eruthros: Mai from Avatar: TLA mid-fight, with sunlight glinting off her shuriken (Avatar - mai kicks ass)
2011-09-19 02:24 pm
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palate-cleansing usb stick

I made a usb stick full of palate-cleansing media to keep around for watching after I watch Doctor Who (because I can't seem to stop watching it, but it makes me sad and angry). So I pulled things based on all your recs and on things that were findable in time - it's all things that are funny or beautiful or delightful or well-written or full of amazing complex women and people of color who talk to each other or all of the above, so it has things for most kinds of bummed out tv-watching. It's not perfect media or anything, but it's all (theoretically) restorative in all different ways. And because some of y'all might also have this problem with some shows or movies sometimes, I thought I'd report what's on it:

  • Ranma 1/2 (for the nostalgic-for-the-nineties value, and for the laughter)

  • Princess Tutu (the first couple eps - I've never seen it but lots of people have recced it)

  • Princess Mononoke (pretty!)

  • The Middleman (art crawl! \o/)

  • Bringing Up Baby (because Katherine Hepburn is amazing, and Cary Grant makes a great straight man, and there's a leopard)

  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (we could learn an important lesson about friendship and working together and trusting each other. And we could sing along with Winter Wake-Up, too, as necessary.)

And stuff I'll be adding:

  • Dark Angel (the first couple episodes - I've actually only seen a couple of eps of it out of order back when it was airing)

  • Xena (misc stuff like "A Day in the Life" and the time loop one)

  • Sailor Moon (I haven't seen it since I saw it on tv in the nineties, dubbed and scrubbed of "offensive" content)

  • Toshokan Sensō (never seen it, it comes recced and, come on, alternate history library wars!)

  • Gokusen (not scifi-y, but on the other hand, inspirational teaching!)

I would've put Avatar: The Last Airbender on there, but seriously, I have used it for this purpose so many times in the last year that I need a break. Or Legend of Korra. Or both. And eventually I will find a way to watch Revolutionary Girl Utena with subtitles. Yeesh, the internet.

As I watch stuff off the stick I'll probably replace it with later eps from the same serieses, depending on what I find interesting. More recs always welcome! The bigger the bummed-out-by-tv collection, the better, because this media selection still doesn't seem big enough to cover all the contingencies. (What if I want angry activist palate-cleansing?)
eruthros: closeup on apples, text "fruit porn" (fruit porn - apples)
2011-09-04 12:15 am

some lists

things I accomplished today
1) walked the dog this morning (because t'wings was at work)

2) made two (2) pies - well, I made the fillings, and t'wings made the pastry:
a) Peach Blackberry! Made because we had bruised peaches and had just gone berry-picking yesterday. Largely handwavey on the measurements:

peach blackberry pie recipe )

b) Apple! The first apples of fall, for us; there've been a couple at the farmers' market for a few weeks, but they've mostly been early varieties I don't like. These are some that we got yesterday at a local orchard (the same one with the berry picking).

apple pie recipe )

I haven't tried the apple pie yet, but it looks and smells pretty tasty.

T'wings made a single recipe of her grandma's pastry dough which made both pie shells and lattice for the top. And she took pictures.

3) Wine tasting with [profile] livre_libre and [personal profile] thingswithwings! This is one of those great living in a wine region benefits, where you can just go "hey, want to check out what they have at the in town tasting place tomorrow?" We tried many wines; t'wings had some good rieslings, and [profile] livre_libre tried a great sparkling wine, but I mostly tried things that were supposed to be refreshing and summery but instead were one-note (that note was mostly citrus).

4) Big Grocery Store Errands. Blah blah pharmacy blah.

5) Short walk out to the coffee shop with the puppy, who needed an afternoon snuffle. And I needed a coffee.

6) Watched Doctor Who.

7) Ate extremely tasty tomato salad that t'wings made. (Also while she was picking the tomatoes I watered the plants.)

8) Watched K-20: Legend of the Mask, which made us all laugh and laugh. Hijinks! Acrobatics! Mistaken identities! Disguises! Sudden undercover heist! Kaneshiro Takeshi! Helicopter rescue! Alternate history! Yoko is seriously awesome! Other exclamation marks! I recommend it to anyone who likes heists and stealing from the rich and acrobatics and AUs and ladies being awesome.

