t-shirt crossover (not for me)

Aug. 22nd, 2017 07:33 pm
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I was looking at a catalog today and found the most frightening t-shirt I've seen in a while.

The design was meant to be patriotic and comforting -- a kitten looking out from under a draped American flag. I can't fault the idea, though it's not to my taste.

However-- on a shirt? The kitten is all head and it's huge -- the size of a small leopard. And with the shading, it appears to be emerging from the wearer's chest, confidently searching for more food...

Facebook Kittens/Alien.

Not for the win. ewwww.

The End Is Nigh

Aug. 22nd, 2017 04:06 pm
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[personal profile] rathany posting in [community profile] cranky_old_fangirls
There are reports that Supernatural may end with season 14, a shortened season at that.

How do you want the show to end? Do you want it to never end? Is it way past time?

Poem: "If It Doesn't Work ..."

Aug. 22nd, 2017 05:06 pm
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This poem came out of the August 15, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl and is presented here as the free epic for the fishbowl reaching its $200 goal. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] siliconshaman and [personal profile] we_are_spc (Fallon/Isaiah). It also fills the "enemies become friends" square in my 7-31-17 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest and the "AU: Crossover/Fusion" square in my 4-3-17 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem belongs to the Schrodinger's Heroes project.

WARNING: This poem contains some controversial topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. In this poem, alter!Alex is Harley Quinn, a conflation which may bother some readers. It also features dimensional travel, impaired consent and mental functionality, forceful interventions to address an abusive relationship, vehement objections to well-meaning help, attempted assault, use of a previous name for constructive but nonconsensual purposes, allergies, reference to vigilante activity, reference to Quinn's past abusive relationship, communication failures, confusion, mixed signals, awkward family dynamics, and other challenges. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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FIC: keep the faith

Aug. 22nd, 2017 06:03 pm
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Title: keep the faith
Fandom: Undertale
Rating: Gen
Summary: After the machine, Sans is silent for a while.
A/N: From the lest ye be judged series.

keep the faith

Sudden thought

Aug. 22nd, 2017 04:46 pm
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I have all these extra monitors, maybe I could somehow hook one up to my home computer...

Wait

If I took those side shelves off - and they are removable - I could put in maybe a really big monitor instead?

I'd have to *buy* a really big monitor, but... it would be a really big monitor.
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This book is a fantastic example of why I love Science Fiction: alien cultures, developments over loooong time spans, humans at the very edge and beyond their understanding and horizon. I loved it. It's half fascinating and never dry spider civilization worldbuilding and half about the last humans trying to survive in an ark ship; the way they mirrored and played off each other was great, but the contact moments were the best.

More details with spoilers )

Under Gemini

Aug. 22nd, 2017 05:37 pm
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Under GeminiUnder Gemini by Rosamunde Pilcher

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Pilcher does two things very well: setting and character. The descriptions of the Scottish coast and Scottish manor homes and a posh London hotel and Cornwall by the sea--all are evocative and lush and beautiful to read. The characters in the novel are complex, interesting, and nuanced, and most of them are warm and kind people I'd love to spend a weekend with drinking tea and walking on the beach.

This is an Old School Romance and a product of its time, so there are some elements I could do without (like the male love interest slapping the female protagonist in the face or the implicit assumptions about what women will do with their lives in terms of occupation, matrimony, and motherhood), but Pilcher is definitely a good storyteller.



View all my reviews

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Aug. 22nd, 2017 05:32 pm
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Astronomers Without Borders eclipse glasses donation program

don't throw away your eclipse glasses! mail them to Astronomers Without Borders, or deliver them to the nearest organization (most likely a local school) collecting them for AWB, so that students in South America and Africa can safely watch the next eclipse!

Tuesday Yardening

Aug. 22nd, 2017 04:20 pm
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Today is mild, sunny, and breezy.  We got some rain last night, so I went out to pull field weeds from alongside the patio and strip garden. 

