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I also watched Moana and Hidden Figures recently. Hidden Figures was obviously highly dramatized, but most of it worked. I say "most" because the white characters are obviously there to make white people feel better and like THEY would stand up against racism in the same situation. There' this one much-discussed scene with Kevin Costner's character where you can practically FEEL all the middleaged white men in the audience sitting up a little bit straighter, certain that they, too, would have taken a dramatic stand against injustice and segregation if they. Moana was lovely and wonderfully mythic and definitely worthy of the "classic Disney musical" label, though, like Tangled and Frozen, it's a little TOO aware of Disney Princess tropes and cultural standing, and wants to make sure you know it knows. People talk a lot less about Moana's lack of a love interest than they do Merida's in Brave, but I think it actually worked a lot better in Moana. Brave reminded us every chance it got that Merida didn't have a love interest and didn't want one. Moana never brings it up. It treats Moana having her on adventures without a boyfriend as the norm, not as an exception to the rule that should be applauded. It simply never comes up at all.
I watched 3 movies in April, which is 1 more movie than I watched in the previous 3 months combined. I also removed one movie from my backlog-The Phantom of the Theatre (no relation to Phantom of the Opera, as far as I know)-but got bored.
So hey, I found this:
They have a challenge that's going to close for signups real soon and like NO ONE has signed up for it.
Sign-ups: April 24-May 1
Assignments sent out: May 3 (or earlier)
Assignments due: June 14
Assignments revealed: June 21
Creators revealed: June 28
I'm not sure what to do myself. The comm has 22 members. But there is NOTHING in the exchange tag set, which I'm not sure how that would work .
ETA: Ah, the mod says to use last year's tag set, which has a pile of characters and relationships under "Characters."
And this is way last minute, but I only tripped over the comm and the exchange yesterday, while browsing Tumblr.
I signed up for Not Prime Time last night and discovered that requesting 'any' for characters/relationships wasn't allowed. I had two fandoms with specific character requests and four where I wanted any. I had to narrow things down. I suspect I wouldn't have bothered nominating twelve options if I'd known I could only request eight.
The FFnet troll is still at it. I'm deleting the messages unread. I'm not getting other FFnet comments at the moment, so I may just start sending everything straight to trash. That'll save me the two or three seconds that deleting takes.
Scott tried the turkey bratwurst with pork casings last night and is having some minor trouble. He's not entirely convinced that's the cause, but he's also not certain it's not. And this makes two times with trouble after pork out of two tries, so... Yeah. I foresee a lot of chicken in our future. I just hope this doesn't stretch to include problems with dairy. Things starting to get worse after seventeen years is surprising. We don't know why the change, and we don't know that it will stop.
My mother is in Michigan and apparently has been for two weeks without telling us. It's frustrating but very typical of her. I talked to her yesterday. She said she might try to get over this way some time in the next couple of weeks but that it depends on her finding a contractor who will actually show up when promised and do the work she needs done.
I have a bunch of tiny things that I want to get done but that aren't important enough for me to have given them priority any time in the last few months. None of them will take more than fifteen minutes, but they're just that bit too much for me.
Okay. Nap time.
A lovely review of vol. 1 of The Girl from the Other Side: Siúil, a Rún, a series I'm adapting for Seven Seas. Vol. 2 comes out next month. (I quite like this review too.)
"Embrace SUPERNATURAL History with John Winchester Journal Replica/Road Map (Exclusive)".
"Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat! Gave Me Everything I Ever Wanted in a Superhero Comic Book". [io9]
"Anne Rice's 'Vampire Chronicles' TV series is happening".
"Yuri!!! on Ice Anime Gets Brand-New Film". [ANN] "The announcement specifically rules out the film as a recompilation of the television anime." And here's a Twitter thread about the Yuri on Stage event drama performed by the voice actors (this thread explains the event).
"Death Note Producer Doesn’t Understand Everything Wrong With This Adaptation". [The Mary Sue]
"A Black and White Version of Logan Is Coming to Theaters for One Night Only".
"I Worked at Fyre Festival. It Was Always Going to Be a Disaster".
"The Critical Evolution Of LGBTQ+ Young Adult Literature". [The Establishment, 2016]
"Female Dragonflies Fake Their Own Deaths to Avoid Males".
