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Going through my music collection in alphabetical order, instead of cherry-picking a playlist of songs I want to hear...there's a lot of these that I wonder "why do I even have this??"

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Had to drop Medium. There was plenty to like about it -- protagonist was cool, I liked that she had kids and they interacted in age-appropriate ways with her work, I liked that there was a general population of psychic people she would run into once in a while (even though they're still too rare for the general public to buy the idea).

Buuuut the crimes got too gory for me to stomach. (See also: why I will never pick up Hannibal.)

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On the plus side: I mainlined The Good Wife recently, and, wow, that was so great.

It's about a lawyer married to a politician, and those two spheres of her life interact like The West Wing hybridized with Boston Legal -- incorporating good parts of each. So much competence porn! With a female lead! (Who has female friends!)

Bonus: she's an atheist, and it's so well-portrayed. It's low-key, no soapboxing or strawman arguments about it, but when the topic comes up, it's there. And she's not guilted about it -- the narrative doesn't act like she's less moral because of it, and she's not deep-down Yearning For Something To Believe In.

The supporting cast is great. The ensembles of judges/recurring clients/opposing lawyers, all with their signature quirks and weirdnesses. ("I'm just a simple Michigan girl, you'll have to talk me through this...") ("In your opinion?")

Chloe from Don't Trust The B---- in Apt 23 guest-starred (as a client) as the moderator of an Ashley-Madison-type website, which is perfect.

Vague spoilers for Season 5: I love the big twist midway through. So many shows save that kind of Shocking Twist for a season finale, and if they tease "tonight: someone will die!!" in an earlier episode, it'll be a throwaway character or otherwise not a big deal. This show, no, they went there -- unambiguously, in a way there was no going back from -- and gave themselves the whole rest of the season to explore the fallout. Not to mention, the will-they-or-won't-they tension up until that point had been such a stock arc -- but how many series have pulled this in the middle of it?

(I should say that I liked the character, this isn't about any animosity towards them, it's just, wow, that was good storytelling.)

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Finished my West Wing rewatch. Still good. Smart and funny, CJ should run everything, and my Josh-and-Donna feelings are still right there the second time around.

Although, wow, did season 7 ever drag. It's like the Daily Show: a lot of it can be re-watched, but once you get deep into an election season it's just tiring, because so much of the original interest came from tension over who was going to win. The debate episode is the only one I flat-out skipped.

Plus, the main characters were scattered across the country and everyone was fighting. So that was draining and unappealing.

I do want to praise "Noel" for being no-less gut-wrenching even when you knew where it was going. (And when you knew it was one of many, many points/events/reveals that would almost never come up again.)

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Tried to watch both Alpha House and Veep, hoping to find some more of the same magic.

No luck. Neither one is as smart, which would be fine since they're both supposed to be straight-up comedies, except neither one is all that funny, either =/

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Also gave up on Diabolik Lovers, because I was sold on "heroine has dark romantic/sexual tension with bad-for-you-but-so-hot vampire boys" and got "the vampire boys are just kinda mean with no appeal, and it's hard for the heroine to have tension with anyone when she has all the characterization of a cardboard cutout."

It's like I was promised a show with seven Jareths, and got seven Edward Cullens. This isn't what I ordered, waiter! Send it back to the kitchen.
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I will never be able to thank [twitter.com profile] KateElliottSFF enough for her Omniscient Breasts essay.

Some recent reading because I've been, as stated mournfully several times, very unconscious recently. Don't even ask how long it took me to stay awake to read some of these books.



Reading detail! )

Followups and reiterations

Sep. 1st, 2015 08:25 pm
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An oldie (2013) but an apposite goodie:
Matt Haig, 30 things to tell a book snob. Go Mr Haig, such good sense.

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More on male contraception, which comes to conclusions that, given the remarkable takeup of vasectomy in the 70s, seems surprising, even though they are the sort of thing that seems to make intuitive sense. (And as I have commented in this context before, there's a difference between positing a pill or an implant to blokes as just an idea, and the decision they might make within a particular relationship scenario.)
Most men say they wouldn't take a male contraceptive pill, and I'm not surprised. The anecdata factor in this looks strong...

And while I'm on the subject of the reproductive system of the human male: A year after it was established, Britain’s national sperm bank has admitted it has only nine registered donors – prompting its boss to urge men to prove their manhood by donating sperm. (Apparently business in imported sperm is booming...) Makes some interesting points about a) what people looking for donor sperm want and how realistic that is b) the tension between altruitism and vanity as motivations to donate.

Daily Happiness

Sep. 1st, 2015 12:20 am
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1. I went in to work for a bit today, but it was only a little over two hours, so I mostly had the day free. And that's overtime, so it means extra money.

2. It's really quite a bit cooler today, and especially tonight, than it has been. I haven't had the fan on much at all today, and it was even feeling cool enough that I used the oven for dinner!

3. Dinner was delicious! I got some ginger pork from work the other day and was trying to think what to do with it when I got the idea to use it as a french fry topping. There were some sweet potato fries in the freezer, so I just cooked those, then topped them with the pork, some kimchi, and some mozzarella, and it was sooooooo good. I will definitely be making that again. (I still have more of all the ingredients!)

4. I hadn't done any lyrics translations all month because of being busy, but I managed to get a few done today so that I didn't break my streak of posting every month this year.

Adventures Elsewhere - August 2015

Aug. 31st, 2015 03:28 pm
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Adventures Elsewhere collects our reviews, guest posts, articles, and other content we've spread across the Internet recently! See what we've been up in our other projects. :D


Read more... )

Unculinary

Aug. 31st, 2015 09:27 pm
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Because of being away for the Bank Holiday weekend.

