lyssie: (Ace and Shou Youin)
YOU GUYS. Havoc was talking about newbs in fandom and their incessant need to believe they've done something first and that LJ is 'ye olden days' and such -

And someone in her comments mentioned OTL. And I went "I wonder if Topica still exists" and it does.

And my login still works.

And it is entirely fitting that DarkMark is spamming OTL with an invite to LinkedIn.

(and, like, two of you will care, but whatever).

No one has posted fic to OTL since 2009. I don't know how to feel about that (I mean, yeah, OutsideTheLines and mailing lists are a bit obsolete in general, but those were the days, y'know). LJ and Twitter and Facebook and Myspace and half a dozen other things (message boards becoming more functional and interactive) killed mailing lists. I think.

Maybe.

Also, the days of the personal archive are long past, everyone uses bit multi-purpose archives like Ff'net and AO3 and some that I probably don't even know.

Mostly, though, my OTL password is still the most ridiculous thing ever (I even said "I bet it's still this" and it was).
lyssie: (Domino)
I hadn't actually realized it was out (like I pay any attention to movies, girls. Alice was out for like three weeks before I knew it).

Anyway, we went and saw it earlier tonight.
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lyssie: (Clara Oswald)
1. Flist, I have a very important question that I almost posted to twitter but forgot about. Did Jonas Quinn ever wear a bandanna a la Daniel Jackson and his do-rag of shame? (and why do I think I've asked this before? I don't even know WHY I wondered about this one my way home today).

2. It has come to my attention that I've not talked comics in, like, ages. (probably because I subsist on trades these days; holy shit it was back in 2014) And

  • Rat Queens is currently on hiatus (and reading up on it, there has apparently been a quagmire of drama over the book for the last two years that I didn't even know about). This makes me sad. Although perhaps there is hope?
  • Phonogram: The Immaterial Girl was everything I ever wanted in a story about Emily Aster. I love that woman, even if she's an asshole.
  • Amazon keeps suggesting comics to me, which is why I've picked up:

    • Copperhead - it's a gritty space-age western with a badass female sheriff who is the quintessential cranky John Wayne type. Plus there's alien tensions, kidnapping, the heroine has sex, and bad things are on the horizon. (I totally loved it, ok, I can't help that I am weak for confident women having sex)
    • Paper Girls TOTAL 80's nostalgia trip, it's Twilight-Zone-influenced and hilarious and amazing. Plot? A group of paper girls on bikes vs what might be aliens in their sub-division. I love it.

  • I continue to buy Saga, Lazarus, Sex Criminals, Ms. Marvel & Captain Marvel, but I haven't actually read all of them yet (I think I'm three trades behind in all but SC).
  • I keep waiting for the new Velvet & Saucer Country trades in the vain hope they're not actually finished.
  • I did read The Wicked and the Divine and, like Phonogram, it is a delight.
  • Things I am not reading: most of Marvel, all of DC, and I may have accidentally broken up with Ghostbusters (but the movie may fill the hole in my life).
  • Also not reading any of the new Doctor Who stuff out of (probably) loyalty to IDW. And also because I am not made of money.
  • Where is my Painkiller Jane move, Mr. Palmiotti? Where? (I know, Emanuelle Vaugier and Kristanna Lokken are hard acts to follow)


3. Speaking of media, I am aware that there is new space opera on tv. However, I'm also sure none of you are surprised that I watched the first two episodes of The Shannara Chronicles the other day instead of Killjoys or Dark Matter. And unlike Legend of the Seeker I did not spend the entire thing going "please die, leading males, please fucking die as you are annoying and dull and boring." Instead, I mostly went "Oh, Wil, you're not that bright." and "I'm sorry, Allanon, that people are stupid and childish." and "What the fuck is Amberle wearing. WHY." (although, the thoughts were actually in reverse order). Idk. Epic fantasy apparently has hold of me right now? I liked Mr. Long-Suffering Druid and Amberle and Eretria, and Wil is adorable like a puppy.

3a. I think I'm terrified that all of the Who audio I listen to will make me super-critical of space opera (I mean, the Tricia Helfer thing from last year was probably amazing, but I couldn't last twenty minutes because dead girls and too many sexist males, but). Which is why I didn't try the other two.

