes/Steve Rogers, First Motion Picture Unit, Pining Steve, Period Typical Everything

The talk of the town last night was Captain America’s star-spangled appearance at the Hollywood Canteen, where the ladies swooned and the gentlemen cheered. Rumor has it he will be meeting with studio heads to discuss bringing his patriotic man with a plan to the silver screen.

Chapter 6 finally posted! In which Steve doesn't do well at his own premiere, learns how to play the Hollywood game, gets to know Ida Lupino and Hedy Lamarr, and receives a very important envelope.
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Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2tWNh4y at June 23, 2017 at 07:55AMAnalysis | What the Senate bill changes about Obamacare
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June 23, 2017 at 07:55AM
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Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2sI3Lhq on June 22, 2017 at 11:00PM

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National Indigenous Peoples Day

Jun. 22nd, 2017 07:28 pm
istia: cartoon beaver wearing canadian flag & a tuque (x | cdn beaver)
[personal profile] istia
Was actually yesterday, the solstice, when PM Justin Trudeau gave it an official name change from National Aboriginal Day, which it's been since 1996. The Chief of the Assembly of First Nations approved this change.

The Indigenous Peoples comprises First Nations, Metis, & Inuit people.

National Indigenous Peoples Day kicks off the run-up to Canada Day on July 1st w/ national days celebrating Canadian culture. Coming up on June 27th is Canadian Multiculturalism Day.

Damn for missing the day itself, but how better for a non-Indigenous fannish type to celebrate than w/ a picspam of some of our many Canadian Indigenous actors? Some have been nominated for Oscars. Some are also--or even better--known as musicians, artists, & writers. Some are all those things. All are wonderfully talented people whose work in many fields over many years has given me much joy!

Pictures! )

A couple of weeks ago, Trudeau also announced that the former US Embassy opposite Parliament Hill in Ottawa, which the government acquired in 1997 but has left empty ever since, will be a space dedicated to the Indigenous Peoples. Consultations ahead w/ them to decide what they'd like to do w/ this large, central building.

I'd love to see what ends up being done w/ it.

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Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2sYA3HW on June 22, 2017 at 08:22AM

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Vid beta?

Jun. 21st, 2017 06:00 pm
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[personal profile] gwyn
Would anyone be interested in betaing a Star Wars vid? I have some tweaks to make but if everything goes well on the (ugh gross awful) colonoscopy tomorrow, I should be able to have a copy ready by tomorrow evening. The bad part is that it's due on Friday, so I kind of don't have a lot of time.

It's the original trilogy and Rogue One and The Force Awakens if that matters.

The bridge post

Jun. 21st, 2017 11:28 am
istia: hand of ezra standish holding a playing card (m7 | ezra hand & card)
[personal profile] istia
In which "bridge" isn't a metaphor, but an actual bridge. For no reason, just because.

Well, because the other day, when driving into town, the light indicating the Blue Bridge was up was flashing, so I decided not to wait, turned off the main road, confidently turned onto a familiar street--& ended up winging off into territory that 1st became oddly unfamiliar, then all too familiar.

"Gah!" said I. "How did I end up on the Island Highway driving rapidly out of the city? How?!"

So I turned around at the 1st opportunity & made it back to familiar ground going the right direction. Whew.

So this morning when I was driving into the city & saw the light flashing to indicate the bridge was up, I cravenly joined the queue of cars waiting for it to lower. *g*

Sitting in the car for a quarter hour staring at the raised underbelly of the 97-year-old drawbridge painted an iconic sky blue, hence its affectionate nickname of the Blue Bridge, led to reflection on the construction of its replacement already being 2 years behind schedule.

So for no reason, I decided to seek out pics.

Pics! )

In other news, I'm sleeping a bit better. Still working off the sleep-debt, but it's a relief to sleep longer than 3 hours at a stretch, or at least to fall back asleep after waking.

Got another of those ridiculous messages from a guy claiming to be an "officer" with the Canada Revenue Agency. Apparently there's been an arrest warrant sworn against me & "all your property". All my property is going to be arrested! Lol.

They're late this year. Taxes were due 30th April & I've already received the acknowledgement & my refunds from the CRA. I suppose the police raids that shut down several phone scam places in India last year slowed them down.

note to self

Jun. 20th, 2017 01:14 am
arduinna: a tarot-card version of Linus from Peanuts, carrying a lamp as The Hermit (Default)
[personal profile] arduinna
When you keep seeing the "create factory recovery media" messages on your laptop, click okay at some point and create the freaking factory-reset backup.

This lesson brought to you courtesy of my small but intense panic when my laptop shut off and came up with a "boot drive not found" error, and then a "hard drive not installed" error when I found my way into the diagnostics. Gah.

Happily, it looks like it was just overheated/overhumid and a bit unhappy from some jostling, and it let me boot up a while later. At which point I sacrificed my good USB stick to the whole recovery-media thing pretty damn fast, lemme tell you, while crossing my fingers it wouldn't black-screen at me in the middle. (It did not! \o/) And then once that was safe I updated the backup software to the new version, and here I am.

... and yet, when the laptop popped up a chirpy "there's a new version installed, we need to update your backup media", I nearly hit "remind me later" because I was typing this post. *facepalm* *hits 'update now'*

And, uh, hi!

[[insert squinty eyed emoji here]]

Jun. 19th, 2017 03:38 pm
gwyn: (flashpoint asshat)
[personal profile] gwyn
You know, I'm well aware that I'm not the kind of fan writer that people go "oh, she posted a new story, I'm going to go read immediately." But having someone say they saved your story till they ran out of good fic is…just astoundingly tone-deaf, nasty, and demoralizing.

Thursday I'm having a dreaded medical procedure that I've been avoiding for years. Now that I'm officially an Old, my doctor's wanted me to have a colonoscopy, especially since my twin died of cancer, any kind of screening test is pretty important--and we don't know any other medical family history, since I'm adopted. I really, really hate bodily functions things. Like, I'm nearly phobic about talking about it, and I flap my hands and sing la-la-la really loudly whenever people talk about it. So I really, really do not want to do this, but since the fucking Republicans are determined to take away any health care I can have, and I earned so little the previous year that I qualified for a lower deductible, my doc and I decided to take ALL the tests this year. I just had a new MRI for my back (nothing useful, still nothing to be done that will really help), and now this, and there's some other things I'm hoping to do later on while I have the chance.

I have a bit more to write on the next chapter of Celluloid Hero and then should be able to send to beta and post, then I have to get started on the pod-together story, and meanwhile I'm desperately racing to finish this Star Wars vid for the Premieres show at Vividcon. Still have a little under half to go, it's taking forever and making me cry. Why can't I find a nice, horizontal hobby where I can lie down and not be in agonizing pain?
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Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2tGhvZp on June 19, 2017 at 12:59PM

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life is awesome, i confess...

Jun. 19th, 2017 02:39 pm
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[personal profile] fahrbotdrusilla
i found a physical copy of Ultraviolence at the thrift store for 2 bucks.

(though i'll admit i had to explain to my niece how i own all of Lana's music in digital yet still wanted the cd)

Media Monday

Jun. 19th, 2017 08:55 am
istia: derek hale and stiles stilinski holding each other and laughing (teen wolf | derek/stiles blue)
[personal profile] istia
aka the Grump Post.

Cut for length & grumpiness )

But not all is grumpiness! )

So there's the mostly lows, but a little high, of my media watching right now. Maybe something new will grab me? At least I'll try a few.

I miss feeling fannish about anything other than my old stalwarts. Thank heavens for those.