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Being as nonspoilery as possible, I'll just say outside the cut that the tone of this one is different from the tone of my last post about the finale, and leave it at that ...

Major spoilers for the White Collar series finale )

Die Markise

Dec. 19th, 2014 20:25
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A cafe hidden away in a courtyard off the Odeonsplatz…

Ein Cafe, versteckt in einem Hof unweit des Odeonplatzes…

5.9 x 5.9 inch / Oil on MDF board / 15cm x 15cm / Öl auf MDF Bord

If you would like to purchase this daily painting, please send your bid by email. Startprice 150 Euro. End of sale December 20th, 2014 at 6.00 pm (local time Berlin Germany). Terms of Sale and Right of Withdrawal.
This painting will not be dry enough to be shipped before christmas.

Wenn Sie dieses Tagesbild erwerben möchten, senden Sie bitte Ihr Gebot per email . Mindestpreis 150 Euro. Ende des Verkaufs gegen Höchstgebot am 20. Dezember 2014 um 18 Uhr. Beachten Sie bitte die Informationen zu den Verkaufsbedingungen sowie die Widerrufsbelehrung.

Dieses Bild wird nicht vor Weihnachten trocken genug zum Versand sein.

© Edward B. Gordon, all rights reserved.
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My bosses are gone for the weekend (well, one is gone until January), and I just wrote the world's dullest action scene. I put myself to sleep with it. But it can be fixed in post! Er, after the deadline, with judicious editing! 1900 words and on to the emotional climax!

(Whoever is writing for me, since I don't have a gift yet, take heart! We're all in this together!)


ETA @ 5pm AND POSTED. WHEW. I mean, it's still in need of a lot of polishing, but I wouldn't be embarrassed completely if the archive were to go live tomorrow. Editing commences tomorrow. Whew. /eta


Saw Annie

Dec. 19th, 2014 14:12
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Mostly harmless, probably entertaining for kids, and certainly for representation alone it's important.

That said, the movie didn't have the courage of its convictions. By which I mean, I feel like in some ways the movie wanted to be kind of like what The Wiz was to the Wizard of Oz, but it wasn't really willing to add that kind of edginess in its desire to appeal to a wide audience, so it ended up coming off bland, and the changes made to the original music did not do much to modernize its appeal - instead, the changes were kind of unnecessary and mostly were for the worse, I thought.

Additionally, the movie lost a lot of what was appealing about the original - the very real poverty of the orphans, contrasted with a conspicuous wealth of Daddy Warbucks. That's a common theme for Depression-era pop culture and which I think the play - and the 80's movie - really do well, but in this case, the movie somehow managed to flatten everything.

The music was ... pretty not good, considering. I guess they had the actors do their own singing, and they aren't particularly good singers, so everything was synthesized to hell with the instrumentals at high volume, to compensate. They weren't fooling anyone.

They clearly didn't want to mimic standard Broadway dance styles but they didn't go all out for anything edgy or modern, which left them doing ... very little, dance-wise.

Absolutely no one can compete with Carol Burnett's virtuoso performance as Miss Hannigan in the 1982 movie. No one.

Also, I saw a preview for Pan, and all I can say is - the Hook/Peter slash will commence about 5 minutes after that movie opens. Peter's a child so they'll find a way to age him, but. Five minutes.
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Fandom: Bandom
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Frank Iero
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [ profile] deadcrowcomics

Why this piece is awesome: This is a really cool sketch of Revenge-era Frank. I love the messy linework and the stark contrast between shadow and light.

Link: Frank sketch
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Have been staring blankly at the last sentence for about five minutes. More to write (my overall writing speed is glacial in general these days, but does speed up a hell of a lot with an external deadline), but I think I need to soak myself in hot water until I feel human so that the last third (I think I'm about 2/3s done) doesn't devolve into Dick and Jane language.

See protagonist. See protagonist and other character talk. Talk, characters, talk!

Me stuff

Dec. 19th, 2014 11:43
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My fandom stocking is here. I pretty much asked for rare pairings, because I'm a doofus, but if for some reason you'd like to give me something, feel free to go with anything I've mentioned liking in the past. I didn't even list Criminal Minds, because I figured I was already asking for too much, but it's still on the loved list.

