eruthros: Li Ann from Once a Thief with two guns, text "Li Ann" (OaT - Li Ann  red)
1. OMG, guys, Alliance finally released Once a Thief on DVD (not yet on amazon.com, but it's on amazon.ca). It's a show of my fannish youth (listen, Krycek was on it, okay), and most of it has never been available on DVD at all. I plan to buy it get it from netflix and revel in the evil clowns and the fight scene on trampolines and that time people fenced with chainsaws and the general John Woo-ishness of it. *points up at icon of Li Ann with two guns* Look she jumps sideways out from behind pallets of stuff to fire two guns at evil clowns. How can I not like that!

Also, if any of y'all know of any good Li Ann/the Director fic, plz send it thisaway. Or the Director/Mac d/s fic would also be welcomed.

2. I really hate having conversations with people who assume that if I don't like something, it must be because I don't get it, and if they just explain then eventually I'll go "oh gosh, you know, my visceral negative reaction and/or my political objections have now totally vanished! I'll go and draw sparkly hearts around it now!"

I mean, obviously people like different things than I do for a variety of reasons, and obviously people can disagree with me about whether something is problematic. But, oh my god, if I could stop talking to people who assume that it's because I just didn't understand the underlying message and if I understood everyone's intent then I would just love it and and and...

3. I have had no success googling this and my physical therapist is an asshole, so I turn to you, the internet! One strange thing that has started happening to me lately is this: I lean over forward to reach the ground, with my knees bent slightly, and I spend some time that way, pulling weeds or picking stuff up off the floor, and within a minute or two my legs go immediately and critically wobbly. And then if I stand up, which is always really difficult, my legs are weak and shaky, and it can last for hours. Hours in which I basically can't stand and have to lever myself up out of chairs and use my cane or hold onto things because I'm dangerously unsupported.

I asked my PT a while ago if this was a particularly weak or stressed muscle somewhere I should be working on or if it was some other kind of problem and she was like "whatever, people's bodies change sometimes, keep doing your core strengthening exercises." But it feels like somewhat more of a problem than that! Especially because it's newish in the last year and because I've been doing those exercises and incidentally my core strength is fine and because my knees are already hypermobile so with the added instability I really do have problems walking and standing. But I know nothing about soft-tissue structures, so: does anybody know what the hell is going wrong there?

4. Man, sometimes I want to make the "take JMS's heavy-handedness out" cut of Babylon 5. Like, every time he does a scene twice, to make sure we get the emotions of it (*cough* finale *cough*)? Take out one of the scenes. Every time there's that extra scene at the end of an episode even though the emotional resolution clearly happened with (usually) G'Kar's or (sometimes) Londo or Delenn's amazing and brilliant scene? Take it out. I don't need to see the captain reflecting on G'Kar or Londo or Delenn or whoever's amazing plot in order to get it, guys, I don't need jms's stand-in to tell me how to feel, because, you know, other people are having amazing scenes and acting brilliantly in them? And I feel things for them?

I mean, we just watched "Passing Through Gethsemane," which - spoiler-free version! - involves the same character explaining the story of Gethsemane twice. To make sure we get the metaphor. It's relevant to his life situation, guys! FYI! And it's already the title, jms, so you seriously don't need one of those two scenes.

I love the show in a lot of ways, but geez.
eruthros: Toph, Aang, and Momo from Avatar: TLA hugging Sokka (Avatar - group hug!)
1. For a vid I am vaguely contemplating making, I am looking for a triumphant saving-the-world type song - the sort of song you might vid women kicking ass to, if that makes sense. (The Eurythmics "I Saved the World Today" is topically right, but way too regretful, sadly.)

2. I am currently applying both a mineral sunscreen (mostly suspended in oil) and an oil-based bug deterrent (citronella, lemongrass, etc, in an oil + beeswax base). So my question is, in which order should I apply these things? Should I wait for a bit between them? The internet is full of answers to this question that presume DEET, which, like, ha, as if, I have tried many brands of DEET at work in the past and they all make me cough and cough and cough. So then I stopped using them, but I still had a ridiculous asthma attack at a state fair last year when someone sprayed it over their shoulder directly into my face. THANKS, assholes.

