sohotrightnow: the top of a swimming young woman's torso. ([lvg] a kiss may be grand)
i. Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] austen!

ii. I will probably be scarce for awhile, on account of my hours are 8:30-5:30 and my sleep schedule has been a bit odd lately and also I seem to have developed something resembling a social life sometime in the past few months, so that gets a lot of my free time? But with an hour for lunch (with plenty of restaurants and stores nearby, and the handbook prohibits only "excessive" drinking during office hours), just to start with. It is still too early to say for sure, I suppose, but I am filled with cautious optimism. I'm not sure how to feel about cautious optimism. It's weird. Probably I will be aiming to move around June or July, too! In short, everything's coming up Jules.

iii. [livejournal.com profile] redbrickrose and I watched "Eleventh Hour" and "The Beast Below" yesterday. To paraphrase a flister, I resent that I had to sit through all those years of Tennant to get from Eccleston to Footface Smith. I seriously have not been this jazzed about Who in ages, if ever, oh my goodness. I like Amy lots, and I like Eleven lots, even if his face does look like a foot. Also also, Character ) was amaaaaazing. *_____* Ugh, getting this excited about a show is going to lead to horrible pain, isn't it? Especially this early into Eleven's run -- with shows where I come in pretty well into things, or even after it's ended, I have some warning of "okay, around this point it starts to suck, and the ending is really stupid, and this character will make you angry", even if I haven't sought out spoilers, but with current shows, there is lots of time ahead of you for things to go horribly wrong and break your heart.

iv. Also I heard a rumor that SPN was misogynistic on Thursday! My goodness, that is a shocker.
sohotrightnow: the top of a swimming young woman's torso. ([spn] when she was just seventeen)
i. Got pulled over on my way home last night; my registration's expired. >:( The ticket itself is only for $25, but there's another $62 in processing fees. The cop was super-nice and said something suggesting that if I renewed it before then and just brought the paperwork with me on the court date, it might get thrown out, but it may not even be worth it. I need to find out if I get a point on my license, is what I need to do, since that's my main concern; the money is a pain but that's what I've been saving for. Since it's not a moving violation, what I've been able to turn up in researching suggests that there won't be points, and tbh if I get one of these jobs I might just say screw it and pay it online, because really, my registration was expired, I can't argue with that.

The cop was adorable, though; I couldn't really get too irritated about it. It was like getting a ticket from Winnie the Pooh. He was like three years old, and was vaguely apologetic about it (and probably relieved that I wasn't crying, swearing at him, or embarrassing us both by trying to flirt my way out of it); when he ran my license he came back with it all "your record is excellent! :D? :D?" I was this close to just being like "bb, it's okay, you have a legit reason to pull me over, just give me the ticket and I'll go home and go to sleep".

ii. I've got an interview for next week! It's for one of the jobs I'd mentioned earlier this week, the one I had the big phone interview for.

iii. Sunday I'm off to NYC for a few days for Passover! \o/ My mother is apparently planning to put something together with my father, seder-wise. &Mom;

iv. As mentioned, I've been rereading the Gemma Doyle Trilogy, and UGH I LOVE IT SO MUCH DUDES, SERIOUSLY. Probably it is not all that surprising that I love Felicity Motherfucking Worthington as much as I do, on account of her being a queer girly-girl who wants to be a warrior and is super-fierce and angry and complex over the abuse in her past. Also this time around I am totally picturing Leighton Meester as Pippa and Blake Lively as Felicity.

v. I'm thinking about starting up a monthly challenge thing sort of modeled after [livejournal.com profile] femslash_minis, except probably it would be over on AO3 and it would not be fandom- or style-specific every month? It would be sort of "whatever the hell I feel like this month", like one month it might be Gemma Doyle Trilogy fic, and the next month it might be all ATLA, and the next month it might be one of the challenges me and [livejournal.com profile] inlovewithnight keep talking about, maybe the Tech Support AU. IDK. It would work better if I was a BNF, but whatever, my flist is varied enough that whatever I do, there will probably be at least a couple of people interested, and they will know who to pimp it to. Maybe one month will be Dean/Henricksen, because I have had several conversations with people who wish there was more of that pairing. &Henricksen;

vi. Speaking of SPN, I came downstairs this morning and "In The Beginning" was on TNT. GUYS YOU KNOW WHO I LOVE? HINT: IT IS MARY WINCHESTER. Even if she is way too orange in the daylight scenes and needs to lay off the tanning. Jensen has the same problem often, really.
sohotrightnow: the top of a swimming young woman's torso. ([tv] put on your stockings baby)
One line, pretty much contextless, from tonight's SPN. )

As far as I'm concerned, my crossover OTP is pretty much canon.

