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I'd written it off after the trailer before Fast and Furious 7 ("Women in rags while everyone else in leather. Typical. Oh, hey, that's- that's probably one token female badass who happens to be played by Charlize Theron. Whatever. Next."), then I saw Eve Ensler was a consultant... but that could have been lip service. Still, the complete write-off was issued a stay of execution. The MRA thing turned it into a movie I was probably interested in seeing, and once the early reports started rolling in, it became an actual priority. It was all like a long, slow u-turn. I should note that I don't think I ever saw the first or second movies. I was 9 years old when Beyond Thunderdome was released and I'm actually not sure if I've ever seen the whole thing or not, although iconic images from the film are memories I've had for a while. Friday night, D and I were both free, and watching Mad Max Fury Road was on the schedule.

There was one bad thing about the viewing experience of this movie, though, that actually had nothing to do with the movie itself, but the trailers. The Rock's San Andreas movie looks like a hot mess; I like the guy, but not enough to see that movie. The Fantastic 4 reboot turns out to be an upcoming Marvel movie I'm actually interested in, so that was nice. Then the last two trailers were for horror movies. In that sense, I suppose you could say they were well done considering their target audience, but the movie I'd gone to see was not a horror movie and I was definitely not the target audience. General mentions of common potential triggers )

So that was kind of horrible and I started the movie itself genuinely angry that I'd had to sit through those two previews just to get to it. Fortunately, the movie itself was a completely different experience. The actual double billing in the opening of Tom Hardy as Mad Max Rockatansky and Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa jump started the process of putting a dent in my anger.

Charlize Theron was absolutely as amazing as you've heard, but it's the rarely seen multiple women, of multiple ages, with an assortment of personalities, in an over-the-top action movie that's really breathtaking. As more than one person has said, it is actually a movie about escaping sexual enslavement and all that implies, yet there is a complete absence of violation on screen or typical male gaze type shots, even when it would have been easier for an experienced film maker to write it in than to avoid it. It's actually incredible.

Here be Spoilers )

Adventure Time, eh?

May. 24th, 2015 09:14
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Canadian greetings!

After an as-ever great night and day with my darling [personal profile] pukajen documented in the usual places, I'm now sitting in this tiny airport about to embark on a flight to Vancouver Island. Small aircraft with free seating! Staring at the pilot, who looks way too young! Whirring propellers!

See you on the flip side.
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This is something I posted to tumblr and am reposting here.

Apparently, Bob Singer apparently spoke at a convention and excused Charlie's death on the grounds that the writers just were not thinking about her gender and her orientation - as though that's an excuse. Fozmeadows argues that given the history of treatment of gay characters, they are not excused from thinking about these issues.

I have a slightly different take - I think they're lying.

This is how they’re lying: Of course they don’t say, “Oh, she’s gay, let’s kill her.”

What they do say is, “I’m making a show about two people who travel the country killing monsters. And of course those characters: (1) will survive, and (2) will be white; and (3) will be male; and (4) will be straight.”

And then they say, they want to introduce someone to be the ruler of hell, and the angel who saves Dean. And of course those characters have to be white males, too - who are portrayed as straight even though there’s no reason why they would be, given that they aren’t even human and are borrowing bodies anyway.

So at some point, someone thinks, well, we can’t populate our entire show with straight white men, can we? So you get people of color (Kevin) and gay women (Charlie). Except they’re marked for death, right from the get go - because it’s fundamental to the show’s premise that people of color and gay people and women aren’t even in the class of characters who are untouchable by virtue of the narrative.

So when the creators say, “We didn’t think about whether Charlie was gay when we killed her,” that’s true. Because the decision was made much earlier - when they decided that gay people don’t get the kinds of roles that make them so critical to the narrative that they are functionally invulnerable. And that’s why “we didn’t think about her orientation” is not an excuse.

You know when it will be an excuse? When gay people get to be Sam and Dean. Then they can kill off the semi-regular gay characters and I promise not to raise a peep of protest.
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2.20 Prodigal Son
Original air date: May 9, 1994
Director: Dennis Berry
Writer: Christian Bouveron, Lawrence Shore

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Synopsis: Someone is following Richie, leaving a trail of bodies and making it look like Richie is the killer, so he goes to Duncan for help.

Please share your thoughts and reactions in comments. The master post for all discussion posts is here.
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This episode review took much longer to get through than I had planned, I’m sorry about that! I’ve been pretty busy at work, but a big part of it is due to how I always feel like I have to brace myself whenever I watch this episode. As much as I love it – and I can totally relate to the many for whom this is their favorite – it’s also quite upsetting. For the review, I’ll try my very best to examine all the different angles, but I’ve had process it a bit more than I’ve had to for previous reviews. The remaining three episodes should be up before the end of the month though!

Recap

Matt, badly injured, wakes up in his apartment. When he tries to sit up, Foggy appears and cuts him off. Angry and hurt by what he’s found out about his best friend, Foggy tells Matt that Claire stiched him up, after Matt had prevented him from calling 911. The entire scene is incredibly tense, and before we cut to the intro, Foggy asks: “Are you even really blind?” I’d probably be asking that too.