FWIW, if you're looking for bug sprays, I've previously been able to use permethrin-based insect repellant - the kind you soak or spray onto clothes and let dry - without any skin reaction. It's one of those things I only do if there's a really serious bug problem, or I'm going to be outside all the time, because I have to wear gloves and a face mask to apply the spray, but once it's on and dried I launder it once and then it's fine for me.

3. Why is it that, when I rewatch Babylon 5, I always end up rewatching "Infection" even though I know it will hurt me? I mean, okay, I am that kind of completist about fandoms, but I've been happily skipping the A plot of "Believers" (except for Kosh's scene) and "TKO" for years now. I don't know why I'm sitting here right now watching Ilya Kuryakin as a space archaeologist. I could be rewatching River Song right now! Who wins in a space-archaeologist-off by approximately all the points ever.
eruthros: llamas! (llamas)
For my birthday this past weekend, I got the flu. Now I am achey and tired and cranky and fever-and-chills-y and hard-to-focus-y and I can't read fic and I screwed up the decreases in my knitting like twelve times yesterday because I couldn't count.

So I thought it was time to post a guessing-fannish-stuff meme!

Some months ago, [personal profile] aria posted a bunch of post secret-style secrets from the POV of various characters, and asked people to guess who wrote which secret. At the time I thought it was a great idea, and wanted to turn it into a meme (again), but then it took me a long time to make any secrets, and also to come up with secrets, and anyway I'm bad at getting around to posting things, so I just stuck them over in posts-to-maybe-make-someday. But today is clearly a good day for it!

Behind the cut: forty-some secrets by characters from twenty-some fandoms; includes text descriptions )

One NSFW secret is here, under a separate cut )

I'd love to play in your versions, too! )

ETA: There are two secrets left unguessed (counting the ones where someone made an awesome guess, but nobody guessed what I'd originally intended): #7 and 41. So I thought I'd narrow down the fandoms somewhat; the remaining ones come from: Stargate SG-1 and Nintendo video games.

some links

Oct. 30th, 2010 12:13 pm
eruthros: Delenn building the crystal machine in season 1  of B5, captioned "foreshadowing" (B5 - Delenn incredible foreshadowing)
1. You guys, [livejournal.com profile] icepixie wrote The Heart's Compass, the Babylon 5 Delenn/Ivanova AU of my dreams, seriously, could I have had this show instead? It's a little awkward in places but, I mean, so was the show. And listen, it is a story where Delenn falls for Ivanova instead of Sheridan, early in the series, and it makes my heart happy.

[livejournal.com profile] icepixie also wrote a a post-Sleeping in Light Ivanova/Delenn story that I haven't read yet (Later Stars of Dawn), which added to the Ivanova/Delenn story that [personal profile] thingswithwings wrote for my birthday one year (Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano in C Major, Garibaldi/Franklin, Lennier/Vir, Ivanova/Delenn, postseries) makes three Ivanova/Delenn stories in the last few years. It is a small-fandom rare-pairing embarrassment of riches!

(Especially since there are also a few drabbles and short vignettes over at the AO3, though most of them are about unrequited love.)

2. Don't know what to be this Halloween? Check out wtf should I be for Halloween, which contains as many costume ideas as there are articles on wikipedia. And puts "sexy" in front of all of them.

Since it's completely randomized, there are some really great options. This year I plan on going as a Sexy Fort Reliance Water Aerodrome, for example. (There's also the potential for fail, because of course there are many pages on wikipedia that really shouldn't be indexed with "sexy" in front of them; I didn't encounter anything faily when I clicked through, but that doesn't mean it can't happen.)

3. I frequently encounter images on tumblr that are unattributed or dewatermarked, and sometimes that makes me really sad -- I don't know if that photographer has a ton more pretty image, or what the original context was, or anything. But if I see something really great and I really really want to know if there's more by the same photographer, I look for the picture over at TinEye, a reverse image search engine. Sometimes it even works! Anyway this is a link to TinEye, which I think I was first linked to three years ago when their image index was even smaller; now I do sometimes have some success with them.