3b. I also need to watch Wynnona Earp. And The Living and the Dead. (because creepy Victorian Gothic Horror; also, I'm pretty sure that if someone did a gothic horror series starring Romoloa Garai and Mia Wasikowski I would be all over that)

4. I did recently re-watch the Marple version of The Sittaford Mystery with Zoe Telford and Carey Mulligan. As always, it was excellent and I love Emily and Violet (and ship them so violently it's sad). And it made me want to work out more of a plot and finish the Emily/Violet fic I started the last time I watched (because Emily follows the money, but she can't help loving Violet, and Violet dislikes being used for her money but Emily is exactly what she needs now). Possibly there were Russian spies involved (shut up, I like spies and it was the 50's, and the Red Scare was a thing then. Besides, they were in South America. or maybe Prague)

5. So, my grand re-read of the Virgin NAs hit a snag as I realized that I would have to actually read Falls the Shadow. I certainly didn't manage it my first time through, and my completist brain wants to not skip. Sigh. But it's so long and full of dull torture, ma. */whines* Which is to say I haven't actually read anything since finishing off St. Anthony's Fire.

5a. Though, to be fair, I don't think I've managed to read an actual book this year. Perhaps I should break that curve.
lyssie: (Fiona and Adam)
1. I am working on the prompts from the previous.

2. My brain on Big FinishRead more... )

3. I was standing about five feet away when the bus stop sign fell over. Too windy, I assume. Normally, though? I'm standing right next to it (if it hadn't been raining, I wouldn't have been sheltering under the bridge). It looked the like the bottom of the pole rusted through.

4. The complicated thing about listening to Scandal in Belgravia is when you get to the point that you're wondering why Harry Pierce got one over on Mycroft Holmes and if this is how Erin inserted herself into multiple terrorist organisations.

And then when one researches, one discovers that Sherlock aired about three months after the end of series ten (and far before the Spooks movie), and one wonders if this is how Erin built her cover for the terrorist insertion (because it was splashy and ridiculous and convoluted, which is very Spooks-like)

Which leads to the following going nowhere and resurrecting people ficlet (spoilery for series 10 of Spooks?):Read more... )
lyssie: (Clara Oswald)
Disclaimer: not mine
Fandoms: Doctor Who, Sherlock
Characters: Clara, Sherlock, John
Length: short (600 words)
Spoilers: Er, none, really, but season 3 for Sherlock.
Set: after Day of the Doctor; during His Last Vow
Notes: the problem with listening to bits and pieces of His Last Vow whilst previously listening to bits of Day of the Doctor is when the syntax/conversations meld into each other. Resulting in the following. And no, it really isn't anything but a bit of ridiculous fluff.
we pick up in media res )
lyssie: (Lizzeh and Teyla)
1. Femslash Today porn battle taking prompts: http://femslash-today.livejournal.com/626839.html (c'mon, prompt ridiculous things, I already have). (also: anyone who can spot the theme in my prompts wins a gold star)

2. three-day weekends are amazing.

3. Stealing this meme from [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook:
Give me two characters from different fandoms you know I'm familiar with, and I'll give you a dialogue happening between the two of them. Without justifying how the crossover would work, how their worlds clashed or how they could even meet each other. Just a silly crossover conversation with no backstory, for fun.
lyssie: (Cassandra is full of glee)
1. Really loving the new Garbage album, 'Strange Little Birds'. Favorite tracks so far: "So We Can Stay Alive", "Amends", and "Teaching Little Fingers to Play". (so, yeah, basically, the last three songs on the album) Additionally, "Sometimes", and "Even Though Our Love is Doomed" are good. And I like the album as a whole, so, kudos to them for being amazing still.

2. I replaced my laptop keyboard, so I have a working 'c' key again, and I'm loving being able to type without going "shit, did I hit the C hard enough?" Also proud of having done it myself.

3. My dad's phone drunk-dialed me (well, he was trying to text and called instead) while I was standing on the Loudest Bus Stop Ever. So I ended up calling him back and then calling my mother. And my mother was talking about work and whilst doing so, had such a southern Missorah accent, I was half-tempted to tell her so (I assume it's because she's subconsciously producing it since she probably picks it up while at the office).

4. I finally have met Mrs. Clarke in the Big Finish audios, and quite like her (although, how many times HAS the Doctor been in WW2? At this point, the answer is "Far too many to have not crossed his own path"). I'm also eagerly anticipating the upcoming Ace-Mel-Seven trilogy (after Ace-Benny-Seven, my Team TARDIS. I blame Virgin's NAs) I do miss Flip, though. I quite liked her.