9) Seven chapters of [project]. Yay for doing things on that project that I'd been ignoring!

Things I did not accomplish today:
1) Any dishes. Well, that's a lie, I washed the worst of the baking bowls. But it's basically true. (Too much baking! Too hot in the kitchen! Preheat to what in summery humid weather? But still, too many dishes.)

2) The other ten chapters of [project].

3) The fanwork stuff I meant to do today.

Things I plan to not do tomorrow if at all possible:
1) Walk and/or stand. My knees were already kind of cranky after going to the orchard and picking fruit yesterday, and now they have rebelled. Unfortunately, tomorrow is the farmers' market, which I want to go to. And also the dishes are sitting there taunting me. And if I don't do them the fruit flies will attack.
eruthros: Toph, Aang, and Momo from Avatar: TLA hugging Sokka (Avatar - group hug!)
2011-02-03 04:10 pm

vids, links, tech, food, miscellany

1. More Festivids recs!

Attention Please, Paprika. PRETTY. I don't know what's going on at all, but I think that's part of the point. And the editing is really great, and uses the music really beautifully, and the whole vid has this cool hallucinatory quality.

Illumination, Joseon X-Files. Wow, this is completely gorgeous and atmospheric and ...oddly creepy, maybe? I love the way the vidder used movement of light and shadow, and the music is a great choice. I have never seen this show but clearly I must!

Space Oddity, Community. This is a really sweet Abed/Troy vid about their shared geekery, awwww. Their love of spaceships brings them closer together!

They Want More, Jurassic Park. I can't believe I forgot to rec this the other day, because it made me laugh and laugh. Dinosaur pov ftw.

Truth Is in the Dirt, V (2009). Oh, Erika Evans, ILU! This vid draws some interesting parallels between Erika and Anna, and uses the song and the atmospheric footage to great effect.


2. In knitting-related news, if you're going to drop a stitch, should you do it a) while doing some nice 2x2 ribbing, b) while setting up your short rows, or c) immediately after knitting your two stacked short row stitches? Yeah, I picked option c, who the hell even knows where these loops go. *rips back like twenty rows*


3. I was really sick of accidentally clicking on links that people had written to include hxxp (which some people do to anonymize links) so I installed a greasemonkey script to change hxxp to http. Then I realized that I was not respecting people's desire for anonymity and not incidentally was breaking the rules of some communities and forums, so I edited the script to change the hxxps to working anonym.to links instead. If you'd like to do the same thing, instructions for making an anonym.to redirect )

And now I am clicking on those links with ease. *is so lazy*


4. I am excited to see the permanent style=mine and style=site options (described in the latest news post), but reading people's comments about both options always reminds me that neither option is perfect for me. I often turn custom comment pages on not because I like the style or worked hard on it or anything, but because I want the sidebar or header (tags and links and etc) to be available on entry pages; I usually prefer to read in the site style. And especially in communities, if the entry page is in the site style, there's no obvious place to click for the rules or tags, which often leads to a lot of questions that are a pain in the ass ("where can I find ..." "but do you ..." "if I want to sign up ..."), or posts that don't follow the posting templates or rules or whatever. So I am still torn about site style versus custom comment pages.


5. Aren't these pantone-chip cookies pretty much the coolest thing ever? I love that she just mixed up colored icing and then matched it to a pantone color after it cooled.


6. And speaking of food, [personal profile] glass_icarus recently posted Potluck #1, a blog carnival dedicated to multicultural/intersectional posts about food.


7. And only loosely related to food, Happy New Year to everyone who celebrates! At the moment I am all eeee [community profile] white_lotus Lunar New Year Exchange eeee. The fanworks are SO GREAT GUYS, I am so glad to be posting them now where other people can see them. I have been so caught up in the excitement that I have even tried to make some treats, but I keep being interrupted by spreadsheets.
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Default)
2011-01-22 01:40 pm

festivids! ee!

Omg there are so many vids!

