To Boldly Go...

Sep. 26th, 2017 01:30 pm
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One of the reasons to be glad my sister is visiting is that she gave me her Netflix password so that I could watch the first two episodes of the shiny new Star Trek.

Discovery )
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In short, hm. Could go either way.

Spoilers wonder when internal communication systems are going to be used )

Finally, not a fan of the theme song

Oct. 1st, 2017 08:14 pm
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Insufficiently "Fanfare to the Common Man" for my tastes, and I don't like the intro video either.

(And I have Thoughts. For a society so obsessed with the Prime Directive, Federation humans are equally obsessed with the idea that secretly, all species would be better off as humans. Here it is AGAIN in this ep. Nevermind that being raised by Vulcans is a strange plot contrivance, isn't it enough that she's content and functional, without having to ditch who she is to be "more human" by some arbitrarily emotional reckoning? Is this universal Trek belief a clever dig at Americans, or do Trek writers really agree with this? Eddington was right - they're worse than the Borg! They assimilate people, and they don't even realize it. This would be an interesting angle to take. They already have the seeds planted with the Klingons. They're not going to go that route, though.)

Ah well. In other news, J was thrilled with his bag. Also, I am sick. *sneeze*

Oh! And when I came home today from walking the dogs, there was a cardboard cat carrier and a small box of cat food on my porch. This is all a bit inexplicable, and I'm wondering if maybe somebody intended to leave a cat there? If so, kitty escaped. Just as well - I'm full up on formerly stray animals.

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Poison Frogs Make Surprisingly Attentive Adoptive Parents

Fish have complex personalities, research shows

Indian Designers Built A Genius Air Conditioner That Works Without Electricity, And It Can Save Lives (Well, "invented" is a stretch, evaporative coolers already exist, but it looks nifty.)

'Cowgirls of Color' break barriers to compete in typically white, male rodeo

Quiet energy revolution underway in Japan as dozens of towns go off the grid

You Need to Try Coffee Lemonade

The Women Miners in Pants Who Shocked Victorian Britain

A Failed 1930s American Town, Lost in Time in the Amazon Rainforest

The EU Suppressed a 300-Page Study That Found Piracy Doesn’t Harm Sales

Group Therapy Is Saving Lives in Chicago

Catalans are not alone. Across the world, people yearn to govern themselves

Iraqi Kurdistan referendum: High turnout in independence vote

Reluctant champion: How Nadia Murad has become the international face of Yazidi suffering – and resilience

The History of Sears Predicts Nearly Everything Amazon Is Doing

Artificial Colors Are Back in Trix Because Nobody Liked Natural Ingredients

Revenge of the Super Lice (Apparently, in Europe it's mostly synthetic oil treatments, not pesticides. I'll keep an eye out for the day that's approved over here.)

Anatomy of a Propaganda Campaign

The family of strangers who fled Boko Haram

Every year, millions try to navigate US courts without a lawyer

How Conservatives Learned to Love Free Lawyers for the Poor

The Brazenness of Trump's White House Staff Using Private Email

Still Fighting at Standing Rock

Trump’s wall could cause the extinction of the American jaguar

Trump Is Helping Airlines Get Away With Breaking People’s Wheelchairs

Silent killer: Sweltering planet braces for deadly heat shocks

Star Trek Discovery

Sep. 25th, 2017 10:43 pm
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...

Maybe it'll ... get better?
aris_tgd: "Sophi broke down in tears, like a diesel car that had run out of petrol." (Lyttle Lytton Sophi tears car petrol)
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I just went back through a bunch of my DW archive and I found a few memes that I posted which people actually commented on, and then I never got back to. So I'm going to try to answer some of those in posts in the next few days?

Hey, it beats actually working. ;)

My shoulder feels less bad than it did! At least one ergonomically unfortunate writing position is actually possible for me to sit in again, hooray(?)

I haven't put a word in on the latest fic project of doom (the Elsa/Hans faerie contract fic) in quite some time, which is unfortunate. I've also got Yuletide coming up, which I have to construct some kind of requests for, I suppose? It feels like aaaages since I've done any kind of challenge, which is probably because I "skipped" YT last year, haha.

Anyway, in other news, I still think this is accurate. Someone not me should write that.

ptui

Sep. 25th, 2017 08:06 pm
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Well, apparently I can't get my blog to cross-post to DW tonight. So if you want to see my most recent post, you'll need to go to http://mmjustus.com/a-flowery-day/ Sorry!
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but given the advanced state of their tech, am I wrong in pegging this as a third universe? Okay, that's my official head-canon. Something, something, temporal cold war - THIRD UNIVERSE! (So does each new parallel universe also have its own twin mirror universe?)

