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insufferable know-it-all
26 October 2019 @ 12:34 pm
Info about this year's exchange. Signups are open for one more day.

Dear Festividder and anyone who might like to make a treat -- complete with sales pitches and pictures:

Longmire (TV)Collapse )

Queen Margot (movie)Collapse )

The Golem and the Jinni (book)Collapse )

Wildlike (movie)Collapse )

Frontera Verde/Green Frontier (TV)Collapse )

The Lesser Blessed (movie)Collapse )

General notes, if they are helpful:

I like celebrating shows and movies that make me happy, but just as much I like queering texts, whether it's pairing characters who aren't paired in canon or inverting themes or highlighting kink or drawing attention to minor characters or changing the tone or telling a different story using the same footage. I like joyful and I like dark and I like sexy.

Music-wise, I like folk from pretty much any country, rock, classical, instrumental, bluegrass, movie scores, Celtic, "world," choral, country where it intersects with folk and rock, some pop, dance, hip hop, indie... Not fond of ska or reggae or discordant stuff. Possibly one of the only people in vidding fandom who doesn't like Florence + the Machine, sorry. I'm open to spoken word etc., but if you mix dialogue with music, please make the dialogue very clear/easily audible.

Thank you for making something for one of these newly or long-loved sources.

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insufferable know-it-all
12 October 2019 @ 05:15 pm
Ha ha, how's that for synchronicity? An @equinox-exchange vid set to "Evening of Roses"/"Erev Shel Shoshanim": Night of Roses. It is, appropriately, a Shosanna vid from the movie Inglourious Basterds. Ergo, warning for Nazis and violence.

*whispers* @seekingferret, is that you?

Off to watch some other vids in the collection.

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insufferable know-it-all
08 October 2019 @ 04:38 pm
Fic rec: A second chance at firsts by [archiveofourown.org profile] dollylux. A Marius/Armand story set during and after Prince Lestat, a.k.a. the book that introduced ~medical science~ that allows vampires to have sex. I didn't know how much I wanted this story until it appeared before me. Of course the two of them would go to Fareed for a dose. It's true to the voice of the books. And it's one of those rare experiences where the fic actually seems to be living up to its premise, so much that you keep taking breaks so it doesn't go by too quickly. That said, IMO the build is better than the sex scene.

Music rec: Evening of Roses by Sheku Kanneh-Mason, a 20-year-old black British cellist. I heard a snippet of this during a pledge drive on the local classical radio station and managed to track it down. That's when I learned that it's based on a Jewish song, the Hebrew title being Erev Shel Shoshanim. "Oh, no wonder the harmonies attracted me," said I, only to have that sentiment swiftly change to, "Wow, has everyone heard of this except me?" when the internet revealed its 50+ year history of popular and liturgical recordings. Want the original choir version by Josef Hadar? Harp? Hammer dulcimer? You got it. So finally I settled on the "more cake" philosophy, i.e. "Yay, 50 versions to listen to!" ETA: LOL, it's even been vidded. ETA 2: Twice!

My mom visited the weekend before last, over Rosh Hashanah. I told her about the AO3 Hugo debacle because I was drinking out of the "AO3 Hugo Award Winner" mug that I had (1) ordered a few weeks ago because I thought it was funny in an ironic way, (2) canceled the order on because it started to feel not so funny, (3) got the reimbursement for, and then (4) for some reason received in the mail anyway. In any case: We went to Gloucester that afternoon because my mom is a big fan of the reality show "Wicked Tuna," whose fishermen are based there. Over lunch, we watched two seagulls fight over a fish or possibly a slice of pizza. Deadpan, my mom narrated: "'I won the award.' 'No, I won the award.'"

My dad and stepmom visited this past weekend. He helped me fix a bunch of small to middling things in the apartment, from hanging a large mirror the previous tenant left behind to refinishing two water-stained wood countertops. As a break, we went to see Montreal-based contemporary circus/dance troupe Les Sept Doigts de la Main/7 Fingers, performing their show Passagers/Passengers. Fabulous! Funny and engrossing and all about athletics and grace, trust and teamwork, human alienation and connection through the lens of train travel. Here is an atmospheric trailer and here is a peppy one; both are accurate. The eight-person troupe included five men and three women, such that pairing up in various acts gave us three f/m and one m/m couple. Loved that. Also loved the variety of body types, all at peak fitness, from the solidness of the hooper to the lithe height of the tightrope walker.

A sweet new year and an easy fast to fellow Yom Kippur observers.

