Seven Birthdays, by Ken Liu

Jul. 23rd, 2017 05:48 pm
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Today's favourite story.
Science fiction, plausible, near through very very very far future.
Biiiiiiiiig future, the kind that stretches the edges of your imagination and lets you think bigger.
Showed me a bunch of stuff in a row that was obvious once seen but I hadn't thought through.
Reminded me of Accelerando, but kind. And short, in word count.
The world is going to get weirder and wider than we can think, but here in very human and relatable ways.
Accelerando made me kind of give up on the idea of writing proper SF, because the future is going to be more everything than we can imagine, but this story makes me think, there will still be people.
It even makes me think I could be one of them, which is a wonder and terror right there.
I mean Highlander Immortals think 5K is an impressive age, but this one goes through to times significant on the scale of the movement of galaxies.
As a single lifetime.
Reminds me of that Torchwood fic where Jack lives so long he realises he's the only thing that can last that long, and his memory is the only way to preserve data.
(which fic was that? there was a song)(In Perpetuity, by Concertigrossi. Which took a while to re-find because LJ is just deletions far as eye can see, but Ao3 had it once I found the name. We build on digital sand, but we build.)
But in this story there's so many more minds all immortal together, which is a grander and more hopeful vision.
And what is lost can be found again.
Rather liking that idea, rather fearing the alternatives.
But more than that, here's a future where anything is possible, in some senses all the pasts as well as all the futures.

I like stories that open up possibility and make you dream again, and dream a place for yourself.

About NCIS

Jul. 23rd, 2017 11:05 am
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I actually really like this season of NCIS, even without DiNozzo. I thought I would miss him more. I mean, I do miss him, but I feel like they slotted Torres neatly into DiNozzo's place, and he's really not all that different. Also, Wilmer Valderrama is very attractive, and I enjoy Bull, so it's almost like getting two for the price of one. Sort of.

I just have a few thoughts, just in case anybody cares. Spoilers for all of Season 14 )

More Links Than A Bag Of Sausages

Jul. 23rd, 2017 03:21 am
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Chapter One and Chapter Two of The Wedding of Frog Fears and Anthropomorphic Nonsense, Giles/Willow by [personal profile] punch_kicker15.

Hypable podcast talks Wrecked & Dad .

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Jul. 23rd, 2017 06:16 am
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Reasons for a time traveller to keep funds in an arrangement administered by others - future selves can tap it without paradox. If the ones keeping an eye on it only need to keep the paperwork straight and never need a coherent narrative for why the money goes in and out, it simplifies things for the time traveller.

Also if the traveller gets legally dead, or actually dead, then arms length finances for their younger or more alive versions would be super handy.

So somewhere to keep the money, password protected or otherwise slightly impersonal for plausible deniability, is much more useful than one persistent identity trying to check their balance every week.

Prompt #574

Jul. 22nd, 2017 09:54 pm
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Hiya Tamers! This week's prompt is:



Abraxas





Definition here



Remember, all prompts are open to interpretation by the author. Make the prompt your own!

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Xocoatl aka Asharia
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Hi, all! My contribution today is the first two chapters of a new story:

Title: The Wedding of Frog Fears and Anthropomorphic Nonsense
Author: punch_kicker15
Rating: PG-13
Characters/Relationships: established Willow/Giles, other relationships to be named later.
Summary: When Willow and Giles' iPhones decide to get married, and an ill-timed wish gets made, chaos inevitably ensues.
Notes: This is a sequel to my story The Love Song of Frog Fears and Anthropomorphic Nonsense. People with long memories may remember that I wrote and posted the first chapter of this story to Summer of Giles a few years ago.

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

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At the start of the year I delved back into this 'verse. I didn't mean for so long to lapse before I posted the next installment, but it took longer to write than anticipated (not to mention other factors such as RL, S10 of Doctor Who and all the meta etc. etc.) Anyway, for my tiny handful of faithful readers - here you are. I hope you enjoy. (Nine chapters, plus prologue & epilogue)

Basically each story in 'Stepping Sideways' is a visit to a different universe/character, allowing the Seeker to be seen with fresh eyes by his nearest and dearest, this time round meeting Roda (luckweaver's OC). Part of my Not the Last 'verse.

For new people - I have my own OC Time Lord and a whole verse centered around him. (He is the Master and Lucy's son and born during TYTNW.) The stories are all meant to stand alone, so please have a look if you like. I'd love you forever. <3


Summary: How do you save people that don't want to be saved?
Setting: Between A Good Day and The Death and Life of Rodageitmososa. (This is AU, but within New Who between Name of the Doctor and The Day of the Doctor.)
Spoilers: A Good Day. But can easily be read on its own.
Rating: PG-13.
Characters: This part: The Third Seeker (OC), Alt!Roda (OC)
Beta: Um... That would be a no. All mistakes mine.
Feedback: Would be amazing. :)
Thank yous: To luckweaver for the loan of Roda, for the collaboration and all the dialogue, and for the gorgeous icon/banner. ♥



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A Long Way from Sherwood: Prologue )

Summer Movies

Jul. 22nd, 2017 08:15 am
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I've been going to the movies this summer!