Matt, badly injured, wakes up on his couch, as seen in episode ten of Marvel's Daredevil on Netflix

Next, we flash back to Matt and Foggy’s first meeting. Foggy is registering for his classes when Matt knocks on the door. They get introduced and we learn that Foggy recognizes Matt’s name and remembers hearing about what happened to him as a kid. Foggy clearly believes that, with Matt at his side, his prospects with the fairer sex will improve. Matt seems a little overwhelmed by Foggy’s direct approach, but is also grateful that Foggy doesn’t treat him differently than he would anyone else.

Back in Matt’s apartment in the present, the two talk about Matt’s powers, and how he kept them a secret all those years, from everyone. Foggy is mad that he told Claire, but Matt explains that he didn’t have a choice. Foggy then asks whether Matt shot the cops and blew up those buildings. Matt is visibly hurt by the question and starts crying, saying it was all Fisk. Karen then calls on Matt’s phone, and neither of them pick it up. When she next calls Foggy, Matt pleads with him not to tell her, and Foggy concocts a lie, saying Matt was in a car accident.

Fisk and Gao meet alone. Gao tells him the story about the snake who tried to bite an elephant, and was betrayed by its ambition. Fisk asks whether he is supposed to be the snake or the elephant in the story, and the conversation turns to Nobu. Fisk makes excuses for Nobu’s death by pointing out that he volunteered for the task. When the topic turns to the masked man, Fisk is forced to admit that he hasn’t found his body. Gao then wonders when Fisk’s ambition will turn to her. Fisk says she’s different from the others, in that she has his respect. Gao points out that Fisk used to be of a singular mind, but that he’s now pulled in two directions by the love in his life. Gao, now in English, says there is conflict within him, and she encourages him to choose sides, between savior and opressor. “Choose wisely or others shall choose for you.”

Fisk and Gao meet, as seen in episode ten of Marvel's Daredevil on Netflix

Ben is at his wife’s side at the hospital when she wakes up. They talk about his most recent story and their life together. After a long conversation, in the middle of a kiss, Doris’ mind seems to go blank and she is suddenly surprised to see him, which hits him hard. He is then called outside by the hospital administrator we know from earlier episodes. Ben gets negative news about the extension he had applied for and now has to explore other options for her care.

In Matt’s apartment, Foggy gets Matt’s gear out of the chest in the closet. When asked, Matt tells him that he ordered everything off the internet. Foggy then wonders about where Matt learned how to fight and Matt tells him about Stick. Foggy is understandably incredulous.

In another flashback scene, Matt and Foggy, are in their last semester of law school. They are walking along after a night of drinking. They joke about how Matt should study less, and Foggy study more. They talk about their future, and the Greek girl Matt dated briefly. When asked about whether or not he gets “the spins” when drinking alcohol, Matt comes very close to saying a little too much about his senses. They then talk about Matt’s first drink, his dad, and Foggy’s family coming to graduation. Foggy imagines a glorious future for them with big fancy offices, and they settle on the name “Nelson and Murdock.”

Ben is in his office, looking at folders about hospice care for his wife. Ellison offers him an editorial position for a different section of the newspaper, and mentions that it has better benefits. Ben says he’ll think about it. Next, Karen is entering the Nelson & Murdock offices, returning from a run to the county clerk’s office. She tries calling Foggy, recording a message saying it’s important, when Ben startles her by coming out of one of the side offices. He gives her his box of cards and newspaper clippings, and says that he’s taking time off to take care of his wife. Karen tells Ben about a nursing home she’s heard about upstate, and offers him to take a ride with her.

Owlsley chastises Fisk for Nobu being burned alive, as the two of them and Wesley get ready for an event. Fisk wants Owlsley to talk to Gao, to reassure her that everything is fine. Owlsley and Fisk then talk about Vanessa. Owlsley is quite up front about his concerns regarding the distractions in Fisk’s life.

Back in Matt’s apartment, Foggy gets a call from Mahoney, who says that the junkie who killed Elena has been found dead, taking a dive off a building. Foggy confronts Matt about it, and Matt denies having anything to do with it, saying that he’s never killed anyone. Matt admits that he wanted to kill Fisk, though, after what happened with Elena, and that he got hurt after going to the warehouse with the intention of killing him.

Matt explaining to Foggy what made him put on a mask, as seen in episode ten of Marvel's Daredevil on Netflix

We flash back to the more recent past: Matt and Foggy’s internship at Landman and Zack. Seated at a large conference table as part of a legal team, their firm is looking to bring a countersuit against a man who’s developed a serious disease through his work at a Roxxon-owned plant, claiming that he had breached his contract by presumably disclosing trade secrets. During the hearing, Matt discovers that the man is telling the truth. Later, when Foggy has learned that they have been offered positions at the firm after their internship, Matt instead wants out. Foggy reluctantly agrees that Landman and Zack may not be the place for them after all.

