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... )

Tolkien Femslash Week Podfic 1!

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Jul. 19th, 2017 09:10 pm
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ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE

Till the End of the Horror




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Jul. 18th, 2017 05:13 pm
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1) Thanks to the free HBO week, I was able to finish seeing Elizabeth I with Helen Mirren, Jeremy Irons and Hugh Dancy. I was curious about how that project was developed because it seemed like they wanted to apply Shakespeare to her monarchy, which makes a good bit of sense. It was certainly quite the mix of personal and political problems, usually with the first becoming the second. It was also a rare case of an affair between an older woman and young man on TV.

2) The Casual Vacancy was also on the list. Read more... )

3) We also watched Westworld. In fact, I'd started watching it on my own but Mike got so interested in the bits he caught that we rewatched the episodes I'd already seen so he could catch up.Read more... )

4) As one could say this about more shows than not, the L.A. Weekly had a really interesting (if disturbing) story about the history of portraying sexual assault in film and TV and how poorly it's been approached for the sake of actors and crew.

"Still, that a director would brag about raping his co-star to publicize a film is mind-boggling. That critics don't seem to care is worse."

5) HT to Petzi for this link about TV cliffhangers. To this I would argue that TV programming is not movies -- it is by definition open ended, serialized. Even when hardly any shows had seriality there was still a certain continuity to it in terms of characters, certain past events, the premise. There was always the sense that something was not the end. Read more... )

[CA:TWS] Among the Lilies

Jul. 18th, 2017 08:02 pm
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Title: Among the Lilies by Togina
Reader: annapods
Bingo Square(s): disability
Fandom: Captain America
Pairing: James “Bucky” Barnes/Steve Rogers
Length: 01:38:04
Summary: Sometimes he thought only the blind could see farther than the nose on their face.

Link to Podfic: Ao3 (streaming) - Dropbox (download and streaming, mp3) - Dropbox (download, m4b) - Tumblr (streaming)

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The (pod)fic: This was more angsty than I’m used to. Kinda nice, keeps it from devolving into just fluff, fluff and more fluff. Also, this was was bit of a challenge, because, since Bucky is blind, he thinks more in terms of sounds and voices than facial expressions. I’m not sure I always managed to match those descriptions.

The editing: Nothing much? I hope the musical scene breaks don’t sound too strange.

The cover: Meh. Not like, a mean meh, but still a little bit distant. “Meh.”
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The Book Review Post

Jul. 17th, 2017 04:50 pm
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1) Now and Then by Stephen Grecco. Read more... )

2) Breakaway by Avon Gale was a slow starter for me. Read more... )

3) I've read a few books by Josh Lanyon before and thought they were only ok. But I love mysteries and there's a limit to how many gay romance mysteries there are out there. So I gave another book a try, Fair Game. I quite liked this one and stayed up late to finish it! Read more... )

4) I was less thrilled with Snapdragon by Michelle Woody. Read more... )

5) I had liked Louise Penny's "Still Life" mystery, a gift from a friend. I tried out the second book, The Cruelest Month, and quite enjoyed it, although it certainly wasn't short on plot. Read more... )

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Tidbits

Jul. 11th, 2017 01:22 pm
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1) Like musicals? Like podcasts? Here's one for you then

2) This I did not know:

"Monopoly was really the last folk game. Board games tended to be like folk music. They would be created by people, and passed down from generation to generation, changing all the time. And Monopoly was really the last of those. Read more... )

3) Pretty fascinating what accumulated data can reveal, such as this tidbit:

"One example is if you apply for a loan, companies can predict whether you’ll pay back the loan just based on the words you use in your loan application. For example, if you use the word “God” in a loan request, you’re 2.2 times more likely to default, 2.2 times more likely not to pay it back. So a company could save money by not giving loans to people who end their requests with “God bless you,” which is pretty scary."

The potential medical applications are also fascinating.

4) I read the Vanity Fair article about Serena Williams and found it short on details and rather a puff piece. In fact it's generally their personal features that are more fawning and less interesting (whether it's about homes and decorating or celebrities). But there was one pretty riveting paragraph. Read more... )

5) I'd (apparently unsurprisingly) never heard of go-go music before: Read more... )

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