Sherlock/John (together and in various combinations with various OFCs) -- explicit -- 10,000 words
Post-Reichenbach, obviously with a Dreaded Het warning
Item. There's nothing strange in a good-looking bloke having a lot of sex with a lot of different women, none of whom he introduces to his flatmate.
Note: For christ's sake, this is Sherlock Holmes we're talking about.
Beta thanks to cesperanza, julad, and laurificus. Thanks to copperbadge for the conversation that inspired this, and the lines I stole from him.
Second off, ( SPOILERS )
Third off, WOW is it weird to me that Chris Pine and I are very close in age. Like, I find him quite attractive, and I think this is my first experience with an actor I find attractive being within a few years of me. (Possibly this happened with teen stars? But I think I'm accustomed to mostly finding older-than-me actors attractive.) In fact, I think he's almost exactly Mr. Creek's age. To within a few months. I hope he has a long and successful career, so I can watch him age right along with us. That has nothing to do with the movie itself, just something I noticed when he appeared on screen.
In conclusion, B+ would see again. Must have fanfic now. *grabby hands* Now off to read everyone else's posts.
I was entertained, but this isn't a great movie. It still feels like a lot of shout-outs pasted together with CGI and I didn't grow up on original Trek so while I appreciate a good remake, I also want it to have a point. Also people keep telling me original Trek was about pushing boundaries and that it was clever... I'm not seeing it here people.
I'm not all that invested in the trifecta of white, male lead actors playing Kirk, Spock and Bones. I'm keen on Uhura and Carol and would like to see more of them.
This actually contains the scene that I wrote this entire fic around, incidentally. If nothing else, it made me very happy to write it.
Two chapters to go on this one, and that'll be a HUGE weight off. This 'verse has been hanging over my head for going on two years now; it's time to lay it to rest.
Speaking of endings, closed a show today. THANK GOD. It was a good show, but was accompanied by more than the usual amount of offstage drama and stress, so I'm very ready to move on to the next one.
The week has been both invigorating and stressful, but among other things I've finally admitted to myself that I have to do something about my relationship with a particular colleague. ( Cut for length. )
Things I will do now I have finished the second draft:
- Go to Wiscon
- Read books totally unrelated to Regency England
- Restart Operation Friendship! I have RSVPed for a karaoke night for a sort of Asian-themed meetup group the weekend after I'm back from the US. YES GOOD.
- Run spellcheck!
- Start a new, hopefully regular exercise thing, since I stopped Bikram yoga at the end of April, and haven't really done anything else since
- Dance around in glee!
- Villette space minuet??? Something new, anyway!
I'll also be spending a couple of days around Wiscon in Chicago, so if anyone is there and wants to meet up, let me know!
Which is the best Star Wars film?
Star Wars (Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope)
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
FF_A thread on the Star Trek Prime Directive reminded me of my favorite almost-great-but-not-quite Star Trek novel, Star Trek: Prime Directive by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens (NOTHING LIKE THE TNG MOVIE EVEN LIKE A LITTLE). It has the distinction of being a very SJW take on the Prime Directive before SJW as concept or acronym was a thing on the internet (Social Justice Warrior) and takes great, great care to hit you over the head like a lot on why the Prime Directive is Awesome Like a Lot Seriously Why Don't You Get This Let Me Tell You Again, Really, but luckily, there's a lot of plot, so you can pretty easily skip the lecture portion of the show (it could be a 101 course, not kidding), and it does, in all fairness, make a vague half-hearted attempt at why the PM is bad using idealistic college students and single mother activists. Yeah.
Okay, leaving that off, it brings up two very interesting things that I'm pretty sure canon never bothered to throw out and turned out useful and obvious. One is a cultural scale model for pre-warp cultures, which assumed a crystal-growing type of development curve--all culture develop like this in this order, more or less, with the curve adjusted for population lifespan and I think worked differently on humanoid/non-humanoid/sentient slime-like species/incorporeal-who-the-hell-knows populations (keeping in mind Diane Duane to this day is the only one that had a sentient ensign rock and meetings involving Debians and non-humanoids, so detail is sketchy). It also emphasized, unfortunately, the powerful level of paternalism involved, which on one hand it is, no like--WE MUST PROTECT THOSE LESS ADVANCED--without leavening it with the much less skeevy Unintended Consequences model, which the story actually does for itself on reading, so maybe it's better that wasn't part of the lecture.