Also: Why do all futuristic jails in all universes everywhere have force fields with no physical backup? That seems like a major design flaw.

Also also: Why are all the Klingons bald? Strange fashion choice, or genetic disease?

Star Trek: Discovery

Sep. 26th, 2017 12:21 am
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Dear Americans who don't have that CBS streaming whatever thing: This is what avoiding spoilers for current TV is like for the rest of the world ;)

Anyway, I watched the first two episodes of the new Star Trek series, and my main thought about it was that it was...

cut for spoilers )

Other shows that I've recently watched include Lucifer (gave it two episodes, but it was too much of a generic procedural), and The Mist (also watched two episodes and came to the conclusion that it was terrible). I still need to watch the second season of Sense8 before I run out of Netflix, and I'll probably also at least check out Expanse and The OA.
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OUT OF MY FANDOM.

What the hell sort of Star Trek have they even been watching all this time?

Plum Puree

Sep. 25th, 2017 08:59 pm
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I made plum puree, and I'd like to share the recipe with you.

Ingredients:
7.5 kg zwetschgen, as ripe as possible
1/8 liter vinegar
300 gr brown sugar

Stack the zwetschgen (halves without pits) in a cooking pot in such a way that no zwetschgen skin touches the pot's bottom or sides. Every once in a while drizzle some sugar on the fruits. Finally add the vinegar.

Let it sit over night. The sugar will start to pull the juice out of the zwetschgen.

Place on a stove on low heat and let it simmer for about 6-8 hours (uncovered, so the steam can get out).
DO NOT STIR! Once you start stirring, you'll have to continuously stir until the end to prevent scorching.

It's finished when the volume has reduced to half. Use a hand blender to puree the mass. Add more sugar if it's not sweet enough for you. Add spices if you like (I usually add cinnamon).

Continuously stirring now, bring the puree to a boil again and then quickly fill it into sterilized jars to preserve it.

In the picture, you see the outcome of boiling 5 kg zwetschgen (2/3 of the recipe above).

Picture )

Fandom Giftbox!

Sep. 25th, 2017 11:21 am
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I'm super excited about what I got this year, because Wonder Woman icons! Two sets!

And then I got a wonderful ficlet from an AU where Boromir didn't die and how Aragorn's coronation then went. (movie verse, and very sweet).

AND THEN I got Murderbot fic! About Murderbot's favourite show getting cancelled, and Murderbot doing what any fan would do. It's a sweet and funny little follow up to All Systems Red and I'm so pleased with it.

I wrote three fic:

Sunday Tea on Mars
Babylon 5, post series, Catherine/Jeff/Michael/Lise, 1,800 words, Teen.
Lise knows she's been with Michael too long when a presumed-dead Minbari prophet at the breakfast table is the least of her worries.

My Dreams Under Your Feet
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, post movie, Leia/Poe, 2,100 words, Explicit.
Poe isn't sure he has it in him to give Leia everything she needs after the Battle of Starkiller Base, but he knows he's going to try.

In Your Arms Tonight
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, post movie, Finn/Poe, 1,100 words, Teen.
When Finn gets back, he's taking that wilderness survival training Poe keeps telling him about.

Thoughts on Star Trek: Discovery?

Sep. 25th, 2017 11:45 am
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Hi, everyone! I'm not sure if you've had the chance to catch the first (and only) broadcast episode of the latest series Star Trek Discovery on CBS last night or through Netflix outside of the US, but I thought it'd be a good idea to have a post in this community about it for those who want to discuss it.

My own thoughts are pretty mixed. I'm not much of a fan of the JJ Abrams look myself, and the cinematography was, um, confusing at times with all the dutch angles and cuts. That being said, I'm interested in how the series will portray the Klingons, as they seem to be more inspired by series like Game of Thrones in their look and feel this time around, and I have high hopes for the lead actresses. I'm very wary about the lead's connection to Sarek, Spock's father, and how that will play out.

Please make sure that you label your posts appropriately for spoilers. A good rule of thumb would be something like this: SPOILERS EPISODE 1 or SPOILERS EPISODES 1 & 2 before the main body of your comment.

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The anon period at Remix Revival has ended, so I can now reveal that my creation for the remix was "Introducing Mr. and Mrs. Flint-Vastra (The Carte de visite remix) ", a piece of fanart about Jenny and Vastra from Doctor Who.

