SDCC trailers

Jul. 23rd, 2017 09:04 pm
tielan: Wonder Woman (WW - bracelets)
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I'm excited by Justice League, but not by Thor: Ragnarok. The word 'bloated' came up in a description of the MCU franchise in a review last year (or possibly this year, when comparing Wonder Woman with the current crop of superhero movies) and 'bloated' perfectly describes the trailer of Thor: Ragnarok.

Spiderman: Homecoming has good enough reviews that I might actually watch it (sometime), and I will be there to watch Black Panther with BELLS ON. But I might pass Thor: Ragnarok in much the same way that I passed on Thor: When Dark Elves Attack The Dark World. I eventually watched it and enjoyed it, but it wasn't All That. (Then again, I feel like the Thor franchise is one of the weakest ones in the MCU storyline.)

I haven't even looked at the trailer for Stargate: Origins, although if it's Catherine Langford's story, I will almost certainly give a looksee.

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Jul. 22nd, 2017 09:09 pm
tielan: (SGA - Teyla 2)
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It's so nice when people comment on really old stories. Even if they're not always very wordy about it.

Yesterday morning (my day off) was crazy productive. Today has been far less productive than I hoped. Mind you, I spent a lot of it reading because it was gorgeous sun outside and I just could.

IDK. Feeling a bit BLEH lately.

MCU AU fest

Jul. 21st, 2017 01:46 pm
tielan: (AVG - maria)
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A very small pool this year, but I still matched with at least one person who requested Maria & Pepper!

I admit, I would have liked to write a treat for [archiveofourown.org profile] CamrynBarnes as the only other person who asked for Maria/Steve, but simply didn't have the time. I did get a couple of hundred words into several different universes, the problem is reaching a satisfactory ending...

Anyway, my assignment for [archiveofourown.org profile] finnimbrand:

title: Travel By Bubble
pairings/characters: Maria Hill & Pepper Potts, Maria Hill, Pepper Potts, JARVIS.
tags: Alternate Universe - Fairy Tale
notes: I had such trouble with this, because neither Maria nor Pepper manage to fill the 'heroine' roles in femme-focused fairytales in any way, shape, or form - they're not the wanderers or explorers so much as the guardians and maintainers, and so trying to write them in as the heroines involved a lot of backstory and worldbuilding. In the end, I kind of said, "Ah, to heck with it," and just wrote them as the fairy godmothers, because they fit there!
summary:
“Why pink, anyway?” She wondered idly as she combed her fingers through the still-damp strands. “If we can magic the bubble into any color, why pink?”

“We tried making the bubble with all the other colours,” Maria reminded her from where she sat at the portable desk. “Pink’s the most efficient.”


And a treat I wrote for [archiveofourown.org profile] Rivulet027 because I had time and the idea took hold of me:

title: Break My Bones But You Won't See Me Fall
pairing/characters: Bucky/Sam, Bucky Barnes, Sam Wilson, original characters, (background Steve/Maria).
tags: First Meeting, Alternate Universe - Single Parents, Alternate Universe - Human
notes: So I like these two flirting. They seem the type, and they work for me. Plus, the idea of Sam as a single daddy is just too much cute, and I'm pretty sure that Bucky agrees. I kind of 'reused' the character of Pippa from 'And Baby Makes Eight', only Steve is her biodad as well as her father in this universe.
summary:
Sam doesn't hold hands on the first date. Luckily, they're about to have dinner together...

Dear Genex Author

Jul. 20th, 2017 05:50 am
tielan: (cat02)
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... I am so sorry that the link to my letter is broken. I forgot that I signed up, figured I missed the date, and deleted the link.

Thank you so much for writing for me. I hope that you don't stress about it, and enjoy both the process and the result.

MCU, DC Cinematic Universe, Harry Potter )

Please note, all these are suggestions - a jumping-off point. Don't feel you absolutely must come up with the scenarios I've depicted to please me; just write the fandom and the friendship that we've matched on the way you see it, and I will love reading the result!

a week of links

Jul. 19th, 2017 02:59 pm
tielan: (AVG - agents)
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Australia
Tony Abbot Is Not Voldemort: or when dramatic licence overcomes accuracy.
There is no Voldemort in Australian politics. We are fortunate not to have an evil that absolute.