Yuletide story is done. SGA Santa story is done. All my art deadlines I ran into (good surprise, wow!) at the beginning of December have been fulfilled. Most of my Christmas shopping is done.

Except...I have reached the point in the year where I am all "damn you, RL, for interfering in my need to fandom!" I need to finish up a gift for my brother and something for my father, as well as just generally get ready for the trip to my parents'. (Oh, and you know, feed myself, be a little active so my body doesn't rebel, take care of the cats, and just that general life stuff that seems beyond me most of the time.)

But I wanna write treats! I want to pump out all the words I haven't managed to do so far this year! I'm actually making progress on one story, but there are so many others to tackle!



(Don't mind me. Life is good! I'm just...squirrel brained. *g*)
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Today's December posting meme:

December 19: [personal profile] escritoireazul asked, what do you look for when choosing new recipes to try?

There are a few things, I guess:

-whether it's something I would like to eat (or give away)

-whether I have all the ingredients on hand or can easily get them (or substitute)

-whether it requires equipment I don't have

-whether it requires space I don't have (I would love to bake pies, but I have nowhere to really roll out pie crust. the cutting board over the sink is not really satisfactory.)

-how fussy it looks - I have baked things that require a lot of bowls and a lot of fussing, but I have yet to find something that really felt worth it at the end, and again, it's an issue of space. If I had a dishwasher, I might not mind using every bowl and spatula in my arsenal, but having to wash them all by hand and either dry them or find a space for them to dry - not worth it.

Having conquered baking with yeast a couple of years ago (and meringues last year; well, sort of), there's not a lot that intimidates me from a baking perspective (cooking, otoh - I have no desire to learn to spatchcock a chicken, for example), but I understand the limitations of my space right now so I haven't ever tried, say, macarons (also, I am bad at making things pretty, so that is also a consideration there), but I would like to!

I also don't make fried things very often, because the smell lingers in my apartment, but I will be making riceballs on New Year's Eve, scent of stale grease and all. *hands*

Now I have to work on yuletide, because L. and I are having our annual Christmas dinner tonight, which usually involves a lot of wine, so I won't be able to work on it when I get home.


Alaska Art Adventure Opportunity

Dec. 19th, 2014 08:48
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Posted by James Gurney

The Voices of the Wilderness is an art residency program that pairs intrepid artists with wilderness rangers. Participants not only fill sketchbooks, but they also get a chance to learn about research, monitoring, and education. 

Over the years, several GurneyJourneyers have seized the opportunity, including Robin Peterson who went to Tebenkof Bay Wilderness last summer (left).

According to Barbara Lydon of the US Forest Service, who helps organize it, "The program continues to grow—and is really gaining momentum and support."

More info about how to sign up

Big Cat Safari

Dec. 19th, 2014 08:18
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Posted by James Gurney

Together with a company of dedicated wildlife artists, Spanish paleoartist Mauricio Antón has been leading sketching safaris to northern Botswana in search of the big cats.

Mr. Antón also makes splendid videos of the experience. In this one, he talks about the structure of the lion's head and what it's like to see lions in the wild. "In order to get a different view of the cats," he says, "we need to see them moving and behaving naturally in the wild." (link to YouTube).

There's information about joining the next safari at the end of the video.
"Chasing Sabretooths" blog

Favourites meme

Dec. 19th, 2014 05:56
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Nicked from [ profile] fannishliss, because it looked fun.