Back in the present, Foggy is at the window of Matt’s apartment while Matt is resting on his couch. Matt confronts him about wanting to say something, because he can always tell when Foggy is about to. Foggy replies “I really don’t” and we cut to Ben and Karen who are taking a ride in Ben’s car. They talk about Doris, and how Karen hadn’t realized how bad things were. They talk about hard times and secrets, and we get further indications that Karen is hiding some pretty heavy things from her past (some of which Ben probably doesn’t know about, even after his previous background check on her). When they pull up to the retirement home, Ben realizes right away that it’s out of his price range, but Karen insists they take a look around. She is clearly up to something.

Back with Matt and Foggy, Foggy is now yelling at Matt (seemed like there was something he wanted to say, after all). He wants to know how Matt went from just having heightened senses to doing what he does now. Matt tells the story about how he used to listen to the sirens as a kid, and only later learned how many sirens there were. Shortly after they left Landman and Zack, Matt heard the cries of a girl who was being molested by her father. Matt tells Foggy he caught up with him one night and attacked him. We the cut to the scene of Matt jumping him, and punching him over and over until his fists are covered in blood. Foggy then confronts Matt about all the years he must have kept training, suggesting that there is more to it, that Matt maybe can’t stop himself. Matt then flat out admits that he doesn’t want to stop.

Karen and Ben talk with Wilson Fisk's mother, as seen in episode ten of Marvel's Daredevil on Netflix

At the retirement home, Karen suggests they talk to one of the people who live their. Clearly, she has someone special in mind, and they enter the room of a Mrs. M. Vistain. Karen prods her about her past, with Ben growing increasingly uncomfortable. When Karen asks about her former husbands, specifically the first one, Mrs. Vistain starts talking and we realize that this is Wilson Fisk’s mother. And, she’s admitting to some pretty horrible things.

Wilson Fisk, with Vanessa at his side, gives a speech at a fundraising event for Fisk’s charity. Next, there is mingling and Wesley, Vanessa and Owlsley talk about politics when people suddenly drop all around them, foaming at the mouth. It doesn’t take long before Vanessa collapses as well with Fisk rushing to her aid. Owlsley, who has yet to take a sip out of his glass, drops it to the floor.

In Matt’s apartment, Foggy is still furious with Matt, saying that he’s going to get himself killed, or find himself in prison; that he and Karen are now a part of this, and that they never had any say in the matter. After delivering some hard truths about their relationship, Foggy walks out the door leaving Matt sobbing on the couch.

Matt and Foggy have drinks and talk about the future, as seen in episode ten of Marvel's Daredevil on Netflix

In a final flashback scene, we see Matt and Foggy in a bar. Judging by the cuts on Matt’s face, this takes place shortly after Matt’s first attack. Foggy has drawn a sign for their door on a bar napkin, hoping that Matt will be able to feel it. They speak jokingly about the commitments of going into business together and make a toast to their future. Finally, in the present, we see Foggy at the office, throwing the Nelson and Murdock sign into the garbage.

My thoughts

As mentioned at the beginning of the post, this is always a difficult episode for me to watch. On the one hand, I absolutely love that they decided to let Foggy in on Matt’s secret so early. In the timeline of this show, Matt’s vigilante activities go back just a few weeks. In the comic book universe, it took nearly 350 issues and thirty years before Foggy learned the truth, and he was far from the first person to do so. Considering how much this show is borrowing from the Bendis run – at least in tone and the overall look – it doesn’t surprise me though. Matt and Foggy are so much better together when Foggy knows about Matt’s abilities and secret life.

On the other hand, I have always been slightly uncomfortable with the level of pretense that goes into being Matt Murdock, and it’s one of those aspects of the character that I feel warrants a closer examination and explanation. My absolute favorite take on it, to date, is actually from the Waid/Samnee run where Matt explains to Foggy that he found it empowering to have a big secret like that. (See this page, from Daredevil #23, vol 3, and my post from last year “How Daredevil became Matt Murdock.”) There has to be more to it than Matt just finding it hard to explain, and I’m not sure this episode manages to deliver fully, even while covering a lot of ground.

Matt and Foggy first meet in law school, as seen in episode ten of Marvel's Daredevil on Netflix

Part of the problem is that much of the supposed explanations for everything Matt does is missing from this episode, which obviously takes place over the course of an entire day. There is always the risk of an episode like this one being weighed down by too much exposition, but I honestly would have wanted Matt to say something, “on camera,” about the ways in which his heightened senses don’t compensate and that he could never pretend to be sighted. Not only because so many people seem to not fully get this (in some interviews, Charlie Cox even appears to be in this group, though to his credit, he’s also said certain things that suggest otherwise), but because, to me, it’s basically the only thing that makes Matt’s charade forgivable.

