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samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Friday, May 17th, 2013 10:39 pm
Or, you know, into Star Trek: Into Whiteness.

I was entertained, but this isn't a great movie. It still feels like a lot of shout-outs pasted together with CGI and I didn't grow up on original Trek so while I appreciate a good remake, I also want it to have a point. Also people keep telling me original Trek was about pushing boundaries and that it was clever... I'm not seeing it here people.

I'm not all that invested in the trifecta of white, male lead actors playing Kirk, Spock and Bones. I'm keen on Uhura and Carol and would like to see more of them.
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Tuesday, May 7th, 2013 10:51 am


I have to go make an offering to Bertie now.
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Tuesday, May 7th, 2013 07:19 am
The AO3: Fan fiction is one of the great unsung popular literary movements of the past 50 years, but finding what you’re looking for online can involve sorting through mountains of inadequately-tagged and frequently dodgy text. Archive of Our Own makes it easy: it’s the most carefully curated, sanely organized, easily browsable and searchable nonprofit collection of fan fiction on the web, and it serves all fandoms equally, from The A-Team to Zachary Quinto and beyond.
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Friday, May 3rd, 2013 10:06 pm
The Australian Marriage Equality org is looking for someone who could donate some of their time. They are all kinds of lovely and if I knew how to I would be volunteering myself.

Web Developers

We are seeking web developers who are proficient in WordPress, PHP, MySQL, HTML, jQuery/JavaScript, HTML, CSS, and API integration. Also needed is an general understanding of linux hosting environments, basic networking, and DNS. But if you only know some of these its ok – we can find something for you. Even if you can only spare just 5 hours a week you would help us in a big way.

We use Trello to manage our web project workload, so multiple web developers can work at once and you get to choose the job that suits your abilities and the amount of time you have available.

Please contact AME National Secretary Jay Allen
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Friday, May 3rd, 2013 10:01 am
A copy arrived unsolicited ETA: as a surprise gift from a friend in the mail last week for [personal profile] maharetr and another copy came addressed to me yesterday. I might have read it and was looking through the table of contents when I found this:

Book - Gender
Text: A NOTE ABOUT GENDER USAGE

The case examples throughout the book tell stories about men and women who have battled depression. in the case of presentations, the mixed use of "he" or "she" is easy, deliberate, and purposeful. How-ever, when I speak in general terms or in terms of principles, I use only masculine pronouns. Why? it is simply too clumsy and distracting to try to work both the masculine and the feminine into each idea. so, to make the book an easier read, I opted for the less-than-perfect choice of the traditional masculine. I hope you will understand that its a choice made not of ignorance or preference but of necessity.


Dear Michael D. Yapko,

I hope you will understand that I do not read works that contain hate-speak, it is a choice made not of ignorance or preference but of necessity.

Me.

*Interesting note: the Amazon preview does not display this page but the Random house one does.
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Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 10:57 pm
Fun, action-ey, liked the post-credits scene.

The usual feminist critique applies.

Deeply relieved by the handling of the Mandarin which I expected to be a racist clusterfuck. ETA Having now read [personal profile] wistfuljane's comments I spoke way too soon :(
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Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 08:56 am
I accidentally typed 'dead diary' and well, I've not been updating much.
  • GP sanctioned experiment with meds to reduce headaches through reduced dosage aborted due to significant drop in ability to cope / give-a-damn. Sadness. The fact that headaches are now a normal part of my reality is no fun, would not mind having my libido back either, at least I think I wouldn't mind since how would I know?
  • Arrow still enjoyable.
  • Grimm still enjoyable.
  • Read a metric ton of Teen Wolf fic.
  • Gym a work in progress, left knee and left shoulder have issues that are being carefully worked around.
  • Haircut! Am spiky in the morning and fluffy late at night. I keep trying to take the (now nonexistent) ponytail off in the hope it will stop the headache.
  • Swept front yard and 1/3 of backyard = major achievement \o/
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Saturday, April 27th, 2013 10:10 pm
More enjoyable than I expected. I find Batman is much more interesting when he's enigmatic and a bit fucked up than when he's a seething mess of manpain. He's also a lot less irritating. My issues, let me show them to you :p

I love how overdone this movie is, it's all very Dick Tracey and dramatic which really works when you have a dude running around dressed as a bat.
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Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 12:15 pm
Photographer RPF starring RDJ and Kidman!

Turning her back on her wealthy, established family, Diane Arbus falls in love with Lionel Sweeney, an enigmatic mentor who introduces Arbus to the marginalized people who help her become one of the most revered photographers of the twentieth century.

This was visually gorgeous and subtle. I was pleasantly surprised. I appreciate it when marginalized people are shown as having rich lives and ongoing relationships. I also like seeing women grow as people.
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Monday, April 8th, 2013 10:03 pm
It's been an uphill ride, Die Hard 5 was kind of terrible, GI Joe was fun, and this was a gem.

