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I went into this completely spoiled. Not on purpose, but because it was impossible to not be spoiled by the time I got to it. I liked it, but I feel the animated universe has made it so I feel a bit unsatisfied by the movies. It happens On the off chance someone hasn’t seen it, and has managed to avoid spoilers…

spoilers )

I also watched Moana and Hidden Figures recently.  Hidden Figures was obviously highly dramatized, but most of it worked.  I say "most" because the white characters are obviously there to make white people feel better and like THEY would stand up against racism in the same situation.  There' this one much-discussed scene with Kevin Costner's character where you can practically FEEL all the middleaged white men in the audience sitting up a little bit straighter, certain that they, too, would have taken a dramatic stand against injustice and segregation if they.  Moana was lovely and wonderfully mythic and definitely worthy of the "classic Disney musical" label, though, like Tangled and Frozen, it's a little TOO aware of Disney Princess tropes and cultural standing, and wants to make sure you know it knows.  People talk a lot less about Moana's lack of a love interest than they do Merida's in Brave, but I think it actually worked a lot better in Moana.  Brave reminded us every chance it got that Merida didn't have a love interest and didn't want one.  Moana never brings it up.  It treats Moana having her on adventures without a boyfriend as the norm, not as an exception to the rule that should be applauded.  It simply never comes up at all.

I watched 3 movies in April, which is 1 more movie than I watched in the previous 3 months combined.  I also removed one movie from my backlog-The Phantom of the Theatre (no relation to Phantom of the Opera, as far as I know)-but got bored.  

some things

Apr. 30th, 2017 03:28 pm
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* Still coughing. Sometimes, rarely, it's still productive. bah.

* Season two of Kinkyū torishirabeshitsu has begun, which means I may be able to watch it with English subtitles a few months hence---if I have solved the "Why no watching in 2017" question by then. (Season one and SP[ecial].)

* Shoulder endgame, this time: wait, says the orthopedist to which the nurse practitioner suddenly referred me in case he should like to "clean up" the scarred tendons via arthroscopic surgery. He does not. Instead, wait and keep on with the physical therapy, which he has extended in order that my insurance continue to subsidize it. Right. Specifics: part of my deltoid muscle was stretched by the fall, there's something awry with the superior labrum which may or may not relate to the fall, the rotator cuff's tear "isn't too bad," and I have a Type II acromion. Such an acromial shape makes impingement more likely, i.e. when soft tissue is trapped at times by the joint. Welllll, since my hands have become tingly at times during sleep for decades before my fall, I doubt the small curve at the end of my collarbone makes much difference: sleep-disturbing numbness follows upon vertebra C7's twisting from true, every time.

My father's shoulder injury (not even from a fall, just shaking out his shaving brush) took three years to resolve, I remind myself.

* The sleeves for Little Wave have eaten a 50g skein apiece as of not-quite-elbow. I've knitted the cuffs in the round and converted the rest to be flat, initially two at a time and now singly (they're a bit heavy). No separate "fiber monday" post this week.

The Winner of the Poll

Apr. 30th, 2017 09:11 am
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The winner of the poll is Gothic Horror/Romance, with 9 votes. In a very close second place with 7 votes, people were in favor of me creating a community for both that, and Dracula.

I'll get started on creating a community in the next few days, once I've thought up a suitable username for it. gothic_lit feels a bit too confining for it, as it isn't just literature.

Trope Meme

Apr. 27th, 2017 07:20 am
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Comment with a fanfic trope and, if you'd like, a character/pairing, and I will tell you:
• how likely I am to write it
• Maybe a few lines of theoretical fic

(no subject)

Apr. 26th, 2017 05:41 pm
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 AMC renewed Into the Badlands for a third seasons almost simultaneously with NBC pulling Powerless from its schedule, with no date for the completed episodes that haven't aired yet, which pretty much means it was already cancelled.

Do I be happy or sad?  I can't tell.

Unfortunately, all the Freshman shows whose renewals I'm antsy about-Powerless, Timeless, and Emerald City-are NBC, and it doesn't look goof for any of them.

The Weirdest Jack And The Beanstalk

Apr. 26th, 2017 10:23 am
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From The Nostalgia Critic: The Weirdest Jack And The Beanstalk. It’s just a bit over 15 minutes, without all the usual skits that he's done lately with his reviews.