As a general rule I avoid ALL THINGS SPIDER-RELATED, but this tweet with extreme closeups of spider feet crossed my radar, and they're...well, the text of the tweet is "You ever look at spider feet up close, they're basically kitty paws".
A local food blog posted "Iconic Foods of Canada: Nova Scotia".
"How Online Shopping Makes Suckers of Us All: Will you pay more for those shoes before 7 p.m.? Would the price tag be different if you lived in the suburbs? Standard prices and simple discounts are giving way to far more exotic strategies, designed to extract every last dollar from the consumer".
"Your Brain on Drug Policy: Rachael Leigh Cook returns with an updated drug message in this PSA".
"Torching the Modern-Day Library of Alexandria: “Somewhere at Google there is a database containing 25 million books and nobody is allowed to read them.”" [Note: there's an annoying animated gif right at the top of the article.]
"Game of Thrones star speaks out against 'horrendous' treatment of refugees: Lena Headey was talking about new film The Flood, which focuses on refugees coming to the UK".
"Why fish do not deserve their reputation for forgetfulness". [BBC]
"The Danger of Being Neighborly Without a Permit: All over America, people have put small 'give one, take one' book exchanges in front of their homes. Then they were told to tear them down".
"The Legacy of Feminist Frequency's Tropes vs Women Series".
2. Since I have cash, we went to DK's Donuts tonight and got some after-dinner doughnuts and doughnuts to have for breakfast tomorrow.
3. It's been getting pretty warm during the day, but is still nice and chilly at night. Warm nights are the worst, so they can continue to stay away for a good long while!
4. Molly's such a pretty kitty!
Title: Koi-iji: Love Glutton
Original Title: こいいじ (Koiiji)
Author: Shimura Takako
Status in Japan: 5 volumes, ongoing
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations feat. Migeru
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates
Summary: 31-year-old Mame has been in love with her childhood friend Souta ever since she can remember. Despite multiple rejections, her love has stayed constant. It's become a habit more than anything, but is it one she'll ever be able to break and get on with her life?
Chapter Summary: Souta and Yume attend an old friend's wedding.
Chapter 16: An Education
Despite what I said last night, there are other things I'm hoping to get done this weekend besides work.
I'm so close to the end of The Obelisk Gate that it'll just be embarrassing if I don't get it finished, on top of annoying, as I'm enjoying it. I would've finished last night if I hadn't been tired enough that I fell asleep something like 50 pages from the end. >.<
The other thing is that I need to reupload my website. I got a note from Merrow (kinda)recently saying that the domain host had found a script and isolated the whole domain. We've both been busy, so it took a while before I got my temp login info, and now it's been another while and I haven't actually made this happen. I haven't touched FTP since whenever I last updated the site (2009? 2010?), so it feels intimidating even though I expect it'll be easy and scruloose is around to help as needed.
This happened right around when LJ was imploding, too, and right around when I was seeing a couple of people mentioning that AO3 just isn't as robust as we'd like. What a combination. o_o
In an ideal world, I'd take this opportunity to finally upload the last couple of Fruits Basket fics that never quite made it to the site and have only ever been posted here and to LJ, but that is so not happening this weekend.
(For those of you who're like "...you have a website???", my personal site has the dual purpose of hosting both my manga/anime-based fic [see also: life before Newsflesh] and my info/analysis pages for Rin and Haru from Fruits Basket; I started the latter early on in my time in the fandom when I hit my breaking point for People Being WRONG on the Internet about Rin. [So many people. So horribly wrong. >.<])
And a week or so ago someone messaged me on Tumblr to ask about my site and if it was down for maintenance (and/or did I know it was down), because they still go to it regularly to reread fic after all this time. So that made my day. ^_^
But right now, I really need to get to work.
I more or less fell over from exhaustion yesterday. I'm not looking forward to the next couple of weeks which promise to be almost as hard as the last two weeks. I made next week harder by scheduling with Medequip for Friday morning to get the c-PAP fitted/set up. I didn't have any other appointment that day, and I really, really need to do this.
My primary goal for today is to nap. I'd like to finish making up a character for Scott's Firefly game and also sign up for Not Prime Time. I think the latter won't take too long because I can mostly just copy and paste. I'm just putting it off in case someone signs up with something I know I can write but hadn't intended to offer. I'm unlikely to edit my offers after I sign up, just because that would be extra effort.
