An ode to Susan Duncan

Jul. 20th, 2017 03:29 pm
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I'm finally caught up on this week's Orphan Black!

everything goes under a spoiler cut )

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Jul. 19th, 2017 03:03 pm
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I've been so busy, and so focused on spending my free-time-to-write on original projects, that I feel like I want to talk to people on Dreamwidth but don't really have anything to write a post about.

So let's start with the essentials, which is two friends who are currently in need of a bit of help.

[personal profile] kuwdora, who makes amazing vids, is taking vid commissions to help pay for a career development opportunity.

...and it seems the other friend has reached their financial goal for the thing they needed, which I saw halfway through writing this entry, so. Please consider helping out kuwdora!

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I'm busy planning London things (when I'm not busy doing other things). I've bought contact lenses for the first time in my life (putting them in and out is AWFUL but having them in is pretty wonderful). I finished watching "The Handmaid's Tale" and the "Game of Thrones" premiere and feel weirdly similarly about both.

Sunday was picking up my contacts and hunting for a birthday gift for a friend and getting stuff from the pharmacy and overall I got home from work around 8:30pm. Monday was pilates at 5pm, followed by my roommate's friends coming over at 9pm for Game of Thrones. Tuesday was going to buy new walking shoes (mine have holes in them and I need something for London), and because I needed a specialized store I yet again came home at like 9pm.

Today is going to be swimming (because my pilates class was canceled), followed by an optometrist appointment.

Basically just really, really long days. I've mostly been spending my weekends doing fuck all because of it, lol.

Anyway, I'm looking for ideas for what to do in London. So far I have the staples (places I've been and can always happily spend time in):
- british museum
- V & A

Potentially interesting but also maybe kind of boring (I have a friend who'd LOVE both of these but for me they're kind of "oh ok" sort of options):
- tour of parliament
- tour of buckingham palace

plays (I have to pick one):
- Matilda in the west end
- Much Ado About Nothing at the globe
- Queen Anne at heymarket (I do love Romola Garai)

Other than that I have: walking around various parks. LOL.

There's definitely loads more to do in London, but I feel like I've done the more obvious touristy stuff (Sherlock Holmes house, the eye, transport museum (LOL I know this is less obviously touristy, but I liked it)) and the less obvious stuff I'm not familiar with?

(I've always wanted to do the loo tour, ever since meeting the owner/tourguide at a party, but it seems every time I'm in London the times don't work out ;_;)

Anyway, suggestions for stuff to do are very welcome!

Some Hugo nominations I didn't like

Jul. 18th, 2017 06:51 pm
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I am pleased to see the end of the Hugo voting period, because I no longer feel obliged to try anything I don't feel like! Or finish anything I don't like!

I'm looking at The Dream-Quest of Vellit Boe here. If it had been longer I hope I would have given up, but it was only a novella so I forced myself. I found it dull, and resented the time I spent reading it. But to be fair, I dislike travelogue-type stories (the worst part of an Ursula Le Guin novel is always the journey to a mountain plateau) so it was never going to work for me. I haven't read a lot of Lovecraft either, so that aspect didn't mean a lot to me. I did like the other Lovecraft-inspired novella better, The Ballad of Black Tom.

The other book that I read and disliked was All the Birds in the Sky. I didn't connect with the characters, and I read most of it with a vague disinterest. I was a good 3/4 through before I felt any narrative compulsion. Which is a shame, because I feel like it should have been more interesting to me, given the themes. But honestly if I want to read a book that concludes with Read more... )
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Shield under Phil Coulson’s direction feels like some creepy cult built to lure your ass in with vague implications of “doing good” and “looking after the world”, but in the end it’s just an organization run by a mighty whitey whedon red-shirt that demands absolute loyalty or threat of exploitation when you chose not to help them (basically, it’s just another facet of the US Government.)

I think that becomes much clearer when Daisy simply decides to trust them (because Coulson drugs the undercover Nazi guy with truth serum) and the narrative has her do it without further suspicion of their intentions in episode one, and makes it so that Mike Peterson’s mistrust of organization like SHIELD is wrong because they know better than him and he needs to be saved from himself, never-mind he had legit reasons not to trust them or Daisy (after that point), who put him in their crosshairs.

Then there’s the fact that whenever there’s an organization (like the one Jiaying set up) that isn’t affiliated with Shield (and doesn’t like them), the Whedon Klan does its best to find a way to demonize anyone who a): doesn’t want to work with shield, b): doesn’t trust shield’s intentions.

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Jul. 13th, 2017 11:08 am
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I'm exhausted and fussy as hell today. I've been I'll since last week and it's been especially bad since Tuesday. I had a migraine, then post migraine nausea and now the migraine has rebounded back.

My icons have gone down. I want to cry. I'm stressed and numb and I want to get lost in fiction. But it's time to make lunch and I have things to do and I wish I had a time Turner.

Everything has its day, right?

Jul. 12th, 2017 10:28 pm
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I find it hilarious that New York Fries--a fast food restaurant that literally sells nothing but fries (and hot dogs)--has a loyalty program. (Okay, they also sell a few poutine variants, but that's just French fries with toppings.) A loyalty program. Buy 10, get one free.

On the other hand, apparently members can get free fries tomorrow in honour of National Fry Day, so now I'm kind of thinking about joining.
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Can you believe big corporations and the politicians who back them have been trying to regulate the internet like television and radio, since, like, 2011 (IIRC)? And with laws that would benefit major corporations (ISP in particular) and put the poor or working class at a major disadvantage, and basically make it impossible to access information if said corps. don't like sites or charge for speed? There are still posts on this blog from my LiveJournal Days back when SOPA, PIPA, and ACTA, were a thing. Like, holy, shit, they just don't stop.

If you haven't already, head over to places like the following:

Dear FCC.org

Battleforthenet.com

And make your voice heard.

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Jul. 12th, 2017 05:10 pm
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So I have Harry Styles tickets for Singapore in November. I also have two spares which I have no idea how to sell on? The venue/ticket seller says there's no resales but they can't FORCE you to use four tickets when there's only one of you ugh

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