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I saw Antitrust on an airplane in the summer of 2001. I didn't leave with a high opinion of it; it seemed campy fun.

I found a used DVD at a local thrift shop last weekend, so last night I watched it with my spouse.

It actually holds up better than I predicted on a technobabble level! We freeze-framed a lot and marvelled at how reasonable (mostly) all the command-line stuff was. And as mainstream fiction movies go, I think there still hasn't been a movie that takes the conflict between proprietary and open source software more seriously than Antitrust (I'd welcome corrections on this point).

details, including spoilers )

At some point in the future I will watch the special features and listen to the commentary. (One of the special features is a music video for the Everclear song that plays at the end of the movie. The music video includes clips from the movie. It's like Everclear made a vid!) I imagine I'll have more thoughts then.

Cheerful things!

Apr. 24th, 2017 02:49 am
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[personal profile] alias_sqbr
So! I have been feeling a bit down recently for reasons I'm not going to go into in this post (I have realised that doing so makes me reluctant to read the comments, rather defeating the purpose) and would like some happy, positive human interaction.

So! If the mood strikes you, please comment with happy links, books/movies etc you've enjoyed recently, random cheerful comments about what you've been up to etc. No sympathy comments, I am not in the mood right now.

And to return the favour, here is my swancon costume as well as a mask I made. Also, here is some cute happy fixit art for Rogue One.

Also, while I'm here: hello to everyone who's been coming over to dreamwidth from livejournal!

idk why i keep thinking of this

Apr. 22nd, 2017 10:42 pm
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[personal profile] theharlotofferelden
When the first pokemon movie came out there was this song at the end i really liked called Don't Say You Love Me.

Like....i think of it every now and then wondering why that song was included because it straight up doesn't match the theme of the movie.

No seriously. When my mom bought the movie (VHS tape) it came with a cassette of the soundtrack and that song was on one side of it. 

And now that I'm looking at the music video again I'm still ????


Blargh kind of day

Apr. 22nd, 2017 08:48 pm
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[personal profile] lunadelcorvo
I am a bit under the weather today. Nothing serious, just that sort of achy, cranky, icky kind of thing you get when you have't *quite* caught a cold, but you might? Yeah. Doesn't help that it suddenly dropped from 80 to 48 overnight. (Fuck you, climate change!) Although, since my AC is acting up, this is maybe an OK thing, since they can't get here to look at it til Friday. At least I won't bake in the meantime. (Bad things happen when I try to sleep and get too hot... LOL)

Anyway, not a lot of posting happening for a bit, I think. Much sleeping, though....

I hope everyone else is doing swimmingly!  

to-do list, COMMUNITIES, the sims

Apr. 22nd, 2017 09:16 am
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[personal profile] nanslice
Jeep is fixed! I'm cautiously optimistic, just because that's who I am. I'll drive to work this morning and see how it goes but gosh, fingers crossed, guys. The jeep is not okay, I tried to drive to work and it started leaking all of the power steering fluid I put in it. So it's going to the car doctor on Monday. :\

Things I'm working on in the immediate

[community profile] fan_flashworks is doing an Amnesty challenge and one of the previous prompts is 'photo.' I'm working on a fanart piece for that for a fandom where photos and selfies definitely come into play. :>

The current prompt for [community profile] 100words is 'bliss' and I'm sure I can write something for that.

...it's a small list but I'm going into my final week of classes so I don't want to try to add too much here lmao.

---

DW has gotten quite a bit more activity lately but that doesn't always translate to community activity so I broke the ice and made the first post at over at [community profile] yurionicefans with my work. Related, [community profile] ffxv! I never bothered looking for a community when this game came out but this one was created about a week ago. I don't really have anything to share over there but hopefully I will soon. :) Also, [community profile] steveandbucky is also a thing (that I never searched for before) and I have, like, plenty to share there (and also here! Most of my art/fic was posted directly to tumblr and AO3, never here).

I was talking with [personal profile] imperion last night; she's made a simblr and was talking about that fandom and while I certainly don't want to create a tumblr for my sims, I'm a little interested in sharing photos/stories here. :3 Or possibly creating a new journal for it, although frankly I'm terrible at keeping up with multiple journals, haha.

Sunset Beach

Apr. 21st, 2017 08:33 pm
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[personal profile] cumuluscastle
 These new oil pastels are so amazing. They're so soft and smooth! They're so expensive . . .