5. John Rogers has been a tweetdemon all day, which was good, since I had nothing else to read on break/lunch.
lyssie: (Emma Bishop has glowy eyes)
Non-spoilery thought: if you are looking for a movie with a female lead, multiple women having conversations and multiple complicated female-female relationships, women having agency and making their own choices? Yeah, this is the move fandom keeps screaming for.

And given the poor box office response, this is yet another movie Hollywood execs are going to point at and say, "We gave you what you wanted, you didn't watch it, so we know that making more movies like that is worthless to us."

Here's hoping the new Ghostbusters doesn't get added to that list.

However, on with the review/plot discussion/etc.
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lyssie: (Jo Grant: Dalek killer)
I do totally live. I've tried catching up a few times and given it up as a bad business.

1. Work is... well, one co-worker has shifted to a different position, and our boss has moved to a different division (it's a great move for him), and my last co-worker and I are basically like "So, we report to each other now, ya?" Because A's position is not being filled (per rumor), and boss R's position is not easy to fill (if anyone knows someone with lots of technical accounting skill, now is the time to send them my way--especially if they want to move to Milwaukee)

2. I did not go to Wiscon this year. I don't really miss it. I miss meeting people, but not the con itself. Besides, I went to Madison for Costume Con a couple weeks ago (and was amused, because: Teslacon hotel was not dolled up for Teslacon).

3. Amusingly, a fic I wrote eons ago that I was mostly only proud of due to it making the whole Ororo/T'Challa thing make sense in my head is now getting kudos. Ah, Marvel fandom. That's on AO3. On FF'net, people are still favoriting/following my Sam/Jack and Scully/Mulder fic (and sometimes, Kara/Sam)

4. I have not kept up with any tv, not even my beloved Motive. Instead, I have been re-watching Marple and Midsomer Murders and reading bad fic.
lyssie: (Angie and Vega)
Srsly, yo. The response to multiple people replying to all to request being taken off the list of people receiving notifications is.... NOT TO REPLY TO ALL.

Holy shit, folks.

It was Reply To All Day over the weekend to the tune of five hundred useless emails in my inbox at work.

To be fair. The macros towards the end of today were entertaining.

(but, srsly, how can anyone in IT Security be surprised our employees fall for phishing emails?)

And a second to be fair: a bunch of the extraneous emails were the automatic ticket creation server notifying everyone of the helpdesk tickets being created.

Otoh, where the fuck did February go? I am so god-damned behind on everything.

I have seen Deadpool and enjoyed the hell out of it (if you're a fan of taking the piss out of the superhero genre, this is probably for you). Not to mention, I had no idea Morena Baccarin was in it, but she is, and she was excellent. And Ryan Reynolds is a month younger than me and also amazing. (seriously, I had no idea anyone could actually do Wade justice, and yet, there's Ryan Reynolds.)

There were trailers for Civil War and DC's big Event Movie, and neither were particularly interesting (I was disappointed we didn't get a third helping of "WE are here to save a world that hates and fears us!" when they neglected to show the X-Men: AoA trailer).

Srsly. So many penises. So many dull speeches. So uninterested.

At least I have, um....

Um.

idek.

Motive is back soon? I think? (I'll be over here, watching Kristin Lehman be entertaining, ok)
lyssie: (Scully isn't confused)
1. [livejournal.com profile] dw_guestfest is open for prompts and sign-ups! Go prompt for those obscure Doctor Who characters.

2. In researching to see if I'd posted about Challenger, I came across things I have no memory of writing (like Jo Harvelle/Dean Winchester porn. idek, but I still blame [livejournal.com profile] aj), and this big-ass unfinished BSG thing that I have no idea where or what or how I was going with it. Pity.