Favourite main character of 2014: Hmm, tough one. I'll go with Athos (The Musketeers). Also Clarke Griffin (The 100) and Henry Morgan (Forever)
Favourite villain of 2014: Viktor Chlodwig zu Schellendorf von Konigsburg (Grimm), Cardinal Richelieu (The Musketeers), Milady (The Musketeers)
Favourite other character of 2014: Abe Morgan (Forever), Trubel (Grimm), Bobbi Morse (M:AOS), Alphonso Mackenzie (M:AOS)
Favourite M/F couples of 2014: Haymitch/Katniss! (Technically they predate 2014, but I had a huge resurgence after seeing Mockingjay.) Ditto Jody/Sam and "Hibbing 911" (SPN). A nod to Claire/Jamie (Outlander). Athos/Ninon (The Musketeers).
Favourite F/F couples of 2014: Juliette/Rosalee/(Trubel). Grimm has been a big fandom for me this year. Simmons/Morse (M:AOS).
Favourite M/M couples of 2014: Athos/Porthos, Athos/d'Artagnan, Aramis/Porthos—you see where this is going! Also Bobby/Stigman (2 Guns). I'll add Ragnar/Athelstan (Vikings) because although Vikings predates 2014 for me, I wasn't that interested in the slash pairing until this year.
Favourite 3 or moresomes of 2014: Juliette/Rosalee/Trubel (Grimm), Juliette/Rosalee/Monroe, The Inseparables(+d'Art) (Musketeers)
Favourite Crossover couples of 2014: Trubel/Amanda(HL) ;) Lagertha/Tamsin(Lost Girl).
Fandom that you never expected to get into: 2 Guns, omg.
Most recent fandom of 2014: I think it's clear, that's The Musketeers.
Favorite Actors of 2014: Jennifer Lawrence, Woody Harrelson, Matthew McConaughey (for True Detective, not Interstellar), Tom Burke, Howard Charles, Luke Pasqualino, Judd Hirsch
Songs I got Fannish About in 2014: So many! Most of them silly. "Follow the Leader" by Wisin & Yandel (feat. Jennifer Lopez), "Come with Me Now" (KONGOS), "All About That Bass" and "Redemption Song" (Anita Antoinette, The Voice), "Two Against One" by Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi (feat. Jack White), "Cry Me a River" (Chris Jamison, The Voice), Someone Like You (Damien, The Voice), "Burning Bridges" (Chris Pureka), "Glad I've Done What I Did" (honeyhoney), "Timber" (Pitbull feat. Ke$ha)

Elementary 3.08.

Dec. 19th, 2014 12:19
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Spoilers need to go with the programm )
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Posted by Greg Ruth

by Greg Ruth

Panel drawing from The Matrix: RETURN OF THE PRODIGAL SON

I have started this particular post many times before and always ran into the same problem. It's just too big, and there's too much to talk about when we talk about comics. So I've decided to set it up as a long form series and avoid giving each topic the necessary short shrift required by an overview, and spend the time on each area that each deserves. The goal is not to get into the details too much of how to make comics work on the page- for that you could and should chase down my betters on this in Scott McCloud's volumes or the more recent Carl Potts book on the mechanics of crafting mainstream cape comics. My approach will be more derived from my own self taught methods. I never went to school for comics, nor have I been trained in any of the rigor of the medium... I just made it all up as I went along. I'm doing that even today. So as a testament to not needing anything but a passion for comics, and you DO need a passion for it it survive the medium, I'll just talk about what it means to me, for me and what I've learned from it as a unique and powerful storytelling medium. I'll discuss the pitfalls of the way the film industry uses comics as a resource, and map the world that has changed from a medium once dominated by DC and Marvel, that has now grown far beyond their clutches into the nascent stages of what it truly can be. But first thing's first. You gotta start somewhere, so let's start at the beginning.

Double page spread from Koike/Kojima's seminal LONE WOLF AND CUB

In The Beginning

I don't think I've ever met a working professional who came to love comics out of the blue. We all have a book or a series of books that so affected us that we wanted to repeat the experience for others, whether we knew it or not. Some grew up in comics, reading the old cape books from Marvel and DC, others were brewed later through Zap! EC and the giants of the alternative scene captained by the likes of Crumb. I myself came from neither, and came later around highschool. Around 1987, my neighborhood friend, Stiles White literally shoved a copy of Frank Miller's THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS into my hands and demanded I read it. It changed everything for me. By the end of the book I could never go back and I needed more. Luckily we were in a new awakening of comics as a medium from the dreary old days of the decaying silver age. Popular comics were being reborn through titles like Morrison's ANIMAL MAN and DOOM PATROL, Gaiman's SANDMAN, Alan Moore's WATCHMEN and V FOR VENDETTA, and MIRACLEMAN. A new rush of manga titles like AKIRA, AREA 88, APPLESEED and MAI THE PSYCHIC GIRL, and what I consider to be one of the highest achievements in comics to date, LONE WOLF AND CUB. Basically each and every wednesday brought a new stack of utterly incredible and groundbreaking books. It was a heady time to come into the medium and one I don't think we'll ever really see again. Still the great thing about books is, they're all new if you haven't read them before, so don't feel like you missed a boat or anything. You can now binge-read these titles and the hundreds since that will inspire you.

