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Rant number one of probably many.

So.... I made it through the intro episodes and into the team building episodes. I love that the intro updates for who is and isn't on the team at the moment.

I love seeing MODOK and the AIM idiots. Despite what a terrible idea anything to do with AIM is.

I loved the ten seconds of conversation between Tony and Steve in the mansion at the end of Cap's second episode.

I love Thor's stupid face and 'aye' and 'verily' and how his hair is always shifting in a non-existant breeze. (And how we haven't seen Loki since the origin episode... which is either terrifying or... yeah, terrifying.)

I love Janet and Hank, and understanding them as a part of the Avengers team. Hank keeps Tony honest and brings him back to earth in a way that no one on the current movie Avengers does. There aren't many people who match Tony's intellect, so it's nice to have one of them around.

I love Natasha's stupid double-triple crossing and knowing that Clint is out there somewhere.... being noble and right, but not trusting SHIELD.

Wow, Tony. Two suits in an episode? Really? I would talk about Steve and his bike, or about Enchantress being a complete dick (which reminds me that I want to go re-read Off the Record. Like now.)... but this was Episode 10 and I need to just sit here and feel my Tony feels right now. Poor boy.

Jesus fuck, I think AIM has the tesseract though... so that's a problem.

I just really want Coulson involved in this... like stupidly much.
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You are stunning. Never change.
Cut for Spoilers... )

Coming next.... rants about Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes... because I am equal opportunity in watching cartoons aimed at twelve-year-olds. XD
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As someone who is constantly trying to get back to the good old days of my High School and Collage years.... it's starting to get hard to watch with all this graduation stuff happening.

So... "Choke" through "Nationals"
Short Rant )


And, I have feelings and a new theory about Sherlock after my second time through Reichenbach...
Read more... )
setra: Ezio Auditore, assassin, catches a feather in his hand. (ezio)
I have these feelings about Natasha and her fear of the Hulk, and about Bruce and Tony's conversation about the big green guy. Maybe they're feelings about Bruce/the other guy in general. No one that I've talked to about it sees as much depth as I do to this stuff, so here's the rant.

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Made a joke about the Stark Spangled Banner pairing after the movie this time. J totally shut down. IT WAS A JOKE. The most slash opposed person we know mentioned it to me, which is the only reason I said it... I thought she'd laugh. But no. Right. As if I could ever forget how very very unwelcome any mention of slash is.

Which brings me to the rest of the evening, where we finished season 2 of Merlin and started Season 3. So the end of Season 2 I am aching with my desire for Arthur and Merlin to be... together? A team. Trusting one another. And it never happens of course. Then on we go into Season 3. And I have this problem. The one where I ship the chemistry between Uther and Morgana (blame "Defenders of the Realm" for that) except that she's evil and lying, so not that. And then I ship Morgana/Morgause like burning. Also Morgause/Sendred. Morgause/winning I guess. She looks so gorgeous in armor... and I don't even like blondes most of the time.

I can discuss exactly none of these feelings with J. Because slash and fandom are evil. Because... I don't even know why. I genuinely am not sure how you go about enjoying a show if you're not involved in the fandom for it, if you're not reading subtext underlying it. Maybe I'm weird...
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In picking Doctor Who back up (like 6 months after I watched "Let's Kill Hitler") it was really hard - as it always is - to readjust to Matt Smith. It didn't help that while "Night Terrors" was a Mark Gatiss episode, and super creepy, it wasn't the best for Eleven and the Ponds.
more ramblings )
In short: Ok, Mr. Moffat, it took you two years, but you may perhaps have won me over. Perhaps.
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Don't even know what to do with myself this weekend. For once, all I'm required to do is keep myself entertained.

Started the UK version of The Office last night. A bit painful in that awkward embarassed-for-other-people way, but then there's Martin Freeman saying "cock" or dancing in most episodes to make up for the unfortunate reminders of what a shitty manager I actually am.
And then I started "The Last Enemy", which in thirty minutes has had Benedict Cumberbatch being both naked and a bit OCD. And MAKING OUT WITH GIRLS. Well, a girl. Still. Turns out he's also a genius researcher thing, and that it's a big brother freaky future thing.

I should be able to finish the Twilight Sparkle quilt tomorrow (today) and then I can start on whatever I want. I'm thinking some Donna Noble bits in case I make it down to Sakura to see Lor-Doctor.

Also, knitting. I took Kid's Knitting 101 from my favorite teacher the other week, and now am actually enjoying knitting. Just playing with straight knits and purls so far, but liking it quite a lot! Works well while listening to podcasts and Sherlock Holmes stories.