ETA: AND spoiler ) So I am pretty pleased by this episode on the whole. Not pleased enough to start watching again, but pretty pleased.

ETA2: Apparently they changed the title to this episode at the last minute; speculation is that they couldn't get the rights to whatever it was originally supposed to be. If they couldn't get the rights to that, then they definitely couldn't have gotten the rights to this, but I still maintain that "Man, That Was All She Wrote" would've been the best possible title for this episode, especially given that the last person we see is spoiler )
sohotrightnow: the top of a swimming young woman's torso. ([lvg] stick around and see how it ends)
I am sick and cranky. Also I caught most of "Abandon All Hope" at last since it reran last night! I say most because about three-quarters of the way through Mom and I decided that we were fucking done with this show. Probably I will tune in again for spoiler for an upcoming episode ), though, and probably I will continue reading/writing/yammering about the characters I like, but I probably won't be watching any more. They've made it perfectly clear how much they hate having me as a fan, so why should I sit back and continue to let them rub it in?

(Consider yourselves lucky; that bit was originally two very long paragraphs until I remembered that I am sick and cranky and thus more likely to be gratuitously nasty, although I could never be as gratuitously nasty about SPN as they are about me. Okay, I'm done, I promise. For now.)

I also started watching Community, which I like! It is a little eerie how closely Greendale resembles my college experience. :D: Frustratingly, Hulu doesn't seem to be working for me today, so I can't watch more. >:(

Plus on Wednesday there was Leverage! Spoilers. )

Like I said, sick and cranky. But at least I'm getting some laundry done.
sohotrightnow: the top of a swimming young woman's torso. ([spn] her killer graces)
Haha, it's storming? What? IDEK. There is definitely thunder and lightning, though. Excellent.

I haven't watched SPN tonight, and I'm spoiled for a couple of things but not for everything, so please do not spoil me further. Except for one question -- does character ) survive? I'd heard spoilers for deaths that made me guess no, then I heard something that made me assume yes, and then I heard more rumors that made me wonder again. I want to know just how much I'm going to need to drink before I watch.

I don't know why I'm even asking, because let's face it, there is only ever one answer to the question "does this episode of SPN feature misogyny?", it's just a question of whether the women involved are going to be brutally killed, sexually objectified, infantilized and in need of rescue, or some combination of the three.
sohotrightnow: the top of a swimming young woman's torso. ([spn] her killer graces)
My only comment on tonight's SPN. )

Awesome. That's just awesome.

Oh, oh, and! ) Even more awesome! Like, I am willing to give them props for spoiler )

Apparently my LJ account expires shortly, too, but I sort of feel like Silvio Dante on The Simpsons icon might say everything you need to know. Hmmm.

ETA: Okay, so last spoiler, since the episode's over. ) Let's face it, that about sums up this show on women, doesn't it? If I thought they were doing it on purpose, I'd be impressed.
sohotrightnow: the top of a swimming young woman's torso. ([spn] now button up your uniform)
Oh, fuck you, FlashForward, spoilers for that and SPN )

Seriously, though, ten bucks says the show ends with spec, but maybe spoilery? )
sohotrightnow: the top of a swimming young woman's torso. ([spn] oh noes spn het)
I'm kind of loving the casefile. I miss those.

5.05 liveblogging )

Also, speculation; general spoilers for this entire season ) I'd sort of thought this was just a joke me and [livejournal.com profile] inlovewithnight were making, about purely spec, but I guess it's spoilery in context ), but now I've seen other people -- who take the show a lot more seriously than I do, and aren't overinvested in that character -- speculating on something similar so I don't even know.