Wonder Woman - Of course I saw this! It was really good. My biggest criticism is that the climactic battle at the end goes on for too long, to the point that I was getting bored with it, but everything up until then was great. Honestly, beyond whether I liked the movie or not, I'm just thrilled that a female-directed, female-led, superhero movie broke though in a huge way with audiences, critics, and at the box office.

The Beguiled - During the Civil War, wounded Union soldier Colin Farrell is taken in by the women and girls remaining at a Virginia boarding school, led by Nicole Kidman and Kirsten Dunst. With a fox in the henhouse, trouble, naturally, ensues. This was very atmospheric and beautiful to look at, and the actors are all great. There's been some criticism leveled at the movie for nearly completely eliding over the existence of slavery, and I agree that it's a weird, off-putting, choice that makes the story feel completely disconnected from the reality of history. Having said that, I did like this movie while I was watching it, though I'm not sure it amounts to much in the end.

The Big Sick - The real-life love story of comedian/actor Kumail Nanjiani and his wife, Emily Gordon, who meet after one of his stand-up shows and fall in love, but break up after Emily realizes that Kumail doesn't see a future for them because his devout Muslim Pakistani parents are trying to arrange a marriage for him and he's afraid they'll disown him if he admits to them that he's dating a white, non-Muslim woman. Shortly after they break up, Emily becomes very ill and ends up in a medically-induced coma, causing her parents, played by Holly Hunter and Ray Romano, to come to town. This was really good, very funny and sweet. It does suffer from third-act sag, where a few minutes should have been trimmed off to make the movie tighter and sharper, but overall I really liked this one.

Baby Driver - Baby (Anson Elgort), is the genius getaway driver for crime boss Kevin Spacey. Baby just has to work on one more big score, then he'll be out of debt to Spacey and able to drive off into the sunset with his waitress girlfriend. Naturally, things go sideways and he ends up running for his life. First, it must be acknowledged that this is a terrible title, one that makes it sound like a kid's movie, like Boss Baby. I saw this because the reviews were nearly universally positive, making it sound like a fun, unique, action-comedy. And parts of this movie ARE a lot of fun; the car chases are staged almost like musicals, set to the music that Baby is constantly listening to through ever-present earbuds. But in the last third, everything devolves into a hyper-violent climax, and...meh. I can't get into all the reasons this movie fell apart for me without getting into spoiler territory, but I walked out feeling unsatisfied by the whole thing. However, on the plus side, it was both filmed in and set in Atlanta, and it was fun to see some familiar sights, including a chase through the Peachtree Center Mall, home of the food court everyone eats at during Dragon*Con.

Because I saw all these movies, I also saw a lot of movie trailers recently:

Atomic Blonde - Charlize Theron kicks people in the face. Looks good!

Pitch Perfect 3 - Answering all the questions left by Pitch Perfects 1 & 2.

Home Again - Reese Witherspoon plays a 40 year old divorced mother, who, on the night of her birthday, picks up a young twentysomething guy for a one-night stand. Somehow, he and his two friends end up living with her and her kids? Then her ex-husband reappears, wanting his family back. Without seeing this movie, I am going to predict that it will end with Reese and her ex reuniting, which is the most boring and predictable way that it could end.

Thor: Ragnorak - I've seen this trailer several times now, and doubt that I'll see the movie until it hits Netflix, but I have to admit, I laugh every time when Thor sees the Hulk and says "We know each other from work!"

Flatliners - Apparently, the world needed a remake of this 1990 Julia Roberts/Keifer Sutherland thriller. I've seen the original a couple of times and remember absolutely nothing about it.

American Assassin - I watched two seasons of Teen Wolf, and I absolutely did not recognize Dylan O'Brien (Stiles) as the actor playing the main character in this trailer. The plot of this movie hinges on the death of O'Brien's girlfriend.

The Foreigner - Jackie Chan seeks vengeance on Pierce Brosnan. The plot of this movie hinges on the death of Chan's daughter.

The Dark Tower - Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey star in this adaptation of the Stephen King novel. No women speak in this trailer.

IT - Also based on a Stephen King novel. You know, the one with the clown. I don't remember any women or girls speaking in this trailer, but Beverly has to be there, right? Either way, I'm not going to watch it again to find out.

The Kingsmen 2 - Sequel to the movie from a few years ago about British spies. No women speak in this trailer (though, to be fair, music plays over most of the trailer).

Dunkirk - WW2 war movie. No women speak in this trailer (though, to be fair again, it's mostly battle scenes and there probably were not many, if any, women present at the Battle of Dunkirk).