I have watched several of them already, mostly in the genres of "scifi" "queer film" and "films with people of color." Here are some that I particularly liked:

O Death, Book of Eli. I haven't seen the movie at all -- basically all I know about it is that it's a post-apocalypse -- but wow, this vid is GORGEOUS. And it really makes clever use of the quiet movement in the song, so that it ends up using these neat restrained rhythms. Plus did I mention the part where it's gorgeous?

After All, Sarah Jane Adventures. This totally made me tear up a little. It's a Sarah Jane vid about her whole life, so there's some Old Who and some New Who and a whole bunch of SJA and it is basically everything I want in a vid about Sarah Jane. <3

Who Needs Enemies, ST: DS9. This is really interesting and pretty, and I'm not really sure I got the whole story in it, but the Bashir + Sloan + Garak, and the performance and watching-your-own-life and spy stuff, is all really deftly handled. And dense. Definitely dense. It makes me wish I remembered more about those plots.

End of the World, Life After People. It's not quite my genre, but it's sort of a (post-)apocalypse vid regardless. And it does really cool things with time-lapse and tight cutting and with collapse and destruction. I really enjoyed it. (Note: rotting food, maggots, insects, etc.)

Beat Control, Lilo and Stitch. It's like pure joy! With lots of dancing and hugs and family!

The Humbling River, Red Cliff. I really enjoyed the vid -- it's beautiful, and I like the editing a lot, and like the character-focuses, and I <3 Zhuge Liang like whoah. But I'm not a fan of the song choice, so I end up feeling a little torn about it.

Anywhere On This Road, Jericho. I have never seen the show at all, so I'm sure I'm missing a ton of layers in this vid -- I actually just clicked on it because I like the singer (Lhasa de Sela). And wow, it's a really great post-apocalypse vid, and the song gives it this feeling of inevitability and tension at the same time. Very cool.

Now I will go poke at more festivids! Or do some knitting, one of those two things.
eruthros: kink: a girl showing off her tongue piercing and studded collar (kink: tongue piercing)
2010-09-23 11:09 pm

some more kink bingo recs

I have been having trouble posting lately; I feel like I can't finish anything, or like I can't manage to write coherent sentences. So this is me saying fuck it, and possibly by the end of the post I'll be down to bullet points, but at least I'll be posting something.

So! The [community profile] kink_bingo arbitrary mod prizes are a sort of recs list, but they could never include include all the awesome fanworks that I wanted to give prizes to. So here are some other [community profile] kink_bingo fanworks that I enjoyed, in a wide range of fandoms. (A sad percentage of Mission Read/Listen To/Look At All the Things is spent crossreferencing headers with wikipedia before reading/looking at/listening to, actually. Now I have learned about The Losers! Maybe someday I will even watch it. It could happen.)

[personal profile] oper_1895's bingo. (White Collar, Peter/Neal and Peter/Neal/Elizabeth, all set in the same universe in which Neal is asexual.) What I like )

[personal profile] tristesses's bingo (Start Trek AOS Gaila/Uhura, Harry Potter Cho/Padma, Temeraire Laurence/Tharkay) What I like )

[personal profile] cypher's bingos; she wrote 15 stories this round, so if you're looking for a place to start how about Instinct (Eternal Poison, Rondemion/Logue) or Extra Strength (Last Remnant, Rush/David) or Whole New World (.hack//GU, Kuhn/Silabus). What I like )

[personal profile] busaikko's whole bingo (SGA, John/Rodney, John/Ronon; in the John/Rodney stories John is asexual, in the John/Ronon story Ronon is a trans man) What I like )

[personal profile] gloss's We all got in tune (Middleman, Wendy/Lacey/Noser) and Motherfuckers, quick to kiss (DCU, Dick Grayson/Jason Todd, Nightwing/Robin/Superman) What I like )

[livejournal.com profile] blackfic's This is Our Love Story (White Collar, Peter/Elizabeth) What I like )

[personal profile] pocketmouse's Quantum Equilibrium and Little Red Book (Doctor Who, Amy/Rory + Eleven) What I like )

[livejournal.com profile] the_deep_magic's multi-fandom writing on the body recs list (several fandoms) What I like )

[personal profile] liodain's bingos (Watchmen, Dan/Rorschach fic and art) What I like )

[livejournal.com profile] igbc's Pierced Through the Heart (Starsky and Hutch, Starsky/Hutch) What I like )

Also if you're looking for even more fanworks, you could check out my kink bingo tag on delicious or thingswithwing's kink bingo tag. (We each only looked at half the things, actually, and then made short lists for each other, so there's a lot of non-overlapping stuff there.)

