Eurovision 2015 [04 Apr 2015|12:46pm]
So, who's excited about Eurovision?!??! yeah, I know, not many in the U.S.

But, um, Australia is part of Eurovision this year. WTF? I mean, I thought Azerbaijan and Israel were stretching it, but yeah, um, Australia. That's AUSTRALIA, not AUSTRIA. Yeah.

I mean, the song is fun. And the video is cute. But Australia. (I'm totally secretly planning the bid for the U.S., but right now I'm just jelly.)

ANYWAY, my opinions!

Australia - I dig it
Albania - moody power diva pop, so not my thing (also, the video is creepy, with tons of emotionless women crying single perfect tears of who the fuck knows)
Austria - the song is OK (admittedly too slow for my groove), but the singer is totally hot (I guess I dig long-haired bearded dudes? whatevs)
Armenia - I like the visuals of the music video, but too many singers make me go O_o and the tempo feels weirdly off, and the weird minor shifts at the end are terrible
Azerbaijan - boy diva, not bad, but not my thing
Belarus - AWESOME! I love the violinist in the hourglass. LOVE IT. Hope this one goes far.
Belgium - FANTASTIC!!!! love the beat, fantastic lyrics, I hope this one WINS.
Cyprus - This is pretty good, and the guy's voice is very nice.
Czech Republic - co-ed duet power ballad (video is soooooo dramatical). meh
Denmark - the 50's-esque vibe is really fun, but at the same time this just feels very generic to me. I mean, it's pretty good, and I'd listen to it if it were on the radio, but I wouldn't buy it, yeah? (some oddly creepy lyrics, but I could just be overly sensitive)
Estonia - I like their sound. Very classy.
Finland - No. I'm a punk fan. But. No.
France - Lovely
Georgia - GIRL POWER, FUCK YEAH! Also, I'm pretty sure I've made MMO characters for every one of those ladies in the video. I want Xena: Warrior Princess videos to this song, just saying. I would cheer if this one won.
Greece - ugh, the kind of aspirating diva I hate (which often wins), ugh
Germany - Yes, I like. More please. I really like her stage presence, too. Her relaxed confidence really makes me think she's having fun doing her thing. This totally won't win, though.
Hungary - nice concept, little too boring for Eurovision
Italy - A strong song, but not my speed. Video is fun from all the romantic scenes from movies references, and the song gets points for being sung in Italian.
Iceland - Very nice, and the singer is totally hot. I looked her up and could find nothing about her, but her voice is nice.
Israel - Great song! Really fun, like the rhythms and the hip hop riffs. Flows really well. I could get behind this one to win.
Ireland - What's with all the slow, sad songs this year? It's OK, but, AGAIN, not my speed. (Also, she's the age of my students, weird.)
Latvia - THIS SONG IS AMAZING. HER VOICE IS AMAZING. If this doesn't at least make the Final I'll cry.
Lithuania - I like it. A happy, upbeat song!
Malta - Very very good song. I like it a lot.
F.Y.R. Macedonia - This is very good, too. I like it. :)
Montenegro - I can't decide if the video is a fashion show or a tourism commercial. Very smooth song with some nice beats.
Moldova - This is so 90's and I LOVE IT SO MUCH. For some reason, he reminds me of Britney Spears. This song (and the fantastically cheesy video and totally douchey lyrics) just makes me grin and giggle. I'm slightly ashamed.
The Neatherlands - It's a nice song.
Norway - At first I wasn't sure. But, yeah, I like this. Duet ballad, but. Actually good. Even though it's slow and has the swelling music shit I usually hate. It's saved by the weirdness.
Poland - Very solid song, lovely voice. I like that it appears to be both a love song, and about overcoming her disability.
Portugal - This singer just kills it. Her voice is superb! Love her stage presence and the song and yeah, everything. VERY good. (But I want her to REALLY belt the song out. It doesn't feel raw enough.)
Romania - GORGEOUS video, and a really nice break from all the standard love songs. Made me tear up a bit...
Russia - nice, but I feel really weird about the lyrical message with all the politics
San Marino - So cheesy, but I actually like it.
Serbia - yay diversity, gotta admit I like the video, silly lip-syncing and all
Slovenia - I really can't decide if I like it or not. Her voice is odd at points. Also, air-violinist, whut?
Spain - This video is HILARIOUS. The song isn't bad. But the video! OMG, were-tiger fanfic? I dunno.
Sweden - HOLY FUCK, this is INCREDIBLE! It's, like, totally a Firefly/Serenity filk song! And it's REALLY GOOD. I want it to win! OMG, this song, please, please, please! It's sooooooo good! This is my new theme song, FYI.
Switzerland - Not a bad song. I can groove to this in the car.
United Kingdom - HOLY SHIT, THE U.K. ACTUALLY HAS A GOOD SONG THIS YEAR!!?!?!! I really like it! I can actually root for the U.K.! Awesome.