Reading for story, however, not lecture, you do get a very vivid and very precise explanation of what could happen if you're not truly hand to God--literally speaking--God and know where each single sparrow is and when it's falling. The use of the culture model that decides when a civilization is truly ready for pre-warp is shown as badly flawed but the best they have to work with, hence the requirement for warp technology. Humanity is still arrogant--and by humanity, read "all lifeforms in existence, probably mostly sentient but who the hell knows"--but the first rule to abide is Thou Shall Not Assume You Know Shit About Anything, Dumbass, even though you really think you do, and pretend at all times that you're likely going to be wrong until proven beyond all reasonable doubt otherwise and then take it to committee if possible because you gotta be sure. Which is, in a lot of ways, the basis of the prime directive; the mistakes you make when a civilization is at stake, not just their development, but their actual literal existence (see: nuclear winter, genocide) aren't the kind you can fix and even if you could, will they still be themselves after in their uniqueness, and what would you be saving, so to speak, if you destroyed all they were beforehand?
(Interesting point in the story is based on that; the Prime Directive uses the cultural model to bolster it's pre-warp-no theory, even though the cultural model is flawed because of the Prime Directive, because chicken, see egg. They know the model is flawed and because of that the Prime Directive is very much a best-guess at the safest possible save point--warp technology--because the model itself has to use that as the standard as well. It could be safe to establish relations earlier--it's likely, actually!--but they don't know because the cultural modeling is only perfectly accurate after they get to contact the culture. It's not a live model, it's observational up until that point. This could be fixed very probably if the Federation was willing to just give up a few pre-warp civilizations for cultural experimental purposes and try this at earlier and earlier points and learn from their failures (civilization one: contacted at pre-industrial era: blows self up: Fail! civilization two: contacted at medievalish era: thinks we're gods, genocide, ten people left on planet; REALLY FAIL! civilization three: not yet into the bronze thing, maybe we should....: BEARS ALERT RAPTORS RUN FUBAR BEARS FAIL BEARS LIONs BEARS!). They're not willing to risk that, however, any earlier than the first safe point, so you see how this is just academic hell.)
In the book itself, because it was Captain Kirk I was totally fine with the ending, but I would also argue that it was luck that it turned out well, and not just luck, but really one-time only cannot replicate this particular cultural development (story backs this up; this was very unique to this culture and what was happening to it) luckyity luck-luck by ten. I'd also argue that this is far less an exercise in anti-colonialism--though it is--and even less a bootstrap modeling of culture--though yeah, there is some of that--but a pretty sophisticated understanding of risk, when the risk is how on earth can anyone say no when you're the one carrying a nuke to a rock fight--you can't lose, there's just no way, the fact you brought it at all is the deciding factor, not that you wouldn't use it, so don't come at all.
...yes, I am re-reading everything Star Trek related so the sobbing doesn't go into effect. I hate work right now like you have no idea.
Note: I like the Bears alert model. The Raptors and Lions and Bears alert model however, is my variation, as raptors and lions are by nature funny and will also eat you in non-stuffed-animal form.)
Also, I've decided to start Duolingo now that I'm freeeeeee, haha. I know a bunch of you have mentioned you're on it, but remind me? :) ♥
Three Sarah Connor Chronicles Vids
We got a ton of new brilliant and amazing new TSCC vids out of tightpresent, but these were my favorites:
We Used to Wait - a dual character study of Sarah and Jesse with an captivating lyrical beauty and great musicality. Made my heart ache.
Small Words, Bigger Lessons - an exploration of John Henry as a child, learning, and all the teachers he learns from. Outstanding song choice (I will be buying this album!), terrific paralleling of all the children and parents, all the lessons the young learn about how to be who they are and how to be in the world.
Seamstress - a flawless multi-faceted portrait of Jesse.