Sunset Beach

AO3 Meme

Apr. 21st, 2017 05:59 pm
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[personal profile] nanslice
I've been seeing this around and decided I'll give it a shot. No links because I'm lazy - here's my A03 profile. XD

Top Five by Hits

1. Feels Like Belonging - 117,983 (Teen Wolf, Derek/Stiles)
2. What It Takes - 39,140 (Teen Wolf, Peter/Stiles, Derek/Stiles, Peter/Stiles/Derek, ABANDONED)
3. Making Amends - 34,517 (Teen Wolf, Derek/Stiles)
4. Learning Each Other - 10,873 (Homestuck, John/Karkat)
5. A Need As Great - 10,368 (Star Trek, Spock/Bones)

....it's kind of a bummer because I'm not in Teen Wolf fandom anymore and if I were, I'd be all over Scott/Stiles. On the other hand, Feels Like Belonging is so tropey and full of things fandom used to dig (pack mom Stiles!) that I'm not surprised it's so much ahead of everything else, haha.

Top Five by Kudos

1. Feels Like Belonging - 7,059
2. Making Amends - 1,422
3. What It Takes - 830
4. Save Yourself - 448 (Teen Wolf, Derek/Stiles)
5. A Need As Great - 428

....I mean, same, really. XD This is what happens when you shipped the big fandom ship for a minute.

Top Five by Bookmarks

1. Feels Like Belonging - 1,649
2. Making Amends - 305
3. What It Takes - 221
4. Save Yourself - 99
5. What You Need - 76 (Teen Wolf, Scott/Stiles)

Yay, finally my actual Teen Wolf OTP showed up. XD

I'm disappointed more of my Star Wars and MCU stuff didn't show up, but to be fair that stuff is infinitely more popular on tumblr, while my Teen Wolf stuff was more ignored. Also, of course, no Yuri on Ice because that's mostly been fanart. I don't know. I'm pretty bitter towards Teen Wolf fandom so this just makes me want to delete all of my work for that fandom haha even though of course I'm not going to do that.

What this really means is that I've just got to write more stuff. XD

Lunch

Apr. 21st, 2017 12:59 pm
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[personal profile] elainegrey
And i ate my first pea pod while in the yard!


(Thought i had reduced the size on that image!)
umadoshi: (Newsflesh - check this out (kasmir))
[personal profile] umadoshi
Here's a ridiculous (freelance) work-related thing: when I'm in a position to read ahead of the volume I'm working on, it basically never occurs to me as something I can do.* So often I'm either working on a series where the English release isn't far behind the Japanese (however it seems to readers, what with the months of production time on our end), so there isn't much material past what I'm working on, or else there are a bunch of Japanese volumes out but I don't yet have the hard copies and/or the translations.

Today I clued in that right now I have the books and translations for the next two volumes of Yona of the Dawn past the one I'm working on. I can just...read them. *starry eyes*


*I'm pretty neutral on the topic of scans in general, but for series I'm working on, I especially try to steer clear of anything that might influence my own phrasing in an adaptation. I don't think it's actually a huge risk, but between my own anxiety and the worry of readers ever thinking "Hey, these two versions of [line/thing] sound similar! Someone MUST HAVE COPIED!", I'm just not up for it. That latter isn't something I've seen much of, but I have seen it, albeit usually in contexts where someone's amazed, just AMAZED, that two people might phrase something similarly. [As you might assume if you actually think about it, similar wordings often aren't surprising at all. A lot of simple lines really have one or two basic/obvious phrasings.]

Related tangential note: I still haven't read the Crunchyroll version of Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer, which I've been meaning to do ever since I finished the Seven Seas adaptation. Biscuit Hammer is one of my favorite titles that I've ever worked on, so I'm really curious! And someday I'll be in a position to read the Crunchyroll version of Arpeggio of Blue Steel, which is an interesting thought on two levels--the same curiosity, and the fact that a friend is doing that adaptation. (She hasn't read my version either, AFAIK.)


Totally different note: I personally steer clear of reviews of things I haven't read/seen (in general, I mean; that's not a professional comment), which also means I don't tend to link to reviews of things I've worked on unless it's for a first volume, but I really enjoy [dreamwidth.org profile] seangaffney's reviews at Manga Bookshelf. (He's a friend, if you don't know.) And the beginning of his review of Yona 5, which I quite like, gives a bit of thematic info about the series, if any of you are curious. (This paragraph isn't what you'd call spoilery, but I'll quote it under a cut anyway.) one paragraph under here )

--I have two small batches of pics to upload to [tumblr.com profile] jinksyandthebrain. (Noting for "self, post the damn cat pictures already!" accountability purposes.)

--Since I've been talking about garden things: do the gardeners among you all know that [dreamwidth.org profile] gardening exists? It's not super-active, but of course it could always be made more so. ^_- (And there've been a couple of posts this week!)

--I forgot to mention this last night: when we were talking with the condo board president, I told her about my dreams of not killing growing tomatoes, and she mentioned that she eats them with a sprinkling of sugar. Neither [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose or I had ever heard/thought of doing that (he eats them with a dash of salt), so now I'm wondering how widespread it is. Anyone? (I told her it reminded me of hearing that people eat watermelon with a bit of salt, which I keep meaning to try, but I don't actually eat watermelon that often, much as I enjoy it.)