I had a few fic ideas as well, but Real Life continues to conspire against me, and I ended up doing fanart instead. It was fun, though, since it's been a while since I've made manips.

(I also took this as an excuse to finally start posting my old manips to AO3)

In return I received Scout's Honor, a lovely remix of one of my The Mentalist fics.

I also received three delightful fics from [community profile] fandomgiftbox: Smiles (The Mentalist, Jane/Cho), feel the beat from the tambourine (Doctor Who, Doctor & Bill) and an untitled ficlet (Doctor Who, Doctor & Bill)
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Title: The Sinner and the Serpent (10 works so far)
Author: HKrowe/Paynesgrey
Summary: Lilith was once Adam's first wife, but history has a way of forgetting her. What history also forgot, is her obsession with Adam's second wife, and how her lust drove Eve to commit her biggest sin. A Collection of poems and short stories.
Pairings: Lilith/Eve
Main Characters: Eve, Lilith, God, Adam
Rating: Adult
Warnings: adult themes for sex, violence, heresy
Spoilers: None
Disclaimer: I do not own the Goddess Lilith, but I love to write about her for sure.
Author's Notes: This is an ongoing serialization of the relationship between Lilith and Eve from the Judeo-Christian Bible, but focused as an original myth/fairytale.

Links: @AO3 | @wattpad

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Earlier this year I tried to game my sign up in an exchange, failed badly, and found myself writing a fic about the Baratheon brothers at The Wall, focused on Renly, who by a very small margin I find the least boring of the three. (Brother, It's Cold Outside.)

[archiveofourown.org profile] prodigy remixed it into the Stannis centric Black Horns, White Snow which I liked a lot; Stannis' bitterness at Ned was darkly hilarious, and it fixed some issues with Stannis' characterisation that I felt my original had.

My remixee was [archiveofourown.org profile] The_Plaid_Slytherin who writes a lot of fic about Stannis, all of it good, and all of it skated right over my eyeballs because even after all my years in ASOIAF fandom my feelings about Stannis are still mostly: Who? What? Huh?

Writing fic about characters you don't like doesn't necessarily have to be hard (there's a difference between having a different take and bashing, obviously, and you should try to stay on the right side of that) but what is hard is fic about characters whose existence you struggle to remember.

I do understand why people get irked when it seems obvious that your remixee has scrolled through your works looking for one of these things which is not like the others (I've had it happen to me) but sometimes with remixes it's unavoidable, because sometimes the answer to the question how would I write this fic? is simply I wouldn't.'

I ended up remixing a short fic about Loras and Margaery bonding (For The Best) into a Margaery character study. For the Best (My Church Offers No Absolutes Remix).

As a remix it's less than ideal, but on the plus side I was writing it just as the show pulled Rhaegar and Elia's annulment out of its ass, and I managed to channel my annoyance into the line: Many men came to care little for their wives, that was why the laws of gods and men made it all but impossible for a husband, king or commoner, to set his lawful wife aside.
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I believe [personal profile] yiduiqie and I are going to cover this together in more detail on No Award, but I just wanted to say this before I go on to episode 2...

I HAVE A LOT OF FEELINGS. )

Wrapping up the summer...

Sep. 25th, 2017 02:10 am
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I can't believe classes start tomorrow. (Today, really.) I'm in denial, that's why I'm up so late. And I don't actually have any classes, but I do need to finish getting my committee together. (I didn't join a group until the end of the summer so I'm not quite in trouble, but I should really get on that.)

I'm actually doing something tomorrow, but not until late in the day--I'm presenting on our paper in journal club with my labmate. It's gonna go well, we chatted about it today, but still. Talk about wanting to make a good impression! I'm bringing cookies, I'm going to try to remember to write down the ingredient list so that everyone can decide their own allergy risk. I made the Serious Eats Food Lab Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies, except I swapped out 4 ounces of chocolate for mini M&Ms. What can I say, they were on sale! (Also delicious.)

