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Humans, Season 1 - TV (Amazon Prime) - Now this was an AI-related show worth watching! Great atmosphere, great characters, great mystery. “Humanity is not a state; it’s a quality.” There is a Season 2, but where S1 ended was a great stopping point in itself. I decided to let this one sit with me for a while and then decide on buying S2 or not.

Dr. Strange - movie (Netflix) - What was that accent, Mr. Cumberbatch? Ugh. The “building folding” scenes made me feel a bit dizzy/nauseated but other than that this was fun. Not really a good movie but fun. Comic relief scenes were pleasantly goofy, including BC doing basically the “running man” dance. PS. Benjamin Bratt is still hot.

The Flash, Season 3 - TV (Netflix) - Still candy. Felicity is still my favorite character. Time travel + multiverse still doesn’t work from a logical perspective but the handwaving is fun to watch. This season has Draco plus Amber from House plus Blaine from Glee, so that’s a special joy.
Best quote: “I like Shark Week; I’m not a marine biologist.”

Silicon Valley, Season 4 - TV (HBO) - Watched this one week-by-week. The season closer was particularly great, with the twists being genuine surprises to me, delightfully so. Not out of nowhere, but “Oh yeah! That relates back to xyz in earlier eps! Awesome!” This is also a show that can push the reset button on characters in a way that makes sense, unlike other shows I can name *cough*House*cough*

Supergirl, episodes 1-9 of Season 1 - TV (Netflix) - Very much the cousin show of The Flash, to be expected since it’s all the same ‘verse. I like the positivity, the hope, and the emphasis on family -- the ways it can be helpful and a challenge. Two problems: 1) young-teen boy says Supergirl is his favorite superhero and Kara (Kara!) immediately says, “Oh do you think she’s pretty? Do you have a crush?” WTF, Supergirl! You should be encouraging boys to think of Supergirl as a hero/person first, not actively pushing them to primarily think/talk about their romantic attraction. Ugh. 2) Showrunners using James to tell Winn he should confess his romantic feelings to Kara when she has CLEARLY INDICATED she sees him as a friend period. That shit is not fucking cute. Especially when Alex has already mentioned “staying out of the friend zone” in connection to how Kara feels about James. No. Just no. Can we not do this, show? Please.

ETA Supergirl ep 10, spoilers )

So... yeah

Jul. 1st, 2017 09:53 am
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After months of looking I found a therapist in my area who has evening hours \o/ We had the first appointment and at first blush we might be compatible (although she talks a lot more than I expected).

I told her one problem I'm having is feeling disconnected from time, and she responded that it's a classic symptom for depression. Oh. Oh.

I hadn't realized those two were connected but it does make quite a lot of sense. Haven't translated that into action yet, but it was interesting to learn.

We talked a lot about not being too hard on yourself; next time (in late July, because she's going to London with her best friend to see Adele, which she apologized for (for not being available) but frankly made me like her better) I want to get more into what IS a reasonable standard to hold myself to. Autistic inertia is a real thing, and I need to figure out how far out I can put the "On" switch so as not to burn myself out long-term.
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Media Diary - May 2017

Willful Machines - book - Eh. It seemed like this book was custom-designed for me: closeted gay nerdy teen protagonist meets self-aware robots and considers what truly constitutes life while solving a mystery and angsting about not living up to the expectations of his successful family. But the writing never grabbed me; I never felt immersed into it, not once. I found myself skimming a lot. Sorry, author Tim Floreen, you and your partner and your twin baby daughters seem cute but this book didn’t do it for me. :(

Westworld, eps 6-end of S1 - TV (HBONow) - After finishing the season, my thoughts were: “We've now finished the first season, and it was fine. I definitely empathize with the Hosts. There's one scene where Maeve says, "Oh Felix, you really do make a terrible human being. [long pause] And I mean that as a compliment." The human beings in this are awful.”

Secret Life of Pets - movie (Netflix) - Cute and silly. Didn’t really make sense but it was fun.