... in other news, guys, I am down to like eight open fic tabs, all of which are giant epic stories of giantness. Wow. Also I guess I might have to read some of those giant epic stories of giantness or something. Maybe I'll finally read The Hard Prayer! (Leftmost fic tab, open at least eight months. Someday I will read it.)
eruthros: photo of a tree on a misty, grey day with the text "yuletide" (yuletide - grey tree)
2009-12-28 04:33 pm

\o/ yuletide!

I haven't read a whole bunch, but I have read a lot that I liked!

First, my two great yuletide stories )

And then some Misc Other Stories, too! Usually I try to read methodically from a random letter, but this year it all went wrong and I've got a bunch of fandoms from all over the place. So this is recs, part one of, like, a bazillion. Indiana Jones, Leverage, Mad Men, Moon, Inuit Mythology, PSAs, Mythbusters, RPF NPR, Nero Wolfe, and Some Like it Hot recs below the cut )

I'm kind of sad about the loss of the most-frequent-commenter stat from the old archive. Not that I could ever be in the top ten by any stretch of the imagination, but because I always enjoyed boggling at how many more stories other people had already read!
eruthros: Delenn building the crystal machine in season 1  of B5, captioned "foreshadowing" (B5 - Delenn incredible foreshadowing)
2009-10-13 11:59 pm

here are some things I wrote down

On December 26th last year, I wrote down what I wanted for yuletide this year. And that was:
"Nominate yuletide challenge itself! database/dynamically generated yuletide treat request page enemies!fic!"
... yes. Seriously. I was maaaaaybe a little yuletide!obsessed at the time.

Also I said that I wanted Eddie Izzard fic. "Eddie Izzard/Steve, on the moon." Per this email to myself, I contemplated Eddie Izzard/The President of Burundi. I am now thinking about asking for some sort of Eddie Izzard fic. I nominated it, anyway. And I wasn't even thinking about it three days ago! This is how I am with yuletide nominations -- I change my mind constantly.

All of which is to say, hurrah for yuletide nominations! I nominated fandoms a couple hours ago, but I totally just went back and changed them -- I realized that nobody had nominated Super Mario Galaxy. I hope someone asks for creepy Freudian Cosmic!Mario fic, or intriguingly kinky Star Bunny fic, or adorable Toad Brigade orgy fic.

***

[personal profile] thingswithwings and I baked a pumpkin pie a couple days ago. (Substitution: all whipping cream instead of half milk, 3/4 cup of honey for a single recipe). Last week, I made muffins! This means two things: first, that it's fall, and I'm happy to have the oven on; and second, that this is really our apartment now. Pie is the official inauguration of an apartment!

Also, it's really tasty pie. We made a recipe and a half, because that was the size of the pumpkin, so now we have pumpkin tartlets too. I totally had a slice of pumpkin pie for first breakfast yesterday. YUM.

(Between the pumpkin pie and the hum of the radiators, you can tell it's fall here. We just gave in and turned the heat on, but to be fair to us it was 58* inside before we caved. And it was COLD.)