There has been some bread-baking, however:

Last week there was a Standen loaf - 2:2:1 wholemeal/white spelt/buckwheat flour (white spelt because it turned out what I thought was a fresh bag of strong white was wholemeal).

Saturday breakfast rolls were Tassajarra method maple-ginger-cranberry.

Today on return I made a loaf of the Three Malts and Sunflower Seed flour.

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Yes, it's Jonathan Jones again, this time dissing on Sir Terry Pratchett and people who write popular books (that is, people of this present day who write books that are loved by the public)*, in comparison to oh, ye Gr8 Canonykle Wryterz of Gr8 Litrachur -

Is this not, my dearios, a tiresome affectation that The Past Was Good, the Present Is Crap, that I noted in Mr Jones's moaning about modern artists and Kate Moss as icon?

Because he is a modern avatar of a recurrent theme, which is This Awful Modern Generation of [Practitioners of some Art/new genre of Art, popular among The Masses], so unlike Ye Passte, and in the 1930s he would have been moaning about movies as a form, including specific individual examples that I am sure he will now in this year of grace consider Classix of the Arte Cinematique.**

C. 1820 he would have been whingeing on that the Romantic Poets were AWFUL, so very much not like Pope, and what is this thing that this thing is, this dreadful NOVEL by A WOMAN about the trivial matters of a wimpy poor relation in a gentry household, how is this worthy to stand by FIELDING or RICHARDSON.

A few decades later and it would be (we guess) DICKENS is not like SCOTT and is a mere journalist pandering in sensation.

(This is, I think, a different thing from people who diss on Modern Art, which is seen as Highbrow and pretentious, rather than panderingly populist: in fact maybe it is just the inversion of same.)

I do not think that Mr Jones can have been reading the current series in The Guardian in which people write about the Books That Changed Their Life, because this shows how very various are the books that do that for individuals and it is not necessarily works of Universally Acknowledged Gr8 Lit.

As a palate cleanser, have this piece snarking J Franzen for his attitude to women writers and the quote-unquote 'sub-literary', and defending 'comfort reads'. I don't agree with it all, and I think it's possibly still a bit buying into the value-system, but it makes the case for LOVE of particular books rather than patting oneself on the back for having read/appreciated them because they are culturally respected.

*No, really, not linking, I am sure my dearios can make it up for themselves, second verse, same as the first, etc etc.

**This post gets him bang to rights about the embedded cultural elitism in that theme.

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The Story of the Shower Curtain Rail was posted in my photoblog on Tumblr because it's easy to embed pictures there and my mom reads it regularly, for her convenience.

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Aug. 31st, 2015 12:41 pm
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Anyone remember a meta entry about the Bruce/Natasha storyline in Avengers "Age of Ultron", making the argument that it totally felt like a forced fanfic OTP? One of the listed reasons was the trope of a different character telling them how cute they are together because the chemistry isn't convincing on its own, but that's basically all I still remember. I must have gotten it from somewhere around here, but I only went through the meta community for a few weeks before becoming too overwhelmed.

ETA: Found! Thanks, [personal profile] enemyofperfect! buckyballbearing (tumblr): On "canon fanfic":

"To me, the entire movie felt like I’d clicked on an action-adventure fic tagged “Green Widow, Clint/OC, past Steve/Peggy, Tony/Pepper (mention)”. I was supposed to view the work expecting that these are the designated endgame pairings, and actively desire that outcome. And while there are certainly great fanfics out there that could probably convince me to buy in, unfortunately, AoU relied on some of my less favorite fanfic tropes ..."

Promptness!

Aug. 31st, 2015 01:41 am
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[personal profile] thebonesofferalletters wrote the excellent calling down the moon, so we might change the stars in response to my prompt. You should consider leaving one of your own!

And if you haven't yet left a prompt for the September Birdcage, please feel free! It's open for prompts until Friday the 4th.

Daily Happiness

Aug. 30th, 2015 11:30 pm
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1. Even with the translation of doom going on, I still managed to get Gunjo done before the end of the month.

2. With Carla out of town, I get the bed to myself for three whole weeks! It's pretty nice.

3. Day off tomorrow! I have to go in for a couple hours, but I'm not going in until late morning/midday, so I still get to sleep in and not rush.

Good point

Aug. 30th, 2015 07:47 pm
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Reluctant to link to this as it is in the midst of some rather annoying letters in yesterday's Guardian Weekend:

Rather than an increased inability to endure discomfort, there is a simpler explanation as to why waiting 30 seconds for a microwave can seem more tedious than waiting an hour for an oven. It’s that an hour is plenty of time to go and do something else.

Oh yes, that. Those little bits of time that are like pieces of string too short for any purpose.

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Aug. 30th, 2015 10:52 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] antisoppist and [personal profile] castiron!

Scanlations: Gunjo ch. 15c

Aug. 30th, 2015 12:09 am
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Finally, the conclusion to chapter 15!



Title: Gunjo
Original Title: 群青 (Gunjou)
Author: Nakamura Ching
Publisher: Ikki Comics
Genre: Seinen
Status in Japan: 3 volumes, complete
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations + HotCakes
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: Out of desperation, a woman asks an old high school friend to kill her abusive husband for her. The friend, having long been in love with this woman, does it, and now they are on the run from the law.

Chapter Summary: Just when things are starting to look up...



Chapter 15c

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