And god damn, but I love Benedict Cumberbatch. Just going to bask in that for a while. I'm thinking Sherlock marathon this weekend before ME3 comes out and any chance of using the TV is lost forever.
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We've been living in the new apartment - the one that will live forever as 221. Seriously. It's #221, and there are three rooms, with mine in the middle, so I officially live in 221B. Because I say so.

1) Have new kitchen table and day off tomorrow, have also been turned into zombie by 19 hours awake and was useless all afternoon.
2) Have been reading fic again.
2b) Lorem Ipsum may be the best thing I've found in fandom in a long while. It absolutely made my week. There is so much to love about it. Also - Marie has art for it! Lots of art! AND there's podfic for two bits. AND AND she has blanket permission to podfic or remix the series!
2c) If well-handled kink/DS/S&M are [personal profile] calhale's thing... then I've remembered that MMF OT3s are absolutely mine. Dear sweet fuck, Lorem Ipsum had... everything. And it is amazing. I need to go find our Masako threesomes or something maybe.
3) Get to start adding music to Minds Like Ours. Which is back from beta-listener with no terrible edits. ^_^
4) Listening to the Sherlock soundtracks and to as many of Caitlin's brilliant songs as I can get hold of makes me a little giddy.

Unrelated art: this and this are the sweetest things I've ever seen.
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I watched "A Scandal in Belgravia" again last night.
1) I had forgotten what a profoundly wonderful episode it is, and what it feels like when an episode is so very very Sherlock-centric. Even Reichenbach had very strong John Watson point-of-view. Belgravia is really all Sherlock all the time... with John reacting rather than acting.
2) I now want slightly bondagey Irene/Sherlock after /he/ is "dead" too... hiding in Europe from the remainder of Moriarty's gang. He's seen that John and the others are safe and he's left London (as canon Holmes did) to protect them all. And he's wandering Europe, doing what he can to scrape by. She has already had many more months to settle into a life of sorts, and the power imbalance of her being settled and probably still wealthy while he is now little better than a vagrant (albeit one with the mind of a god).
[ETA - I did find this one. Which is set right at the end of Belgravia, and is pretty good. It gets a tone and an image across that I like, though I now have a powerful desire to remix is a bit. >.>]

Anyway. What a productive weekend I'm having. Not. We did move all the major bits of our lives on friday, and had a great night at Karaoke last night for Neko's birthday, but unpacking and whittling down the fabric collection are both going very slowly.
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Ok, so after the first fifteen minutes. That's all I could bring myself to type. Feel lucky you're getting sentences now.
Really really random )

Also, I need to say how thrilled I am that everyone in my house, and my stepmother in Colorado all love this show. Seriously, we have so little in common any more. Now I think I need to go listen to the Paradox Suite again. Or possibly some of the original stories now that I have a full set of the audio books instead of the lame ones I've been fighting with for months.

ETA: This made me giggle like mad. I love this canon more than anything sometimes.

ETA2: Several other things have come to me through [personal profile] revolutionaryjo, who is continually a lovely lovely person, and shares so many of my fannish interests and opinions. Included in that is this marvelous post about Reichenbach and Sherlock's character development... and how it call seems to bring the canon closer to the Paradox universe.
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Stream of consciousness and other review-like babble as I watch the last episode of Miracle Day.
It took me forever to bring myself to watch this series, and I've still never watched 2-5 of CoE.
Yeah, this got a bit long. )

Note to self - Jack has a kid and a grandson. In town, I think.
Also, Ianto came out to his sister. <3 ;_;

After rewatching Day 1 of Children of Earth, I think I'm gonna give the rest of CoE a shot tomorrow maybe. Got a couple of days off, and the nice British school children are actually less upsetting after the whole damn world being run by pharmaceutical companies. Also, Ianto. So there.
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Confused by the title? I know! It's like I stepped back a generation and picked up AC: Brotherhood again. Well... I did. XD
Actually managed to get possibly the last trophy that I'll ever manage to "Job Skills" and played a couple hours of multiplayer with a couple of awesome level 50sn(we bonded by all having headsets and having to wait together for almost 20 minutes before getting into a Manhunt game) one of whom was in New Zealand and had an awesome accent, and the other of whom was another actual girl! So now I have Brother hood multiplayer friends. Excite!
Hindsight reviews - I miss having more perks available early on. I miss Honorable Death bonuses. And understanding the line-of-sight feature makes everything make so much sense, even if it's a little bit broken. I still love Venice more than almost any other map, though for small maps, I think I prefer Souk to Siena. And I miss my customizations, though I am almost to level 25, so I think I do have some options available now. Pushing for 50 may be insane, especially since I'm closer in AC:R and get creepy Vidic videos and plot hints there. I miss having the doctor and Fiora's sexy sexy costumes from AC: B though.