Of course, the act of concealing his heightened senses, in and of itself, is only one part of the betrayal. The other is what it means when it comes to things like Foggy realizing that Matt has been able to tell every time he’s told a lie. It’s such a violation of your most private thoughts, even though Matt can’t really help knowing these things. Then there is, of course, the huge revelation of what Matt does as the “Devil of Hell’s Kitchen.” Foggy is left not only wondering what Matt can do, but who he is and what he’s morally capable of. I really appreciate that Foggy argues his case like a lawyer here. They’re supposed to be going through the legal system, and what Matt is doing is so far outside of what they’re supposed to be about. You might question how Foggy would even suspect that Matt is guilty of everything he’s accused of – and Matt is clearly incredibly hurt by the question – but he’s now in the position of wondering whether anything he thought he knew about Matt Murdock is real.

The flashback sequences, though really wonderful, are also pretty hard for me to watch because I’m constantly reminded of Matt’s deceit. At the same time, they go a long way to smoothing things over for the viewer because while Matt is playing down his heightened senses – as he must, apparently – he’s probably sincere in every other respect. One way of thinking about it is that, to Matt, his “big lie” probably felt smaller around Foggy than it might have around other people, precisely because Foggy was always, from their very first meeting, willing to treat Matt’s blindness as nothing more than a minor physical trait with little bearing on his overall personality. So, when Foggy asks “Was anything ever real with us?” Matt probably genuinely feels that they were, at least in the ways that most mattered to him.

Matt and Foggy interning at Landman and Zack, as seen in episode ten of Marvel's Daredevil on Netflix

This episode, more than any other, also puts a spotlight on how there is more than one way to be a “good person.” Matt is both a scheming liar (there’s no denying it), and an idealist of the first order. Not only does he not hesitate to put himself in harm’s way to help others, he also feels very strongly that he can’t be in an environment that requires him to bargain with his conscience the way he did at Landman and Zack. Foggy, on the other hand, is more willing to let what is legal obscure what is moral (though he doesn’t have the benefit of a built-in lie detector). And he’s honest about wanting nice things. He doesn’t value money above all else, but worldly possessions are more important to him than they are to Matt. On the other hand, the emphasis here should be on the word “honest.” Foggy is genuine, he doesn’t pretend to be someone he’s not. He’s the kind of person Matt could probably read like an open book, even if he didn’t have heightened senses. Foggy is uncomplicated whereas Matt’s value system is so convoluted not even he knows how to navigate it.

One thing that this show has been masterful at is exploring the same themes from different angles. This is evident in how Matt’s life and motivations can be compared and contrasted with Fisk’s throughout the series. This episode is all about pretense and deception. We see Fisk and Gao forego Wesley’s company and speak directly with each other. As Gao points out, “the time for pretense is over.” At the same time, Karen doesn’t hesitate to use deception to trick Ben into going further down a road he was planning to get off. It is really a pretty heinous thing to do but, like Matt, she probably figures that her deception is serving a higher purpose. At the end of the day, this episode is as much about the lies we tell ourselves as it is about the lies we tell others.

Foggy takes one last look at the Nelson & Murdock sign, before throwing it in the garbage. From episode ten of Marvel's Daredevil on Netflix

Senses watch

There’s quite a bit this episode, as Matt has to explain his powers to Foggy. As mentioned, much of the actual explaining presumably take place between scenes though, much to my dismay. Matt lists the various ways in which he just “knows things,” and I was okay with them the second time I saw the episode, even though the bit about how he could tell Foggy had eaten onions two days ago only actually makes sense to me because he knows Foggy well. People don’t all metabolize things the same way, after all, and it seems the quantity would also be a variable factor. But it’s a minor quibble.

I had more issues with his hearing the girl who was being molested “down the block.” There are ways I can imagine this that feel more or less okay, but Matt’s ability to hear things over very great distances – or worse, through several walls or floors – will always be my biggest sensory pet peeve, here as well as in the comic. There’s heightened senses, and there’s Superman. Or psychic abilities. They shouldn’t be the same thing, but that’s a personal preference that not everybody shares obviously.

Matt pointing out that he has to concentrate to hear who Foggy is talking to on the phone was interesting though. This is in line with the comics, in the sense that Matt has rarely (outside of maybe the Bendis run), been imagined as anything but human when it comes to simple things like allocating attention. Attention is a finite resource and is also a logical prerequisite for a person’s ability to concentrate. Concentrating on one thing pretty much presupposes that there are other things going on that you’re not concentrating on. Daredevil analyzing a scene has usually been about him mentally picking it apart in a mostly sequential fashion, not unlike what a normal person would do, just using other kinds of cues.

(Accessible) gadget watch

Well, we get another phone call, this time from Karen, announced for both Matt and Foggy to hear. And there’s more braille reading. Again, not exactly a gadget. I will say this though: Matt has already read more braille in this show than in every issue of Daredevil combined.

Easter egg watch

This episode has the Easter egg that had almost every die-hard Daredevil fan oohing, with the mention of the “Greek girl” Matt dated in college (and who apparently was in his Spanish class). This is obviously a reference to Elektra.