***

Also I would like to rec [personal profile] isagel's new Touching Evil vid, Wither and Die. I know next to nothing about the series, but I the vid is gorgeous and interesting and sort of heart-clenchy even without the context.
eruthros: Kate Winslet smiling at the camera (KW promo pic pink)
2009-01-14 12:04 am

Great vids I missed

The top five (*cough*) vids from 2008 that I posted a while back made me think about the vids that I missed when they were first released; I listed my vids in order of download, and I kept thinking "no, that's actually from 2006!" And then I totally wrote half of a post on it, and forgot I'd done so. *facepalm* But still, on the off chance that you too missed these vids in 2006, here are some of the best vids I came to late:

Sunset Boulevard, Angel: The Series, by [livejournal.com profile] butterfly (July 6, 2006; it was part of a Vividcon vid show this year)
This is amazing, so completely something I wanted out of the show and didn't get. I wish Gunn got to have this kind of coherent narrative, that his sacrifices and choices were made as clear on the show as they are in the vid. I thought I wouldn't like the vid, because it's the John Barrowman version of the song, and I greatly dislike John Barrowman's singing. BUT. This vid triumphs regardless, makes a beautiful thing of Gunn's plots on Angel, and I love it to pieces.

Holding Out for a Hero, Hercules: the Legendary Journeys, by [livejournal.com profile] marycrawford (February 27th, 2006; I found it when I went to Mary Crawford's website looking for Improper Dancing)
OMG. Just: OMG. I saw that Mary Crawford had done this vid, and [livejournal.com profile] thingswithwings and I downloaded it and watched it together, and you guys, I have never occupied the gay male gaze as hard as I did here. Also: I almost can't believe that all of these clips appeared on the show. And I watched it recently. It's a glorious celebration of Hercules-as-hero, pursued by women and drag!Iolaus, and it celebrates Hercules's camp and magical realism and it's just lovely.

Cool Rider, Veronica Mars, by [livejournal.com profile] dualbunny (January 22nd, 2006; I found it when I was idly scrolling back through dualbunny's vids)
Another great, fun vid -- [livejournal.com profile] dualbunny has me in the introduction, which is just completely brilliant -- Logan on his scooter, Weevil on his bike. Man, way to take the awesome Logan/Weevil relationship on the show and pick just the perfect, most hilarious song ever. Nobody else knows what Logan needs!

Joy to the World, Starsky and Hutch, by [livejournal.com profile] giandujakiss (December 29th, 2006; I hadn't been much in S&H, and then when [livejournal.com profile] thingswithwings started watching, she was like "hey, did you know gianduja did some s&h vids? we should download them!" And then they were awesome.)
So, a lot of Starsky and Hutch vids celebrate the angst and the buddy-cop relationship, and hey, I was in the Sentinel in the 90s, of course I love those vids like crazy. But Starsky and Hutch is also great fun: it's fun to watch, it's fun to think about, it's fun to write about. I mean, they go undercover as gay hairdressers twice. And this vid celebrates the fun of S&H -- the Joy-to-the-World, the laughter, the crazy times. It's got beautiful timing, and great clip choice, and it's all about Starsky and Hutch having fun crazy times and laughing at and with each other. I watch it when I'm bummed out, because my bummed out can't survive [livejournal.com profile] giandujakiss's awesome verse about the times they go undercover-straight, and the choruses with dancing. Whee!

Five on the Dime, Buffy, by [livejournal.com profile] shati (November 6, 2006)
and while you're there, download Boulevard of Broken Songs too (September 11, 2006)
[livejournal.com profile] shati does something awesome with Five on the Dime: she recontextualizes the sacrifices of the Scoobies, especially Willow, around Buffy. Just, completely amazing, the lines she draws between early seasons and later seasons, Buffy's sacrifices and a certain kind of hopelessness.

What About Everything, Babylon 5, by [livejournal.com profile] _happyme_ (the original is from 2005; remastered and/or edited August 8th, 2007. [livejournal.com profile] sineala sent the link to me a while back when I was lamenting the lack of B5 vids)
I really strongly suspect that if you've never seen B5, or only seen three minutes of it, that this vid will make absolutely no sense at all, because it's really fast and really contextual. (Also, if you're a B5 fan? It has season five in it. FYI. Also, I assume I don't have to tell you anything other than that it is a B5 vid, but just in case.) This vid fills me with glee -- it's Sheridan focused, but there's a verse for everybody, and everybody's pain and everybody's growth is in here -- the Ivanova bit is beautiful, the Garibaldi bit is great. [livejournal.com profile] _happyme_ has me from the moment of "some stubborn leaves / that didn't fall with the fall" -- it's exactly the kind of foreshadowing, exactly the kind of tentative-hopeful, that B5 is. Also, it has two of the most beautiful lines I've ever seen in a vid, when the song says "I find it hard to complain / when compared with," and it's G'Kar and Londo, their relationship really really fast in those two lines, because this might be a Sheridan vid, but, well. When compared with.
eruthros: Kate Winslet smiling at the camera (KW promo pic pink)
2008-12-31 09:54 pm