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insufferable know-it-all
25 September 2019 @ 09:31 pm
I know it would be healthier to reduce my need for external validation, but today a professor who's famous in his field gave my work an extended compliment, and I hadn't realized how much I needed that.

The Vampire Lestat graphic novel adaptation from 1991 has a lot of well-muscled bare male butts. Like, a lot. It is quite funny at this ~halfway point how often they appear on page. I am glad the illustrator got to linger on what he enjoyed. (I can only assume.)

The anticipated post-travel, post-move mood crash has arrived. I have been feeling sad a lot, and flat a lot, and for most of the last month I've woken up after a full night's sleep feeling like I haven't rested. Plus side: I've been churning through books and listening to music, and I watched a couple of TV seasons. Minus side: That's because the day-to-day often feels empty and my compulsive tendencies are kicking up -- I play the songs on repeat, and the books are driven by a perhaps unhealthy need to fill out my Bingo card for the local friend group's fall reading challenge. And I may be overcompensating at social gatherings by talking too much? Filters lowered? Not sure.

Could be a simple hormone/meds thing. TBD at a doctor's appointment tomorrow.

Season 3 of True Detective was good. Maybe not as smart as it tried to be with its braided-timeline format and memory theme, but still good. I haven't seen the earlier seasons despite high praise for season 1, but Michael Greyeyes had a small role in this one and it looked like each season stands alone, so I started here. Mahershala Ali's performance was as great as people said. Co-star Stephen Dorff alternated between looking like Dennis Quaid, Jack Nicholson and someone else I've already forgotten. Christian Slater, maybe.

Is dipping back in to the old Vampire Chronicles love to blame for how, in the middle of the meeting with that professor today, I took in his shorter-cut salt-and-pepper hair and new beard and tried to articulate what it evoked in me and realized the word I sought was "sexy"? These are moments that make me think "gray ace" is more like "het in hibernation." Except it isn't like I would act on it, even if he weren't unavailable. So back to wondering.

At @fanworks last month, @bethofalltrades.twitter gifted me one of her Space Ace pins. She remembered the last time I posted a glancing reference to the question. That meant a lot. Also: space.

I watched the Deep Space Nine documentary on DVD. I'd expected it to elicit deep feelings about the show and what it was like to watch it for the first time. Instead, I mostly felt distaste at listening to and learning more about the bunch of dislikeable straight white dudes who ran the show. It hadn't sunk in until then just how straight-white-dude the whole thing was. They did so much I loved loved loved, yet it also explains many of the show's shortcomings. They don't seem to have internalized any lessons about the value of diversity in the intervening years, given, for example, the proportion of dude fans they gave screen time to, most of the women fans having been relegated to the section about being grateful for Kira and Dax. The writers' brainstorm about a season eight plot managed to make me glad they never produced one. They also didn't spend enough time on most topics, even though the whole thing ran almost two hours. Too broad a scope for that, I suppose. But it was nice to see the cast, filmed not long after @ignazwisdom and I saw them at the NYC con; Armin Shimerman remains a class act; Alexander Siddig remains unfairly handsome; Andy Robinson is obviously glad to be able to declare the carnal nature of Garak's interest in Bashir to all who will listen; and it provided some amusing anecdotes, such as how Avery Brooks socked Marc Alaimo while they were filming their fire cave fight and Alaimo had to go to the hospital in full Dukat makeup.

We got a new director at work this month, out of the blue. Within a few hours, boss's boss gone, new temporary person in place. It remains unclear whether boss's boss got promoted or put out to pasture in her new role until retirement. Either way, we all know the temporary person and she is great. Already, things are improving. It's amazing what good management looks like after six years of... not that.

My favorite poem so far from this collection of Joy Harjo's poetry -- How We Became Human, 1975-2002 -- is called "Grace." I am forever a sucker for prose poems that sound like sestinas. Here is the text, and here is Harjo performing it.

This is a weird post. Hm.

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insufferable know-it-all
16 September 2019 @ 09:27 pm
Today Spotify introduced me to The Highwomen (Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby, Maren Morris and Amanda Shires, plus collaborators), a country supergroup modeled after the earlier country supergroup The Highwaymen (Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson). Specifically, it played the titular song with guest vocalist Yola Carter, a direct response to "The Highwaymen" that uses the same melody and structure but with a modern and feminist/humanist take on the content. Hadn't thought of the original in years. It's still good, and I recommend the new one too! Looking forward to listening to the rest of the album.