I've been seeing lots of butterflies today.  There was a monarch around the barrel garden and various small butterflies when I was weeding.

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Aug. 22nd, 2017 01:54 pm
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Five Things meme swiped from [personal profile] ysilme:

5 things you’ll find in my bag: keys, work badge, wallet, iPad, glucose tablets

5 things you’ll find in my bedroom: kitty treats, glucose tablets on bedside table, zabuton/zafu cushions, stairs to the bed so kitties can jump up more easily (Harry is starting to need that), personal altar

5 things I’ve always wanted to do: go to China(done), go to Russia (nope), see an eclipse (done), do a huge USA and Canada road trip to see fannish friends (not yet!), watch a Lord of the Rings movie (done)

5 things that make me happy: kitties, talking to [personal profile] hanarobi, dancing, the smell of the ocean, meditating

5 things I’m currently into: Bahubali which is leading to other Indian movies and TV shows, going through my house and labeling stuff to start preparing for my move, Project Runway season 16, Indian soundtrack music, capri leggings

5 things on my to-do list: binge watch Game of Thrones for this season (it's getting harder to remain unspoiled lol), get a new Social Security card with my actual name on it rather than my married name from the 1970s, get the car a brake job, take books to the book drop-off location so I can continue culling, trim the shrubbery by the sidewalk or the homeowners association will be vexed with me (I actually like them to be vexed with me on account of they're assholes).

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Aug. 22nd, 2017 03:02 pm
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Avengers* Assemble!

*and other MCU characters to whom this is applicable

Seen: X-Men Apocalypse (2016)

Aug. 22nd, 2017 01:00 pm
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Okay, this isn't a _bad_ superhero movie - certainly better than the third X-Men outing - but it wasn't really a _good_ one, either. It lacks a certain heart, a certain core meaning which a good movie, even a good action/adventure popcorn flick, has. The original _Star Wars_ trilogy has one. So do the Jason Bourne and Die Hard pictures. And _most_ of the X-Men films have.

It's hard to explain just why this outing lacks one. It has ingredients. It has characters, who are mostly pretty well motivated by the situations they find themselves in.

The film takes place ten years after the "past" events of _X-Men Days of Future Past_. Because of these events, Raven/Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) has been branded a hero. She is working underground to help her fellow mutants.

Meanwhile, Magneto (Michael Fassbender) has been living a secret life as a Polish metalworker. He saves a coworker's life using his powers, and is of course outed. In the resulting confrontation his wife and child are killed, and he snaps, killing all his pursuers in a single attack.

Also meanwhile, young Scott Summers/Cyclops (Tye Sheridan)'s mutant powers emerge, and his brother Alex/Havok (Lucas Till) brings him to the school of Professor Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), where he meets Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), who has in common with him the inability to control her powers. She has been having disturbing dreams...

...and, meanwhile, some cultists in Egypt have awakened an ancient being, En Sabah Nur, the "first mutant," who will be known as Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac). Moira McTaggert (Rose Byrne) witnesses the event and barely escapes with her life. (The cultists don't.) He recruits four "horsemen": Magneto, Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Angel (Ben Hardy), and Psylocke (Olivia Munn), intending to tear down humanity's civilization and create a bold new world for mutants.

Well, there's a lot of plot, and eventually Storm comes over to the "good" side and Apocalypse is defeated, but it's a long haul, and, as I said, it lacks that certain heart. So I cna't really give this a great score. Maybe a C+. I blame Bryan Singer, mostly.
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Recap and Discussion for 4 x 19 – Between the Darkness and the Light



We see Sheridan talking to Franklin and there’s a second of WTH? Then you realize that he is drugged and is talking to his interrogator. Apparently the first stuff they did didn’t work so they have settled on something more pharmacological but still Sheridan doesn’t tell them anything. He still shies away from naming anyone. They him drug more in trying to make him submit.



Garibaldi is telling a Mars resistance man he thinks he knows where they might be keeping Sheridan when he’s surrounded by Mars resistance, knocked out and hooded.