Second rant of the night: "Tissue of Silver"
If ever there was a bass-ackwards was of getting hooked on an 8 hour fic for a pairing you never once thought of shipping.... this is it. I went and downloaded this fic because the title came up in a discussion of long recordings on one of the PodAware podcasts I listened to. And since it was FayJay and lengthy and a story I hadn't heard before... of course I had to go look it up. "Maya," you say, "it's Harry/Draco for gods sake!" "You do not ship Harry Draco. You barely slash any thing in Harry Potter at all! And know that it's the fastest way to being disowned by your girlfriend that ever there was." But this is how much I love FayJay. And how badly I need new podfic. >.>
So.... I've now listened through it three times, though I slept bits of one of them. And this, like so many other AUs... works for me. Maybe it's just that stepping Jr. High- up to High School- or High School- up to College-age is so very normal in my Prince of Tennis addled brain, or maybe it's just that in some ways, I think the universe and storyline in this story are more compelling to me than the actual storyline that played out over the last three books. I assume that it was written before Order of the Phoenix was published, because it's very attentive to cannon that was revealed before that book, and very creative about getting around facts from Book 5 and on.
I keep meaning to post a rant or comparison chart about voices in FayJay's podfic... because I love knowing that her Sherlock is halfway between the Great Dragon and Arthur (Snape is close to that as well). It's lovely that she has very specific and different voices for Gwen, Morgana, and Draco (! - new one). I keep thinking that Harry and Dean Winchester are very similar as well, both sort of shouty and well-meaning. Anyway. Um, yeah. Less babbling, more sleeping now.

Good night all.
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This entry is a placeholder because I really need to go to sleep now.
I need to talk about October Project, and Mary Fahl, and Marina Belica, and the resurection of this amazing beautiful music in the November Project and the new October Project. These songs have lyrics that make me feel alive, that make me want to create, that soothe my heart and make me want to sing and dance.

There's also a squee filled, gasp filled rant coming about Glee season 3. Because so much has happened in the 6 episodes I've watched. I love Darren Criss with the passion of a thousand suns, but that's not news. I'm a huge Mike Chang/Harry Shum Jr. fan too. And Naya Rivera and Kevin Mchale of course. Gah! And Burt! And Sebasitan! And DAMIEN (Rory, but still Damien to me)!!!!
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Today in Constantinople:Read more... )

WTF, why is it 5:30 in the morning!??? Ok, me and my trophies are going to sleep. Damnit. XD
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Well, I've massively failed at writing every day. But I'm just being grateful that this month hasn't been bad enough so far to necessitate whinging on the internet everyday.

Tonight, I am massively grateful for my magnificent girlfriend and brother, for having food to eat when I got home from work, and for the soft fuzzies (hand warmers and hat) that Jess's mom sent to us.

Finally, we watched several more episodes of Merlin season 2 tonight. This season is filled with awesome that I can't even being to describe how much I love it. The plots are fantastic, and interesting (and stuff I haven't seen rehashed in a half-dozen fics yet, which probably helps), and the character growth is interesting and fun. I find myself actively slashing Merlin/Arthur slightly less, and liking them more as friends. But mostly I just want to see the whole gang pull together to do more. Morgana being all alone and scared and Merlin having to run off and do things alone makes me nervous. At the same time as I want things to be happy though, I'm excited to see more development of the overarching plot... I actually punched the air when I saw Morgause in the preview for next episode, even though I'm not supposed to know who she is. I try to pretend I don't read fic, but fuck it, it's MORGAUSE! (And yes, I only love her because of "The Student Prince" and one or two other stories, BUT... :P) Anyway.
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Every time I think of the fact that Douglas Adams is dead, it makes me quite sad. The title of the post just made me think of that. It also makes me think of all the nice things that Stephen Fry said about him in the forward to "Salmon of Doubt". The line of thinking that that takes me on it almost interesting enough to just keep going along it. Most things with Stephen Fry are that interesting to me though, so I'll stop for the moment.
I'm in the process of mass-migrating all my entries from LJ to DW. I use LJ for very little anymore, and if I legitimately want a journal to write in again it needs to be somewhere where I don't feel guilty for spamming or worried that someone will find it and email it to my boss, or be hurt by something I said. Long ago, I used to keep diaries. Before that I kept logs. I've always written, for as long as I can remember.... until the past few years.
Some part of me associates that lack of self-expression and reflection with a lot of the emotional problems I've been having the past months, so I'm going to try to go back to it. I can't do NaNoWriMo (best wishes to all who are, I believe in you!) but I can try to make myself write some every day, and see if it helps balance me out and bring my decisions into focus.