--This evening was completely lost to another round of "sat down on the sofa to read and instead fell asleep before even opening the book". Crap.
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[personal profile] umadoshi
Fannish/Geeky Things

First, not one but two trailers for things I'm excited for:

Oh, hello there, MERMAID SHOW. "Freeform Greenlights Mermaid Drama ‘Siren,’ Movie Series From Karlie Kloss". YES PLEASE.

"MARVEL’s CLOAK & DAGGER Series Gets Its First Drama-Packed Trailer". (Mostly the trailer, which is also in the article above, but a bit of commentary too.)


This lengthy look at Kirk in Star Trek: TOS and who he really was vs. the perception/reinterpretations of him has been linked all over the place, and rightly so: "Freshly Remember'd: Kirk Drift".

"StarCraft and StarCraft: Brood War are now free" [and patched]. This is still the original, pre-remaster versions of the games.

"A Love Letter to Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat!’s Incredible Representation". [The Mary Sue]

"Issues in Comics: A retailer’s perspective on “diversity” in the news". [Orbital Comics]

"Women of Star Wars Get Highlighted in New Series of Animated Shorts". [io9]

"Chris Evans to Make Broadway Debut in Kenneth Lonergan's 'Lobby Hero'".

"We Went to the Yuri!!! on Ice Celebration in Namja Town". [ANN]

"New One Piece Magazine to Serialize Novel About Ace". [ANN]


Writing/SFF

[twitter.com profile] alexandraerin gets shared a lot on Twitter because of good political talk (and is well worth checking out!), but I'm gonna link you to this thread on writing. It begins with "So, here's a thing about the craft of writing and tropes, particularly ones we associate with romance", and is about the potential gaps between "the story you want to write" (as in the advice to "just sit down and write the story you want to!") and the story you're actually writing.

There's a Humble Bundle of unicorn books available at the moment.


Miscellaneous

"Watch: incredible dance routine by dog and woman". [Boing Boing] (It really is.)

"On Fearless Girl, women & public art; or, no, seriously, the guy does not have a point".

Baking Bites reviewed the Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino.

"Dwayne Johnson Dressed as Pikachu is What You Need Right Now".

"Chrome and Firefox Phishing Attack Uses Domains Identical to Known Safe Sites".

"The Heart of Whiteness: Ijeoma Oluo Interviews Rachel Dolezal, the White Woman Who Identifies as Black".

"Love & breadsticks: There was a knife fight at Olive Garden". The first tweet of this widely-shared Twitter Moment reads "I went on a date last night and the guy meekly shared that he used to be THE GENERAL MANAGER FOR THE TIMES SQUARE OLIVE GARDEN."

GOSH

Apr. 20th, 2017 10:27 pm
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[personal profile] nanslice
I typically try to stay out of school drama because I'm around a decade older than these people and it's just dumb. But sometimes I get dragged in and in the instance of the girl submitting fanfiction for critique, of course I get dragged in. :\

cut for drama )

Something's wrong with my car. I'm thinking it's something related to power steering, which is. Unfortunate. It's not drivable! So I'll be missing class tomorrow morning and instead will be calling all car guys to see if I can get it fixed in the next few days. If worse comes to worse, I can maybe carpool with a friend to class on Monday. But this really sucks. If only it waited two weeks! But nope.

I've been out of the video game loop lately (apparently Persona 5 is pretty great? That series isn't one that I'm super attached to - I've only played bits of Persona 3, although what I played was wonderful and I need to get back to it) but apparently Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia is coming out in May! Apparently it's a remake of a game that's considered a "black sheep" of the series but I'm cautiously optimistic and hyped about it. That might be because look at these adorable characters I can't wait to ship them all. Absolutely no one is surprised.

ha ha HA

Apr. 20th, 2017 08:44 pm
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[personal profile] astolat
So since my LAST post:

- I caught a cold on vacation
- which turned into a sinus infection when we got home
- just as I felt better, husband caught a cold
- just as husband started to feel better, Hypatia caught a cold with fever
- right about this time I started having mysterious joint pain
- which was explained today when Hypatia's cold turns out to be FIFTH DISEASE and apparently I managed not to get it as a kid HA HA AWESOME

APART from the endless courses of disease I have also:

- (mostly) coded a webcam-based Python wand recognizer so we can use our Harry Potter Wizarding World wands at home to trigger IFTTT events

- ripped the bezel off a spare monitor and taken it to framing store so I can turn it into a wizarding family portrait

(NO REALLY IT'S GOING TO BE AWESOME LOOK:



- obtained (and now thrown out) a printer with invisible ink which instead of printing things in invisible ink just leaked invisible ink all over our lovely built-in office counter (fortunately, the ink is in fact invisible, so no one will ever know unless they tote along a blacklight for inspection)

PS if you think this is so I can print an invisible ink marauders map that will only appear in response to someone using their wand and solemnly swearing they are up to no good HOW DID YOU GUESS

(as I described all this in chat, [personal profile] elynross said, "I'm starting to get the feeling you have a deadline" HA HA HA it's like she knows me)

So yeah, I only just finished rewriting a script treatment a month and a half past when I said I would and have not touched my novel in a month. On the bright side when I finally reopened it today and re-read it, a quarter of the way through the first chapter I knew what was going to happen in the rest of the book, which I have been wondering for some time now, so that was nice.