Moneyball - movie - People using facts to show up swaggering ‘we know best’ types, aka, my jam. They exaggerated the bifurcation of statistical analysis and personal negotiation (the “price” of a player isn’t a sticker price; it’s always going to be influenced by the other team’s perception of your interest level), but I can see how it was done to juice the drama. Also done to juice the drama: approximately nine gazillion scenes of Brad Pitt’s face as he considered things silently. Any other actor in the world and the audience would have fallen asleep, but it was Brad Pitt after a professional stylist had wiped the grime off, so it wasn’t boring. Blatant, but not boring.

Star Trek V: I don’t know the name of it - movie - This was a watch-together with Bironic and Ignazwisdom. Oh my god this movie was so boring. We snoozed our way through it. Iggy’s going to blog it on her Star Trek Tumblr if anyone’s interested in my “witty” comments throughout.

The Flash, Season 2 - TV (Netflix) - This series is like candy to me. Delicious every minute of indulgence but doesn’t linger with me later. Felicity Smoak remains my favorite character even though she’s only been in one episode each season.

Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol 2 - movie - ADORED it. Funny, great-looking action, lots of found-family and friendship to put a warm feeling in my heart. Drax continues to be the best. I pointed out to my son (who watched with me) that it’s rude to call someone ugly, especially as much as Drax called Mantis ugly, but that all the rest of his behavior toward her was what real-life women appreciate: acknowledging that looks are irrelevant to your value as a person. (PS. I will probably ask for this on DVD for Christmas, thereby adding to my accidental collection of Kurt Russell & Sylvester Stallone fun flicks.)

Riverdale - TV (Netflix) - Watched all 13 episodes in two days. Liked it. I had thought it would be teen comedy but instead it’s a mystery story a la Twin Peaks (though less supernatural). Thumbs up. Cole Sprouse continues to be my inappropriately-young-for-me dapper-woman crush. See photo evidence here: http://deelaundry.tumblr.com/post/161430613216/my-inappropriately-young-for-me-girl-crush-cole

The President Show - TV (Comedy Central) - The pathos of this show really gets to me. It’s funny, and I hope cathartic for the guests, but very unexpected to feel the moments of connection and empathy.
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At a certain point this afternoon, I noticed that for no particular reason I was in a good mood.

Wow, I thought to myself, this is nice. Do regularly-chemical-ed brains get this kind of thing all the time? Good for them if so, because this is pleasant.

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Les Miserables - movie - To my surprise, I really liked it. I am not a fan of sweeping dramas and kind of meh on the idea of singing every single line ... but this one sold me. Maybe it's how quickly the plot moves, or the way pretty much every scene focused in on just a few key characters so it was easy to follow.

Luke Cage, season 1 - TV (Netflix) - Thumbs up. Phenomenal acting. It's a little repetitive, though. It seems like every episode Luke says, "Now I'll be leaving Harlem," but *spoiler* he doesn't leave.

Growing Up Coy - documentary (Netflix) - Good. How can people look at this girl and try to force her into the boys' bathroom? Two disabled sisters included, not dwelled on, which is how it should be.

Team Foxcatcher - documentary (Neflix) - So sad for everyone involved. :(

Suicide Squad - movie - IDK why everyone was so down on this. It was a comic book movie, no more, no less. There was one annoying reference to killing men but refusing to kill women as a virtue (women are not inherently any more innocent than men, as demonstrated by Waller in this movie) but otherwise it was alright. Maybe I'm just saying that because all the main characters' most heartfelt desires were for domestic bliss (be still, my vanilla-kink heart).

Mystery Science Theater 3000, new series, eps 1-3 - TV (Netflix) - Made me nostalgic for House MST.