We Can Revive Our Story: Indigenous Australians rewriting their traditional food songs to incorporate western nutrition so their future generations can learn. An example of cultural adaptation?

Faith, Politics, and Culture
Despotism As A Function Of Absolute Capitalism: with money,
you will be "more free"?
In one respect, Buchanan was right: there is an inherent conflict between what he called “economic freedom” and political liberty. Complete freedom for billionaires means poverty, insecurity, pollution and collapsing public services for everyone else. Because we will not vote for this, it can be delivered only through deception and authoritarian control. The choice we face is between unfettered capitalism and democracy. You cannot have both.

Viome, Greece: Where Capitalism Failed: it's a little bit of an existence on the edge, but it's also a glimpse of what a society without capitalism might look like.

Again in Greece: Arabic Refugees Making The Better World In Defiance Of The Soulless West: Again, illegal, but a far better version of humanity than we frequently see in our 'civilised' societies.

"Women Should Not Teach Men" - 1 Timothy 2 In Context: A letter about a local situation is turned into a church wide blanket statement because of the pride of men. Exegesis goes back to the Koine Greek.

It's Not About Race: white people, culture, and being forced into a discussion that most of them don't even recognise is weighted.

Is Demography Destiny For Democrats? The Short Answer Is 'No'. Jason Kander, whom a political friend told me to keep an eye on, has a few interesting things to say about Demographics and the Democratic Party.

Evangelicals And 'The Left': Is There That Much Difference In Attitude?
Have you noticed how Fundamentalist preachers are always proclaiming that there’s some fuller experience of blessing available to their congregations, one they themselves have achieved but for which the listener has to keep striving (or giving)?

Well, according to Frances Lee, the Left does the same: “In trying to liberate readers from the legitimately oppressive structures, I worry that [certain] sites… are replacing them with equally restrictive orthodoxy on the other end of the political spectrum.”
An interesting perspective on 'purity culture' on the left-wing, where any failure to be absolutely progressive isn't just a place where someone has to learn, but a permanent and unchangeable moral failing that can only be responded to by outcasting.

general
Five Easy To Make Homemade Air-Conditioners... Must do this this summer!

the theory of shitty first drafts: your first draft is not the story, it's you telling yourself how the story could go. I need to finish a first draft.

"More free"?

Jul. 18th, 2017 06:14 am
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
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What even is that?

Monday things

Jul. 17th, 2017 10:30 am
tielan: (BSG - KL home)
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1. I think I'll wait and see who signs up for remix this year. My preferences are not fandom's preferences, so I tend to go in hopeful and come out disappointed.

2. I see the announcement about the new Doctor has brought out not only the Male Representation Protection Society, but the "protest anything that smacks of progressiveness" crowd.

3. I slept about 9 hours last night -went to bed around 9pm, was asleep by the time my 10pm “go to bed” alarm went off, got woken around 3am when the slow-cooker finished. Still woke kind of tired.

4. The guy I’m doing work for is not very good at Functional Specs. I keep having to go back for clarification.

5. Camp Nano for July is going...very badly. My editor brain keeps picking holes in the plot and the background details. And my plot brain keeps coming up with alternative stories to write.

6. Turns out Spotify AU's #ThrowbackThursday of Boy Bands vs. Girl Bands is pretty much up my adolescent alley... I forgot half these songs even existed!

hockey

Jul. 16th, 2017 07:26 pm
tielan: (AVG - maria)
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Went to watch the Sydney Bears vs. Sydney Ice Dogs play at the local rink on Saturday night. It was a fun night, except for the part where two goals were scored and we couldn't see because a bunch of kids were standing in front of us.

Bears won, which were the team I decided to cheer for, so I'm pretty happy.

--

Still not scoring goals, although regularly assisting, and struggling with the Achilles, so not as fast or as flexible as I'd like.

But we're going well - top of the table, and fewest goals against us (our fullbacks/halfbacks/defense is good). We beat the former top of the table last week, they're good but we're better.

Anyway, we're only just at the top of the table, so we have to keep it up to stay there in the last five weeks of the competition. Five weeks!

Although then there'll be the finals series and everything, so at least another three weeks after that.