I have figured out what I need to add to my Fandom5K story to tie it up nicely (it's fine as is. This would just make it better). My hope is that this will only add one to three thousand words. Longer would be fine as long as the words come quickly. I just don't want to spend more than a day writing the scene.
The FFnet troll has sent two more messages, this time trying to tell me that my plot has holes in it. The name on the comments is different but still a guest, but the (lack of) punctuation and capitalization is the same as is the general vocabulary. My suspicion is that they're trying different attacks, trying to see if they can come up with one that will make me respond.
Scott thinks I should pat the troll on the head and tell them that the name change is really cute in the same way that a toddler hiding behind a three inch sapling and expecting not to be seen is. I fail to see why I should take that much trouble over it.
I'm kind of curious at this point as to how many other angles of attack they'll come up with. I almost need a bingo card. Wonder if I can get a blackout?
2. I had to fire someone today, which was unpleasant, and just generally made the day really emotionally draining, since it was on my mind all day leading up to it. But at least now it's over. And hopefully the store will be a more pleasant environment with them gone.
3. I finished up some more manga tonight, so it looks like I will manage to squeeze in one more chapter to post before the end of the month for sure. (And maybe another if the typesetter gets back to me.)
4. Look how big this Jasper is getting! He's six months old today.
An unforeseen (but unsurprising) side effect of not doing a bunch of preparation to settle in for a long haul is that I wasn't really able to get hold of my usual "we're all gonna grit our teeth and DO THIS THING" mindset. So even though it's only been four days in the office, and not even painfully long ones, at that (at least not for the people at my level), I am fried. Which is awkward, since I still have significantly over half a manga volume to rewrite by Monday. Whee?
(I've also had a bit of a scratchy throat since this afternoon, so it's possible some of the tiredness is because I'm fighting something off, but I sure hope not.)
All that said, the only definite thing I have planned for the weekend besides finishing that script is going into the backyard with scruloose tomorrow to talk to our next door neighbor, the condo board president, and the board member who deals with landscaping sorts of things about whether or not we can put in a second lilac shrub (this kind, as previously mentioned). scruloose talked to the neighbor a couple of days ago and got a very positive response (and also mentioned that the board is hoping to find a new home for the bush we're having [re]moved, and Neighbor expressed interest in that!), so to be honest I'm not sure why we actually need to get together to discuss it before they decide, but I also don't mind discussing it, so... *shrugs*
Cross your fingers for us!
*It's still not official that Casual Job is basically done for the spring already (other than a day or two of polishing off some backlogged transcription next week, and you bet I'll work every hour they can offer me, what with the "one week of work instead of the usual two or three MONTHS" thing), but it's as good as. Official word will probably arrive this weekend.
I love all of these fandoms. Please don't take how much or how little I say as an indication of me caring more or less about a given one. I also don't tend to feel that there is one true interpretation of a given character, and I'm not given to OTPs. I'll try most pairings as long as they don't hit one of my DNWs.
I've mostly requested '& None' groupings
Past fic exchange letters can be found here: https://the-rck.dreamwidth.org/tag/
( Likes and dislikes )
( Chronicles of Narnia )
( Phineas and Ferb )
( The Pretender )
( Rurouni Kenshin )
( Sky High )
( Weiss Kreuz )
The week after next will have three appointments for me and one for Cordelia plus Cordelia's class trip to Cedar Point which will require getting up extra early. Two of my appointments that week are the same day and in the same building but at least two hours apart.
I ended up taking a cab home because I was too tired to deal with staying out any longer than I absolutely had to, not even to get myself lunch out.
And the troll has sent me six or seven new comments, still all on the same story. I haven't looked at all of them, but the ones I did were complaints about YMMV aspects of the story, specifically characterization. If those had come first, I might have assumed a genuine desire for conversation or at least no ill will.
If this goes on, these comments will contain more words than the story. It's also very clear when the troll has leisure time. The last two days, there haven't been comments before I left for my appointments but were when I got home. Two more arrived shortly after I got home today, so it seems to be a two or three hour window.
I'm kind of beyond the pointing and laughing stage. This is tedious.