3. Work continues to be work. Yesterday, someone told me that I now have more responsibilities (there has been...shifting in IT, apparently). Oh joy. Otoh, job security. On the other, I don't have enough time to do everything I'm responsible for now. (and let's not get into the intercompany clusterfuck that is fucking transportation's fault, those incompetent assholes)

4. However, the one upside to work yesterday was that, in a fit of insanity Thursday night I put the entire folder of random tv-movie-related sound files on my computer. So I spent an hour and a half yesterday morning hearing quotes from everything from Buffy to Touching Evil (UK--and can I talk about how disconcerting it is to hear Ruth Evershed say "If there's going to be any hitting going on, I'll be the one doing it."? Because Susan Taylor was hardcore, but Ruth is... not so much. At least, not in that fashion) to - and this was the BEST BIT EVER - the recordings I'd made of sped-up versions of BSG quotes. "No more Mr. Nice Gaius!" is the MOST HILARIOUS THING when he's a chipmunk, you guys. I was practically on the floor, there. And Monty Python. And some Who. And some Stargate. And Farscape (John Crichton, I missss youuuu)

5. [livejournal.com profile] halfamoon is up again this year.

6. Have the latest (and the one before? idek) AO3 stats meme, which I was bored and did the ff'net stats, too. At least I know my password there again.
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lyssie: (Taylor and Creegan angst)
So, in catching up with my flist, there were two posts (possibly more? But they were the two I noted) regarding the Challenge disaster. Which was 30 years ago (because I'm old). This caused a jaunt down memory lane--I tried to see if I'd posted about it before in January and it doesn't appear that I have.

To that end, I'm going to half-repeat myself from my comment in [livejournal.com profile] wiliqueen's post and expand and elaborate and babble. Because why not.
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lyssie: (Fiona and Adam)
I am working on a Doctor Who post, but it's taking time to assemble my thoughts with any sort of coherency (long gone are the days of SFF, wherein I'd manage something right after or even during an episode).

In lieu of that, have some more thoughts on Spooks.

I've continued to listen to Spooks at work over this week, and it's rekindled the need to watch it again. I'll probably start doing so (I already girded my loins and dug into 8x1 on Wednesday for a fix, and then the first tennish minutes of 9x1 because Harry).
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lyssie: (Jo Portman)
1. Really. Bowie and Rickman in one week? Was it too much to ask not to spread them out a bit?

2. I am officially caught up on Doctor Who. Points to me for not stopping until I'd made it all the way through. No points to me for taking so bloody long.

3. I have also, disturbingly, caught up entirely on Sherlock. I blame the bushy-haired tall dude. Because he's not as tall as Trucco and Tahmoh, but he is tall, even if he's a bit odd-looking. (ok, also, Mary. And Molly.) and that voice, god

4. I should write up review things about the above two points, but they might entirely consist of "Can I have one?" (Clara) and "Can I have one?" (Sherlock). (ok, I'm not entirely that shallow)

(mostly)

5. In other news, I was listening to Spooks at work the other day (as you do, when windows keeps cuing up the episodes), and I realized that Tom Quinn is still the Angstiest Spy Ever, but Adam definitely gives him a run for his title. And as a whole, Harry's team really are the Worst, Most Obvious Spies. (also, Harry says something in a fourth series episode about not wanting to play god and I practically fell out of my chair. REALLY, HARRY. REALLY) And Ros, Ruth and Jo remain my favorites--if I had to quickly pick a team of women to storm the world, they'd be it. (and possibly Molly Hooper for medical backup. Or maybe Martha Jones. I can't decide which)

6. Like, a month ago I went down and visited [livejournal.com profile] aj and [livejournal.com profile] havocthecat, and there were potatoes and latkes and long conversations and it's been way too long since I'd seen them. And it was amazing to hang out. We all agreed that we are not too old for fandom, and that it sometimes is a bit scary to think about how long it's been since we entered said establishment and/or met each other (for reals, every time someone on my flist talks about the age of their children--if they have them--I suddenly am like "shit, I remember when...").

7. Christmas happened, saw parts of my family. Didn't see others. Drove a Ford Focus down and back, and it was lovely. (my sis and bro-in-law almost spoiled me for DW s9 and the xmas special, but I was all "la la la, can't hear you" at them. And then my sis was saying that she didn't get Elementary, 'cause Joan Watson sounds wrong, and I almost said "them's fighting words" but got distracted 'cause Joan would be like "...whatever" and go solve crime)

8. Watched the recent adaption of And Then Where None and thought it was very well done. Dark, gothic and very compelling (even if the music was occasionally a bit much). I also managed to not want it to end the way it did (and for once, fandom gave me presents in that the pairing I wanted to read is about the only thing out there--I know they are awful, awful people, but I ship it like I shipped everyone in Crimson Peak, ok)