--

It's not even 8:30pm and my sister and I are so tired, we're putting the cats away and going to bed.
tielan: (don't make me shoot you)
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title: Four Vixens And A Bunny Cop
summary: It starts with vixens. Four of them dressed to the nines and at sixes and sevens with the club bouncer.
tags: Judy Hopps/Nick Wilde
notes: I had a bit of fun with this one, although it was kind of stressful getting it done and wondering if it was good enough. I didn't read any Zootopia fic in the lead-up - just watched the movie a couple of times through, read up on the TV Tropes, and looked up the Wiki for some detail - so it probably doesn't resemble the standard ouvre of fic in the Zootopia fandom.

more art nails

Jul. 14th, 2017 09:33 pm
tielan: (AVG - agents)
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More Wonder Woman art nails:

Wonder Woman nails, Mark II! Plates and inspiration by #moyoulondon  #nails #nailstamping #nailart


And a Marvel set on the other hand:

And the other hand is Marvel! With thanks to @heheplate Superheroes 001, 005, & 012  #aiyoohehe #makeminemarvel #agentsofshield #nailstamping #nails #nailart

fic recs: Not Primetime

Jul. 13th, 2017 01:28 pm
tielan: (AVG - Natasha)
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Ugh when you find spellos in the fics you wrote for an exchange!

I think all my recips have responded, and I have left kudos and comments on all my [community profile] not_primetime stories (they were all very enjoyable).

My gifts were:

title: make up your own stories
summary: Jyn Erso goes home
tags: Cassian Andor/Jyn Erso, Jyn Erso & Baze Malbus, Jyn Erso & K-2SO, Jyn Erso & Bodhi Rook, Jyn Erso & Chirrut Îmwe, Jyn Erso, Cassian Andor, Chirrut Îmwe, K-2SO (Star Wars), Baze Malbu,s Bodhi Rook, Alternate Universe - Everyone Lives/Nobody Dies, Post-Canon, Team Feels, Friendship, Character Study
notes: This one got me good on a couple of levels - family, sisterhood, food-as-love, and K2SO who is both snarky and awkward.

title: hands clasped in undying loyalty
summary: Diana took a step forward before she clasped his hand in hers. It was not the smooth hand of a playboy billionaire. No, Bruce's rough hand spoke of untold strength and hardship. It was the type of hand that she was familiar with and she liked that Bruce was reminding her of home.
tags: Diana (Wonder Woman)/Bruce Wayne, Post-Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Sparring, Attraction, Kissing, Wonder Woman Compliant
notes: I think that Batman - the obsessively trained, wholly-human vigilante - would be an amazing match for Diana - both in fighting and in fucking. Given what we've learned of Diana in the Wonder Woman movie, I love the openness in her approach to Bruce, and I love reading stories where Bruce manages to find a balance between the man and the vigilante - Diana, I think, helps that.

title: The Message
summary: AU treatment of Rogue One, focused on Lyra Erso
tags: Jyn Erso & Lyra Erso, Galen Erso/Lyra Erso, implied Galen Erso/Orson Krennic, Lyra Erso, Saw Gerrera, Jyn Erso, Galen Erso, Bodhi Rook, Cassian Andor, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, lyra lives
notes: Lyra Lives! And is kind of scary - which is exactly what I asked for.

A I have a few recs besides:

not primetime 2017 recs )
tielan: (IM - pepper)
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I'll post about my gifts tomorrow (which are all wonderful fics) but I just kind of want to squee about one of the fics I found while trawling through the archive.

Title: Instantiation
Summary: It's just a patch, sure, but it's disruptive, and JARVIS isn't sure he likes it.
Tags: Jarvis, Tony Stark, AI ethics, AI consciousness, Stark isn't that good at emotion things, set pre- and post- IM1, JARVIS worries.

Why: Okay, so, maybe it's just because I'm a computer geek myself, with a background in programming, and I have been for nearly 30 years since long before much about programming was known to the general public. But this is an AMAZING FIC. It's basically The Story Of How JARVIS Comes To Be, beginning and ending with code patches.