Yuletide recs, part the second

I'm such a slow yuletide reader, seriously. I've got thousand of stories left to read, but here is some more awesome:

Recs for DEBS, Buckaroo Banzai, Discworld, Rosencrantz and Guildernstern Are Dead, Robin McKinley's Damar-verse, and the Importance of Being Earnest under this here cut )

More later, when I ... actually finish even a single pass through the archive.
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Default)
2008-12-27 03:49 pm

Yuletide recs, part one of a bazillion

Yuletide presents for me! I didn't get an email about them, but I found them anyway, and look what I got!

From my main yuletide author, I got something I didn't know I wanted -- I asked for The Dude character voice doing just about anything. But it turns out I wanted The Dude voice as he watched the ghost of Donny bowl. Not Undead, Just Not Dead, Big Lebowski.

And I also got a stocking stuffer! A really atmospheric Genly Ai and Estraven in the snow, and Genly's discomfort in his own body as he sees Estraven's body change. Cinders and Snow, Left Hand of Darkness.

*hugs stories*

***

And some stories that were for someone else, but I get to have anyway, in a completely random order:

Yuletide recs: Slings & Arrows, The Avengers, Madeleine L'Engle - Many Waters, Black Books, Laura Ingalls Wilder - Little House series, But I'm a Cheerleader, Calvin and Hobbes, xkcd )
eruthros: X-Files: Mulder in glasses, text "sexier in glasses" (XF - Mulder sexier in glasses)
2008-11-25 07:20 pm

Top Five Vids of 2008 ... so far

[livejournal.com profile] thingswithwings and I were talking about [livejournal.com profile] sockkpuppett's list of the top five vids of 2008 for NY Magazine. And we thought, wouldn't it be great to turn this into a meme and have a whole bunch of people share their top five? And share the joy of these vids all over again?

Turns out top five is really, really hard. Especially when I mostly want to gush and tell y'all to go watch them.

In no particular order:
Best vids of 2008, plus, uh, maybe a couple honorable mentions )

So! That's my top five ... plus. I hope some of you guys pick up the idea and make your own lists, because I want to see the awesomeness that I've missed!

ETA: [livejournal.com profile] thingswithwings's list is here.
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (B5 - Delenn OMG)
2008-09-01 11:47 pm

Dear the internet,

Today, in random browsing of youtube, I discovered the following gem of accidental1 oh-so-wrong slash:





[personal profile] thingswithwings and I laughed and said "OH GOD" a lot. We particularly liked the moment at 1:07. And at 1:56. And, really, omg.

***
1 This is billed as "Bridger/ Lucas friendship." I do not think that means what they think it means.
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Default)
2008-05-05 11:09 am

I <3 The Daily Show

For reasons that don't need exploring at this juncture, I ended up finding and rewatching this segment of the Daily Show recently:




I love that segment SO MUCH.

And it reminded me that I meant to rec "All the Small Things" by Di. Yes. Really. A Colbert + Stewart vid to "All the Small Things." Doesn't it sound awesome already?

There's hilarious dancing, and weird performances, and running, and it's all fast cuts and cuteness. And it's really, really fun. This is going on the list of "things to watch when I'm feeling sad and blue," because my thoughtful, critical reaction to this vid is pretty much "\o/ YAY!"
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Default)
2008-05-02 09:46 am
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Vid recs!

Two very different genres, wow.

1) [livejournal.com profile] heyiya's amazing The Future Stops Here, a post-apocalyptic vid using footage from 28 Days Later, Children of Men, and V for Vendetta. I've only seen one of those sources (28 Days Later), but I think I get the story she's telling anyway, and I love it desperately, and it makes me suck in my breath every time I see [that scene] in the last verse.