During their internship at Landman and Zack, Matt and Foggy work with a team of lawyers representing Marvel’s well-known evil corporation Roxxon.

At Fisk’s benefit gala, Owsley mentions senator a “van Lunt and his crackpot astrologer.” Aside from advising senator Cherryh on his senate campaign, van Lunt apparently owns the building they’re in. In the 616 universe, Cornelius van Lunt is better known under his Taurus identity, as one of the leaders of the Zodiac criminal empire.

Quotes

Foggy: “Come on! You got your peepers knocked out, saving that old dude.”
Matt: “They didn’t get knocked out.”
Foggy: “Good. ‘Cause that would be… a little freaky. No offense!”

Foggy: “Me and you, Marverick and Goose. No secrets.”
Matt: “Goose died. And, he was married.”

Foggy: “A blind, old man taught you the ancient ways of martial arts? Isn’t that the plot to kung-fu?”

Foggy: “Murdock and Nelson, attorneys at law!”
Matt: “Nelson and Murdock. It sounds better.”
Foggy: “You think?”
Matt: “Yeah, trust me. I can’t see worth shit, but my hearing’s spectacular.”

Wesley: “You weren’t particularly fond of Nobu. You thought he was unsettling, as I recall.”
Owlsley: “I find you unsettling half the time. See me lighting a match?”

Matt: “Sometimes the law isn’t enough.”

Foggy: “With you as my partner, there’s no telling when I’m going to be able to afford a real meal again.”

Karen: “We all have things we hold onto for ourselves, that we don’t want anyone to know.”
Ben: “But there’s always someone who does, sooner or later.”

Matt: “Sounds like we’re getting married.”
Foggy: “This is way more important than a civil union. We’re going to be business partners! We’ll share everything with each other; our thoughts, our dreams, bills, crushing debt.”

Foggy: “Misspelling Hanukkah is a mistake, attempted murder is a little something else.”

Star player

Foggy Nelson, hands down. This is the episode where you’re really rooting for Foggy. We love Matt, flaws and all, but Foggy really has every right to be as angry as he is. For me, the thing that best defines Foggy as a character here is this exchange:

Foggy: “I wouldn’t have kept this from you Matt. Not from you.”
Matt: “You don’t know that, you don’t know that.”
Foggy: “Yeah. I do.”

I really believe that Foggy means this. Matt may be the idealist of the two of them, but Foggy is more genuine as a person in that what you see is what you get kind of way.

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Color Photography from 1913

May. 24th, 2015 06:34
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Posted by James Gurney

In its informal pose and rich color, this photograph looks like it was shot in 1973, but actually it was taken in 1913. 

It used the Autochrome process, developed in 1903 by the Lumière brothers, using glass plates covered with potato starch. Motoring pioneer Mervyn O’Gorman took the photo, with his daughter Christina posing. The lack of era-specific costume details adds to the sense of timelessness.
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This and seven other photos of Christina at Bored Panda

sylvaine: Sakura looking badass. ([anime:Naruto] Sakura)
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Fandom: Naruto
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Haruno Sakura/Hyuuga Hinata
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital
Artist on DW/LJ: NA
Artist Website/Gallery: vashito's art tag on tumblr | [deviantart.com profile] vashperando
Why this piece is awesome: SakuHina workout buddies! What's not to love? :D The little sketches under the main picture are particularly adorable.
Link: on tumblr (some parts also posted to deviantart: here and here)

Hatufim (tv series, season 2)

May. 24th, 2015 12:09
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I reviewed the first season here; to recapitulate above cut, it's the Israeli show that inspired Homeland but while it shares some themes, tropes and the occasional storyline goes about them in quite different ways. Since Homeland started to lose me after its mid s2 downwards turn in quality (I stopped watching early in s3), I'm happy to report Hatufim, by contrast, manages to stay good tv.

Why and how is revealed beneath the spoiler cut )

Orphan Black 3.06

May. 24th, 2015 08:21
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In which there are visions and symbols.

Read more... )

math people help help help help

May. 23rd, 2015 17:28
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Okay, I give up: I need someone who knows geometry.

I'm trying to enclose a rectangle of known dimensions within an ellipse and expand the ellipse thirty feet from each angle. No, Pythagorean theorum didn't work (why????????), I tried expanding the rectangle theoretically by thirty feet at all diagonals, I tried magic.

I have Pythagged, sined, cosined, tangented and right now I could pass my junior trig and geometry with a A, but I cannot make a fucking ellipse that's perimeter entirely encloses a rectangle of known dimensions that is at least one hundred feet from the closest point in the rectangle.

What. Do. I. Need. To. Do?

Assume all measurements in feet, m is the multiplier to get the ratio to recalculate w, h to a, b for second rectangle and expanded ellipse.