The point of all this biography is to illustrate the first and most important foundational stone of becoming a working creator in the field of comics: READ THEM. Study them. Re-read them and pay attention. Take a book you love and study it in detail- find out why it works, and how. copy those tricks, and do it again. Practice, practice, practice. There is no better school for learning about comics than comics themselves. When you read an issue or a page and it hits you, take it apart and try to figure out why it does, and how the creator did it. Comics isn't mysticism- its' mechanical. You can dissect it and find out why it works. You'll need this skill when you start making your own, because without it you'll never be able to understand why yours work or don't work and why. Study crappy ones too- you can often times get a better sense of how a narrative form works by seeing it fail than you can by taking ion a success. This is true in prose, film... any narrative medium. The disasters have a lot to teach. Be available to learn them and you will grow in comics like a weed on a warm summer day. I've been making comics now for nearly twenty years and this and nearly all of the old greats still give me the tickles. Something that works so well always works well. So even if you're an old codger like myself, don't forget to go back and dip into the initial well of inspiration. There's treasures aplenty still waiting for you there, and if it's really good, a few surprises you missed before you knew how to find them.

The Two Front War

What makes comics such a tricky medium is the need to master not just one discipline, but two. Comics is a medium that can be boiled down to two essential parts: Writing and Drawing. Most comics artists aren't writers in the strictest sense, and many of them will tell you they aren't at all. This isn't entirely true. You need to have a basic grasp of narrative form and storytelling to draw a proper story, even if someone else is writing it. You'll benefit far more if you learn to write for yourself too. But it's still very different from prose or even screenwriting because comics writing carries with it the necessary consideration of the pictures that will tell the lion's share of the story. You want to show more than tell, and you need to come to grips with the requirements of both mediums if you're going to make good comics- even if you never write one of your own. So don't just read the comics for awesome art, or get suckered in by splash page thinking. Read comics that are well written, and pay strict attention to how the words and pictures interact with each other. Read novels and short stories and think of how you might visualize them without trampling over what they're already doing so well.

One of the greatest exercises I tell up-and-comers is to find a passage in one of their favorite book, take a page or two or a simple scene from it, use it as a source for making a short five or six page comic. Don't do more than ten, and ideally stick to five if you can manage it. You don't want to get get bogged down too early. You want and need to bang this out, look it over, show it to others and do it again. Ultimately if you do this for say, eight different stories, you'll come out the other end a far more capable comics storyteller than when you started. Even if you plan on writing your own material, do this instead of starting with your own work. Being able to adapt another's story frees you of half the burden of doing it all yourself, and forces you to think about contending, meeting and working with the vision of another creative. As much as you may believe in your own voice, don't let it prevent you from the vital experience of adapting another's.

Page from unpublished personal project, THE CALENDAR PRIEST
The two most informative experiences I ever had in comics were adapting a Goosebumps novel for Scholastic, and doing Conan: Born on the Battlefield with Kurt Busiek. The former was taking an existing novella (about 120- 150 pages) and making a 40 page comics from it. I was not allowed to change the writing, but I could cut it and rearrange it. I just couldn't add to it. The first lesson I learned was that the restrictions birthed creative new solutions. Fences make freedom. They encourage it by forcing you to fight against its strictures. Anyone who balks at restrictions just doesn't get it. With Kurt, while I was able to make certain changes, add panels and tweak storytelling so that he would then go back and rewrite the script to fit the art, I still had to justify it. I had to understand what I was doing enough to vouch for it and even at times argue for it. (I think our poor editor spent most of the time just watch Kurt and I email/debate each other back and forth). I didn't win every fight, and likely lost half of them, but I learned bucket loads about how to make a story work better, and when to let the writer do it, and obey.