Eurovision 2015 Playlist

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Dear Yuletide Author [19 Oct 2014|07:46am]
Thank you so much for writing me a story! I've only participated in Yuletide once before (back in 2012), but I've been following it for years and really enjoyed the concept. I've also done other writing challenges, although not lately, I admit. I'm hoping to get back into writing and a challenge like this is a good place to start. I'm sure that no matter what you write, I'll enjoy it, because YAY, FANOM! :D

You can find me (and my extensive collection of fanfic bookmarks) on AO3 here.

General Stuff I Like:
1) I am a HUGE crossover fan. I started reading fanfic about 20 years ago and some of my earliest fanfic explorations were on the Gossamer Archive for The X-Files, where I basically read EVERYTHING in the crossover section. And that was a lot. Even if I had no clue about what the other fandoms were.
2) The trope that will make me read ANY story, no matter if it is poorly written or I don't even know the fandom, is the Time Loop. I'm also a ZOMG!HUGE fan of the Set Right What Once Went Wrong trope, a la Day Break, Quantum Leap, Early Edition, Seven Days, etc. Time travel stories where someone wakes up young again and has a chance to relive their life to fix [insert tragedy here] are like my fanfic kryptonite.
3) I adore Outsider POV that makes completely plausible theories over what is going on but the reader knows they're wrong and/or the Insider POV where the main character is keeping tons of secrets from everyone else in the story, especially identity-related secrets.
4) I'll read any pairing, although I do tend to gravitate towards slash. I also adore Gen fic.

General Stuff I Don't Like:
I'm hard to squick. I'm not a big fan of kidfic, but I'll read it and enjoy it if it's written well. Torture porn is a big turn-off, as is infantalization. My biggest turn-off in a fic is first person/present tense writing. I don't really know why, but I just can't stand reading it. I've read amazing summaries for fanfics or synopses for novels that I'm really excited about reading and I open the book and see it's in first person/present tense and I'll put it right back down.

Request 1: Brimstone
This show could have been so great! There are only 13 episodes and it was made in the 1990's, but don't let that stop you from checking it out if you've never heard of it! It's a show made for crossovers (Dogma, Supernatural, and Good Omens all come to mind...), but if that's not your thrill, I'll take anything in this highly underutilized fandom. I'd love to see how Detective Stone is doing after all these years... still plugging away at getting those 113 souls sent back to Hell? Still being tormented by the Devil? Was the Devil doppelganger in the last episode really an Angel/God, or was the Devil just playing a cruel trick on him? Did he ever manage to send Ash back?

Request 2: Island City
Wow, what to say about this TV Pilot that never got off the ground? I loved it, even though it is so, so bad. Some of the concepts in this movie were fantastic, with the dichotomy between those who refused treatment and those who took the youth drug that mutated most of the population, the crystal implants that control who you may and may not have a sexual relationship with, the clones (I'm a fan of the Greg series, as Greg 23 is my favorite, of course), all of that fancy technology inside of the city in contrast to the wasteland outside of the city, etc. Really, I just want to explore this world more. A world-building story or an adventure tale or whatever would be awesome. Original characters are fine, too!

Request 3: Earth: Final Conflict
My dad called this "that mime show" back in the day, but I loved it. Boone is fine, but I was always much more fond of Kincaid, especially since he had the whole secretly-and-alien-hybrid thing going for his, with the cool Shaquarava energy hands. I would love a story exploring more about Ronald Sandoval and his unknowing father/son relationship with his co-worker/secret-enemy-but-maybe-we're-sort-of-on-the-same-side? Liam Kincaid. Their dynamic continually delighted me on the show. I'm also a fan of Augur and his relationship to Liam (either romantic or paternal).