Other likes from recent "Discover Weekly" playlists, heavy on the sad/dark indie that Spotify is convinced is the only thing I like despite the array of international folk and dance, rock, classical, contemporary instrumental, etc. in my Favorites:

State of Mind by Rob de Boer
Suspirium by Thom Yorke
The Colony by Vera Sola, a little goth, a little Latin
Dog in a Manger by Smooth Hound Smith, chill
Fool by Mick Flannery
Song that I Heard by The Barr Brothers if you enjoy nouveau Simon & Garfunkel
Still There by Dirtwire for trad-folk with a dance beat
Waiting Around to Die by Michael Kiwanuka for more of a blues flavor

Warning, I haven't watched any of these music videos, just wanted to find handy links for you.

If you have 7 minutes and a pair of headphones, would also highly rec this spectacular explosion of a song from a Spotify Pride Month playlist: Two Men in Love by The Irrepressibles. It makes me wonder if anyone could ever find a pairing and editing style powerful enough to live up to the music for a vid.

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insufferable know-it-all
03 September 2019 @ 09:41 pm
@nightdog_barks was one of the first online friends I made, back in 2006 when a bunch of us got into House fandom. She wrote great fic. She gave great feedback. She formed the core of a writers and watchers group that has lasted more than a decade. (I was not really a part of it, but several friends have remained the whole time.) She read book after book and posted insightful reviews. Several of the books I read and the movies I watched on her recommendation, or the conversations we had after she read or watched something on my rec, have stayed and will stay with me for a long time. She shared regular observations of the birds and other wildlife in her backyard, as well as the antics of her dogs. On Twitter at @NDBarks.twitter, she RT'd tidbits of literature and art and antiques/antiquities. She gave wise and caring advice.

I wrote her a story once for her birthday, a loving, spoofy, meta take on a particular portion of her body of House fic. I believe it remains the only time I've posted a work in progress. It's definitely the longest fic I've put online. If you're curious: originally on Livejournal, now on AO3.

Content warning: cancerCollapse )

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insufferable know-it-all
27 August 2019 @ 03:57 pm
Lo, I am moved!

Two solid months of go, go, go: Switzerland trip, apartment hunting, lease signing, packing, beach vacation, more packing, offloading extra items, panel prep & travel to @Fanworks, cleaning, moving, unpacking. A little more than two months if you count the crunch to finish those @nonconathon fics beforehand.

Plus, it was like, Oh, you think you've got this managed? Let's toss one more wrench into the works! Like returning from the Cape to discover that a power repair issue on our street had fried my modem, router and TV antenna, necessitating rapid replacement and a battle with the utility company to reimburse. (They did. At least I didn't lose major appliances, as neighbors did.) Or the moths infesting the pantry in the new apartment, which at least I discovered before moving in so I could buy pheromone traps and airtight containers for the dry goods not already in some. $$$ Or the piles of stuff the previous tenant left behind that I had to either throw out or find new homes for before the con.

Let us never do those eight weeks again. Seven days post-move, I am only now beginning to recover from the emotional and physical exhaustion. And that was with the help of friends, sister and movers.

Of the good: There is more space here than in the last apartment, even if everything having been designed in a European style means storage is lacking. (Lots of hooks, some open shelves, a couple of awkward closets; I am figuring out modifications that make sense for my needs.) The "study" nook now houses my vidding computer—vidding! remember vidding?—beside the built-in bookcase that I keep staring at. It holds so many books that it freed up three bookcases for things like DVDs and entertaining supplies that don't fit in the kitchen. I have ordered cheery yellow gingham curtains for the kitchen and a doorstop for the bedroom shaped like a smiling shark head.

My commute does appear to be 45 minutes now instead of 60, which is also nice. I've only done it two days so far but the weather has been suddenly gorgeous enough to test out my plan of biking to and from the bus. So far so lovely. Excessive heat warnings last week but now a most welcome fall edge to the air. Hope it lasts. Autumn is the best of seasons. (And this apartment needs some airing out.)

There is more work to be done, but guess what I'm doing this weekend? N o t h i n g.

Signing off to the sound of crickets, a breeze in the leaves and a distant clock chime.

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insufferable know-it-all
29 July 2019 @ 03:51 pm
Continued from here.

~60 moviesCollapse )

~16 seasons of TVCollapse )

Gotta pick up where the last batch of reviews left off, too. Let's see what the last draft of that Word document looks like...

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insufferable know-it-all
29 July 2019 @ 03:50 pm
Gotta post these before another month goes by. Continued from here.

~30 booksCollapse )

Want to post in more detail about several of these. One day, one day. Until then, feel free to ask.

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