Oh and I imported over [community profile] sga_flashfic so if you have old links, update them! Also I banged in http://ao3.org/collections/sga_flashfic so please upload your stories to the AO3 and pop them into the collection! If you happen to be able to throw a few bucks at the AO3 for the fundraising drive that would be pretty cool too. I mention there is an AO3 HAT among the goodies and it says "You have already left kudos here" on it! <3 <3 <3

What I have NOT done: seen Fate of the Furious! So DO NOT SPOIL I!

FYI (US-centric)

Apr. 20th, 2017 08:10 pm
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[personal profile] lunadelcorvo
In case anyone is getting distracted by the Russian spy drama, North Korea, Bill O'Reilly being fired from Fox News, etc. the following bills have been introduced to Congress:

1. HR 861 Terminate the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
2. HR 610 Vouchers for Public Education
3. HR 899 Terminate the U.S. Department of Education
4. HJR 69 Repeal Rule Protecting Wildlife
5. HR 370 Repeal Affordable Care Act
6. HR 354 Defund Planned Parenthood
7. HR 785 National Right To Work (this one ends unions)
8. HR 83 Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Bill
9. HR 147 Criminalizing Abortion (“Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act”)
10. HR 808 Sanctions against Iran

Please copy/paste and share widely. Call your House Representative and ask them to not only vote "NO"...but to speak up for our rights, health & safety, and our beautiful country.

If your senators and reps aren't saved in your phone yet, text your zip code to 520-200-2223. You'll get a text back with everyone's contact info. It gives you Federal and State.

PASS IT ON (copy and paste to share since you can't share from form this page)

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Apr. 20th, 2017 04:57 pm
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[personal profile] lunadelcorvo
So, real life entry! Been a pretty good week, actually. This is my last full week of uni classes (thank goodness!) though my HS/MS classes will go through the end of May. 

The yard is pretty much stabilized, so if I can keep up with the few weeds/vines that pop up for a few more weeks, I think I will have a good handle on it not becoming a jungle again! Imagine: I might even be able to USE my patio! Who'dd'a thunk it???

The niblet is in the Chamber Choir at his HS, and last night they did an amazing rendition of Gabriel Fauré's Requiem with the choir and orchestra. There were a few squeakers from the orchestra, but it was a really good performance, especially for such an incredibly complicated piece! I'm so proud of that kid I could burst sometimes. Of course I was geeking out all over the place that they did it in Latin...LOL

Otherwise, I'm just waiting for the weekend! I have a pretty big stack of grading to do, but I should have a good bit of downtime, too. And we should be back to our D&D campaign, which is a lot of work (I'm the DM, and it's an all-original campaign), but a heckuva lot of fun! Mostly, though I'm looking forward to sleeping!

I adore my HS/MS teaching; the school is amazing, the kids are fantastic, I can throw pretty much anything at them and they will tackle it head on. But OMG, I am so not a morning person! At least they start a bit later than Niblet's school, but I still have to get up to get him up, and even so, it's not by much. :( *yawn* Sooooooo sleepy.....
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[personal profile] havocthecat
I have a friend with a friend who's over Laurell K. Hamilton and is looking for genre recs, so would you please rec your paranormal romance and urban fantasy favorites in the comments here? I've already texted recs, but I'm always on the hunt for new ones and so is the FoaF, so anything you think is good, drop a comment.

Any genre of pairings is welcome. Thanks!

Iron Fist: Further Thoughts

Apr. 20th, 2017 10:47 am
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[personal profile] havocthecat
Still not done with the series. I'm not as into it as Mr. Havoc, who has a long time comics love of Iron Fist. Though now I know why Colleen puts up with Danny. Spoilers, spoilers everywhere. )

Penguicon in a little over a week

Apr. 20th, 2017 09:13 am
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[personal profile] brainwane
I'm one of the Guests of Honor at Penguicon, April 28-30 in Southfield, Michigan. Penguicon is a combination of an open source conference and a science fiction convention. Here's my schedule including some more funny bits and some more thinky bits. It'd be lovely to see some Dreamwidth acquaintances there!

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