And then there was a commercial for the gubernatorial candidate who's made a career of voting down equal pay for women, making it harder to get abortions in Virginia, and advocating against birth control. I am morbidly amused by how well the VA Republican party has chosen the timeslot for these ads.
sohotrightnow: the top of a swimming young woman's torso. ([spn] now button up your uniform)
FlashForward )

SPN liveblogging )

In conclusion: Castiel/Anya? Y/Y
sohotrightnow: the top of a swimming young woman's torso. ([spn] oh noes spn het)
i. So when Sam and Ruby have sex, fandom screams about how it's rape (and all the blame is only on her), but when spoilery for last night's episode ), no one bats an eyelash? Oh, wait, right, spoiler )

ii. My [community profile] polybigbang story seems to have grown another 3.5k in the course of yesterday alone. What. On the bright side, watching a bunch of BtVS S7 has helped me get a better grasp on what Buffy's role in the story is, and how she should be talking/acting, and what makes her special (as compared to John and Castiel, whom, being from the show I've been mainlining the past couple of months, I have a better handle on in terms of where they're going and what they fear/want). I also yammered with [livejournal.com profile] inlovewithnight about it a lot, which probably helped.

iii. I seem to be one of the few people in SPN fandom who liked Cassie (and liked her with Dean, shock and horror), so I was really excited to find a rec for Cassie fic on my flist yesterday: Crazy Circles, gen about what she does after "Route 666".

(That also reminds me -- I'm sure anyone who's interested in Cassie will have read this already, but just in case someone hasn't, Lacuna is just stunning. I was skeptical when I saw that it was in second person, but stuck with it, and I'm so glad I did.)

iv. Okay, fine, I'm going to go work out now, stop yelling at me, flist. Geez.
sohotrightnow: the top of a swimming young woman's torso. ([celeb] it's just where I am)
These are really minor spoilers so far, basically, although I'm still watching SPN, so that might change.

Flash Forward )

SPN )

Alas, I will clearly have to work out some other way to watch Vampire Diaries, if Flash Forward is going to be my new thing.
sohotrightnow: the top of a swimming young woman's torso. ([spn] you hear their voices)
Wait, did -- did Supernatural just go an episode without spoilers )

It really is the apocalypse, clearly.

As for the ending, I would be a lot more worried if this were not REALLY CLEARLY going to be fixed by, idk, the end of the next episode. Seriously, people, chill; I will be shocked if spoiler ) lasts until November sweeps. Sign up here and if it's not fixed by Thanksgiving I will make you an icon of any subject you choose.
sohotrightnow: the top of a swimming young woman's torso. ([spn] all cupcake dogs go to heaven)
My mom threw the remote at me because I wouldn't stop making the Castiel face at her. :(

We're also playing our SPN drinking game, which consists of drinking when:
  • there's blood splattering all over things
  • a woman dies
  • someone cries; two drinks if someone cries and it's not Dean
  • Sam starts tl;dr-ing about how there's folklore from ~all throughout history~ about something
Liveblogging 5.01, so expect updates throughout the episode. )

The preview )
sohotrightnow: the top of a swimming young woman's torso. ([tv] the sun lifts a halo)
i. I'm not dead! I just don't have a whole lot to say, or didn't until today. I think the only entry I'd started prior to today was complaining about how much I hate Twittinesis, LoudTwitter, and anything else that crossposts tweets to LJ. I HATE THEM SO MUCH YOU GUYS. If I wanted to read tweets I would use my Twitter account more than once every six weeks or so. There was a CSS tweak that allowed me to collapse LT posts to just empty posts, but then LT went down for a bit and people started using Twittinesis and I haven't been able to figure out how to remove or collapse those posts from my flist yet.

ii. Mom and I finally got S4 of SPN! This means that (after this month, which is crazy-busy with writing and new-job-background-check stuff) I can make that "Thunder Road" vid about John and Mary at long last, and explain the show I am watching, which is a mini-series entitled The Tragedy of John and Mary, and sometimes I tune in with mild interest for the spin-off about their kids.

First of all, Dean Winchester and I have the same cell phone. Given that the first two ringtones I got with it were the intros to "Rosalita" and "Back In Black", this troubles me.

I'm so proud of my mother, dudes. In the first episode, is this still stuff that needs to be spoiler-cut? IDK. ) :D? :D?