Daddy's Home 2 - The ace comedy team of Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg reteam for more dad-based hijinks, this time with their own fathers, played by John Lithgow and Mel Gibson, who we're apparently allowing to be a movie star again. There is a little girl with a short line of dialogue in this trailer. The only other woman who says anything is a a mother who says "No, no, no," when Gibson starts to tell the kids a joke that starts out "Two dead hookers washed up on a shore." So, Gibson doesn't just get to star in movies again, he also gets to tell violently misogynistic jokes in them. Cool. Cool. Cool.

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Jul. 22nd, 2017 03:53 pm
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I been trying to think of things to do, and I wondered if I could go sleep in a castle.
As you do.
Turns out I live in the only bit of the country where this is not simples (:eyeroll:)
but Britain is very well provided with castles
especially if you count 19th century thingies with lots of glass.

I want to get a room up a tower and stare out the window and write something exciting.
... there may be a few practical difficulties if said tower doesn't have a lift, but as long as I only go up and down a couple times a day carefully, should be fine.

So I wondered if you can sleep in Eilean Donan castle
and not as such, no, but
they have a cottage and apartments with a view of it.

So I could sit in a perfectly ordinary flat, stare *at* an excellent castle, and write something exciting.

Different vibe, but doable.

Might take more planning than usual. I looked up how to get there and there was a post being all "you're in luck! it's just a two hour bus ride!"

... the picturesque bits and the accessible bits of the country maybe might not as much overlap...

Read more... )

I mean at the moment my vaguest plan gets as far as a beach, because I haven't been for ages. But there is a lot of beach. I could choose new and unusual bits of it.



... there's a bit of me that is just, like, wherever I go, I'll just be there. How different can it be?

But I went to Stonehenge and I went to see a play in original Shakespeare places and those were both excellent expeditions I still have many memories of.

... also immensely stressful, but, that happens most places. that happens sitting here...


So I'm just cranking my daydreams bigger to see what I could see.

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Jul. 22nd, 2017 10:13 am
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I like the Latest Things tags, and have the Doctor Who tag open to check most of the time, but it never goes back very far. Tumblr searches are very hit and miss and mostly full of pictures, but you can search the tags, if it feels like cooperating. That bit is nifty.

Lacking a fandom newsletter and link roundup it's still really hit and miss.

I need to find comms more focused on what I'm actually watching. DC TV mostly, slow rewatch of Flash with Legends to follow.

... I'm not sure how many people are active here at all. many people just sort of went quiet.

I should check around a bit and find talky people.

Tags make that easier.

More Links Than A Bag Of Sausages

Jul. 22nd, 2017 03:27 am
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Ripper , Giles by wakeupinacoma.

Chapter One of Nightjar , Spike/Xander by [personal profile] sparrow2000.

Giles/Dawn video by wakeupinacoma.

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Jul. 21st, 2017 11:38 pm
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1. And the FB debate on Carol's page continues...the poster who is cisgender, heterosexual, is offended because he sees it as a forced gender reassignment done by the writer. And refuses to ever watch the television show again because the Doctor is now being played by a woman.

the debate continues )
This is fascinating to me, because I honestly do not understand the backlash. Although I have seen it before in fandom. It's why, I've swung clear of fandom over the years. There's...to put it kindly, a kind of craziness that occurs in people when they get obsessed with something. And if they are shipping a character not the story, a specific character as they perceive and identify with that character in their heads...it can get heated.

That's the danger in shipping characters or relationships hard. Or being a devoted fan of a character, not a story or the world or all the characters within the narrative or the narrative itself, but a specific iconic character and/or relationship often at the expense of the canon or all logic.

I saw it in the Buffy fandom. A lot. A telling sign? I just want my television boyfriend to be happy.
(Ahem, the story ends when he is happy. There is no story. It's boring. We need conflict. This is not real life. This is a fictional story.)

2. On a funnier note... DALEKS ATTACK BRITISH TABLOIDS AFTER THEY POST NUDE PHOTOS OF NEW DOCTOR WHO...although I couldn't quite tell if the nude photo bit was fictional, if not, for shame you nasty people you.

3. our crazy ass government )

Riverrrrrrr <3

Jul. 21st, 2017 11:08 pm

Recs. Non-Recs and Nostalgia

Jul. 21st, 2017 01:20 pm
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1) Late Goodbye by SecretlytoDream is a melancholy look at all the people the Winchesters have met and lost through their journey. But it has a hopeful ending.Read more... )

2) I know a number of people on my flist loved Sense8, so here's a celebratory vid to check out.

3) One of my favorite responses to the backlash surrounding the 13th Doctor Who.

4) A whistleblower is trying to get the Trump administration investigated for its reassignment of environmental staff at taxpayer expense to jobs they're unqualified for just to keep them from working on climate change matters. This includes addressing the disappearance of Alaskan villages into the sea.

5) We've been recording Battle of the Network Stars and while it's nothing I'd recommend to anyone, we've been finding it easy viewing during meals when Daily Show or Colbert aren't available. It has wisely, I think, chosen nostalgia as its calling card. Read more... )

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