9. I fell down on the job with keeping a booklist over the last year, so I've no idea what I read over the year. Perhaps I'll manage better this year. The only thing I remember is re-reading Georgiana again (I can't help it, Georgie is ridiculous and forthright and clever and she shoots him this one time, that's like Lyssie kryptonite served up with milk chocolate truffles)

10. I really have to stop with the parenthetical statements (even if they are fun, this is not prose, dammit).

(sigh)
lyssie: (Thanos' friends are dead)
Hi! I am alive, and I totally exist. I've just been... reading bad fanfic? A lot? OK, so, thoughts:

1. Three Sentence Ficathon - lots of different fandoms and characters. I've even written some fills (go prompt, and write, and comment)

2. TABLE OF INIQUITY. It hurts that I can't say that to the average Elizabeth Weir/John Sheppard 'shipper, because they would have no clue what I was talking about. otoh, it does indicate how fucking old I am.

3. I am so far behind on, like, ALL tv (I was caught up! For, like, two days...). Doctor Who, The Librarians, Elementary, Person of Interest, Covert Affairs, Lost Girl, Sleepy Hollow, Continuum, all of the new Skiffy stuff. Sigh. I keep coming up with other things to do. Or read.

4. Apparently not doing nanowrimo triggered femslash porn (well, ok, one fic; nothing else that's porny seems to work). It was really strange to actually write and post without that gate-keeper shrieking. But I was tired last night and there really wasn't time to edit or really worry about peoples' reactions (and enough people liked it, so, yay me). Now to review and edit later this week to post to AO3. (yes, I was considering doing nano to try and prod myself into finishing things... well, that worked out.)

5. Teslacon happened a week or so ago. It was entertaining, and I got wonderfully drunk on Friday night. I also finally pulled the patchwork skirt apart and added some proper panels to replace the ragged one and the hot pink one which I've never liked. It is now a slightly better length (and I only went through seven yards of lace to finish the bottom, not the eight of last time).
lyssie: (Lizzeh and Teyla)
too many characters for fitting in the comment box at porn battle. v porny. non-spellchecked as I should be in bed.
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lyssie: (Emma Bishop has glowy eyes)
I don't know if I have the ability to write lengthy reviews anymore.

Last Sunday, we went to see Crimson Peak, the new gothic romance from Guillermo del Toro. It was a mostly empty theatre.
Cut because lots of spoilers, and I really got carried away and sort of summarized the whole plot? )
lyssie: (Kara and Sam kissing)
1. Dragoncon happened, I am sure there was more to my thoughts on it, but I spent most of the leadup sick (strep) and it can be summed up as: Thursday--passed out early; Friday-Sunday--normal Lyssie DC hours (ie, up at ten, dead asleep by four am). Went to three? panels. Had birthday dinner. Ran around in my skirt. Bought comic trades. Had a blast.

2. [livejournal.com profile] sparktober is here. I have no fucking clue where the whole god-damned year went.

3. Layoffs at work with the FY ending (it's supposedly, like, 2K globally). So far, not laid off (also, they would shoot themselves in the AP foot and they fucking know it)

4. Have seen both episodes of series 9 of Who. Should at some point note down thoughts.

5. Listened to a lot of series 8/series 5 today. I miss River Song.

6. Who is damn quotable, sometimes.

7. I did attempt to catch up on Covert Affairs, I mainlined seasons one-three (I got stopped mid-season three last time), and now season four is... dragging. So I've paused that for a bit.

8. Am considering re-watching Farscape. Again.
lyssie: (Boomer and the things we do for love)
dear adblock, NEVER LEAVE ME AGAIN. ever.

I had no idea what hideous things I wasn't seeing. *shudders*

It occurred to me that it's been, like, 10+ years since BSG began as a regular series (you guys, it's been 10 years since I looked at Starbuck punching Tigh and was like "pls can I have one?" Sadly, I do not yet have one. Though there was a lot of fic written.)

Moff is giving me a late birthday present by having the new series of Who premiere in September.

In desperation, I listened to 200 cigarettes twice in a row, today.

(Idk what I want to be when I grow up, but can it contain lots of tequila?)

There are 7091 songs on my current winamp playlist. I was getting bored with the lack of variety.

Dragon*Con is approaching way too fucking fast (I cannot believe we are in AUGUST, ok. Like, ffs, IT WAS JUST MAY). I am getting the week prior off and visiting my sibling, nephew and bro-in-law. EEEEE. =D

/random things

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