:(

iii. On that note, over the course of the past few months, there've been a few *Fail-reaction-posts along the lines of how all of us folks who want to talk about problematic aspects of our entertainment are ruining the fun of fandom. I have a few thoughts on that:
  1. I have said this so many times and apparently fandom does not get it, which I guess is fair because I didn't get it for a long time, either: it is entirely possible to enjoy something and still find it, or aspects of it, problematic and worth criticizing. I dislike a lot of aspects of shows I watch, or books I read, or movies I see, but I enjoy a lot of other aspects of them, and that's why I keep watching/reading/seeing them.

  2. No one is forcing anyone to talk about anything that they don't want to in their journals. I do not judge anyone for just being here for the lulz/sparkly ponies/whatever, and thus for not getting involved in a lot of srs bzns discussion. I certainly don't think anyone's stupid for not getting involved in whatever srs bzns discussion fandom is having now; lord knows I don't think of myself as an aca-fen if only because I am terrible at being an academic anything. But...

  3. You know what ruins my fun? Knowing that, for example, if I were a character on Supernatural the only thing I'd get to do would be to die horribly, because my options on that show, being a lady-type, would be helpless victim or an evil bitch. Srs bzns ruins your fun, fair enough, but being marginalized ruins my fun, and we each have the same right to complain about that in our own journals.

  4. I definitely understand feeling intimidated/alienated by academic language. As far as I can tell, that's part of the point of academese. But if you want to join the discussion anyway, you can do that! You don't have to go super-academic to talk about stuff that you find problematic. You can just say "look, X rubbed me the wrong way". Even following that up with "for Y and Z reasons" is optional; it's your journal. Heck, I tend to feel like that would help a lot, if more people are interested in talking about it without taking it to super-academic levels.
iv. I am so behind on writing this week. Original stuff and fannish; I should probably write more than 2k of the Poly Big Bang story at some point. Especially since I'm 50-50 on whether or not to use that 2k.

v. I'm enjoying Glee pretty well so far! Minor spoilers for 1.01 and 1.02 )

vi. I finished S1 of Leverage and that was delightful. Basically I want everyone/everyone at this point. Especially if Sophie is involved. Or Eliot. Or Hardison. Or Parker. Or Maggie, even! But especially Sophie. Basically the only character I don't care about quite as much is Nate, and I don't dislike him, he just doesn't inspire the same levels of seal-clapping as the rest of them.

vii. I read the latest Buffy S8 and...IDK how I feel about this development. Well, these developments, either the spoiler/spoiler, or the spoilers spoilering. )

viii. I had a great lunch with [livejournal.com profile] cruisedirector yesterday! We had tasty food and then watched Futurama, and I am never going to call any day involving those activities a fail.
sohotrightnow: the top of a swimming young woman's torso. ([movie] please don't stop me)
So today in our progress through SPN, we hit "Malleus Malleficarum". I'd heard some bad things about that one before, so I was kind of bracing myself, but WOW. That's, what, five dead women, no dead men, and...I don't even know how many misogynist slurs. Plus a couple of ablist slurs thrown in to boot! [livejournal.com profile] apocalypsos noted that in S3, one of the Winchesters refers to a woman with a pejorative eighteen times in sixteen episodes and it felt like half of those were in this one alone, plus the bonus of "shortbus".

Ugh, see, this is why I am so deeply conflicted about it and resisted for so long: there are so many things that are right up my fannish alley, and that my friends pointed out a lot in trying to pimp the show to me (and they were totally right; [livejournal.com profile] burntcopper called back around the time S1 started airing in the UK that I would like the American folklore aspect, and IDK how many people told me about Dean's epic Oldest Sibling Angst, plus there was the awesome soundtrack), but then I would turn around and there's that awful, awful way that the show, and the majority of its fans, treat women. The ambivalence just gets worse and worse the more I start to genuinely enjoy a lot of it.

("Stop calling me 'bitch'" would be an awesome tee-shirt for fans of the women on the show, though, or tagline for some kind of ~campaign~ a la Project Girl Wonder. Too bad this is going to be the last season so it's probably largely too late to affect anything.)

Then we watched the dream episode and mostly all I have to say about that is that if that scene with the two Deans wasn't originally written as John and Dean and they changed it when they couldn't get JDM back, I'll eat my shoe.