Formula to calculate an ellipse: https://www.mathsisfun.com/geometry/ellipse-perimeter.html <--approximation 3

Current Rectangle:
w = 2640
h = 450
d = Sqr(x) = (w ^ 2) + (h ^ 2) = 2678.0776
p of rec = 6180
p of ellipse = 5487.4475

Increasing the diagonal by 100 at all angles
d2 = 2678.0776 + (100*4) = 3078.0776

(Corrected 30 to 100; I couldn't make thirty work at all).

I thought it was working with this formula:
New Rectangle:
m = d2/d = 3078.0776/2678.0776 = 1.1493
a = w * m = 2640 * 1.1403 = 3034.3126
b = h * m = 450 * 1.1403 = 517.2123
p of new rect: 7.103.0501
p of new ellipse = 6304.7578

It could work, but I'm not sure, because when I start expanding the rectangle itself and apply the formula to get real ellipse and new ellipse, it doesn't work and I don't know why. The only explanation I have is that I'm changing the height and width too much, but the same results occur no matter what I do.

Second group:
w = 10560
h = 24390
d = Sqr(x) = (w ^ 2) + (h ^ 2) = 26,577.9175
p of rect = 69,900
p of ellipse = 57,070.34402

Increasing the diagonal by 100 at all angles
d2 = 26577.9175 + (100*4) = 26977.9175

I thought it was working with this formula:
m = d2/d = 26977.9175/26577.9175 = 1.015
a = w * m = 10560 * 1.015 = 10718.92893
b = h * m = 24390 * 1.015 = 24757.07165
p of rect: 70952.00116
p of new ellipse = 57,747.0583

What is wrong with my brain that this isn't working? I verified my results with google and it agrees something is wrong with either a.) my brain or b.) geometry. I think it's geometry. I get ellipse calculations are complicated, but I double checked that part a few times and it's working, I think. At least, google thinks so when I enter my numbers to get the smallest ellipse but this is making no sense why I can't get that second one to work.

I'm listening to country music and not like, Girl in a Country Song but stuff like The Dance and The Thunder Rolls and Straight Tequila Night and The Bluest Eyes in Texas and I'd Be Better Off (In a Pine Box) (On a Slow Train Down to Georgia) (this is the South; we like to be detailed about how you are breaking our hearts, fucker). This is Southern wake after the death of grandma level shit here; this is when we drink Southern Comfort and Wild Turkey and a metric ton of margaritas (if your Southern is Texan), eat potato salad and fried anything, and everyone gets drunk, talks about their rifles and family scandals and at some point one to three parents have a knock-down drag out among the funeral flowers and someone hides in the closet with a brownie and...we're not talking about my childhood, right.

...this is where I am right now. Fix my geometry or I won't be understandable when I talk to anyone not in a central Texas bar; I already have too many vowels in my words and all my gerunds are missing a very important ending 'g'. I will write all my entries in the dialect of a central Texas rural farmer if I have to, and don't think I won't.

This has been a mathematical cry for help.

ETA: Oh God, I Want to Be Loved Like That just came up on rotation. Help.

ETA 2: If you saw an ealirer version, I was using '30 feet' not '100 feet'; I switched when testing the formuals to 100 because thirty simply didn't work and I wanted a dramatic change. All math here is based on an increase of 100 from all angles, or an increase of 200 of each diagonal.

ETA 3: Aded figures worked out in pencil, verified in excel and google, cited my formulas, and still WHAT.

trying to get over your stardom

May. 23rd, 2015 16:45
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Well, I was supposed to go to my sister's for a bbq today, but yesterday on my commute home I did something to my ankle upon exiting the bus and now it's really painful to walk. So I stayed home and propped my foot up on some pillows with an icepack. My exciting holiday weekend! I guess I'll marathon something on Netflix.

At least the Rangers won last night, and Lundqvist looked more like himself (the return of the king! I love how everyone is down on him when Bishop has been just as bad. Oh wait, not love. The other thing.). Plus, Nash, St. Louis, and Yandle maybe started getting going offensively, which can only be good for the Rangers if they keep it up. They just need to also stop taking dumb penalties and play more consistent defensively. The sad thing is that I don't think I've seen them play their best yet in the playoffs, the way I know they're capable of playing. And I don't know why that is, but it's a three game series now and they've got two at home, so hopefully they can do it.

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Der Weg zur Klavierstunde

May. 23rd, 2015 20:05
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Every Sunday morning at 10 I took this way to go to visit my piano teacher. I could have taken the road through the village, it would have been shorter, but I always took the longer way across the fields. You see, my piano teacher was a very famous and busy man. From all over the world young and very talented pupils queued to have the privilege of his advice. And here was I, most of the time I did not practice, the reading of music remained a complete mystery to me, and to this very day I never understood why he took me on as a pupil anyway, choosing the longer way across the fields just seemed to prolongate another embarrassment on my part…

Jeden Sontag um 10 Uhr nahm ich diesen Weg um meinen Klavierlehrer zu besuchen. Ich hätte auch den kürzeren Weg durch das Dorf nehmen können, aber ich entschied mich immer für den "Landweg". Denn, mein Klavierlehrer war ein sehr berühmter und beschäftigter Mann. Aus der ganzen Welt kamen junge und talentierte Schüler, um bei ihm zu studieren. Und hier war ich, wieder hatte ich nicht geübt, immer noch waren die Noten für mich ein nicht zu entschlüsselndes Geheimnis, und bis heute weiss ich immer noch nicht warum dieser Mann mich eigenltich als Schüller angenommen hatte. So dachte ich, dass wenn ich den längeren Weg nehmen würde ein weiteres für mich peinliches Treffen etwas hinausgezögert.



