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The Ballad of Fort McCoy Podfic  
06:38pm 08/01/2011
Title: The Ballad of Fort McCoy
Author: seanchaidh
Read By: slylilgoblin
Pairing: McCoy/Everyone With Eyes; McCoy/Kirk
Rating: PG-13
Length: 48:44
Summary: The intramurals were meant to give the crew a chance to mingle and bond together. As the teams vie for victory, one team appears to have an advantage... only he’s not too damned happy about his new status.
Notes: For my help_pakistan winner, kronos999. Heinously late! Heinously! I'm such a terrible fandom contributor! Also thank you as always to fiercynn for listening first and reassuring me that my attempt at a Scottish accent isn't too offensive to the ears.

Mediafire: here
mood: accomplishedaccomplished
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01:05am 05/08/2010

I'm obsessed with two new shows that've just started, so I'm back to that familiar frustration of waiting every week for the latest installment. The first, which should surprise no one, is the Gates, which in case you don't know, is about a gated community that seems to be bursting with vampires, werewolves, succubi, witches, other fun supernatural types, and a normal Cop With A Tragic Past who takes over as Chief of Police. So it's like Eureka got massively drunk and had a dirty threesome with Supernatural and Desperate Housewives, and The Gates is the result.
Mythology-wise, it's interesting! The beasts themselves are pretty familiar, but the pressures of reforming your wicked vampire ways and living in the suburbs, how a werewolf copes with dating in high school, and other takes on old legends are pretty interesting, which makes up for the general unoriginality. The acting isn't always so good, but damn are the actors pretty, so it's all okay! I find the main character cop a little too straight ahead, gung ho, I Will Do My Duty No Matter What, and his son is also a very cute potted plant, but his wife and daughter are really interesting and fun, and most of the other characters are interesting enough to pick up his slack. Plus! Vampires and werewolves and witches! In the suburbs! At bake sales! It's fantastic. Not the highest quality maybe, but so fun! And i'm only about 5 episodes in, but definitely willing to follow the rest of the season.

The other show is Rizzoli and Isles, and the fact that I'm watching it at all can be blamed entirely on Kate Beckett and Temperance Brennan, because that's pretty much who Rizzoli and Isles are: Rizzoli's the tough, wisecracking detective, and Isles is the incredibly intelleigent, socially awkard and fabulously dressed Medical Examiner. So they definitely run with the two female stereotypes here, and I was expecting the worst, but so far (the first three episodes) the show's done really well, I think. They're both interesting, funny, smart, and have a great relationship with each other (Rizzoli stays with Isles when she's freaked out and threatened by a serial killer) and with the men around them. Rizzoli has an incredibly annoying romantic plot through episodes 2 and 3, but that's really wrapped up at the end of the third episode, so hopefully there'll be no more of that. Not that I'm against romance in principle, this one was just dumb. But the other guys in homicide are fun and interesting, and they all interact really well.
Crime-wise, i'm reserving judgement. The first two episodes are very serial-killery, and the third one was the first episode to have a straightforward (and not overly interesting) murder plot. Having been spoiled by Castle I'm not so sure how that'll go, of if they'll improve, but I'm willing to watch more, and maybe even just for the characters if the plots are mediocre. Overall: it's not as good as Castle, but miles better than stuff like Law and Order or CSI (personally, I just like more character-driven stuff, I don't have personal issues with these shows). And although they're marketing it as a tomboy/pretty smart girl solve crimes type of show, I think the gender stuff is well done.

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08:54pm 19/05/2010
I just finished A Madness of Angels by Kate Griffin (which is the pseudonym of Catherine Webb), and it got me  wondering if anyone has any recommendations for fantasy/sci-fi written by women. I'm really interested in how female authors use fantasy, since it's so incredibly dominated by the "lord of the rings, burly Strider-type saves little woman and the future of the world" trope. Which is definitely easy to avoid if you know the good authors, but still present.

SO MY POINT IS. Tell me what fantasy or sci-fi series/books written by women you like. Or have heard of. Or just what you think of them in general.

Also I have noticed that just in passing through the shelves at Barnes and Noble, so many of the covers of new paperbacks have women on the cover. I know this is a not-so-subtle marketing thing, but I'm guessing that a lot of those books have female protagonists too. Is this a common trend in a lot of stuff you've been reading? I think a lot of the books I've read lately have had female protagonists (if not a female author), but I don't know if that's because of personal bias, or Coraline continuing to haunt my brain.

Tell me what you think!
mood: curiouscurious
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07:49pm 17/05/2010
I just discovered a list of really badass Japanese films sponsored by the Japan Society of New York, all of them from the 60s and 70s and focused on three Japanese actresses who basically shattered the whole meek-and-mild stereotype of Japanese women. The event's over, but I think the list looks really cool, and hopefully some if not all of these will be available on the interwebs!

from the website:

 "At the opposite end of the stereotype of docile Japanese women—heroic good mothers, chaste daughters and hardworking faithful wives—actresses Ayako Wakao, Mariko Okada and Meiko Kaji embodied the transgression of limits, breaking rules, flouting norms and generally upsetting everyone in Japanese films of the 60s and 70s. Mad, Bad… & Dangerous to Know explores the idea of unconventional beauty that these spellbinding actresses created through an unparalleled body of films, from rambunctious girl gang bangers and wild women's prison escapees to more subtly chained renegades such as a tattoo-possessed ingénue and a compassionate nurse cum angel of death."

mood: impressedimpressed
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04:35pm 04/08/2009

Have you been lying awake, wishing you could listen to my dulcet tones on command? Are you desperate for a little Merlin rps to stick on your iPod? Do you like hilarity involving Bradley James, Colin Morgan, myself, and fiercynn ?