What I get out of this is a gorgeous heartbreaking look at oppression and resistance, at women and people of color and immigrants and possibly other marginalized groups that I can't "see" because I haven't seen the other films. This is a vid that takes 28 Days Later and makes Selina the centerpiece, as she should be, and its puts resistance and failure together and makes me go yay. I'm not very good at describing these things, but y'all should go watch this.

2) [livejournal.com profile] thingswithwings's awesome meta-ish The Glass, which takes as its point of departure the Henry Jenkins line "slash is what happens when you take away the glass," and that Kirk/Spock scene. I read this vid as about our attraction to the glass; the circularity of slash and glass and separation, the way we put the glass back and take it away and break through it again with great rejoicing. It makes me wibble a little, because of the pain/joy.

Fandoms include ST: Wrath of Khan, BSG, Babylon 5, BtVS, Homicide, Primeval, West Wing, X-Men, SGA, and Xena, among others.

Also, it's really really pretty.
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (BtVS Tara avatar avatar)
2008-02-10 12:57 pm
Entry tags:

Vid rec!

So, guys, I have been meaning to rec [livejournal.com profile] giandujakiss's amazing Quantum Leap vid to "American Music" for a while now, only I never got up the umph to write out a whole long post on why, exactly, this vid is amazing, and why you should watch it even if you barely remember Quantum Leap, and why I love this vid desperately, and really it deserves a whole long post so I didn't want to do a little blurb like this ... but then [livejournal.com profile] thingswithwings did it for me. AWESOME.

So, go check out the vid here and then go check out the close reading of the vid in the rec up there. Close reading! Of "American Music!" I am all yays.

You should all watch it for serious.
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Default)
2007-04-29 10:18 am

Bay Area

So I was giving a bunch of Bay Area sports blogs a quick once-over this morning, and checking out various links. (Links, for example, where fans discuss Baron Davis' sartorial choices. I guess because it's sorta trying to keep within the NBA dress code while still expressing individuality.)

And I ended up at youtube, checking out a vid that's sorta Oakland-against-the-world, paralleling the criticisms of J-Rich and the Warriors and New Bay hip-hop. I basically just embed this video for [livejournal.com profile] fiatlouis. *g*







As one is wont to do, I clicked on some of the related links, most of which were crap. But one of them was set to Zion I's "The Bay." And one of the related links to that was ... holy shit, I said, is that really a music video for "The Bay?" Or is it somebody's mix? And no, no, that's Zion I's "The Bay." I didn't even know it had a music video, so I have to share it with everybody in the known world.







... and while I was typing this, I checked sfgate, and holy shit. That is an oil tanker that blew up and MELTED the upper deck of a freeway overpass. WTF.

Awesome, but random: Wikipedia has a page called WP: BALEET that redirects to the wikipedia deletion policy page. Ha!

ETA: Speaking of embedding, apparently we expect "LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL...AND EMBEDDED THUNDERSTORMS" here tomorrow. Per the National Weather Service. Embedded thunderstorms? Embedded in what?
eruthros: llamas! (llamas)
2007-02-15 12:16 am

snow up to my knees

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Also, random stuff:

My typo of the day: "the 'cod-less' fantasy." It's like Anya's world without shrimp, I guess.

Sort-of-vid rec: A Kiss Is Just a Kiss. It's ... hmm, not really got the fannish vidding aesthetic, but is a vid nonetheless. Also, it begins with a warning: "This video contains MEN kissing MEN. If you find MEN kissing MEN offensive, please watch this video over and over until you become accustomed to it. Thank you." Yes: it's boys snuggling and dancing together and kissing. I can ID an embarrassing number of the sources. (Me: "awww, isn't that the scene at the end of Latter Days? Oh, and that's the picnic kiss in Maurice!")