4. The US Department of Justice recently filed a brief that said that genes shouldn't be patentable, which is ... kind of amazing.

5. Apparently TVTropes is going to have to take down, move, rename, or mark as NSFW a lot of their sex and sexuality-related content because google ads noticed that ads are running on pages with mature content. And they might have to make registration mandatory to view sex/kink/fetish tropes, and they are planning to make registration mandatory for editing pages. I don't hang out there or anything, but it still makes me sad -- many of those pages are very useful for vidding/iconing/etc. Or for [community profile] kink_bingo, where I have often used the TV Tropes pages for tentacles to find pictures or examples or video of canonical tentacles.

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Aug. 18th, 2010 05:56 pm
eruthros: Aang from Avatar:TLA facepalming (Avatar - facepalming aang)
1. I have just rewatched "Interludes and Examinations," from B5 season 3. And I have only one thing to say about it: spoilery for which characters are alive in season three )

2. I followed a link to an Avatar story that I haven't started to read, because right at the top of the page I found this:
    TEXT KEY
    Narrative
    Thoughts/Intro/Song Lyrics
    "Spoken"
    Words on a screen/Handwritten on a page
    Stressed/Emphasized Word(s)
    "RAISED VOICE/YELLING"
    ONOMOTOPOEIA
And I was just like, I can't even deal. *stares at list again*

3. The thing about Dr. Laura's recent assholery -- short version: she said really racist things and is now threatening to leave radio to preserve her first amendment rights (both links are to critiques) -- is that I already have a song about Dr. Laura going off the air. Only that song dates to about 2001. And was about her departure from television.
eruthros: Delenn building the crystal machine in season 1  of B5, captioned "foreshadowing" (B5 - Delenn incredible foreshadowing)
1. Friday night, I didn't have anything to watch after dinner, and [personal profile] cereta has been posting about mid-season-three B5 and making me nostalgic, so I put on 3x09, Point of No Return.

... yeah, I should know better. Especially since this happens every time I watch an episode between the middle of season two and the middle of season three. *claws up from underneath like five episodes in a row* Well, except I skipped Late Delivery from Avalon, because really, jms.

2. Favorite typo seen today: "... and untied the red silk chords."

3. This picture is for [personal profile] thingswithwings, who didn't really believe me when I told her how tall the tomatoes were. The tomatoes are this tall )

4. I have now given out eight hundred [community profile] kink_bingo cards, and T'wings has given some out, too, which is just ... wow. Now I have to make some more (using [personal profile] chagrined's lovely program! zie is still kb mvp!) which is kind of hilarious, because it takes the program like three minutes to make a thousand bingo cards ... but it does them in huge 744 kb bmp files. So then I put them through a photoshop batch processor to convert them to smaller jpgs, which takes like forty-five minutes. This never ceases to amuse me.
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (B5 - Delenn OMG)
As I was going through my image folders today, I discovered a sub-folder in my icon-making folder called "bases," apparently dating to about 2004 or 2005. And in it, I found forty Babylon 5 icon bases, all textless, and all or almost all from season one. I have a vague recollection of this -- I think that it was a period in which it was quite difficult to find screencaps of B5, and the DVDs were either not available or expensive, so I found someone who had a bunch of screencaps in zip files and was overjoyed. Apparently, overjoyed enough to make forty icon bases. And then forget about them. But here they are, in case anybody is looking for B5 icons. (If you don't have your own photo-editing software, I'm happy to add text for you.)

Below the cut you will find icons of: G'Kar, Londo, Ivanova, Delenn, Na'Toth, Sinclair, Franklin, Bester (!!), Morden, Vir, some random props I don't even know, and possibly some things I'm forgetting.

