Orphan Black rewatch

Aug. 17th, 2017 02:04 am
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So after watching the (very satisfying) Orphan Black series finale, I'm starting back at the beginning of the series again because I really wanted more of them all.

Holy shit! It's so weird seeing Sarah so wary of everyone that I now know she will come to consider her best friends and sisters. It's so weird seeing Art and Mrs S as semi-antagonists (not that they're evil, but that Sarah sees Art as getting in the way of her plans, and S as "unreasonably" keeping her from Kira, and the viewer doesn't yet know how trustworthy they are). Then to compare with S and Art's scenes with Sarah in the last couple episodes of the show...mind = blown.

And we haven't even met Helena yet! (Mid-episode 3 right now.)

Also it's so strange seeing Sarah as Beth now that I know enough about them to know how very not-Sarah she looks in Beth's outfits. The straight hair, the business-casual clothing...wow. And I care so much more about Beth's story this time around too (plus I know more about why she did what she did, of course). I'd forgotten, too, that it was Beth that got them together in the first place (after Katja looked her up), not Cosima as I'd somehow remembered it. But Sarah-as-Beth is the closest we get to actually seeing Beth onscreen for a good long while after this, until some of the later flashbacks. So it's sort of cool from that angle too.

I'm watching for the first time we see major or recurring show themes, like how soon Kira being unusual comes up, or S's network. The clone sickness was in episode 1 (Katja), and Felix has already met his morgue boyfriend. <3 No Dyad yet.

I may also have snagged seasons 3 & 4 on DVD off eBay, because as much as some of the later plot threads didn't grab me, I love everyone in this bar. And it's one of those shows that I kind of need to own, have on my shelf, watch in future when the urge strikes, remember that someone made this amazing thing, and lend to anyone who will let me press it on them. :P

I love these weirdos so much. <3

ETA: Cat icon! Apparently it's from the cover of one of those The Cat Who... mystery novels (which my grandmother used to send me, having somehow got the idea that I was into mysteries but not that I liked sci-fi; they were fun enough). And so pretty! Not half bad as a cartoon depiction of Kaylee, either. :D More here.

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Aug. 17th, 2017 04:39 pm
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I've taken River to the park a few times now. He doesn't really like being put in the baby swing even when I stand close behind him with my arm around him and just gently move him back and forth. He doesn't mind sitting on the spring rocking horse briefly, and he is fairly happy to sit in the rocking chair (which is actually on a spring). I'm sure the rocking chair feels safer to him than either the swing or the horse. After a short time on the equipment I sit him on a waterproof rug on the grass, where he is happy to swish leafy twigs around, pick up gum nuts, or pluck at the grass at the edge of the rug, but doesn't seem to be game to crawl off the rug onto the grass. He is a very cautious child and seems to like to size up things and situations before exploring. So far we've been to two little neighbourhood parks; neither has much to offer very small children like River, although I suspect that more adventurous toddlers like William or Violet would enjoy the equipment more. Of course that's not really a fair comparison because River is several months younger. By the time he is a confident walker like those two he will probably enjoy the swings and rocking animals a lot more.

Unlike my trip here last year when I wanted to help River's mother but only had limited time with her and River, this year she wants me for about seven hours every day, or at least most days. I go over to her place around 8 am and stay until about 3, when River has his afternoon nap. While he's sleeping in the morning I stay there and catch up on work for my eldest daughter, and the rest of the time I'm with River, sometimes reading to him or playing with him and sometimes just keeping him safe while he keeps himself occupied. Oh, I also give him his breakfast and lunch. I have taken time off to see my friend a couple of days ago and will be spending most of tomorrow with two of my sisters and one brother in law, but my daughter really needs me this time and that's good. However, it's very very tiring, and I'm feeling stiff and sore from lifting and carrying 12 kg River. He is a delight, though. Every morning when I arrive, if he is sitting on the floor (which he usually is) he smiles a big smile and starts flapping his arms indicating that he wants me to pick him up for a cuddle. Then after half a minute or so he's ready to get down again.