So don't be afraid to take on another's coat and walk around in it for a while. At this early stage you are learning to see how your wings work. Don't let the height of the nest or fear of falling dissuade you from falling and landing on your ass. Just make sure the height isn't so high it kills you. Stick to short form work, get it done and do another. Do it over and over. Like drawing that takes a thousand bad attempts to reach a success, you will have to do dozens if not a hundred bad comics pages before you begin to truly understand the medium, and what your hand in it is.

Page from CONAN: BORN ON THE BATTLEFIELD with Kurt Busiek

Share and Listen and Do It Again

Now. You've done your short piece adaptation and it's time to show it to someone else. If you're like me in any sense, you've just spent the last week or so deep inside your own noggin putting this thing together, navigating all the clever tricks you've employed and fretting over the others you barely understand... it's time to let another human look at it. If you're able to show it to a pro and get experienced advice, that's ideal, but you should still be able to show it to someone who isn't, because those folk are your potential readers. Crafty inside pro dances and jokes may work well with a working regular, but they're going to be missed entirely about the casual reader. And as a young and upcoming comics master, your first duty is to your reader- and especially the reader who isn't necessarily interested in comics. The medium has long self-ghettoized itself by speaking only to its own people, and we owe it to ourselves and the medium's advancement to speak to more than just the reflection in the mirror. Look at the current contemporary art world: that is what happens when you cease to be meaningful to your audience, and it's not pretty no matter how much it convinces you it is.

If you can show it to a loved one who can be honest about what they're seeing, great, but I recommend going to a pal or someone less invested in making sure you have a good day. Be prepared that no matter how finished you think you are, to discover that you still have a long way to go. A regular walk a a day reader might just not get it or like it, or be confused, but they may not possess the training to say exactly why. A working pro will. But both require you to listen and then process what they're saying and parse for yourself what's valuable and what isn't. This is the hardest bit: No matter how many good reviews I get from even the most lofty sources, it's the one nasty one I remember. We're predisposed to self immolation when it comes to the creative process and that can be a good thing. it keeps us questioning ourselves, it keep us sharp and frosty so we don't get too comfortable with our conventions. But you don't want to go down the rabbit hole of negativity. Find the middle hold on to it. Even if you feel the tangible tug of despair, whistle past that stuff even if you know you're lying to yourself. SLeep on it, walk away and come back to it. The hardest thing to do is to see your work clearly and without all the "you" baggage. This is why you show it to others in the first place. Remember: you're learning. You're developing and growing, and because of this you're going to going to screw up more often than you succeed. That's fine and that's not a reason to quit, but if you lack the insane obsessive passion for the medium, these pecking crows of criticism, self or otherwise, will devour you. You have to find a place at least occasionally to be happy to find joy in the medium, and that joy has to be enough to light your way through the darkest times of the process. If it isn't, learn to recognize it and think about doing something else. This is true of most everything of course, but for comics, a medium that is a gigantic time-suck of epic proportions, with a low return rate, you'd better draw your energy from an interior source despite all the barbs on the outside or it just won't work. You've got to love this stuff, but if you manage to find that love, there ain't none other like it. It's a lonely isolating business but it's magic pure and simple when it comes together.

In other news

Dec. 19th, 2014 00:43
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Steam is having a holiday game sale, so I treated myself to Sunless Sea, and started playing it tonight.

So how is it going, [personal profile] sholio, you ask?


Let me put it this way: I've stopped naming my captains and picking out backstories for them, because it's like naming feeder mice.

My biggest problem thus far is that my weapons don't seem to do anything to sea monsters. What are you supposed to DO once a sea monster gets after you? Because it seems like all I can do at that point is get attacked until I sink.

I was delighted with myself for figuring out how to dock on Hunter's Keep, after helplessly running into a number of smaller islands because I couldn't figure out that you need, y'know, docks.