Ugh, I have to go get a haircut. Possibly the shampooing will help wash away how gross I feel after watching MM.
sohotrightnow: the top of a swimming young woman's torso. ([etc] jdm has dreams you know)
I am currently agonizing over the [community profile] polybigbang story. I know it's going to be an open polygon rather than closed, as in A/B and B/C rather than A/B/C, but there may be a D in there too, which I am currently trying to work out. TL;DR, plotting and navel-gazing. ) I think I'm just kind of self-conscious and worried that I'm just doing the crossover because it's me and that's what I do? IDK. If that's what I'm really worried about, I could just do some non-crossover fic and call it a day. The world could always use more Jo Harvelle porn.

Semi-relatedly, I am fighting this ridiculous desire for lots of Dean/Cassie domestic fic. What.

I also found this convo Night and I had about Buffy/John that I saved, because it delighted me. I am trying to figure out why I randomly throw in italics when I'm writing lulzy dialog for Castiel. I think in my head Castiel is basically the raccoons and cephalopods from Dinosaur Comics.

THINK ABOUT IT

Dean Winchester I'm going to watch you sleep tonight

I'll be like

"hello, Dean Winchester"


Cut because this is more so I have it saved, and let's face it, these convos are never interesting to anyone but the people who have them. )

I explained "TL;DR" to my mother the other day and apparently she's started using it at work. I'm so proud.

Question

Jun. 23rd, 2009 01:26 pm
sohotrightnow: the top of a swimming young woman's torso. ([spn] don't turn me home again)
So at this point I am actually enjoying SPN as long as I watch for the lulz, but I'm watching this making-of thing on the S1 DVDs, about the evolution of the show, and the frequent use of the Star Wars comparison is kind of confusing me. So maybe someone with more movie history knowledge/knowledge of the show could help me.

I mean, admittedly, Lucas puts out a new edition of Star Wars more often than some people change their socks, so, okay, I'm guessing the one I saw was different from the one Kripke saw. Does anyone know where I could get my hands on the one he watched? Because the one I grew up watching had Han and Luke, obviously, but it also had this one character -- IDK, I guess Lucas must've added her in with CGI later, because Kripke clearly didn't see her, which is why I'm curious. Maybe you guys don't even know what I'm talking about, if my edition was one of the newer ones; clearly I'm not as well-informed on Star Wars as I thought I was, hence my asking.

So that's my question: where can I get my hands on the edition Kripke apparently watched? The one without Princess Leia in it?
sohotrightnow: the top of a swimming young woman's torso. ([stock] i like to sleep)
Awesome discovery: I can do "Shenandoah" pretty much from memory at this point, after starting to learn it last week and skipping a couple of days' practice. This is excellent, because it means I'm also starting to do well with the body-memory and being able to know what movement will produce what sound. I'm not crazy about the arrangement in my book, but I can mess around with that after I've mastered the basic skeleton of it.

Plus Mom recognized it as "Shenandoah", which I discovered after she complained that she was going to have it stuck in her head all day. I was like "Oh, did I put it on one of the Springsteen CDs I made for you?" and she was like "...you were just playing it" and then I :D'ed because it was recognizable.

Currently I have one of the beers my sister brewed for while I practice, and later I get to go hang out with fangirls. \o/ Tomorrow I work, but whatever, we're not focusing on that right now.

I watched an episode of SPN S1, "Shadow", last night.
  1. It was a lot lulzier than the S4 episodes I've seen, and the misogyny, while offensive (two women getting epically beaten on, with one -- the evil one, of course, who you can also tell is evil because she is sexual -- surviving, while all three manly heroes get beaten on but survive), was at a much different level from what came later in the show. It seemed to be just kind of unconscious fail rather than the creepy, malicious, very conscious fail that comes later, after they start listening to the fandom. It's more the same background-radiation level you get on most shows, that it probably wouldn't even register if I wasn't aware of how bad it got later, making it part of a troubling pattern specific to this show rather than just the same fail you get in most stuff produced in a misogynistic society.
  2. Knowing that people genuinely think Jared and Jensen can act, and that the scene where Dean was crying about wanting them to be a faaaaaamily again was truly moving, just made the episode that much funnier. To be fair, I probably would've found it moving too if the things I hate about Dean weren't things I hate so much that they can't be outweighed by the things I like about him. Instead, I suspect I'm turning into kind of a John!wife.
  3. I haven't seen that many Manly Tears Of Manfulness since Aragorn.

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