After the opening credits, Garibaldi is brought before Number One, Franklin and Lyta. Number One is ready to kill him but Franklin says let him talk. Garibaldi tells his tale of woe and no one believes him. Number says shoot him. He asks Lyta to scan him and she finds that he has P12 blocks in place and he tells her to do a deep scan, dismissing the risk because Number One is going to kill him if he can’t prove he’s telling the truth. She finds that he speaks the truth. When Number One moves to shoot him, Franklin stops her and Lyta grabs a gun and gets everyone’s attention, then she turns on Number One and shows her what was in Garibaldi’s mind. Number is convinced.



Ivanova and Marcus are aboard a White Star and they are against two earth ships. Ivanova delivers one of her speeches and blows up the ships after the crew escape pod off. They pick up the pods to take them in, some will end up jailed while others will join the Resistance.



Garibaldi uses his old mars contacts to find Sheridan’s prison. Number One says they can help get them TO the prison but then the three are on their own.

Meanwhile back on B5, Lennier comes to tell Delenn that the Advisory Council and the League of Non-aligned Worlds are having a meeting. He and Delenn crash this meeting. Londo, G’kar and the league say they want to help Sheridan because he risjed much to help protect them from the Shadow allies. They vote as soon as Delenn comes in and then they tell her that they’ve voted to assemble a fleet as a show of support. She is moved by this.



Ivanova finds out that not all of their new defectors are real defectors and that Clark has a fleet of ships using Shadow tech to ambush them. She and Marcus decide to run into the ambush then press on toward earth.



Franklin, Lyta and Garibaldi encounter 2 guards as they try to get into the prison but they kill them, not before Garibaldi is stabbed in the back.



Franklin stitches Garibaldi up while Lyta hides the bodies. They press on, wearing their old EF uniforms.



Ivanova tells the Agamemnon of her plan and even though the captain protests, he says okay. Marcus insists that she rest.



Franklin et al. reach the prison and Garibaldi talks them inside, using his ‘hero of earth’ status. Some fighting and some teep power subdue the cell guards and they find John. He is drugged, but they free him while we see blood on Garibaldi’s uniform.



They have to fight their way out, which proves fairly easy. Sheridan unloads his rifle into one man and gives Garibaldi the hairy eyeball as well.


Ivanova and Marcus arrive at Sector 300, where the ambush is supposed to be with their fleet. A bunch of jumpgates open and these butt ugly Earth Force meets Shadow ships come through. Ivanova knows they are in trouble because Shadow tech can damage the White Stars. A battle ensues and they finally defeat the fleet but as Ivanova turns to speak to Marcus, a huge hunk of metal comes right through the bridge and we see Marcus carry Susan away, then we see a shuttle leaving the wreck.



Sheridan is reunited with Delenn and they got to see Ivanova.




Susan asks how bad, and Delenn tells her she can only last a few days. She tells Sheridan she wants him to do something for her.



Sheridan boards the Agamemnon to take charge, where he will leave the campaign to Earth.



*



Quote:

Susan Ivanova’s speech to the captain who asks who she is:
"Who am I? I am Susan Ivanova, Commander, daughter of Andrei and Sofie Ivanov. I am the right hand of vengeance, and the boot that is gonna kick your sorry ass all the way back to Earth, sweetheart. I am death incarnate and the last living thing that you are ever going to see. God sent me."



*



Questions:

1. Did this feel hurried after the previous episode?

2. Was Susan softening toward Marcus?

3. Did the prison seem a little too easy?

4. Did you think John might shoot Garibaldi?

5. Do you wonder who the fake defectors are?



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Sources:

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0517633/trivia?tab=qt&ref_=tt_trv_qu

The Lurker’s Guide to Babylon 5: http://www.midwinter.com/lurk/countries/us/guide/085.html

The Babylon Project: http://babylon5.wikia.com/wiki/Between_the_Darkness_and_the_Light

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Between_the_Darkness_and_the_Light

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