Icons under here )

I do sort-of remember why I wanted some of these. I think #27 was going to be a something-wicked-this-way-comes icon for political links, and #30 was going to be a "help! I'm being sucked into a new fandom against my will!" icon. Also, I quite like #1 and #35, but I have no idea what I wanted them for.
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (B5 - Delenn OMG)
1. You guys, this is serious fandom BFF FAIL. Why did none of you tell me that Mira Furlan, Delenn on B5, is a recurring character on Lost? Why didn't you tell me that she plays a recurring character named Rousseau, who runs around the jungle in a tank-top being incredibly hot and competent? WHY? Because this is AWESOME.

I mean, Ivanova and Scully were totally my 90s TV girlfriends, but I loved Mira Furlan as Delenn with a desperate love. She's amazing; she was the only person who could deliver ten minutes of exposition and have me with her emotionally the whole way. When she cried, she ripped my heart out. And then she didn't get much work in North America after B5 -- wrong accent, too old, whatever.

AND NOW. She gets to play Rousseau. She gets to storm around a Hawaiian island being all crazy-with-gun, and determined, and, once again, managing to deliver ten minutes of solid exposition (about conspiracy theories, yet!) and have me entirely with her. MIRA FURLAN YOU GUYS. SHE IS HOT LIKE BURNING. WHY DID NO ONE TELL ME.

I actually phoned up [livejournal.com profile] thingswithwings, who I've been making watch B5, and who watched Lost for two seasons, all "how could you not knoooowwww?"

2. Um. This is the embarrassing part. I have now watched three episodes of Lost.

See, I was burned by the X-Files, so Lost looked entirely like "oh, sure you have a plan, Chris Carter" part II. And I didn't watch it.

Only yesterday? Yeah, yesterday I watched the first Rousseau episode. WITH MIRA FURLAN WHO IS HOT LIKE BURNING AND AMAZING AND DID I MENTION FIFTY-THREE YEARS OLD AND THEY'RE LETTING HER GO GRAY IN A SEXY WAY. Ahem. And then I watched a second episode, because [livejournal.com profile] thingswithwings already had it and also because Mira Furlan, hello.

And then I was like, wait, maybe this would make more sense if I knew who these other characters are. Maybe I should do that before I watch all the Mira Furlan episodes. And I decided that, actually, it is now five and a half years after the series finale of the X-Files, and I've come to terms with it. So Lost doesn't have a plan: I won't expect one! No expectations, no faith. That's my motto.

I find it far more embarrassing to have just watched the series premiere of Lost, than to have watched two random episodes just for Mira Furlan.

3. Actually, I find watching the series premier of Lost more embarrassing than having recently watched the Hercules: TLJ episodes in which Michael Hurst (Iolaus) cross-dresses and plays the Widow Twanky, a dance instructor. No, really. They're awesome and amazing. Really. Really!

Actually, quite possibly the best vid I have seen lately is Mary Crawford's use of these episodes in Holding Out For a Hero -- no, REALLY -- to tell a story in which I occupy the queer male gaze really, really hard. Because she uses all the bits where Hercules is chased by women and naked and it's framed by the Widow Twanky-who-is-Iolaus, and it's amazing. Seriously, check it out.
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (B5 - Delenn OMG)
Dude you guys! Peter Grodin is a security guard in B5: The Lost Tales - Voices in the Darkness. Why did no one tell me this?

Okay, he's only in, like, three shots, in the background, but I still recognized him instotaneously.
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Default)
OMG The Coming of Shadows you guys. I forget how it feels to watch this episode. It feels like more than forty minutes because the whole thing is so full of stomach-knotting plot and emotional roller coaster.

... I mean! When he! And then when, in the hall, with the wall, and omg the acting, and Quadrant 14, and and "hello old friend" intercut with the mess that is the whole episode, and clutching the book, and ...

Seriously, [livejournal.com profile] graycastle, this is the first moment when you're going to go "..." and "..." and realize that omg, the first season was so worth it. Because. OMG. I mean, there's Chrysalis and there's Babylon Squared and whatever, but Coming of Shadows is the first moment of really B5 being B5.

PS: warn for spoilers if there are any in your comments because I've got a friend who's currently watching unspoiled.

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