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Thoughts on Met and Seasons

May. 23rd, 2015 08:27
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Thoughts on Meta and Seasons

Inside: Musings on what we watch, what we care about enough to obsess on, and a blatant call for ideas - your links to meta writers, please!

Read more... )
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Fandom: Stargate SG-1
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: The Stargate, and Another World/Old Earth/Far-Future Earth
Content Notes/Warnings: None
Medium: Digital modeling, rendering, and overpainting
Artist on DW/LJ: N/A
Artist Website/Gallery: David Munoz Velazquez
Why this piece is awesome: This seems to me a somber scene, but it's full of light -- from the event horizon, from discs (little ancillary gates?) on the temple pillars, from the bright diffused sunlight coming from beyond the pyramids outside. The environment is an important element and occupies most of the visual real estate, but the power of the figures' silent procession is its equal, and the bright gate is an arresting focal point. I can almost feel the soft texture of the stone, and the Egyptianesque detailing is subtle and lovely.
Link: Stargate

Book rec: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

May. 23rd, 2015 09:50
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On the edge of the dangerous Wood is a village, and nearby lives a Dragon, and every ten years the Dragon demands a daughter from the village. This is that story: except it really isn't.

cut for mild spoilers )

I have liked Novik's work in the past (both professional and non-), but this was significantly better than anything she's done since the first of the Temeraire books, and speaks really well of the work we can look forward to in future.

More than anything else, this novel reminds me of Patricia McKillip's work, with a touch of Robin McKinley. It's now a tossup whether this or The Goblin Emperor is the best fantasy novel I've read in the last two years.
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Posted by James Gurney

"Marvels and Mirages" is more than an exhibition about Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant (1845-1902), and it's more than a show about Orientalism. It's a loving embrace of the broader themes of exoticism and storytelling and an ambitious revival of a lost world of picture-making.

Benjamin-Constant Self Portrait, gouache
The exhibit at the Montreal Museum of Art, curated by museum director Nathalie Bondil, is the first major retrospective of Benjamin-Constant in recent times. It borrows from over 60 private and public lenders, including many regional museums in France. Several paintings were restored and reframed for the show. 

Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant, The Pink Flamingo, 1876
The exhibit designers made an effort to evoke the mystery of the Near East. As you ascend the stairs into the show, Moroccan music plays softly and light filters down, influenced by shadows cast by latticework-patterned gobos.

Several glass cases show drawings, engravings, and prints. The show is divided into various themes: The Studio, the Salon, the Alhambra, Tangier, and Colonial Diplomacy. It takes some time to absorb all the captions, because there's so much exposition: political events, timelines, historical contexts, and biographical details. Woven throughout the writing are some great lines, such as "between a mirage of seduction and the veiled realities of a colonial republic." 

Unfortunately—and this has nothing to do with the curation of the exhibit—there are reasons why Benjamin-Constant is not an "artist's artist." He doesn't have the psychological penetration of Repin; nor the sensitivity to color of Gerome; nor the archaeological conviction of Alma Tadema; nor the brush fluency of Sargent; nor the exquisite surfaces of Vibert or Meissonier. Some of Benjamin-Constant's paintings are frankly out of perspective, a fault that is usually hard to find among academic painters. He'll often spend a great deal of effort with background patterns without really working out the faces or the human story. Some of the paintings are huge, which magnifies their problems even more.

Unlike many other academic and Juste-Milieu painters of his time, Benjamin-Constant failed to embrace the innovations of plein-air painting. He called Impressionists "daubers" and their work "the oculist's art." That's too bad, because he would have benefited by incorporating the lessons learned from thoughtful plein-air study. For example, in the painting above, Benjamin-Constant uses a blackish dark for the farthest arch, when it really should be lifted up in value because of the intervening illuminated atmosphere. 

Fortunately the show includes some of Benjamin-Constant's contemporaries. One of the standouts is the watercolor portrait by Josep Tapiro y Baro, whom I have spotlighted in a previous post. 

There's also a rare chance to see some history paintings by Jean Paul Laurens. In "The Late Empire: Honorius," he shows the young emperor outmatched by his position. It's a magnificent example of subtle storytelling.

There were also several Henry Regnaults, including this watercolor (detail), which is a riot of cool reds and blue-greens over solid figure drawing. The show includes some fine examples by Gerome, Fortuny, Jose Villegas y Cordero. 