Yesterday when I came home I gave myself about half an hour's break and then went out for a run, but I've found that running at the end of the day, especially a day spent with River, is very hard. I seem to have no reserves of energy and have to push myself to cover as much as 5 km/3 miles, which is a shortish run for me usually. After a summer of running in the heat and humidity in the DC area I was looking forward to being able to more easily run longer distances here as I found I was able to last year at this time, but it hasn't happened. Apart from when I ran 6 km/4 miles this past Sunday morning, running has been quite an effort (and I've only managed two runs this week). Since I will be doing a lot of walking with my sister tomorrow, I decided to take this afternoon off and just laze around when I came home when River went down for his afternoon nap. So that's what I'm doing.

Continuity

Aug. 17th, 2017 12:39 am
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My grandmother, my father's mother and my last remaining grandparent, passed away yesterday morning. It was not unexpected and she had been suffering from late stage Alzheimer's for a long time. It's still sad, hard to process, and hard to think "what now" for my dad, his sister, and her husband who have all been on the front lines for Mam-aw for years now. She died without life insurance, without fully owning her once-owned home due to poor decisions made when she was getting sick, and my aunt and uncle have been unemployed, both with health problems, living with and caring for her full time. The empathetic "what now" resounds.

I have had a few moments of personal grief, but these things are slow for me. More than sadness, I have had this pervasive sense of everything being eerie. My grandmother was clinging to life Sunday afternoon. I went and prayed at her bedside, knowing I was probably saying goodbye. I was in her house. Now I know that house won't be in my family anymore. Beyond petty financial concerns born of the fact that we're all pretty broke, it's just sad.

I don't have a Mam-aw's house anymore.

But it didn't drop off the Earth. That's what keeps getting to me. The way everything continues except for her. The way everything continues except for my dad and his sister and her husband taking care of her. Everything continues. There are tomatoes on the counter, mottled green and red, and they were alive when Mam-aw was, on the vine. They fell before she did. They were there this weekend, intended to become fried green tomatoes, but they didn't. They might still become something else.

Now, my grandmother will never become something else ever again. I believe in souls. I hope she is present in heaven with God, with my step-grandfather again, that she is at peace. But whatever happens at death, it has happened to her, and the world kept happening. I went to work. When I'm busy nothing is different. Things kept happening, even when she stopped.

So hot

Aug. 16th, 2017 10:51 pm
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So, we have a leaking air conditioning unit in our apartment. It's been leaking for a couple of days. Maintenance came today and shop-vacced it out and replaced the filter. Apparently, he said that it would fix the issue.

Well, it's still leaking water like crazy. We can't really cut the air on any higher than it is right now (78°F/25.6°C) or it starts leaking like crazy. So we have every fan in the house going, and all it's doing is blowing around the hot air. I feel like I'm suffocating. Big time not fun. We slept like this last night, but I was so hoping for a pleasant temperature tonight. (We usually leave the house about 74°F/23.3°C during the evening... but not right now.)

So, yeah, I'm going to see if I can't figure out a configuration for the fans to be in to keep us at least semi-cool.

Good night, all.

Current Events: 8.16.2017

Aug. 16th, 2017 09:27 am
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While everybody is yelling, the World is changing.

While everybody is being Angry.  The Energy is Changing.

While everybody is being Hateful.  Things are changing.

While everybody is distracted with the things on the news, The World is changing. 

This anger, this hatred.  This fear.  It's been here all along.  It's just not been covered.  Because it wasn't news.  People had what they wanted overall,  they enjoyed the current President (Former President Obama), and it wasn't news.  Meanwhile, while things were changing in the last 8 years, there was this other group of people who were ignored, ridiculed, and down right bullied for over 8 years into silence, that mustered up the unifying force to change the government in a major way.  

The thing is, there is no love in the news.  There is no unity.  There is a fight.  We need to fight.  We need to Resist this change.  But do we truly realize what we are resisting?   The World is changing.  People are Standing and challenging the status quo.  While people who are comfortable in the status quo have no idea how to respond.  The thing is everyone wants what used to be.  You can't have what you used to have, you must go forward. 

Election season is coming next year for several members of the Legislative Government.  What are you going to do about it?  Are you going to vote the same Democrats or Republicans in, because that's done wonders in the last 8 years?  Or are you truly ready to change this government and vote in some one completely new?

Seriously have you looked at the ratio of who represents us in Government?  How many people younger than 50?  How many women?  How many people of our generation or younger?  If we want true change, then we have to start putting the actions and money where our words are, and do it.  It's not just the Federal Government, but the local government, too. 