Request 4: The Pretender
One of the very few shows I actually bought the DVDs for!!! I love and adore every character on this show (well, except for the creepy ones, and I include Sydney as one of the creepy ones because, well, seriously...). It is a show MADE for crossovers. I'm a big fan of the early-series Jarod with all of his innocent wonder at the outside world, but the latter, darker stuff was also fantastic. Broots is awesome. Angelo is awesome. Miss Parker is awesome ice cream on an awesome cake. I'd love to see Jarod still going strong, avenging the innocent and righting wrongs, fighting the Centre and flirting with Miss Parker. If you want to write a crossover, seriously, anything would be lovely -- Jarod can slip into any context, that's his superpower! So cool! I really love this show. :D

Request 5: The Last Detective
DANGEROUS DESERVES A HAPPY ENDING!!! No, seriously, I love DC Davies. He's sweet and caring and became a police officer to help people and sure he's not exciting, but he believes in justice and OMG, Julie, why did you dump him, you idiot?! Sorry. Ahem. Dangerous needs a happy ending. DI Aspinall was starting to see his value and even the other detectives were grudgingly starting to respect him again. I want him blissfully happy and having lots of sex (Ray, Mod, even Julie, I don't care) and still doing the work he used to love and now is starting to love again.

Request 6: Cable and Deadpool
I'm a huge comic book nerd. And while usually I'm not a big fan of bad guys, there's just something about Deadpool. Go wild. (PS: I loved the Loki-is-Deadpool's-father storyline in the first ongoing title. I also love Blind Al and her dating Captain America back before he was frozen and her ties to British intelligence... I'm also fond of Weasel.)

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Jesting Pilate by Aldous Huxley [14 Sep 2014|12:02am]
Of the fact that it takes all sorts to make a world I have been aware ever since I could read. But proverbs are always commonplaces until you have personally experienced the truth of them. The newly arrested thief knows that honesty is the best policy with an intensity of conviction which the rest of us can never experience. And to realize that it takes all sorts to make a world one must have seen a certain number of the sorts with one's own eyes. Having seen them and having in this way acquired an intimate realization of the truth of the proverb, one finds it hard to go on complacently believing that one's own opinions, one's own way of life are alone rational and right. This conviction of man's diversity must find its moral expression in the practice of the completest possible tolerance.

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[27 Oct 2013|03:30am]
I was thinking of going to the park today, but it was all cloudy with intermittent drizzle. I found a nicely-stocked drugstore nearby today which also had a small grocery section, though. Still have not managed to buy another pillow or a clothesline. But! I got a strainer! And eggs. Which I am going to carefully empty. And dye their shells, a la pysanky. Oh, and eat their innards, of course.

I still don't know what I should write. My brain seems empty of ideas. All I know is that I want to write something, and that I do it best with a deadline (so bummed that I missed Yuletide signups, sigh). I am, however, going to be recommending Miles Vorkosigan fic for crack_van in November, so if anyone who reads this has any fic I should take a look at before my term is up, hook me up. I should probably try to get the majority of my recs in by November 18th, as that is when Helm's Deep comes out and I'll probably be spending an entirely obsessive amount of my time off playing LOTRO after that.

PS: This is the best thing since sliced bread! Seriously. It's a fanmade Supernatural movie with awesome writing and acting and direction, with great special effects to boot! I adore it. I cannot recommend it highly enough. It's only 30 minutes, so go take a gander!

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[21 Oct 2013|02:48am]
Bah. I apparently missed being able to sign up for Yuletide while I was moving. Boo. I had plans to do it, too! Ah well. I'll have to write something, though, for the Accountability Club. I'm thinking another Elementary fanfic. :)

Today I bought essential New Apartment stuff. Like cute doily drink coasters. And a wallet. (Don't judge me, I'll get pillows and a clothesline eventually!)

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I'm old in fandom years. [16 Sep 2013|01:06am]
Yesterday, I was cleaning up my closet a bit and decided it was finally time to do something about The Folders of Fanfic. You see, I am old enough that I have paper fanzines and printouts of my favorite fanfics (of 15+ years ago). LOTS of print outs. I possibly killed a few trees there. About five huge 3-ring binders worth of fanfic, plus some dozen thin zines.

Good stuff, good stuff.


MUCH too storage-intensive. And I haven't taken them out to read in, oh, a decade. So, time to get rid of them! But first, I must search the internet for the stories, so I can turn them into e-books and put them on my Nook. Why yes, yes, I AM a dragon and cannot rid myself of anything, especially texts. And, of course, I've gotten caught up in re-reading (mostly skimming, but still) some of the old stuff and...

Wow. I'm old. Slash fanfic has CHANGED in the last 20 years! Good lord, the attitudes towards LGBT folks alone...!!! I'm reading these old stories and going, wow, cultural shift! Also, even the writing style, themes, and genres have mutated. I mean, yeah, if I take into account a post-9/11, post-financial crisis, age-of-social-media, legal-gay-marriage, repeal-of-DADT world, OF COURSE the stories will be different now.