But I wish the curator had included some other notable Orientalists, such as Rudolph Ernst, Frederick Bridgman, Gustave Bauernfeind, Vasily Vereshchagin, Hermann Corrodi, Leopold Carl Muller, William Logsdail, Frederick Leighton, Edwin Lord Weeks, and Ludwig Deutsch. Even though they weren't French Orientalists, their work would have raised the overall quality level of the artwork in the show.

In all, though, the museum is to be commended for rediscovering an artist who has been largely overlooked, and putting his work in context. I hope they will give a similar treatment to other neglected French artists, especially Jules Bastien-Lepage. Like the Waterhouse exhibit from a few years ago, this one provides quite a stimulus for artists. If you want to see it, it's only up until the end of the month.


David Palumbo on Sidebar Nation

May. 23rd, 2015 06:00
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Posted by D Palumbo

A brief post this weekend for those who are not at Spectrum Live (sorry, not trying to rub that in).  I was honored to record an episode of Sidebar recently and it just went live.  For those who already know the show, they decided to experiment with something a bit different on this one and it ended up being a one-on-one conversation between me and Swain on the subject of ego and how it relates to those in creative careers. 

It was an interesting discussion for me and a topic I don't normally dive too deep in to.  As a bit of post-script (having more time to think it all over) I realize I do have an automatic association of the ego being generally negative motivation, but there actually are many things which are driven by ego that I see as positive motivators for an artist.  A big one is the pursuit of mastery for ones own satisfaction.  In other words, competing with yourself.  I never thought of this as an egotistical pursuit (and I think I incorrectly describe it as non-egotistical at least once or twice) because it is not about placing yourself above others.  It is about striving for constant improvement and finding satisfaction in doing a task to the best your abilities.  Of course that is completely about the ego though.  It's, like, maybe one of the most egotistical things that I can think of.  To focus so intensely on one's progress and skill, it's all about the self.  So maybe ego isn't always so bad.  Maybe the problem is just when one lets their ego convince them that they are superior to others.  Maybe it's ok to nurture one's ego so long you don't act like a jerk.

I don't know, I'm still working this out.  In any case, find the episode here:

http://www.sidebarnation.com/my_weblog/2015/05/podcast-episode-xxx-dave-palumbo-on-ego.html
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The 100?

May. 22nd, 2015 21:02
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So I'm watching the pilot of The 100, and... argh? I hear it's good, but this is not convincing me: everyone is DEEPLY stupid.

What episodes must I watch to be convinced of the worth of this show?

McLean Kendree

May. 23rd, 2015 02:39
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Posted by Charley Parker

McLean Kendree, illustrator and concept artist
McLean Kendree is an illustrator and concept artist who has worked with companies like THQ, Hasbro and 38 Studios, and is currently with Massive Black in San Fransicso.

Kendree’s website and Tumblog include examples of his digitally painted professional work and personal projects, along with traditional media drawings and paintings from life, as well as cast drawings. He also has an older blog that is no longer being updated, but has some older examples of his work.

Kendree has a digital art tutorial: How to design an original sci-fi character on Creative Bloq

Mad Max: Fury Road

May. 22nd, 2015 23:13
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Was awesome. OMG.

More later when I'm coherent.

Supergirl pilot

May. 22nd, 2015 17:53
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Which is now *ahem* available in the usual places.

My nonspoilery review: The characters are likeable and I think the show has potential, but the pilot itself felt very rushed - they wanted to pack in not only her entire backstory, but the full set up for the season's arc. As a result, each plot point came and went too quickly, with little time to savor the fun things, be tense over the action, or really feel much emotion about anything. It also left Kara's characterization fairly one-note and a bit inexplicable.

So basically, I'm hoping they'll slow things down in future episodes and not feel like they have to tell half a season's worth of story in 46 minutes.

SHIELD fic recs

May. 22nd, 2015 23:34
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maybe i don't know how to love (but maybe i do) by skyesward
Skyeward; superhero sidekick AU; part 1/2, 4041 words
Summary: She doesn't think she'll ever see him again. It's New York. It'd surprise her if they ever stood on the same street corner again.
As it turns out, fate has a thing for irony.

the one where skye is everyone's favourite superhero, and ward is the damsel that searches for distress.

you live with ghosts by Overdressedtokill (SkyeStan)
Skyeward sorta; semi-canon compliant s3 fic; 2824
Summary: superhero Skye confronts supervillain Ward. Except maybe he’s not that much of a supervillain, and maybe nothing’s ever black and white. And maybe Skye hates him. And maybe she doesn’t at all.

you and i can make our escape by thequeenofokay
Kara/Ward; post S2 fix it fic/ Castle crossover; 1560 words
Summary: ‘We were given a tipoff that you’re in danger,’ the officer says. He checks his notes. ‘Something about a past that you need to escape from.’
// in which kara palamas gets a new identity and a new job with the nypd.

chasing those lies (you spend it all) by shineyma
biospecialist; The Magical Place tag;2754 words
Summary: Jemma is summoned to the Hub three days into their team’s downtime.

Looks like a oneshot but I'd love to see this developed into a full story.

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