It's beautifully written, and while I cannot attest to the precision of an AI's development of actual awareness/intelligence, it just works for me, from consciousness to language to development of protocols and the 'choices of morality', the matter of JARVIS' relationship with Tony, his perceptions of body, and even the differences between him in IM1 and IM2 (and presumably subsequently AoU). I particularly like that the author has kept JARVIS' bodilessness as a significant point throughout the story - that embodiment is something that JARVIS wonders if he either needs or wants, and the reasons why.

Frankly, I would LOVE to read this author's take on JARVIS vs Ultron, and the creation of Vision in AoU.

But yes, you should read this fic. Don't let the opening paragraphs put you off (they might, it's a bit 'technical' but that's the brilliance in the style of the fic) just go and read it all!

lotta links

Jul. 12th, 2017 11:11 am
tielan: (24 - Renee2)
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Four Words As The Key To Seeming Polite.
However, I suspect this is so long as you can keep from telegraphing your boredom if you aren't able to be attentive to what they're saying.

How To Help A Child Grieve And Cope When A Parent Dies.
You've heard me speak about my cousin T on this journal before. This is an article about how she and her husband prepared their five year-old son for her death; he was on ABC radio a couple of days ago, in an interview they recorded about this.

Three Strategies To Use To Combat Sexist Interruptions
Jumping-off point from Kamala Harris' dealings in the Senate with Old White Men Who Think Colored Women (Or All Women) Should Just Shut UP.

Wonder Woman Might Be The Most Accurate On-Screen Depiction Of Biblical Womanhood And Here's Why
'Ezer' - the term translated into English as "helper" is only used a handful of times in the bible - but apart from the creation of woman as 'helper' all the other ones refer to God as the one who raises up the helpless, succours the struggling, and brings strength and assistance to the hopeless.

A Childless Woman's Response To 'You're Missing Out'
Even the most enlightened of my friends has occasionally succumbed to 'smug motherhood', a.k.a. "You can't understand until you have children."

Why Women Aren't Having Children
And related to the previous link: some thoughts on childlessness/childfreeness. Although the essays aren't just women, but men as well.

The Procrastination Loop And How To Break It
I need to sit my sister down and get her to read this, I think.

And a recipe:
Better Than Brad Pitt
(Personally, I think the title dates it: substitute Chris Evans; or Chris Hemsworth; Or Gal Gadot; or whoever Floats Your Boat.)

Oh, and here. Have "The Arrival Of The Queen of Sheba In King Solomon's Court" in an arrangement for brass. I recommend not playing it on, say, a quiet train!

okay, so I'm curious

Jul. 11th, 2017 03:33 pm
tielan: (Sanctuary - Helen)
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If you receive more than one gift in an exchange, does it matter to you, personally, whether the gift is the assignment that they had to write or a treat which they did gratis?

Do you respond differently to one as compared to the other?

MCU AU fest

Jul. 11th, 2017 01:05 pm
tielan: (Who - Eleven)
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Another rec.

title: All Of Space And Time and Place
summary: Bucky Barnes and Donna Noble, intergalactic space vagrants.
tags: James "Bucky" Barnes, Donna Noble, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Crossover, IN SPACE!, Bucky Barnes Needs a Hug, and occasionally gets one
notes: An exceedingly enjoyable crossover! In character, quirky, and delightful.

--

...um wow. I have three NPT gifts. That almost never happens. Now I just have to convince myself that they're not pranks or something.

work extension

Jul. 11th, 2017 08:41 am
tielan: (XM - scott)
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Had a discussion with my contracting company on Friday and the project manager this morning. Looks like I'll be here until at least September. After that, we'll see what other work there is.

It's kind of quiet right now, but we're still in development, and it's probably going to get busy by the end of July when we go into testing and the users start to break the work we've done and complain how nothing works the way it used to. (They always do.)

My bank balance is kind of relieved to have the work, though. I just have to keep from buying everything in sight (or spending everything on food). And holidays will probably have to wait until October-ish. Ideally, I would have something until December, get to take the summer off (and spend some time with [personal profile] grav_ity when she comes to Oz), and then plunge back in again in January...

I wonder if I could negotiate, say, 4 days a week for the next couple of weeks? If they're paying me daily, but I'm not needed every day of the week (which i'm not right now and probably won't until we go into testing), I could maybe get some stuff done at home. I just don't quite know how to bring this up with the manager...

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