IMDB says: After R (a highly unusual zombie) saves Julie from an attack, the two form a relationship that sets in motion a sequence of events that might transform the entire lifeless world.

R's narrative is funny and wry, I'd say 'warm' but he's dead. It's a sweet post-apocalyptic romance that doesn't say anything interesting about boy-girl relations but does entertain.
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Sunday, April 7th, 2013 10:00 pm
Ridiculous and yet good fun, they took the time to give me a chance to like the characters and kept up a nice balance of humour and action.

I've not had anything to do with G.I. Joe before so the contrast between hyper technological US military people and mystical healing-wax bearing ninjas was a bit surreal.
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Sunday, April 7th, 2013 03:54 pm
I am absolutely that person who makes their dog wear clothes. We're trialling a thundershirt that is supposed to help dogs feel calmer. Kiba hates thunder, motorbikes, sirens, fireworks and people having fun late at night (he hates them loudly) so this seemed worth trying.

The colour options were interesting plus you can have text embroidered on them so we went for a fun option,. Since the thundershirt arrived during the OTW April fundraising drive we also had a photoshoot and made an experimental gif.

Kiba OTW - sm
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Thursday, April 4th, 2013 07:24 am
We're doing amazing things and we need every $ to keep doing them. If you are in a position to donate, please consider doing it.

The OTW community, and the fannish community it is part of often expresses love directly through action. We've started a not so tiny organisation of our own, the Archive of Our Own, a wiki of our own Fanlore, a journal of our own Transformative Works and Culture, we're doing Legal Advocacy of our own, and one day we plan to have a Torrent of Our Own to preserve multi-media as well as what is currently hosted on the AO3.

Act now to support the projects you love.
Fandom Is Love: Organization for Transformative Works Membership Drive, April 3-9
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 09:07 am
  • Swancon was most excellent, I got the Stargate there without injury to it or me or [personal profile] chaosmanor plus we won a Tin Duck for the Stargate \o/
  • Much love to brother J who loaned out his ute to make transport possible.
  • Visited the gaming room, met some lovely people, went to some panels... Gail Simone on writing genderfluidity was interesting as was a retrospective of Disney's 'Renaissance' years and a look at the last five years of Rebel Empire.
  • Spent some time with family, which for the most part was excellent. Will never again attempt to explain why the internet is not a magical land where people are gender neutral because they can't see each other. Ah who am I kidding.
  • Kiba accidentally bit me while wrestling for a ball, waiting to see how much it's going to purple up. I am going to retaliate with embarrassing clothes for woofers.
  • Am trapped between Blood Donor clinic who won't let me donate because I have a note on my file from 2008,and my GP who refuses to clear me because he doesn't know what they are worried about... *sigh* so much effort to get stuck full of needles.
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Wednesday, March 27th, 2013 10:45 am
  • Flu shot left impressive welt in my arm and a nice hot spot, am waiting for effect to wear off
  • A Good Day to Die Hard was disappointing. I wanted, well, plot, chemistry and character development. My bad. Beanbag cinema makes up for a lot.
  • Managed to burn the tip of my finger on a molten chocolate chip. I have a blister; most embarrassing injury for ages.
  • Mastered a mini-quiche recipe and made 24 \o/
  • Up to date on Arrow, seriously, how are you so good?
  • Teen Wolf fans should totally be reading this: Reading On Fire so You Don't Have To
  • Swancon this weekend \o/ My personal challenge: move a 3m Stargate 12 km North.
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Thursday, March 14th, 2013 12:50 pm
I know a lot of people bailed when G+ launched and pulled the sharing feature but since I am a solitary reader it didn't both me too much. I will however need an alternative. For now I'll be trialling Feedly* which has a Firefox plugin that syncs with Google Reader and I'll see if that works for me.

What are people using and what do you recommend?

*which is no doubt getting utterly hammered right now.
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Tuesday, March 5th, 2013 08:31 am
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Friday, March 1st, 2013 08:59 am
Lace weight was a bit irritating to start off with what with being so lightweight but now I've got some rows behind me I'm finding it easier. This is going to be a simple basketweave scarf and I'm going to love it because the colour and the texture are delicious.

I have also found a use for this adorable little bag chaosmanor gave me - it unzips into a single long strand.

Cerise lace weight and adorable bag
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Thursday, February 28th, 2013 10:15 pm
Listened to Zoe Keating play cello at the Bakery which was pretty magical.
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Tuesday, February 26th, 2013 11:04 am
There are three flowering on my path to the dog park. don't you just want to push your face into them?

Redcap blossoms - don't you just want to put your face in them?
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