I watched that movie when I was 2 or 3 in the 1980’s; I'm just surprised someone else knows about it, since very few people I have encountered ever have. Right around that same time, I discovered both Unico movies. And around that same time was The Little Mermaid (also anime; this one, not another from the same time frame) and The Last Unicorn (which wasn’t as surreal as the others). Is it any wonder I am the way I am, and go for the darker (and possibly on the weirder side) fairy tale stuff?

(It explains a lot. Granted, back then I sort of liked the evil Hecuba from that version of Jack And The Beanstalk, and found Jack to be the weird one.)

Meanwhile, checking on the poll in the previous locked (only on Dreamwidth) post: So far, it’s at a tie between people just wanting to vote, and people in favor of a Gothic Horror/Romance community; second place is do both. I forgot to mention that the poll will continue through Saturday evening.

This again?

Apr. 25th, 2017 09:30 am
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So, people are talking about coming back to Dreamwidth... again. It just shows how long I've been around Livejournal and Fandom to say it's the second time this is happening.

Anyway, I think I'll pick up this chance to start my journal anew (still keeping my LJ though, too many memories there that I don't want to give up). Let me just learn how to cross-post things...


Apr. 24th, 2017 10:23 am
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Have a meme, taken from [personal profile] moetushie, and edited just a tad:

Repost if it’s okay for your followers/circle to leave you a comment telling you what the one thing is they remember you for as a writer. Is it a scene or a detail or a specific line? Is it something like style or characterization? Is it that one weird kink or trope they never thought they’d be into, but oh my god wow self-discovery time?

fiber monday

Apr. 23rd, 2017 10:18 pm
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I want to knit myself a longish cardigan. Reason has asked very nicely whether she might take Cajsa after hearing that it's hard for me to style, to the minimal extent that I care about such things. Though its length is the right thing for my proportions, it looks silly with my shirts, all of which are too long, natch, and I can't tuck them because jeans and slacks never fit my middle (three ways). Because its sleeves aren't full length on me, for her they're wrist-ish, and the difference in shoulder breadth looks charmingly 1980s drop-shoulder on her. Ridiculous. I couldn't have made Cajsa longer due to a lack of yardage, but it's still ridiculous.

At least I know that that manner of knitting neckline-to-armpit fits me and befits me. ___Sand aside (whose CC2 yarn reached me only yesterday), and Little Wave aside (nearly at armpit from bottom up, thanks to a simple motif, though sleeves are next before a complex-sounding yoke join), a plan is taking shape to adapt a not-long cardigan pattern for fingering-weight yarn. I'll have at least five years before Reason could try to seize a longish cardigan from me, by which time I may want to part with one or more of them---who knows. It may be a lot of cardigans, but I haven't managed to keep anything yet (2.Naima, the vest that went to my mother, now Cajsa) and one of my two three-season jackets has begun to wear out visibly. Why not a lot of cardigans, to disrupt a storm-grey jacket and a mushroom-grey jacket and a few flannel shirts. I'd wear a blazer beyond formal talks if they ever fit

Apparently, there's enough remaindered yarn for two garments, despite a few skeins' inclusion in a blanket years ago. (The blanket I'd first set out to crochet, then undone, was a fisher/cabled thing; the blanket that exists is a striped ripple that stopped small because, ah, too heavy to make, the year after I turned 21 and joint woe started to interrupt my sleep sometimes.) I had no idea what thirty 50g skeins of aran-weight wool could be for, back then. It's lucky that it's still in good shape and that I've learned a bit since.

some things

Apr. 23rd, 2017 02:04 pm
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* Before the Ace Attorney team spun off Gyakuten Kenji (Ace Attorney Investigations) featuring Edgeworth, there was a plan to focus the game on Ema Skye instead. AAI was all right, but zomg, there could've been an Ema = Akane game. Nnngh, as Edgeworth says sometimes in the US localization.