It's also a bit humbling to me to realize that I've been reading fanfic for 20 years now. I mean, DAMN.

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I always find interesting bits of my past when deep-cleaning! [06 Sep 2013|11:37am]
So, I was digging through piles of old notebooks from college (to find one relatively un-used), when I stumbled across one filled with old fanfic, original stories, and webcomic layouts (in between all of the notes... look, writing stories totally LOOKS like taking copious notes in boring classes, so, um, I did).

Among all that was... something cool that I'd completely forgotten about. I studied Human Factors Engineering Psychology in college, which is a subfield of both psychology and engineering concerned with designing anything and everything to fit with the dictates of human psychological and ergonomic functioning.

The cool thing I found was an essay I'd written about Harold, Batman's resident Human Factors genius. It's all about the psychology that went into the engineering of Batman's equipment in the comics, basically interpreting the text through the lens of a HF specialist.

I was am such a geek!

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Help me, fandom hive-mind! [23 Jun 2013|08:52pm]
Why are there so few stories where Donna Noble replaces Pepper Potts as Tony Stark's PA when Pepper gets promoted to CEO? I mean, seriously?

Also, I need someone to convince me not to write this.

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[21 Jun 2013|12:51pm]
Note to self:

Check this out when it finally launches.

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[17 Jun 2013|02:31pm]
Didn't get selected for the Comic-Con ticket resale. First time since 1999 that I'll be missing the show (barring, of course, the one year I lived in Japan). Sucks.

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[27 May 2013|10:17pm]
"Of all the offspring of Time, Error is the most ancient, and is so old and familiar an acquaintance, that Truth, when discovered, comes upon most of us like an intruder, and meets the intruder's welcome." (source)

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music rec [10 Feb 2013|10:10pm]
Run Boy Run by Woodkid is so good, guys, seriously, check it out. The video is awesome, too, but this song. Wow. I haven't bought any music besides Eurovision and Take That CDs in forever, but this is too fantastic not to buy.

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[16 Jan 2013|12:39am]
[ mood | relaxed ]

Ever stayed up really late only because you lost track of time watching cute puppy videos on YouTube?


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Eurovision/Yuletide is my new OTP. [26 Dec 2012|09:10pm]
The cover of Loreen's Euphoria (winner of Eurovision 2012) by Rachel Traets (with taiko drumming!!!) at Junior Eurovision 2012 is THE BESTEST. (No, seriously, check it out!)

...yes, yes I HAVE found something even more ridiculous than Eurovision... JUNIOR Eurovision. The performers are all between 10 and 15. Hahahhahahahhahah, it's so bad I can't even! OMG. (You KNOW you want to watch it.) Guys! The little girl that won is TEN YEARS OLD. It's so cute. And awful. (PS: The tiny boy band from Armenia should totally have won!)

Yeah, I don't have to get the CD for this. My mom did give me the traditional Eurovision CD for Xmas, though, and she even got be a Take That CD, too. Mark got me a new mouse. (I got them The Origins of Middle-Earth for Dummies and a couple of banksia pods, respectively.)

Even though I broke my New Year's resolution of being out of the country for Xmas, it wasn't too bad. Went to dinner with my sister's family Friday night (they've decided to celebrate Hanukkah only this year) and it wasn't TOO awkward, and I even ran into an old friend/coworker at the B&N afterwards who I chatted with.

I spent today reading fanfic (as one does), including my fabulous Yuletide gift, 221 Brownstone. It's a lovely, introspective multiple-character study and I highly recommend you check it out if you've been enjoying the TV show Elementary as much as I have been. (I think I need someone to make me some icons for the show. Also, Jedward. LOL)

Whoa. Whoa... THOUGHT. Next year... next year maybe... No, it's too insane. It's too silly. But. Well. Eurovision Song Contest as a fandom for Yuletide? AO3 only has 20ish stories for... whoa. There really IS fanfic for everything!

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[25 Dec 2012|10:26pm]
I survived Xmas! Here, have some Jedward.

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music and games [11 Dec 2012|01:00am]
I miss a bunch of the older Morning Musume and I kinda feel like some of their recent songs are derivative (yet still oddly mesmerizing and fun!), but it continually amazes me how exploitative and skeezy some of their releases are. I mean, three of those girls in that video are 13 years old, ffs. Ugh. I think I'll go back to Korean girl bands -- not that they're less skeezy and exploitative, but at least their members are generally a bit older. Besides, Girls' Generation songs have that general absurd over-the-topness that I really enjoyed in older MM songs back when they had a veneer of childish innocence over their creepy exploitation of young girls.

