Wednesday reading/watching

Jul. 26th, 2017 07:53 pm
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I finally finished Merlin's Bones by Fred Saberhagen (1996). It was about Arthurian figures using magic/science to penetrate into present day reality with their violent wars. There was a lot about time travel, and the whole old Merlin/young Merlin thing, and an overworked conceit about Tennyson's Lady of Shalott. The characters were kind of stock and the to and fro of time travel was kind of tedious, but I actually really liked the world-building concepts behind it all, where Camelot itself is just a kind of stage for the powers that be. Overall, meh. Only worth it if you are really into Arthurian stuff.

I have too many projects so I don't think I'm going to submit to the CFP on Star Trek: Voyager, but I'm still bingeing on the show because I love it. I forgot that whole weirdness with the amphibian babies in "Threshold." Good times! Still not done with Midsomer Murders either. Wow, that would be a great crackfic crossover. 


Today's frustrations

Jul. 26th, 2017 03:46 am
egret: egret in Harlem Meer (Default)
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  • I can't find a way to crosspost FROM wordpress.com TO dreamwidth. Alas. It's not worth hosting & managing my own installation of wordpress. At this point. Maybe when I retire in 15 years and have time for that kind of tinkering. Because I think I could do it with a specific plug-in that wordpress.com of course does not offer. 
  • It's difficult to concentrate when cats jump all over everything knocking things down. 
  • My milk was spoiled and then my backup soy milk was spoiled too but I am re-learning to drink black coffee. 
  • Time keeps on slipping slipping slipping into the future. 
  • Gathering sense of doom on political scene is NOT HELPFUL. 

How Are You? (in Haiku)

Jul. 24th, 2017 06:46 pm
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Pick a thing or two that sums up how you're doing today, this week, in general, and tell me about it in the 5-7-5 syllables of a haiku. I will leave anonymous comments screened unless otherwise asked; feel free to use this to leave private comments if that's what you're most comfortable with.

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Signal-boosting much appreciated!

ambient sounds for writers

Jul. 24th, 2017 01:48 am
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via [tumblr.com profile] patternofdefiance 

i don't know if it's to get you in the mood to write or if you want to describe what a location sounds like.

for what ever the reason they have links to various sounds, among others; nature-beach, forest in the morning, rain on car at night, winter wind . places-coffee shop, office, temple, war. fictional places- a bunch of star wars & harry potter locations. transportation-train ride, private jet cabin, airport, submarine. historical- medieval town, pirate ship in a tropical port. ship on rough sea, old west saloon. world-paris, new york, british library, chinese hotel lobby.

Brainstorming For Yuletide

Jul. 23rd, 2017 06:12 pm
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I am compiling a list of things I would want to see nominated (or might nominate on my own) when Yuletide nominations do open in September. These are what I am currently taking into consideration:

-Makt Myrkranna | Powers of Darkness - Valdimar Ásmundsson
-The Haunting (1963)
-The Innocents (1961)
-The Uninvited (1944)
-Dark Shadows (1991)
-Dracula - Bram Stoker
-Dracula (TV 1968)
-Count Dracula (1977)
-Nosferatu (the 1979 remake) -Hammer Horror Films
-Universal Monster Movies
-Crimson Peak (2015)
-Fright Night (1985)
-Ghostbusters (Movies 1984-1989)
-The Last Unicorn (1982)

At the moment, I suspect that I’ll be nominating Makt Myrkranna (the Icelandic version of Stoker's Dracula that I discussed a while back) in that first slot. Either Dracula (TV 1968) or Dracula - Bram Stoker would go in the second slot unless someone else eventually nominated either one of those.

If it were going to be being released sooner than December, I would be able to add Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water to my list of potential things to throw in there.

Oh, and on a note that doesn’t involve Yuletide: I finally watched Jack The Ripper (1988), and I loved it.

Rest In Peace, John Heard

Jul. 22nd, 2017 12:14 pm
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John Heard has passed away at the age of 72. May he rest in peace. He was found dead in his hotel room yesterday, two days after having minor back surgery. He might be most well known for the role of Peter McAllister (Kevin’s father) in the first two Home Alone films. I also vaguely remember him from Cat People (1982).

it's too darn hot

Jul. 21st, 2017 05:28 pm
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it's 81f but feels like 85f

the report was for it to be 86, but feel like 100. glad that didn't happen, but i just don't like the heat.

i read someone's comment on-line once that when it's cold you can add layers, but when it's hot, what can you do? remove your skin?

anyway, see the post i made about heat exhaustion vs heat stroke and try to stay cool out there.

Rest In Peace, Deborah Watling

Jul. 21st, 2017 12:09 pm
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Deborah Watling has passed away, at the age of 69, following a battle with lung cancer. May she rest in peace. She played the role of Victoria Waterfield, companion to the Second Doctor, on Doctor Who. Unfortunately, most of her episodes were destroyed.

The Tomb of the Cybermen and The Enemy of the World managed to survive from her tenure on the series, along with the second episode of the serial The Evil of the Daleks.

Rest In Peace, Trevor Baxter

Jul. 20th, 2017 10:20 am
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Trevor Baxter has passed away at the age of 84. May he rest in peace. For Doctor Who fans, he played Professor George Litefoot in the episode The Talons of Weng-Chiang. He reprised the role for Big Finish Productions, in Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles: The Mahogany Murderers, and a series called Jago & Litefoot.

Having looked through his filmography, I see that he was in two episodes of Mystery And Imagination*--The Body Snatcher and Feet Foremost; I believe those are in the portion that are sadly lost. He was also in Jack The Ripper (1988) in the role of Lanyon--that one also starred Michael Caine, Lysette Anthony (Angelique from Dark Shadows 1991), and Susan George (Lucy in Dracula 1968). I have always meant to watch that one, so I’ll track it down. I think I spotted it at DailyMotion earlier, divided into parts.