But the thing is, we can't do the status quo anymore.   We can't have Republicans vs Democrats.  Whites vs everybody else.  Men vs Women.  We have to unify here.  There are people on all sides looking at this and going OMFG WTF!?   But we're too busy painting the other side with one brush we forget they are people too.  I know conservatives that believe in universal health care.  I know democrats that are the most racist bunch of hill billies you have ever met.   We have to stop yelling at each other, and start talking.  You know in civil friendly tones, right?

We can be frightened.  It's scary.  Change can be very scary.  But we still have to UNITE to change things.  Instead of staying in our own little comfortable categories, and going our own way.  We have to unify!

I am Grateful: 8.16.2017

Aug. 16th, 2017 09:03 am
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I had an awesome day, and it's raining right now.  I am so happy.  I love the rain.

I am grateful for and love my bed.  We spend so much time together, it's hard to leave you're so comfortable.   I hit the snooze this morning once.

I am grateful for and love the rain.  I love the sound of it.  I love listening to it as I got to sleep.  It's awesome. 

I am grateful for and love myself.  I am awesome.  I am the only me.  I am unique.  I am me.  I am free.

I am grateful for and love late cancels.  It's a theme this week apparently, but today it got me off early, so woohoo.

I am grateful for and love Aldi's.  Food on a budget.  AWESOME!

reading, writing, no 'rithmatic

Aug. 16th, 2017 04:59 pm
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What I've recently finished reading:

Finished: Will Save the Galaxy for Food by Yahtzee Croshaw. An entertaining pastiche of Golden Age of Sci-Fi novels, about what happens after the Golden Age of Star Pilots is brought to an end by the invention of quantum tunneling space travel which eliminates the need for spaceships and pilots. It's a light, easy read, gently funny, though there are a few plotholes big enough to sail a spaceship through. I originally chose it to read because the cover and the tone of the blurb made me think of Keith Laumer's Retief books; it's not quite as full of weird aliens and odd customs, but there's a definite Retiefishness about it.

Abandoned: Terraforming Earth - Phase 1: "The Plagues Era" (FutureScape, #1) by Dean C. Moore, an Instafreebie book. Technically better than a lot of the other self-pubbed books I've tried to read (though it still has its share of typos and incorrect words), but ultimately I found it boring. Not enough depth to the characters for me to care about them. Abandoned 15% in.

What I'm currently reading:

The Girl in the Tower (The Bear and the Nightingale #2) by Katherine Arden. I really liked the old-Rus fairytail world of the first book, and it's a delight to return to. This time, Vasilisa is dressed as, and masquerading as, a boy (♥), while bandits and Tatars menace the countryside. (You see, [livejournal.com profile] hamsterwoman, being nicknamed Vasya has proven prophetic!) So far I'm about halfway in and particularly enjoying the gentle fantasy aspects of the story.

What I'm reading next:

I'm planning to hit the library for the Beth Cato books I mentioned last week, though actually I'll probably finish my current read while we're in Wyoming eclipse-hunting, so I'll likely be reading something already on my phone first.

What I'm currently watching:

Game of Thrones. We're about a week behind but may catch up tonight. The special effects are very cool, but honestly the thing that impresses me the most is the geology of Dragonstone. What amazing tilted rocks! (Unless they're CGI...)

What I'm currently playing:

I picked up Dragon Age: Origins for $5 from a GOG sale a while ago, and although I usually spend most of my time outdoors and active in the summer, I'm unable to do so at the moment for injury reasons, so I started playing. It's fun so far though unsurprisingly I die a lot.

What I'm currently writing:

[community profile] crossovering: Well into my assignment, which is a lot of fun.
[community profile] remixrevival: Um. Still dithering about which story to remix.
[community profile] femslashex: MUST WRITE LETTER AND SIGN UP.

Introverts when speaking and writing

Aug. 16th, 2017 11:01 pm
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So basically, this is me, all the damn time.


[Source]

I'm always fishing for the right words when talking, and I know I could have expressed myself much more eloquently when I had just written an email or something.

I'm so obsessed with Tobias Forge ♥

Aug. 16th, 2017 10:41 pm
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Not obsessed in a bad way though, lol. I'm so in love with his voice, he is one of the most charismatic frontmen I've ever seen and I just love all the projects he's been into so ♥ I can't process the fact that we have new Tobias pictures WITHOUT A MASK yet. In case you don't know, he is Ghost's vocalist (Papa Emeritus, my avatar, my infernal love xD)


HE'S SO SMALL. SO CUTE. I can't.


This man is going to be the death of me.


He always wears that jacket which I think is sweet. I've read reports of people during the american tour spotting him in record shops thanks to the jacket xD I'm so jealous, I want to see Ghost live at least ONCE in my life. I missed their concert here in Spain last time because well, I'm poor and can't afford to travel all the way to Madrid or Barcelona for a concert T_T So I hope I'll be able to see them live someday because they are my favourite band.

And I've had this song in my head all day long. It's obviously a cover of The Beatles but there's something about Ghost's covers that just draws me in and djfhskdgjh ♥ I love the instrumental of all songs, but Tobias voice just tops it all!



I wish I had more friends who are Ghost fans D: I can't fangirl enough with my boyfriend HAHAHAHA. He already suspects that I may or may not be a total fangirl of Tobias xD
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More 'Miss Fisher' Coming in 2018, As Movie Trilogy Gears Up For Filming

Here's to hoping that this is for real! Also that Dot and Mac are in it! Miss Fisher isn't the same without Dot and Mac (or Bert and Cec and Mr. Butler and Jane, but Dot and Mac are my favorites).
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I did take review notes, but fuck those, there's nothing interesting in there anyway. Ugh, I expected this to be a proper finale, but it was just a whole fucking Dénouement Episode. What a disappointment. I need to be forewarned about this sort of stuff!
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This goes into the history of the Klan in US politics and it's amazing. Truly freaky photos I have never seen before of tens of thousands of KKK members marching in DC in the 20s.



(What I knew about this before watching the segment: "Al Smith was the Catholic governor of New York who split with FDR and was from LES" and the only reason I knew that was because of [profile] muccamuck talking about their historical Cap fic research)

And then she did a great interview with Carol Anderson, author of White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide, which is amazing.

Anderson's original article in WaPo in 2014 about Ferguson and the backlash of white rage

America is hooked on the drug of white supremacy. We're paying for that today

Why Are Whites So Angry? (NYT review of her book)

Interviews with Carol Anderson on C-SPAN

This was also great: Racism Is 'A Persistent Infection' In White American Culture | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC

I'm on Twitter

Aug. 16th, 2017 08:19 am
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Just FYI, I created a fandom twitter account. If you are so inclined, you can follow me at @ronspigwidgeon. I'll be posting writing updates and linking to current works, and probably fanfiction I love. There might also be bitching about the new HP canon, because I fucking HATE. IT. But anyway. If you are still interested in me or my work and want updates, follow there.

I love you all. Thank you for being the awesome people that you are!

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Aug. 15th, 2017 11:35 pm
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I keep finding books to add to my master list of things-to-read, and discovering that said books are the second, sometimes third, book that an author has written - and I have their first one from a few years ago on my list.

Things stay on my list for a LONG TIME, yes. XD

In cat news, Cinders had a bad night last night. She likes to burrow under the throw on top of my blankets and pretend that she's a ... I dunno, a sandworm or something. So she did that, and she was playing "got your hand" with me, when Jesse snuck up and whapped her on the head.

Then after she recovered from that, Sam kicked her as he was stretching. And then Gidget jumped off the top of my bookcase and landed on her, full-weight. Poor girl scrambled out of the blankets, all wide-eyed and trembling. It took ages to calm her down!

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Aug. 16th, 2017 10:36 am
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It's soooo cold today! I'm sitting on the couch in River's home while he sleeps doing some work for eldest daughter, wrapped in the fish quilt I made for River. I'm very grateful it's here. There is a fan heater blowing warm air into the room, but it's not nearly as efficient as central heating although it does help. Last night I went to bed not long after 9 as I was too exhausted to stay up any longer. I think I went to sleep almost as soon as my head hit the pillow. However, I woke up not long after 5 this morning because I was cold, although I guess I'd had enough sleep by then. I decided to get up, or at least, to sit up in bed waiting for my usual video call with S early in the morning. I dressed myself in several layers and sat in bed with extra covers over me, but I still had trouble getting and staying warm. I shouldn't complain, because I wanted a break from the DC hot humid summer, but I tend to forget how cold it can feel with no central heating even when the temperature stays above freezing as it mostly does here. (For reference, the minimum last night was about 50F and the maximum today will be about 60F.)

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Aug. 16th, 2017 10:34 am
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A few random observations from the last week in Perth:

On Sunday when I was coming back from the city by bus, there was a woman on the bus with two children, a boy aged about 2 and a girl of about 5, both of whom were barefooted. When I was growing up it wasn't unusual to see boys going barefoot in town and even to school but it was less common for girls (although my sisters and I, and I'm sure most other farm kids) went barefoot all the time at home. I thought the practice had become less common, but it seems it's still accepted in some areas.

My son in law (River's father) is at least 6 feet tall. Two of the three male guests at the party (one of them River's father's brother) were taller than that. People tend to be shortish in the DC area, so I'm always a bit surprised at how tall everybody here is, especially the men. All of my sons in law and all of my brothers in law are around 6 feet tall. It's no surprise that my biological grandchildren so far have all turned out to be on the tall side. (River, who is 12 kg at 12 months old, is about the same height and weight as Violet was at the same age.)

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Aug. 15th, 2017 11:22 pm
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I feel like most of my updates revolve around my to-do lists and my writing projects, haha! I keep forgetting about Dreamwidth since I got addicted to Twitter, because my computer needs to go to the Computer Doctor TM and I still have an extremely precarious internet connection (it’s more like internet mobile than wifi.) University started again, I like most of my classes so far and I think my students are more interested in the classes I teach this semester so MAYBE this part of the year could be less painful. I’m looking forward to it even if my depression and overall health are being kinda annoying but I don’t want to focus on that.

I WANT TO TALK ABOUT PROJECTS:

  • I finished SA3 and even if I ended up HATING my fic, I’m still happy about having finished it. There was a moment when I considered just not doing it because it was driving my anxiety up the wall.
  • I’m writing a multichaptered r76 fic with a friend and I’M DYING WITH EXCITEMENT ABOUT IT.
  • I wrote a tiny fic for the kink meme. First fill ever, yay!
  • I hit a wall with my s/t BB again so there’s some stuff I have to figure out about it before I go back to working on it.
  • DEFINITELY JOINING R76 RBB.
  • There a lot of other smaller fics I'm working on atm but I think I'll leave the final list for another post.

podcast update, volume five

Aug. 15th, 2017 04:51 pm
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Most Notorious is a true crime podcast hosted by Erik Rivenes, who has a different guest for each show. Rivenes interviews them and occasionally adds some background information, but the guests do most of the talking so the success of each episode really depends on the personality of the guest. Plus they're interviewed remotely, so you often have audio noise to content with. I listened to parts of three episodes, but found it unengaging.

Next I tried Unsolved Podcast, which is independently produced and hosted by Heidi Galore, who has a background in law enforcement. The episodes are short—less than twenty minutes—lo-fi, and pretty bare bones. Like the title suggests, these are unsolved crimes. I listened to one, and Galore's voice has a muffled character to it, like trying to talk through a retainer. Thankfully, there was a transcript of that episode—with linked sources—on the website, but there are only seven episodes up, and some are just audio with no transcript or sources. Galore offers basic facts and some speculation about the crime, but I've realized I like the mystery part of true crime as well as the storytelling aspect, and I just need more drama in my storytelling.

And then, in an abrupt left turn into no murder—but maybe some ghost stories—is Slumber Party with Alie & Georgia, that's Georgia Hardstark of My Favorite Murder and her friend Alie Ward. This is a casual, funny podcast. I already loved Georgia from MFM, and Alie Ward is also cool and likes science and bug facts. Georgia and Alie usually have a guest and they play slumber party games where they ask the guest their favorite embarrassing snack, what they're reading, or if they've ever seen a ghost. It's light and fun, and Georgia and Alie are comfortable with each other and easy to listen to. The show is currently on hiatus, but has a back catalogue of nearly a hundred one-hour episodes, so there's plenty to listen to. I don't even recognize most of the guests, probably because they're from podcasts I don't listen to, but there are a few guests I do know, like Tony Hale, James Urbaniak, and of course Karen Kilgariff, who tells a ghost story so quietly upsetting it nearly made me cry.

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