* It's a bit wacky to find that several writers whose Ace Attorney fics I find tolerable have also written for Persona 4 and/or The World Ends with You. Read more... )

* Total change in topic! MRI result: Read more... )

* Still coughing.
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Yvonne Monlaur passed away on Tuesday, at the age of 78. May she rest in peace. I remember her primarily as Marianne Danielle in The Brides of Dracula (1960). I’ll watch it again later today in her honor. I saw her death mentioned on Svengoolie’s blog yesterday, but couldn’t find any other articles about it until today; they’ll probably show up at Dread Central and Bloody Disgusting after the weekend.

Erin Moran has passed away at the age of 56. May she rest in peace. She is best known for her role as Joanie Cunningham on Happy Days and Joanie Loves Chachi.
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I wrote this for tumblr, where I've been writing about Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People a lot, and decided to crosspost this one here.

At this point, it’s actually a little sad that Saimdang: Light’s Diary and Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People are airing at the same time. Mind you, it’s not because one is easily one of the most hyped sageuks in years and isn’t performing well, while the other seems to have just been thrown out there as an afterthought and is pulling in good ratings, as well as better critical and popular response, it’s the content and themes. Personally speaking, I spent almost 2 years impatiently waiting for Saimdang, and was pretty sure it was going to be the best sageuk of the year when it did come out, something that I thought would hold true after watching the first two episodes. In contrast, Rebel was barely on my radar, and on my “watch now” list instead of “watch if people say good things while it airs” primarily because I liked Hwang Jin-Young’s previous sageuk (and only previous writing credit aside from a special) King’s Daughter Soo Baek Hyang. Halfway through their runs, Saimdang was moved to “I really like it but it could be better” status (with a lot of anger for how SBS execs screwed the show and LYA over, and now they’re taking their screwups out on the show, but I’m not going to dwell on that today) while Rebel has become the sageuk I just can’t see another sageuk surpassing it for a while. (Particularly since they all seem to at least partly center around the tropes and worldview that Rebel critiques.)

this ended up over 2500 words so here's a cut )

The AO3 Stat Meme

Apr. 20th, 2017 06:37 pm
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Before I do this meme? Keep in mind that I haven’t gathered everything I’ve ever written on Ao3. Someday, I might import (if anyone is interested in me doing that) the Doctor Who fanfic I’ve got hosted over on Teaspoon And An Open Mind from years ago, and the fanfic still on Livejournal/Dreamwidth, like one Firefly story and who knows how many ancient drabbles.

In the meantime, what’s currently there is a total of 11 works, and that’s primarily Yuletide.

Top 5 Stories By Hits:
-Give Your Soul To The Night (Fright Night (1985); Yuletide 2014)
-Paranormal Pressures (Being Human—the original UK one; Yuletide 2009)
-Blood Begets A Curse Anew (Legend (1985); Yuletide 2013, when my stories randomly went darker and longer)
-Santacide Is Coming To Town (Pushing Daisies; Yuletide 2012)
-If You Could Read My Mind (Back To The Future; Yuletide 2010)

Top 5 Stories By Kudos:
-Give Your Soul To The Night: 47
-Let The Shadows Become Your Shroud (Crimson Peak; Yuletide 2015): 18
-Blood Begets A Curse Anew: 16
-Because We’re Addamses (Yuletide 2008): 14
-The Nosferatu Effect (My Best Friend Is A Vampire (1987); Yuletide 2011): 13

Top 5 Stories By Bookmarks:
-Give Your Soul To The Night: 20
-Blood Begets A Curse Anew and Let The Shadows Become Your Shroud: 6
-Paranormal Pressures and The Nosferatu Effect: 4

January Talking Meme: Warehouse 13

Apr. 19th, 2017 10:50 pm
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January 31 - tell me about your favorite element(s) from Warehouse 13. ([personal profile] umadoshi )

I really like SyFy’s “quirky community” shows which this one falls into, though it’s more in line with Killjoys than with Eureka or early seasons-Haven in that it has the insulated feel even though it’s a smallgroup that travels instead of an actual community. Found family is a big thing, of course, and I liked that thee were no canon pairings among the major characters, even if they took that from us at the very end. I mean, I like canon pairings that are good in my shows, but sometimes it’s nice to take a break from that. My favorite episodes, though, tended to be the ones with previous agents, or that talked about previous agents/previous versions of the Warehouse. It’s never happening but I’m still holding out hope for SyFy to eventually have some TV movies or a prequel miniseries about the past agents.
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So it would be a bit less than 2 weeks before my own Dreamwidth anniversary. I didn’t miss it, since I apparently created my account almost a month after almost everyone else I’ve seen doing this meme.