*Come to think of it, that's two from Mystery And Imagination that have died in the last two months. Peter Sallis was the other one.
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via [personal profile] twistedchick

it's free, they even give you supplies necessary to take care of the kitten.

all you have to to is feed them, care for them & clean up after then for a few weeks.

not sure how to take care of a kitten? humane society silicon valley has a 2-hour orientation & will give you the phone number of someone that will answer your questions.

this article has all the info, including links the the HSSV page & calendar with the next scheduled orientation.

if you're not near this place, check with your local shelter, they might have a foster program of some sort.

Import In Progress

Jul. 19th, 2017 11:02 am
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I am in the process of importing my older fanfic to Ao3. A large portion of it is probably Doctor Who, from the Tenth Doctor days. So if you suddenly notice a new story* from me, it's not new. It's so very, very old and fluff more than anything in most cases. Looking back now, quite a few are not that great, but they're going up for the sake of completion.

*There were two occasions as I started the import where it accidentally made it post to today's date, but it was eventually fixed. I learned that trying to import from Teaspoon does that for whatever reason, while importing from Dreamwidth does not, and gives the original date without me needing to change it.

And then I remembered…

Jul. 18th, 2017 12:14 pm
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I suddenly remembered that long ago, for whatever reason, I had made two other Photobucket accounts (one in 2004 and one in 2005, according to the registration dating; they looked to be empty, so I had deleted stuff years ago in there). I vaguely remembered the ancient e-mail addresses for them, but not the usernames. Using the former, I was able to get the latter. So now, they are deleted, too.

And with that, I have cut ties with Photobucket completely.

Some Hugo nominations I didn't like

Jul. 18th, 2017 06:51 pm
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I am pleased to see the end of the Hugo voting period, because I no longer feel obliged to try anything I don't feel like! Or finish anything I don't like!

I'm looking at The Dream-Quest of Vellit Boe here. If it had been longer I hope I would have given up, but it was only a novella so I forced myself. I found it dull, and resented the time I spent reading it. But to be fair, I dislike travelogue-type stories (the worst part of an Ursula Le Guin novel is always the journey to a mountain plateau) so it was never going to work for me. I haven't read a lot of Lovecraft either, so that aspect didn't mean a lot to me. I did like the other Lovecraft-inspired novella better, The Ballad of Black Tom.

The other book that I read and disliked was All the Birds in the Sky. I didn't connect with the characters, and I read most of it with a vague disinterest. I was a good 3/4 through before I felt any narrative compulsion. Which is a shame, because I feel like it should have been more interesting to me, given the themes. But honestly if I want to read a book that concludes with Read more... )

So Long, Photobucket Account

Jul. 17th, 2017 01:59 pm
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Since I’m certain I have the two images for my fanfic backed up elsewhere, and that I have things settled in that location to my satisfaction, I have deleted my Photobucket account. It should be completely gone in two days, according to the little message.

I had apparently originally registered December 25th, 2003. So 13 1/2 years before I felt the need to leave.

So long, Photobucket

Jul. 17th, 2017 05:01 pm
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I've been a Photobucket user for 15 years or so. Now they've gone and done this. It is, of course their right to change the conditions of service, and I can see why they want to be paid for hosting. However, I dislike their way of changing things. It breaks a large part of the web.

So long, Photobucket. I've deleted my account. You've had a decent run; the first few years, without those giant ads and all the tracking, were the best. Not sure whether I'll start using a different picture hosting service. Do I even need one?

Remix Revival!

Jul. 17th, 2017 07:44 am
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I signed up for [community profile] remixrevival! I ended up with a selection of fandoms that I think would be good, and included Power Rangers, Kamen Rider, and the Fatal Frame series in general. Hopefully people will sign up in those fandoms so I can have something to remix (I did offer some big fandoms so I have someone I can remix, but I'm hoping I get someone in one of my regular fandoms.) You only have to have one fandom that's considered remixable (5 fics of 100 or more or 3 fics of 500 or more) to join.

Remixes are fun and interesting - you take someone else's fic and put your own spin on it - it's almost like picking up a prompt from, say, Yuletide and writing it. I've written remixes of drabbles before - "Noble Boxes (The Doomed Italian remix)" for Doctor Who (classic) and "Coldish Hell (The Frozen Face Remix)" (Plants vs Zombies).
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Martin Landau has passed away at the age of 89, after “suffering complications during a brief hospitalization.” May he rest in peace.

I remember him mostly for how great he was as Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood (1994). He won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor the role. I don’t believe that I’ve ever seen the original Mission: Impossible series, or Space: 1999. He was in an episode of Columbo where he played twins—I’ve seen that episode once, a while back on Me-TV. After going through IMDB, I also learned that he was the voice of Mac Gargan/The Scorpion, in Spider-Man: The Animated Series.

I spotted North By Northwest via Comcast On Demand’s Turner Classic Movies section (can’t get the channel, but I can get the On Demand version of it) just the other day, and wondered if I should give it a watch. So now I will. I may also track down Strange Shadows In An Empty Room (1976) and The Fall of the House of Usher (1979), since he plays Roderick Usher.

Thomas E. Sanders has passed away, at the age of 63, after a battle with cancer. May he rest in peace. He was the production designer for Crimson Peak (2015), and Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992). For Star Trek fans, he did production design for Star Trek Beyond. I’ll be watching Crimson Peak again this evening.

(And apparently, linking to Deadline is considered spam. Therefore, it cannot accept the crosspost with that link. So on the LJ side, the only link is the Star Trek.com article.)
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