For the Whovians
England by such_heights - a showcase of all the NewWho companions: what they love, what they learn, what they lose, what they become. Moving and inspiring.
If you like The Prisoner, drop whatever you're doing and watch this
Blow by jetpack_monkey - Stunning song choice. The lyric-clip matching is exquisite, the structure is tight and well-considered, and the way the vidder exploits the limitations of the footage to keep it rocking is seriously impressive.
Speaking of kids and newfangled things (I'm so old ♥), I finally signed up for Instagram with the idea of taking the occasional gardening photo and setting the auto crossposts for it to appear on Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook. That's the theory anyway - let's not discuss how long it took me to figure out how to adapt the settings on the iPod Instagram app and the fact that attempting to start with the Instagram webpage results in a log-in screen and nothing else (as in, not even a sign-up for account option). I'm still not sure how to operate the app itself (take a photo! adjust photo! then nothing! "there's no submit button? how do I make it go from here to there??"). I'll play with it here in a bit once the low battery on the iPod is charged. I did take one pic just as a test - before I set up the cross-post options - but so far it's just living on the iPod and not... doing whatever. Showing up online. Yeah, I dunno. (I tried the "Next" button, but it... didn't do anything. I don't know why. The program's as confused as I am? I'm missing a crucial step? It doesn't have all the information? WHY, INSTAGRAM, WHY?!)
I swear developers are so concentrated on making a site match a certain aesthetic that they're neglecting the actual user experience along the way - Tumblr being a primary example. The other possibility is that they're built around a certain set of thought processes that are specific within a certain age/experience group (pathways developed amongst an age group with access to similar, specific, likely computer related experiences - I do think the changes in our technology have been and will continue to change the speed and the way in which our brains work, and that it's not necessarily bad, it's just different) and I am not that designed for age group. Not unlike the differences between growing up with a language and learning it as an adult, for me at least. On the other hand, that's still lazy developing as it limits your potential audience and I believe that these are intended largely for mainstream use (the better to generate your user content, my dear), so reducing the [user experience] accessibility so drastically is short sighted.
Anyway, I could ask people about their user experiences with these sites, but that would require communicating with other human beings in a casual context, maybe even in person. To be honest, that sounds vaguely horrible. (Fun fact: I managed to hold a 20 minute conversation with my sister-in-law yesterday when she and brother-in-law stopped by to retrieve a tractor. I'm pretty sure I sounded like a normal human, but she's 9 months pregnant, they have a dog, and I was giving her 4 tomato seedlings, so I had the conversational topics down cold. Still, I was inordinately proud of myself.) On the
• Click here to see a fun Simpsons spoof of DA.
• In case you haven't officially heard (as I had not), Shirley Maclaine is returning for Season Four. (And I've reported this before, but yay! Harriet Walter, too).
Ironically, the bathroom had just become sparkling clean when the bay-leaf-and-salt bag I hung on the bathroom door burst. So now it smells like bleach and bay leaf and swiffer, because nothing else would pick up the salt. It's not unpleasant, just...amusing. How many times CAN I sweep the bathroom floor?
You could eat off it. And if you did, it would be lightly salted!
Definitely time to get a haircut tomorrow too. I looked in the mirror after getting up this morning and went "Huh. Blond Wolverine."
This seems like pretty basic functionality, so I’ve got to just be missing something, but an hour of googling is still leaving me baffled. Exporting to docx doesn’t keep the comments, either.
Looking at the popular/fandom page on Pinboard shows you what fandoms are popular among Pinboard users. Yep, Teen Wolf and Avengers.
- Last month we started watching Downton Abbey on a recommendation from my sister, and it is FABULOUS. (We're only halfway through S3 — no spoilers, please!) Everyone in it is so utterly delightful (except for the few who are despicable), and they make hard decisions and adapt to change and GROW AS PEOPLE to a degree that I was not expecting at all.
- Graduation happened. To tell the truth, it felt a little anticlimactic. The day I spent in the library writing my last paper felt like a more significant milestone than the ceremony itself. Also, I got sick right after finishing my classes and so the week between then and the actual graduation ceremony did not unfold at all as I had planned. