"Logan," 2017 [spoilers]

Mar. 27th, 2017 08:48 am
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1. I went by myself to see Logan Friday night, the last Wolverine movie starring Hugh Jackman. As is sometimes my wont, I sat in the last row of the front section and stared up: very immersive!

2. As many reviews have stated, Logan is much more a Western than a superhero movie. To make the connection explicit, at one point Professor X and Laura are watching Shane. In among all the violence, there are some sawed-off shotguns, and doomed homesteader-equivalents versus Big Agriculture, and orphaned children. Also, the movie is very male: one female mutant child (Laura/X-23) who says a lot less than the adults, and one female adult who is killed before she can attain her goal, in a way that motivates Logan.

3. I had thought I would find it more depressing than I did, probably because to me it felt like one of a thousand post-apocalyptic alternate futures I've already experienced in comics and fanfcition, except in this one, they were allowed to say Fuck every now and again. I think of comics like mythology. If you look at ancient Greek mythology, you get lots of different versions of a basic story depending on the geographic and temporal location the story is heard.

4. Bonus points for perfect credits usage of Johnny Cash singing "The Man Comes Around."

5. Patrick Stewart is such a terrific actor; his part is secondary, but he owns every scrap of it. Aspects of his performance here reminded me of his John of Gaunt in "Richard II."

some things

Mar. 26th, 2017 10:10 pm
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Cajsa cardigan: done, washed, drying. It took a while to find enough virtual spoons to sew the edges of the two pocket-bags, and it just plain took a while to bind off the lower hem in i-cord. I'm glad to have good tools: ChiaoGoo steel circular needles for sssk with slightly stiff 50/50 linen/wool, though usually I prefer Crystal Palace wood circs for the sake of their cord/needle swivel. My hunch that there wouldn't be enough of the neutral main color---an undyed linen hue, pale brownish---was right, and the faded aqua contrast at body and sleeve hems, button band, and pocket-bags looks all right. More notes are on Ravelry. As before, photo awaits dry finished object, and I haven't quite enough photos to wrestle with an access-locked image post yet. I suppose you could find me on Instagram if you don't use Rav and wanted a peek sooner?

The reassigned Dovana shawl is partly bound off. The baby gift is at 90%, except that my mother has talked me down from bestowing it on that friend. I'll buy a less potentially embarrassing gift, and the knitted gift will go to the relative with a former high-risk pregnancy and now a healthy newborn.

Next up: I began Reason's much-requested replacement orange cardigan some weeks ago, and it has nearly reached sleeve separation point (from the top down, not bottom up), but it emerges from its little bag only after dark because Reason insists she doesn't want to know whether I've decided to make it. Given healthy tiny relative, I've also begun Reason's hooded vest, which is meant to share yarn with a yearling-sized cardigan. Otherwise, there's MIL's Tidblad, and I've taken up a shawl for myself which was begun a year and a half ago to commemorate my final solo project at the prior office. That final project was itself delayed for six years behind "more important" ones; I hope the shawl doesn't dawdle that long. How's that for displacement of another garment-for-self attempt....

The cardigan pattern intended for my mother ought to be released soon.

I am behind on email, btw. Sorry.

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Mar. 26th, 2017 11:00 am
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I need refills on all my drugs, but I'm tired of dealing with my current pharmacy. Their logistical skills, which have always been sub-par, have lately gone in the toilet.

Last time I went to get refills they told me the wait would be an hour. It used to be 45 minutes, but an hour is fine too, time to go get dinner and come back. I get back and get told not yet, 20 more minutes. So I wait, and go up to the counter again and get told 30 more minutes and I say screw it I'll pick it up tomorrow.

My pharmacy before that one no longer exists. (RIP Target pharmacy bottles.)

I transferred all the scripts to another pharmacy, closer to my house. It was relatively trouble free, so far. But the one thing I can trust my current pharmacy on is complete disinterest in my drugs; very few pharmacies are quite so nonjudgemental.

There's also the one script I never bothered to get the prior auth approved for. That self pay price has ballooned from $40 to $600. I'm not even sure I want to take that one anymore; maybe I'll just get surgery and be done with it.

The drugs only change when the doc changes. They all want me on them indefinitely, forever. But no 10 year supply, nope, docs love a short leash.

The first unit nurse I ever had called our medication 'drugs'. I was 12, the rest of the kids not much older. We loved it. The tshirt that had the Olympic rings made out of colored condoms didn't hurt, too.

This week in writing, 3/26

Mar. 26th, 2017 05:57 pm
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I was full speed ahead on other writing this week, so fic got a bit shortchanged. Still! Progress here and there!

WIPs currently active: 7

Words written this week: 3,304

WIPs that got no words this week: 3 - broken dick epic, Slavefic #5, and Cap Reverse Big Bang dragon!Bucky/tribute!Steve

WIPs that did get words this week:

Born in the Blood: 1,369

Loving and Overall Really Mostly Consensual and Well-Intentioned Cannibalism: 605

Less-Sad Sequel to “Ring the Bell Backward” (Which is Semi-Officially the Saddest Story in All of Not Without You): 361

Smut Swap Pinch Hit Story In A Pairing I’ve Never Written Before: 969, somehow still exactly as halfwayish done as it was last week. 

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Videlicet

Mar. 25th, 2017 08:27 pm
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Reader, I am really fucking tired. *insert long tedious explanation of the past week involving hospital, fainting, copious vomiting (different days, different family members), family visit, 3 playdates, and ending with my current location in hotel room in Disneyworld*

Everyone is okay now but OMG.

HOWEVER I am actually here to share this vidding zine what lim made, which I was so thrilled to participate in:

Videlicet

I think it is really quite awesome and full of interesting and joyful and fannish thought in the very best way. My own contribution was to rave on about [personal profile] sisabet's vid Bad Romance, which spoiler alert is one of my most favorite vids and if you want to know why GO LOOK AT THE SHINY.

<3

New Vidding Fanzine: Videlicet

Mar. 25th, 2017 07:54 am
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[personal profile] morgandawn posting in [community profile] vidding
  
              Take me there!

Warning courtesy bironic: *The All Articles index has animated gifs, although the mobile version doesn't seem to. You can avoid them if you go to the About page, and the Contributors page links to the articles by author. At a glance, the Glitter and Gold essay had a flashy gif (and the History of Vidding essay had a subtler one) that the gif-sensitive might want to be warned about.


Vidthings

Mar. 24th, 2017 05:04 pm
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Okay, this is AWESOME: Videlicet, a vidding zine featuring albymangroves, astolat, bironic, bradcpu, cathexys, gwyneth, hollywoodgrrl, kiki_miserychic, lim, loki, mordandawn, obsessive24, pteryx, speranza, stultiloquentia, thefourthvine, and tons of vids. I've only just started browsing it and it is delicious.

Also, [livejournal.com profile] sigerson sent me a link to a truly adorable Voltron vid made to "Starships," which I just showed to Zaphod, and which made us both very happy.

Here it is! )
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My long weekend of Mass Effect got off to a bad start when, after spending the morning waiting for the courier, I discovered the PC version I had preordered was a box with a download code inside it >:-( Apparently the store hadn't realised till the stock arrived, but I was pretty pissed off. If I’d known I was going to have to use half my internet allowance downloading it anyway, I would have got it straight off Origin …

Also my poor computer can barely run it, so I’m playing on lowest graphic quality. I always thought it would be the battles that would suffer the most from not meeting spec, but actually it’s the Nexus my computer has the most trouble with.

I may have gone and ordered a new CPU.

Read more... )
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 Okay, these are so belated, but apparently it takes me being at another con(ference, this time) to have enough time away from kids to be able to type up my notes from the last con. But here they are! It's a google doc, and feel free to add on in comments any stuff that I forgot/left out. Hope that they make some sense and convey the lovely conversation that we had (sitting around a cool wooden conference table like VIPs..)

Assorted Emails

Mar. 24th, 2017 08:32 am
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If you want to email/write/fax your reps and senators about any of these issues, feel free to crib from me, edit, whatever.

1. The AHCA amendments are even less acceptable than the bill itself – the one which concerns me is that one of the amendments would remove the requirement that health plans sold to individuals and small businesses must cover essential health benefits, many of which affect me personally. I do not trust the state of Pennsylvania to determine what basic health benefits my insurance must include. My state could even cut all of the ten essential health benefits, or refuse to set a minimum amount of coverage.

That amendment is preposterous. Please vote [representative] encourage your colleagues to vote [senators] against it.


2. Confirmation hearings for Neil Gorsuch should be delayed while the FBI’s investigation into governmental ties with Russia is still in progress. Investigation of multiple members of the administration is worrisome and should be central at this time.

Additionally, lifetime appointments to SCOTUS should not be made by an administration that is potentially seriously tainted.


3. Attorney General Sessions’ recusal from the investigation into Russian hacking was only the minimum required. He should also resign, and accept whatever penalties he incurred for his documented misconduct.

Please demand that the integrity of the office of Attorney General be upheld.


4. I made this one more generalized than the one I actually sent. The NEA, the NHA, and the CPB provide funding that is minimal but still helps to employ large numbers of American artists. Musicians perform concerts and attract a steady audience from both the city and the surrounding areas.

Audiences don’t just sit and listen; both before and after the performances, they park their cars, eat in restaurants, drink in bars, do a little shopping if they happen to be early – in short, they spend money which helps local businesses. At the concerts, attendees meet their neighbors and make plans to attend still more concerts, buying more tickets, spending more money, something that doesn’t happen when you listen to music at home, alone.

The arts are a vital part of our economy as well as our culture. Please support funding for the NEA, the NHA, and the CPB.


5. I strongly oppose the President's proposed budget. The current outline will slash funding for the State Department, foreign aid, and every domestic agency while instead adding $54 billion in military spending, when we already spend far more than is needed for this purpose. If some of this money went to support our soldiers, their families, and our veterans and their healthcare needs, I might be onboard, but as it is, this is a ridiculous waste.

Please remember those in our state who continue to pledge their lives and their bodies to protect us, and support them rather than voting for useless spending on more weapons.

some things

Mar. 23rd, 2017 10:51 pm
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* I almost have my MRI referral, yay. First I must go for an X-ray, boo, because my med insurance requires one before the other. The facility has walk-in X-rays, boo, and to get in line, I'll have to rise even earlier, which usually leads to Reason's early rising, too, double boo. It's more than 5 km from the office, boo, on a bus line, yay.

I don't understand the logic that requires irradiation to rule out bone chips before imaging soft tissue, given that I have partial use of my shoulder---continually so since the fall three months ago. I am enormously glad to have partial use of my shoulder, to be clear: I can type and handwrite, get into a shirt without much trouble, open a lightweight door, even do forearm planks and ± hang the laundry. (I hang everything besides sheets because I like wearing things out, not having the dryer do it for me.) I can't hand my child a fork or spoon without pain, however, given where we sit at table: angle of extension, not how demanding the task is. After my grumpy post about near-total lack of abduction, I tried the bicycle, which overtaxed my left shoulder in compensation but led to a nap, not a fall. ...yay? (Informed risks are part and parcel of chronic pain, anyway.) While I read random web things, my left hand uses the mouse while my right arm bends and curls into my ribs unbidden, as though my body could protect it. Sorry, arm and axle; please keep waiting.

* Reason is so annoyed that Hidden Figures the book is "for grownups" and has "a ton of text." Wait two or three years, little one, and you'll probably skate through it. (She wouldn't be so irritated were she unable to conceive of herself reading it.) There's apparently a Young Readers version, but our nearest library doesn't have it.

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