But then I set sail and a sea monster ate me, so it was back to square one.

Lava Lamp

Dec. 18th, 2014 00:00
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Posted by xkcd

Lava Lamp

What if I made a lava lamp out of real lava? What could I use as a clear medium? How close could I stand to watch it?

Kathy Johnstone, 6th Grade Teacher (via a student)

This is a surprisingly reasonable idea, by What If standards.

I mean, it's not that reasonable. At the very least, I'm guessing you would lose your teaching license, and possibly some of the students in the front row. But you could do it.

Just a warning: I'm going to be linking to a lot of videos of lava flowing and people poking it with sticks, so you may have a hard time getting to the end of the article without getting sidetracked into watching a bunch of them like I did while writing it.

You have a few choices for transparent materials that could hold the lava without rupturing and splattering half the classroom with red-hot droplets. Fused quartz glass would be a great choice. It's the same stuff they use in high-intensity lamp bulbs, the surface of which can easily get up to mid-range lava temperatures.[1]This bulb, for example, can supposedly handle bulb temperatures of up to 1000°C, which is hotter than many types of lava. Another possibility is sapphire, which stays solid up to 2,000°C, and is commonly used as a window into high-temperature chambers.[2]That link wasn't a lava video, but this is.

The question of what to use for the clear medium is trickier. Let's say we find a transparent glass that melts[3]Some people say glass is a liquid that flows very slowly. Other people smugly point out that this is actually wrong. Then another group of people dissects how we know it's wrong, and where this incorrect idea got started. And then at the end of the chain, a Metafilter user steps back and asks some supremely insightful questions about what's really going on here as we variously repeat and debunk these kinds of factoids. at low temperatures. Even if we ignore the impurities from the hot lava that would probably cloud the glass, we're going to have a problem.[4]And later, when the school board finds out, we'll have another.

Molten glass is transparent. So why doesn't it look transparent?[5]Which sounds sorta contradictory. "This music is loud, but it doesn't sound loud." The answer is simple: It glows. Hot objects give off blackbody radiation; molten glass glows just like molten lava does, and for the same reason.

So the problem with a lava lamp is that both halves of it will be equally bright, and it will be hard to see the lava. We could try having nothing in the top half of the lamp—after all, when it's hot enough, lava bubbles pretty well on its own. Unfortunately, the lamp itself would also be in contact with the lava. Sapphire might not melt easily, but it will glow, making it hard to see whatever the lava was doing inside.

Unless you hooked it up to a really bright bulb, this lava lamp would cool down quickly. Just like individual blobs of lava, the lamp would solidify and stop glowing within the first minute, and by the end of the class period you'd probably be able to touch it without being burned.

A solidified lava lamp is just about the most boring thing in the world. But the scenario made me wonder: If making a lamp out of molten lava wouldn't be very exciting, then what about a volcano made of lamps?

This is probably the most useless calculation I've ever done,[6]Ok, there's no way that's true. but ... what if Mount Saint Helens erupted again today, but instead of tephra,[7]The technical term for "whatever crap comes out of a volcano." it spewed compact fluorescent bulbs?

Well, if it did, the mercury released into the atmosphere would be several orders of magnitude larger than all manmade emissions combined.[8]45% of which come from gold mining.

All in all, I think making a lava lamp out of lava would be kind of anticlimactic, and would much rather go find some actual lava and poke it with a stick. I also think that it's probably good that Mount Saint Helens didn't erupt compact fluorescent bulbs. And I think that if I were in Ms. Johnstone's class, I'd try to sit toward the back of the room.

Lastly, for old time's sake, I'd like to share one final link with you: The music video for Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up."

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...well, I'd be pretty proud of myself for having a hit show in its sixth season firing on all thrusters, for starters. No, but seriously, I do have some complaints but generally I'm in awere of what The Good Wife pulls off and continues to pull off. Stll, in the spirit of the prompt, and hidden under a spoiler cut so that readers who are one or several seasons behind are safe if they choose to be:

Spoilers have to do with moving in many ways )

December Talking Meme: The Other Days

December meme #10

Dec. 18th, 2014 19:41
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Yuletide story posted! And now I really need to focus on the Festivid I have been haphazardly unfocused on.