I've been playing a lot of Stellaris. A lot a lot. Zib got me the new Synthetic Dawn DLC and I've been tooling around as a swarm of rather well behaved killerbots. I mean, my neighbors got the jump on me in taking up space and building fleets, so I've been biding my time, building up tech and ships, and trying to increase my fleet capacity so I can swoop in and ex-ter-min-ate like my ancestors programmed me to. So far that's been going slowly, unfortunately. But at least I'm not being attacked from three sides like the last game I played! That was when I tried playing the nice robots. It was unfortunate.
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You may or may not be aware we had elections in Germany yesterday. The results weren't very surprising (if you've been following news and polls), but nonetheless shocking, because Nazis in German parliament for the first time in over 70 years should be. (Let me qualify the technicalities: of course we had original flavour Nazis in the very first post war parliament, it being 1949. We even had a rather prominent one, the original commentator of the Nuremberg "race laws", in Adenauer's cabinet. And there were right wing extremist parties since then who didn't pretend very hard to be anything else. But none of them reached 13%, which the right wing extremists du jour, the AFD, just did.) In practical terms: this means 80-something MPs drilled in verbal abuse and little else entering parliament as of next year. At least they won't be the official opposition, since the SPD, which had its historic worst result in the entire post war history with 20 something %, ended the governing Big Coalition last night. (This is actually a good thing and was direly necessary to save the party, imo. It governed in coalition with Merkel's conservatives for two out of three terms Angela Merkel has been chancellor, and while this wasn't the only reason for its steady loss of votes, it was a big one.) How the "Jamaica" coalition (so called because of the colors associated with the parties in question - black for the CDU/CSU, the conversative union, yellow for the FDP, the business-oriented liberal party, which will return to parliament after having been voted out four years ago, and green for the Greens, obviously) will work out is anyone's guess, but it's the best of currently available alternatives. And since the AFD does have a lot of inner fighting between its heads going on and hasn't yet managed to actually do something constructive in any of the provincial parliaments they were already in, they might destroy themselves over the next four years, as the 80s flavor of right wing extremists did (they were called Republicans, I kid you not). None of that changes me feeling thoroughly disgusted this morning at 13% of our electorate, and angry with a lot of other people as well.

Here are two articles from two of our leading papers translated into English which analyze the election and its results:

Tears won't change a thing (from the Süddeutsche, in which Heribert Prantl says that we're the recovering alcoholic of nations, which is why it's differently serious when part of our electorate falls off the wagon to get drunk on demagogery, racism and authoritarianism again)

The Panic Orchestra, which also analyses the role the media played (because just as with Trump, the bloody AFD seemed to be on tv all the time)

On the bright(er) side of things, there were spontanous anti AFD marches on the street in Berlin and Cologne last night, and they were soundly defeated as also rans in Munich. (Which is a relief on a personal level, since I live there, and also because of history.)

Speaking of Munich, to conclude on a distracting and cheerier note, the Süddeutsche also hosts an US journalist who last week penned this column:

11 things Americans get wrong about the Oktoberfest

Finished with the bag!

Sep. 29th, 2017 08:09 pm
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Carefully cut out the superman logo. Carefully started sewing. Realized I'd carelessly put it wrong side up (that is, the side with the ink). Ripped out the stitches, flipped it - d'oh! Silly me, I should've flipped it when I drew it!

Well, it's done now. Thankfully, I expected errors and bought a lot of extra felt.

The funny thing is that all his classmates, their families just drew on the bags with Sharpies. His mom asked me to do it due to lack of time, but I can't draw! I even had somebody else do the stencils for me! So now it looks like I put in way more effort than anybody else (despite the fact that I can see all the errors glaring out at me), but really, I just can't draw. Cutting and sewing is a LOT easier for me.

Media

Sep. 24th, 2017 12:47 am
aris_tgd: "Sophi broke down in tears, like a diesel car that had run out of petrol." (Lyttle Lytton Sophi tears car petrol)
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So I watched the movie Kung Fu Killer (AKA Kung Fu Jungle--it's the one with Donnie Yen) the other weekend and it was fabulous. It's really less a kung fu movie and more a serial killer movie--only, with really good kung fu! The climactic battle is freaking amazing, one of the best I've seen. Edge of my seat.

And just last night I saw Rise of the Legend, which let me tell you is my new Wong Fei Hung headcanon right there. And someone better write me an Everyone Lives OT4, let me tell you what.

In less successful media news, I got the new Fresh Romance anthology off kickstarter and... I dunno, there are only four stories in it, a couple of them are cute, but I really enjoyed the first volume and this one I enjoyed not really as much. I mean, I guess that's what happens sometimes, but I was really hoping to see some of the stories from volume one continued, and that just didn't happen? I'm not sure what went on behind the scenes but I'm kind of disappointed.

(My) Immortal: The Web Series got rejected, unfortunately. (I can't remember if it was ever allowed in previous years--it's definitely been in Festivids, since I got a vid out of it! But I don't think it was allowed in Yuletide.) I am understanding but I reserve the right to be sad about it!

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