2016 books I didn't write up, 3 of 3

Apr. 18th, 2017 10:10 pm
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Joy Totah Hilden, Bedouin Weaving of Saudi Arabia and Its Neighbours: may even have been 2015, not 2016. Ahem. If the book is as it says, it's an enormously important contribution to documenting how things could be discerned during the 1980s, when the author did her fieldwork. (I can't gauge.)

Susan Whitfield, Life along the Silk Road (2d ed., 2015): these are reconstructive stories by a historian, the current director of the Int'l Dunhuang Project, which I mentioned very briefly in 2010. It's great, at least as far as I got: the copy I was reading was in, so my access vanished when I resigned from my former job. Since I'm still whittling down my research-library borrowings (there's a limit to how many times I may renew with my current status), I haven't sought a paper copy yet.

Carol Feller, Short Row Knits: knitting how-to book interspersed with illustrative patterns. I'll never have Feller's knack for design or fit, but none of the skills/tactics were new to me, unexpectedly. Also, though we're about the same size, I know now that we're not the same garment size at all and her standalone Bakersville pattern will probably never work for me. More unmodifiability.

Anne Sibley O'Brien, The Legend of Hong Gildong: children's picture book. O'Brien grew up in Korea from age seven as the child of white Christian missionaries during the 1960s; of the half-dozen colonializing texts I've read so far by white Christians constructing their own Koreas, this is the friendliest, most sympathetic, least bad. FWIW. Her autobio essay interests me for acknowledging culture shock upon her return to the US for college: of course, yet few individuals seem to have the ?courage to discuss more than one direction of it. (Note that O'Brien also discusses her subsequent adoption of a Korean child in the linked essay.)

The Import Is Complete

Apr. 17th, 2017 10:04 am
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All comments have imported successfully for [community profile] librarian_films and [community profile] relation_ships as of half an hour ago. I discovered and cleaned up one case of Russian spam in the form of a truly massive wall of text in a comment of the latter from about a year ago, which went unnoticed (but screened, even following the import) until now.

As planned, both communities were deleted from the Livejournal side once I made certain that everything was in order. Following input in favor of not going that route, I plan to leave [community profile] big_damn_quests in both places. It's safely backed up here on Dreamwidth, should anything worse remove it over there.

fiber monday

Apr. 16th, 2017 09:41 pm
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* Contemporary knit/crochet patterns in multiple hues often come with directions split into MC (main color), CC1 (contrast color 1), CC2, CC3, etc. The ___Sand cardigan is on hold because CC2 won't play with MC and CC1 after all; it's too assertive. Reason called it first, as expected, though she had no useful thoughts on a milder replacement color (I did). Several rows in CC2 have been undone. *awaits delivery* Local shops don't sell the yarn I've decided to use, unfortunately.

* Reason's hooded vest has vaulted through eighteen rows of irritating cables. I will probably always prefer lace to cables, though I've become comfortable with skipping a third needle/holder for cable < 4 sts. And then the curse struck: my child tried on one-third of a vest, neckline to mid-rib, and she said, "It's . . . snug already?" True. We have undone one-third of a vest in size 8-9 for a child who wears a size 7 T-shirt, and I have restarted in size 10-12 and I DON'T CARE. The garment's length is adjustable.

* At that point, what with my still being ill but no longer marginal, something went screw it. I've cast on for Little Wave with the remaindered yarn I bought before I ever had a yarn stash, during college. The yarn was supposed to become a throw/lap blanket, but at the time I knew only how to crochet---too heavy. It has also failed to become my first cardigan (2011), a pullover for me, and a dress for Reason---respectively wrong style, too warm, too warm. A blockish cardigan seems reasonable (in time for hot flashes a few years hence? but a front-opening garment in aran-weight yarn is certainly more reasonable than a pullover).
Little Wave's directions can yield a men's- or women's-style garment with the same chest circumference-measurement sizing intervals. Since I'm knitting as written from the lower hem up, there's time to decide which armscye directions to use; the men's version has an extra inch of depth and a wider upper arm, and I may need that despite exceeding row gauge slightly. :P


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