I'm Bradley, and fiercynn is Colin, Katie, and Angel. We recorded ifyouweremine 's hilarious fic, "Wherein Wooing Colin is Somewhat More Difficult Than Anticipated" (found here: ifyouweremine.livejournal.com/145754.html)

Summary: “If you were hypothetically me and I were hypothetically courting Colin, what would you—and by you I mean me—do to win his heart and make him let you carry him off into the French sunset for a lifetime of sweetsweet lovemaking?” said Bradley.
Warnings: Bradley’s ridiculousness, Colin’s obliviousness, Tasmanian leaping spiders, murderous soybeans, naked Bradley roaming the hotel halls, attempted skywriting, special mention of Katie’s hypnotic breasts

length/size: 11:44 mins, 10.75 mb

download our amazing podfic at: http://fiercynn.livejournal.com/50862.html?view=159406#t159406
mood: excitedexcited
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01:31am 30/07/2009


It's a girl! And she was born today (or yesterday at this point, hurr hurr hurr who needs to sleep at normal times)! I don't know her name or anything, because all the internet has heard from Miyavi is a few status updates on his MySpace that are adorable but nonspecific (a few examples: "I MET MY BABY" and "MA BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!") There is an official blog post too, but my Japanese isn't good enough yet to read it, and no one's translated it yet.  (Which you can read here: http://community.livejournal.com/masakarasu/101593.html)




music: Dear My Friend - Miyavi!
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11:10pm 29/07/2009

I decided that today was the day for me to go through all my comics (yes, all of them, though I suspect that some of the ones I took to college are buried in boxes in my basement still. I won't find them until august if they're there, because my basement is almost floor to ceiling boxes. And I am not brave). I discovered that I have WAY TOO MANY comics. Given that I've only been reading comics for a little more than a year (trompelol  can confirm, because I'm pretty sure we started buying actual comics together? Sometime in the middle of senior year? Yes? Maybe?) I think it's an impressive collection. Especially because I had two bags of little sleeve things to put my older comics in today, and I used about 200 of them. And a ton of my comics were already bagged. I HAVE TOO MANY COMICS.

And yet I don't have enough. It's a sad, sad, addiction.

I also realized that fucking Judd Winick is EVERYWHERE. Why is this a problem, you may be asking. Judd Winick is amazing, you point out. He's writing the new Batman, which is awesome, he wrote the Outsiders, which was awesome, and Hannah, can you be forgetting his incredibly long run writing Green Arrow?

No, I'm not forgetting. That's exactly the reason WHY I hate him. Because he took Connor Hawke's characterization and DESTROYED IT. Connor was one of my favorite characters in GA, and probably the DC verse in general (because he's hilarious, and Buddhist pacifist superheroes are always interesting), and Winick literally stripped him of all personality, and all merit: he gave him amnesia and superpowers. Aaaaaaargh. So I resolved to never forgive him, but just realized that he's wormed his way into my comics collection and I can't get rid of him!

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10:52am 02/07/2009

Okay, I know this is sort of stupid, but I'm a little depressed by what Colin Morgan says about the whole Arthur/Merlin thing in an interview (http://gealach-ros.livejournal.com/62845.html)

It's not that I think Arthur/Merlin is going to be canon. And I don't even really think they make it so slashy on purpose (well, I kind of do. Kind of. Especially during scenes with dialogue like "faster, Arthur! Climb!") It's just... he sounds sort of mean. And whatever the intent behind it, can you really deny the subtext? I'm asking an honest question here- is Merlin really as slashy as I think it is, or am I just unable to ditch my fandom-issued slash goggles?

Bad actor! Don't you know I'm supposed to be able to project onto you all of the traits I want you to have! Stop being an actual person!
mood: annoyedannoyed
tags: merlin
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01:09am 18/06/2009

List 10 of your favorite characters from different fandoms, and ask people to spot patterns in your choices, and if they're so inclined, to draw conclusions about you based on the patterns they've spotted.

(shamelessly lifted from haleysings )

1. Jareth (Labyrinth)
2. Connor Hawke (DCU, arrowfam) (BEFORE his characterization was fucked up beyond belief)
3. Tim Drake (DCU, batfam)
4. Dean Winchester (SPN)
5. Momiji (Fruits Basket) (it's so hard to chose! I love them all!)
6. Merlin (Merlin) (see comment for 5)
7. Tara (True Blood) (see comment for 6)
8. Aly Cooper (Tamora Pierce books)
9. Aang (Avatar) (see comment for 7)
10. Jayne Cobb (Firefly/Serenity) (see comment for 9)

hit me with your keen analysis and perceptions! I am aware these are mostly guys. I'm just hopelessly shallow, I guess.
mood: sleepysleepy
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11:39am 01/06/2009

Step 1: Put your music player on shuffle.
Step 2: Post the first line from the first 20 songs that play, no matter how embarrassing.
Step 3: Strike through the songs when someone guesses both artist and track correctly.
Step 4: For those who are guessing -- looking the lyrics up on a search engine is CHEATING!

about as weird as you'd expect my itunes on shuffle to beCollapse )
tags: meme
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