So. That's what I'm doing. Hopefully part of all this will include finding those old journals and digitizing them. I think a lot of my really early writings may be lost forever, since they were simpletext documents on old 1.4 mb floppies, and I don't know if I still have them, even if I did have a way to access them. There's a lot in my life that is just /stuff/, things I'd like to get rid of, but my history is not one of them, and with my memory as weak as it sometimes is I like the idea of having access to all the details I wrote down long long ago.

Oddly, all this motivation to start anew over on DW came from going to look at FayJay's ([personal profile] pandarus) DW, because I'm trying to get up the guts to actually tell her how vital her podfic has been to my survival lately. Particularly "The Student Prince", which I've listened to eight times in it's entirety. At over 15 hours per playthrough, that's that's 120 hours or about 5 days. Let's just say the story is near and dear to my heart. In fact I think my last LJ post involved a lengthy quote from Arthur's coming out speech. It did a lot of the same things that I loved about "Drastically Redefining Protocol", back when I first heard it, only with more characters, more plot, more magic, and more contemplation of the world and how homosexuality is actually viewed in the world. It helps that Fayjay is my favorite reader of all time. I've got into three new fandoms because of her, and that's not mentioning that it was "The Goodge Street Gambit" podfic that got me into I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, AND was the first and only podfic that I've actually shared with anyone not "in" fandom per-se. I played it for my brother in the car once, and he laughed in the right place and enjoyed it right along with me.

I'm not going to talk about work for the moment, though I'm sure I will quite a lot this month. It's probably the biggest point of contention between me and the semi-happiness I used to take for granted. We're off to get some food now, and then I ought to sew for a bit so I can get the rainbow quilt back on my bed sooner rather than later. Goodnight, Journal.
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And so tonight, I have tacos, and just enough time to watch the last episode of the BBC Sherlock.
First Off: Grammar FTW!
And here we go.
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I have to sleep now, but I'm sure there will be more ranting later once all this has percolated. XD
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So this is going to be long and rambly about Doctor Who and Torchwood and the fandoms that have consumed me over the past couple of months. There will be babbling and there may be talk of fic as well as canon. You've been warned.

In the old days of LJ, I would have been ranting about each and every episode on my journal as I got into the show. Reacting and interpreting and squeeing madly and remembering every single detail over and over again. Instead I've blazed on through three and a half seasons, plus another one and a half of Torchwood and written nothing at all about it except for tweets and status updates.

So... here goes and this may get long: About Doctor Who )

And then after a couple days of thumb twiddling, I have some things to day after two more episodes of Torchwood and one of Doctor Who...
TW 2x09-11 and 'Midnight' )
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In order to understand this post, you must know some basic information:
1) I adore Japanese-style karaoke. Lock me in a box with a good song selection for five or six hours, you will never have seen me so happy.
2) 75+% of the music I listen to and know how to sing is Japanese pop or anime music. This has been true since high school and is not likely to change.
3) Most (and they are limited) box-style karaoke places in the US that have Japanese songs, are running on Korean machines that are limited to old-style discs or monthly updates and have a limited song selection.
4) Importing the quality machines that they have in Japan (which I have researched and considered) can easily cost in the thousands of dollars - and may still require a complicated subscription to update the songs on the machine. These are meant for businesses, not personal use.

And now you can see why the the following information kept me up for an hour past my nominal bedtime tonight:

HyperJoy/Joysound has a Wii game.
This is extremely exciting to me. )

Jess? Kat? How do you feel about some sort of team effort to make one of our apartments the awesome-est place in Seattle?
(In any case I think I sense a present to myself on the way come this Christmas.)

Nostalgia

Apr. 15th, 2010 03:09 am
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On the way home tonight, the Fuji/Oishi/Echizen version of "Birthday" came up on my iPod. Okiayu-san wasn't even singing, but for some reason, the song felt intensely emotional to me. It makes me physically ache for the high and sense of joy I used to get from TenniPuri. And it makes me almost angry (or maybe just disappointed) at the musicals and craziness that finally burned me out on it a bit. A lot of it was the recession as well, and it's one of the only things that I really feel as a loss in my life due to it... I stopped importing and owning the things that I loved and that made me happy, and therefore fell somewhat out of the swing of a fandom that had given me continuous enjoyment for ...six years now?
Anyway. Melancholy moment at three in the morning.

Costume progress updates on FaceBucket and on my AO Progress Tracker.

Happy Thursday, everyone.

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