So one of my friends sent a youtube link to me yesterday. And I was distressed, because I'd thought it was the best thing EVER and that I'd sent it to EVERYONE. But apparently I hadn't. So! College Saga. It's ... like Final Fantasy. But on a college campus. Oh my god. It has the music. It has the people walking back and forth in determined patterns. It has inventory disappearing after the heroes hold it up. It has chocobos. It has silly fights. It has a plot that makes me go "huh?" So it is basically identical to FF7, except, you know, on some college campus somewhere and with live actors and evil TI-83s.
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (FF + Dinosaur comics = best icon ever)
2006-12-30 06:30 pm

Random Fannish Things

1. Okay, so someone has done a Dalek Christmas carol. The Go Go's recorded "I'm Gonna Spend My Christmas With a Dalek." Only it's not at all what I'm thinking of -- the Dalek says things like "I'd like some more plum pudding." I don't want "I'd like some more plum pudding" and "we'll hug under the Christmas tree" and the human chorus going "Merry Chwithmas." (Tonstant weader thwowed up.)

No. I want ominous. I want "Joy to the World" to be the scariest (funniest) damn thing you've ever heard. I want creepy. This is not it.

2. [livejournal.com profile] wiccanslyr did a SGA vid. McKay. To "White and Nerdy." It's at youtube here or available for download here.

3. I never really manage to read Yuletide. It's cool and fabulous but, dude, 1000+ stories? Nonetheless, I have enjoyed:

Lives by Breaking, a Pevensies-at-the-end-of-Wardrobe story.

Further Up and Further In, an Aslan's country story.

Changelings, a story in the Finder/Bordertown universe (Emma Bull). It's a happy story, but Tinker as a young elf made me sniffle.

Happiness is Fleeting, a Penny Arcade story that is almost exactly like a comic. Gabe! Tycho! Monkeys!

Of Mice and Myth, a creepy little HHGttG/Teatime story. With mice. Fantabulous.

The Long Con, a Vorkosiganverse story. Oh, Byerly! There should be more stories about By. And Ivan. And Alys throwing up her hands.

A Maze of Twisty Passages, All Alike, a Vorkosiganverse story. GREGOR. Gregor and Ivan. Go read it now.

Wag the Duck. Bloom County. Manages to get across the total weirdness of the strip in prose form. Also, it is a BLOOM COUNTY story. With lines like "In the last election, he had been opposed by a sincere but politically inexperienced ficus plant." And Binkley wakes his dad up in the middle of the night to ask if Madonna will ever be in a good movie.

Pop Life because it's a War for the Oaks story. Eddie and the Fey, one year later.
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (B5 - Delenn OMG)
2006-10-24 02:58 pm

... youtube. WTF?

So [livejournal.com profile] fiatlouis and I were talking about our respective sports, prompted by a conversation about the Smudge. And, via the subject of nicknames, he got me started on the Phoenix Suns. And he's never seen them play. And doesn't really get basketball rules. So I was poking around youtube looking for neat stuff and I found... this.

Which is a "mix tape" of Steve Nash highlight moments. With, you know, the famous NBA skills bit where he does all his soccer moves. Fair enough, right?

But it's to the tune of Breakaway. By Kelly Clarkson.

And it's sort of the lost love story of Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki. They thought they were going to be in Dallas together forever! Making difficult passes to each other! But then Nash was traded to the Suns! And then they faced off in the 2005 West semis! And he was doing all of those fabulous passes to Stoudemire or Marion instead! (We see Shawn Marion dunk off of Nash's assists. In slo-mo.) And he won't "forget all the ones that I love!" But it's all okay, because he's going to "learn how to fly though it's not easy to tell you goodbye." And he makes a left-handed shot over Nowitzki's head! And Nowitzki is left behind ! And then he makes the game-tying three-pointer! And takes a risk! And Phoenix wins in the semis! And then he hugs Nowitzki! (We see that hug twice.) And then they walk off in different directions! That is the end!

I swear to god I am not joking at all.

ETA: Warning, this songvid (and I am going to call it a songvid) is nine minutes long. Y'all should check it out anyway, because it is hilarious. Also, I think it's making me a little sniffly. Oh god. What has it done to me?

ETA 2: If you're not a basketball fan, Nowitzki is the really tall guy playing for Dallas. Also he is blond and from Germany, and sometimes he has exceptionally bad curly blond hair or a weird beard. Nash is the short(...er) guy, playing for either Dallas or the Suns, with stringy straight hair that is frequently in his face. I have been known to call this "Snape hair."