Today is the two-year anniversary of my dad's death. It was weird, because I ran into my former neighbor today, and she worked at the retirement center my dad lived in until his death, so she asked after him. I might not have felt as down about it if that hadn't happened, it had a strange effect on me. I'm going to spend Christmas with my cousins I haven't seen in nearly two years, as well, and I'm trying not to be weirded out by that.

Memage today: [personal profile] dine asked: I'd love to hear about a vid idea you have, but will probably never actually make (and why not)

Well, I mentioned the Lord King Bad Vid I wanted to make for Veronica Mars and Weevil earlier this month, so there's that one. But for different reasons, I'll probably never make a constructed reality vid I always wanted to do for Stacker Pentecost, Herc Hansen, and Chuck Hansen in Pacific Rim. I gathered all kinds of other work done by Idris Elba, Max Martini, and Rob Kazinsky, and all this footage such as planes from the RAAF (because Herc was an RAAF pilot), landscapes of Australia, and so on, and every time I listen to the song I think of this vid. I wanted it to be a mood piece that sort of showed them outside the film, existing, in a way, beyond the universe of the Kaiju War. But also kind of melancholy, in that Chuck and Stacker are gone, and Herc would be remembering those good times afterward.

But for various reasons, largely because I don't know how to make what I see in my mind because I'm not a very good technical vidder, I may never make it. I don't know. Maybe if at some point, my pain is lessened and I can sit in front of the computer and try to figure out what I want to do, I will still make this, but I don't think there's even an audience for it at this point, so it seems foolish when I have so many other vids on my plate. I saw a fantastic constructed reality vid for the Kaidonovskys someone did right after Pacific Rim came out, and they were only in the movie for like 90 seconds, but weirdly that vid kind of gave me such a happy that I almost feel like I don't need to do mine. On the other hand, if I do the VVC auction next year and someone buys me and wants me to make it, then I will. ;-D

White Collar series finale

Dec. 18th, 2014 20:39
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And so White Collar is officially over. Last episode. No more.

I figured that, since a couple people on my flist have mentioned they were on the fence about watching the last season and wanted to know what I thought of the finale, I'd give you a nonspoilery reaction under a cut, and then do the spoilery, more in-depth discussion under another cut. So, emotional reaction with no direct spoilers under the first cut, then all the spoilers under the second one.

The non-spoilery emotional reaction )

The spoilery reaction )

Charlotte Mann

Dec. 19th, 2014 04:25
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Posted by Charley Parker

Charlotte Mann, wall drawings in marker
I would venture a guess that most artists, at some point in their childhood, drew on walls in their house. (For my own experience, see my post about Crockett Johnson’s Harold and the Purple Crayon.)

Charlotte Mann is a British artist who draws on walls as an adult — and gets paid for it!

Mann specializes in wall drawings and drawn room installations, created with bold black markers on a white ground. The delightful effect is essentially one of being inside a large pen and ink drawing.

Her website has examples of her walls, as well as prints.

[Via Escape Into Life]

Dear Yuletide Writer

Dec. 24th, 2014 22:21
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I am away visiting my family in a place where I can't get a cell phone signal and internet access is scarce. I'll read and comment as soon as I'm able! But that may not be until December 28th when I get back.



Dec. 18th, 2014 18:54
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Livin' on a prayer with this one, apparently.


Punchy, btw. I am puuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuunchy. Oh yeah.

Hopefully, I can get it done tonight and put the draft in, the focus on going back and improving it after I'm no longer dealing with chills and thrills (well, chills--there are no thrills involved).
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Hey guys! Sorry for being such a lazy blogger. I hope to make up for it starting tomorrow, with two weeks off from work. Yea! Anyway, while I’ve been busy elsewhere, there has been quite a bit of Daredevil-related news and commentary to catch up with. So, here’s a little list of what’s been going on, starting with the most recent news from today.