Westworld, eps 1-5 - TV (HBONow) - It's ok. Certainly better than that awful Alex Garland movie about creating AI. I'm intrigued by the ongoing mystery and like the way the clues are being revealed. One wish: More Guests who are women. Is it really that "all Guests care about is sex and fighting" or is it that "the ones writing the Plots are men who are into sex and fighting and therefore the Guests who want to come are men who only care about sex and fighting"? And, no, I don't care for William, whose 'above all that' demeanor is annoyingly sexist too.
- If I was a Guest, I would like to be the Mayor, so that I could be the boss and make all the civic decisions and be toadied to. My husband would like to be the bartender at the brothel, so he could make jokes all day and talk to everyone and look at pretty women. I'll admit that we'd both use the opportunity to have sex, too, but that wouldn't be the focus of every day. And neither of us are interested in killing people.
- Side Note: Mr. L and I have fun saying, "It's a Hemsworth!" whenever Stubbs shows up on screen.
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This is a thing Bironic and Nightdog do, so why not me?

April 2017 (not complete, who cares)

Mockingjay - book - FINALLY FINISHED THIS SERIES! - Impressions: I liked the third book, made sense that Katniss was removed from the action, THIS is how you do a slight spoiler ) epilogue (side-eyeing you hard, HP) - Ideas: H/W fusion fic; Peeta vid for Vividcon

Mockingjay part 1 - movie - I don't like how few people were in the conf room in 13 - not the right feel, I would've preferred we stayed in Katniss POV (though I can see why the filmmakers would've made the decision)

Mockingjay part 2 - movie - Tigris was too pretty, some changes in pods were good and some weren't, mutts were as scary as I had pictured them, wonder if author wrote the Snow part specifically for Donald Sutherland because he FALLS INTO THAT PART oh so chilling, J Law is a good actor but they still should have given an olive-skinned actress this part

Ex Machina - movie - UGH. The core tenets of the movie are repellently misogynistic and I find it disappointing that Mr. L and apparently every film critic ever doesn't get how repellent it is.

How to Get Away with Murder Season 3 - tv - woot! like a fanfic on film in terms of pure feels fulfillment, I am reminded of Sue's line on Glee about how it's hard to keep track of couples with how often the partners change, sometimes I have to ask myself, 'Now who am I supposed to be empathizing with this ep?' Viola Davis is a very good actor, Bon-Bon is a lying liar who lies (everybody else I think I know what's a lie and what's truth but not her).
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Hi! It's been forever, sorry.

Has anyone seen the 2015 movie Ex Machina (now on Netflix US; stars Poe & Gen. Hux from Star Wars)? I need someone to talk to about my reaction, but I don't want any of my friends who haven't seen it to have to sit through it and potentially suffer my reaction. Which basically boils down to: Wow, way to say that the only value is fuckability, and to erase women entirely! Thank you for supporting millennia of misogyny!!!!
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Title: Friends, or The Mystery of the Vanishing Girl
Author: Dee Laundry
Fandom: Sherlock BBC
Characters: John Watson, Sherlock Holmes, Mike Stamford, OC (Mike's wife, Karen Stamford)
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Even though John is family, he wasn’t at The Holmes Family Recital. This is why not.
Notes: SPOILERS for all of Series Four of Sherlock. Dialogue-only. This is slightly tongue-in-cheek but only slightly. Written for Exhibition-of-vanishing-time on Tumblr, whose LJ/DW name I've forgotten.


You won't be there? )
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...a good beta. Someone to say them, "Well, ok, but why? What's the overall gist of what you're trying to accomplish here? Alright, given that, why is this scene here? Why does this character say that, and do that? You've shown a gun in act one, so how are you going to make it go off before the story's done? And literary license is a thing, but you've gone over the line into supernatural, even given the AU you're writing. How would this have occurred -- I mean literally how, walk me through it, even if you're not going to cover it in the plot, you have to have thought through the actual steps. And this, this, and this would be more effective if dialed back a bit. I get this is all about the adventure but if you're going to say that the character has emotionally progressed, you have to show that the character has emotionally progressed."