I'm not someone who actually believes that the Illuminati (exists or) brainwashes pop stars in celeb-factories of doom (no, seriously, this is A Thing and there are people who write blogs about it... I got caught up in reading them for a few days awhile back and yeah, wow) (those people are still not as freaky as the people who don't think we landed on the Moon or that believe 9/11 was a U.S. government plot, though) (can I really assign levels of crackiness to crazy conspiracy theories? yes, yes I can), but I've been reading a lot of Avengers fanfic lately and thinking about how the Black Widow would feel about the big music labels in Asian and their youth training camps to turn out these pre-packaged, weirdly damaged pop stars. Someone should write that story.

Someone who is not me. I am writing my Yuletide story. By which I mean, I am procrastinating on writing my Yuletide story. Yes.

So, the amazingness that is Glitch ended. I truly cried as the server shut down. Take a look at some of my snaps (aka screenshots) of the game, because it was pretty fucking awesome. I'm going to buy the pretty artbook and the CD of the game music for myself for Xmas. What? Get other people prezzies!?!? Pish and tosh. (Speaking of prezzies, I can't wait for my mom to give me the standard Eurovision CD for my Xmas present... I've started jonesing for my Eurovision fix so I've been watching the pre-selection as the countries hold them. SO MUCH BAD MUSIC IT IS INCREDIBLE!!!) I loved the stories of Glitch because the world was so much more than what the developers did -- it was truly a collaborative world where the players helped create the story. Wandering around Ur in the last few days before the end, I read so many notes that people had dropped on the streets that were so beautiful. There were poems and stories and role plays and fond farewells and heartfelt tributes and links to YouTube video tributes and so much... I'm sad there isn't more fanfic based on it. It feels a bit silly, but it hurts that this game is gone. (Good grief, what would I do with myself if LotRO shut down, too!?! I'd go into MMORPG-withdrawl.)

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Dear Yuletide Writer Letter [02 Nov 2012|04:11pm]
This is the very first Yuletide that I have participated in, though I have happily read the stories posted for it since the inception of the exchange. I'm finally participating this year because I'd like to have a challenge writing a story, but I'd also like some guidelines and some deadlines, so this seemed the perfect way to do that.

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Whew! That was a lot of writing and thinking about what I like in fic. I've probably missed something, but I've allowed anonymous comments for this post, so if you have questions, sweet Yuletide writer, go for it. Also, thank you for writing a story for me! :D

PS: Here is a link to my requests and offers.

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This Yuletide thing is hard. [07 Oct 2012|10:29pm]
Although I've been in fandom on the internet for longer than Yuletide has been around, this is the first year I'm going to try to participate in it, rather than just reading all the stories in the fandoms I like. I'm going to try and write something! I always write fanfic best when I have a deadline, anyway.

I'm having trouble narrowing down my list of offerings AND my list of requests, though.

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Well, writing all that down helped a little bit, anyway, I guess.

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My time on the internet: 50% reading fanfic, 30% watching YouTube, 15% reading blogs, 5% work [06 Oct 2012|12:08am]
Recently watching:

1) 9/11 documentaries, including the entire transcript of the FAA flight transmissions, recording of phone calls from inside the towers, and at least 5 different news coverage reels of 3+ hours each

2) David Mitchell funny rants and appearances on many different panel shows, because a posh-sounding, angry British man is hilarious

3) Day Break, a Groundhog Day-esque show from 6 years ago that I highly recommend -- peel it like an onion for delicious layers of awesome!

4) various television shows recommended by friends (shiny American shows with pretty people) and my mother (mostly British mystery shows)

5) lots of Korean pop videos on YouTube, BECAUSE I JUST CAN'T STOP (and because Eurovision is more than half a year away)

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[07 Jul 2012|07:43pm]
Webcomic Recommendation: The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal
Great art, awesome characters, a bit of mystery, and a lot of hijinks. Good stuff!

Comic-Con Update: My mom wants me to buy her (1) the anime Trinity Blood; (2) the Priest manhwa; and (3) more Magdalena comics.
(I so get my comics habit from her -- she used to collect Conan and dressed up for cons back in the 60's... there is honestly no way I wasn't going to end up a geek.)

Also, I kinda want to do Hall H this year for The Hobbit. *winces*

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