Daredevil #11 is due out in stores on Christmas Eve, and the A.V. Club has an exclusive advance preview of it. Another piece of news that came out today was that the most recent issue of Entertainment Weekly has a feature on the Daredevil Netflix show, including new photos. Film Divider tweeted them, but for the whole story you’re just going to have to buy the issue! I just did. ;) (Though I promise to divulge at least some of the content in the Netflix post I’ll get to work on before the end of the year.) UPDATED: The whole thing (yeah, it’s a quick read) is now available online.

Earlier in the week, Marvel released their solicitations for March, including the one for Daredevil #14, which promises to set a slightly more somber mood. No further mention about when Waid & Samnee’s final issue will come out though.

In the most recent installment of Axel-in-Charge on CBR, there were a four pages worth of unlettered preview of January’s Daredevil #12, which pits Daredevil against the Stunt-Master (remember him?). CBR also had an interview with Mark Waid last week, which – aside from an interesting perspective on Matt’s mental state – also featured additional unlettered pages from Daredevil #11.

Other things worth reading from the last couple of weeks:

That’s it for now! I will be back shortly. As always, comment away! :)

The post Daredevil news update, December 18 appeared first on The Other Murdock Papers.

December posting meme - ST: TOS

Dec. 18th, 2014 18:32
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[personal profile] larissabernstein wrote I'd be happy to read something about your Star Trek TOS experience.

I've been trying and trying to figure out when I first encountered Star Trek, and I honestly can't remember. I think I first caught a glimpse of it on tv when I was a kid? but I can't recall. I know that when I was twelve I had a friend who was a huge James Doohan fan, and she went to a con to get his autograph, which I thought was totally cool. (I mean. Totally cool in the geektacular way that everything I liked was cool. Like Piers Anthony novels and Renaissance Faires. Oh, y'all, I was such a cliché of a baby geek girl, I cannot even. ♥) I know I remember going to see Star Trek IV in a movie theatre -- though I'm pretty sure that was the first Star Trek movie I ever saw. I remember reading, and loving, Uhura's Song when I was about thirteen.

TOS wasn't my formative Trek. The Trek I watched regularly with friends in college (well -- my first year of college, anyway, until it ended), was Star Trek: Next Generation. By then I'd absorbed a fair amount about classic Trek via fannish osmosis (though I didn't know to call it that, at the time, because that was six years before I would first encounter what I now know as fandom!) I knew enough to know that I was a Spock fan because he was brainy and so was I. And of course TOS was the forebear of TNG, and without TOS, the version of the Enterprise and the characters I knew best wouldn't have had a chance to exist. So I have always kind of loved it by extension, from a distance, because it gave rise to so much that I loved.

When the first reboot movie came out in '09 (I still haven't seen Star Trek: Into Darkness, because it seems to have annoyed people so much, but I did see the first one) -- I had this amazing experience, which I know a lot of y'all had too, of sitting in the theatre and hearing the theme music play and honest-to-God welling up with tears. Seriously, I was verklempt. Seeing the Enterprise on the big screen like that again! Because it's so -- big and so epic, and the yearning for space and for boldly-going is so engrained in me (that's definitely at the heart of why I loved SGA) -- I don't know, it's hard to put into words. (Also I love what felt to me like Quinto's and Pine's homage to the actors who had first brought their characters to life -- that felt very respectful to me, not like parody but like honor, in some way.)

Anyway. Most of my fannish experience of TOS over my 15 years in fandom has been via vids! Some of my very favorite vids have been classic Trek vids. ([profile] killa and T Jonesy, I am looking at you.) "Dante's Prayer" (which I first saw at an Escapade vid show, surrounded by fans, and omg, it blew me away) -- "Closer" (ditto -- wait, no, it was the Angel version I saw in an Escapade vid show, so when did I first see the TOS one? I have no idea now) -- "Knights of the Round Table" (was that on a WOAD society disc? I think it was) -- "Razzle Dazzle" (Killa, T Jonesy, and [personal profile] hafital) -- the vids feel to me like the most intense and crystallized form of encountering the show, because they are so lovingly made. They're like mainlining the show through a fannish lens, and I love that, always. ♥

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