I can personally recommend [personal profile] bironic, [personal profile] daisylily, [personal profile] nightdog_barks, and [personal profile] thedeadparrot for this important role, although you may not be able to afford them...

I ficced!

Jan. 1st, 2017 11:32 am
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What a way to start the year!

:)

It's teeny but I like it. Thank you, [personal profile] blackmare and [personal profile] menolly_au, for kicking it off.

Part three of One New Year's Eve




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All credit to intjwoo on Tumblr for this one. I almost choked laughing when I got to ISTJ. Original post here

What actually runs in the veins of the 16 Myers-Briggs types

ENTJ: The crushed souls of the defeated

INTJ: Ice

ENTP: Memes

INTP: Nothing. They don’t have veins. They’re robots.

ENFJ: Liquid gold

INFJ: Ambrosia

ENFP: Margarita mix

INFP: Tears

ESTJ: Caffeine

ISTJ: Blood, because that’s what’s supposed to be there

ESTP: Vodka

ISTP: Gasoline

ESFJ: Hot chocolate

ISFJ: Cookie butter

ESFP: Glitter

ISFP: Rain

Source: intjwoo
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I've been watching the TV series Bones on Netflix. Formulaic mysteries with humor; it's awesome. Anyway, since it's all about murders there have been bones and bugs and tissue pieces and blood, and I've made it through all that with no problem. But this episode (s9 e22) they've been talking about fingernail beds and my body has gone NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE. Interesting that this would be the one thing that would do me in.

Meme

Nov. 21st, 2016 08:24 pm
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I Am A: Lawful Neutral Human Wizard (5th Level)


Ability Scores:

Strength-9

Dexterity-10

Constitution-10

Intelligence-16

Wisdom-11

Charisma-12


Alignment:
Lawful Neutral A lawful neutral character acts as law, tradition, or a personal code directs him. Order and organization are paramount to him. He may believe in personal order and live by a code or standard, or he may believe in order for all and favor a strong, organized government. Lawful neutral is the best alignment you can be because it means you are reliable and honorable without being a zealot. However, lawful neutral can be a dangerous alignment when it seeks to eliminate all freedom, choice, and diversity in society.


Race:
Humans are the most adaptable of the common races. Short generations and a penchant for migration and conquest have made them physically diverse as well. Humans are often unorthodox in their dress, sporting unusual hairstyles, fanciful clothes, tattoos, and the like.


Class:
Wizards are arcane spellcasters who depend on intensive study to create their magic. To wizards, magic is not a talent but a difficult, rewarding art. When they are prepared for battle, wizards can use their spells to devastating effect. When caught by surprise, they are vulnerable. The wizard's strength is her spells, everything else is secondary. She learns new spells as she experiments and grows in experience, and she can also learn them from other wizards. In addition, over time a wizard learns to manipulate her spells so they go farther, work better, or are improved in some other way. A wizard can call a familiar- a small, magical, animal companion that serves her. With a high Intelligence, wizards are capable of casting very high levels of spells.


Find out What Kind of Dungeons and Dragons Character Would You Be?, courtesy of Easydamus (e-mail)

Uh

Nov. 9th, 2016 06:40 am
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I am not looking forward to the next four years. A demagogue in the Oval and a Republican-controlled Congress in the next two years means no immediate path to get him out.
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Bironic and I both wanted desperately to shout, “THREESOME!” when the characters kept asking, “If we love each other, and we both love him, what should we do?”

Because, seriously, threesome. That is what you do when you have three people who all love each other.

I get that heteronormativity exists, but since the play already established that the WEATHER IS CONTROLLED BY ROYAL DECREE, Arthur could just go, “Yep, married to both of them, shut up.”
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Saw Camelot last weekend with [personal profile] bironic, and it was very fun.

The reviews have been uneven to say the least so I was a bit worried going in, but I loved it! Looking back at the reviews, they’re mostly like, This isn’t as elaborate as the three-hour version with Julie Andrews so boo to this.

I’ve never seen the three-hour version to compare it to, so I took this version on its own merits and thought it was quite fun. They did have some occasions when they very blatantly had a symbol stand in for something more elaborate (e.g., covered the floor in red to show that Arthur was standing where a battle had recently taken place) -- that worked for me. They didn’t try to pretend; they very clearly indicated when things were symbols. Another example: rather than close the curtain and move things on the set, they had the actors move things on the set. Generally that was done with a choreographed flourish from the actors, indicating “Ta da! We are doing this transition now!”

The set design in general was one I loved. Use of warm woods, movable set pieces, tall arches placed in foreground, midground and background for a sense of scale. In contrast to say, Prodigal Son, where the minimalist design of the outdoor scenes were too minimal for my taste, the set design in this version of Camelot gave a good sense of place in each scene.

Now why did I choose to see a play at a theater located 300 miles from my home? Robert Sean Leonard, naturally. He played Arthur, and looked good. He was SO MUCH more comfortable showing affection to Guenevere (played by a very good actress named Britney Coleman, who Bironic recognized as having been in A Very Potter Musical on YouTube) than he’s been in anything else ever, so that was nice. It looked like he had grown a tummy on him, but I don’t see how that’s possible in the few weeks since promo pics, so maybe that was the costume.

Singing isn't RSL's greatest strength but he acquitted himself fine (other than dropping the end of some of his words, seriously, RSL, finish what you start). He slid into the Rex Harrison/Robert Preston sing/talk mode (see the 1964 film My Fair Lady and the 1962 film Music Man if you don't know what I mean) and that was fine.

Did you see the promo vid where he was dancing, and it looked kind of dorky and uncoordinated? That scene takes place in Arthur & Guenevere’s bedroom, and they are joking around. So it’s supposed to look a little bit dorky and impromptu. :)

One amazingly fun part that wasn't RSL: Mordred, the villain. Bironic and I agreed immediately that he was very reminiscent of Seth Green ("Scott Evil!" I said) and that we loved the sparkle seen in his thighs and personality, both. ([personal profile] bironic's full write-up, which is better than mine, is here.

The actors didn’t come out afterward, so no autograph or close-up encounter, unfortunately. But all in all, it was a great time and I’m glad I went.

I'm even more glad that I chose to travel the way I did because it meant a lot more time with Bironic, and that was even better than the play. <3 <3 <3

Next up for RSL: back to San Diego to play Richard II in summer 2017.

Next up for me: Going to the UK for work in a few weeks and getting to see my awesome RSL-loving friend [personal profile] daisylily!

Dorky dancing that I was talking about:
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Here is a good thing that I’m happy about:

The elementary school my younger son (Littlest Laundry) goes to treats him like an individual. \o/ He had a meltdown Friday and ended up hitting a teacher and two students. The school’s first priority was keeping him (and the others) safe and finding a way to help him calm down. Then they talked with me and my husband about the best next steps. The school district’s code is strict about consequences for physical violence (as it should be) but the principal, teachers, and counselor knew that my son’s violence wasn’t malicious. So they came up with a consequence for him that is fair given the circumstances. I feel blessed.

PS. Yes, the rumors are true, [personal profile] bironic and I did see RSL in Camelot. It was fun! More on that later.
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Interviewed for a new job and was asked about my international experience. I immediately thought of all the lovely people all over the world I’ve met through fandom, LJ/DW, and Tumblr.

However, I refrained from talking about all the porn we’ve shared with each other through the years. *hugs hugs hugs*



PS. I got the job.

PPS. I already told them I'm taking Friday, July 29 off for "a personal day." Again, not mentioning that I'm going to Con-Txt and modding a panel on how to write sex scenes featuring more than two characters.

PPPS. Assuming that panel got voted in.
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I think Prodigal Son would have been much more interesting from the point of view of RSL's character, Alan Hoffman, and here's why.

Spoilers for Prodigal Son; content warning for talk of exploitation )

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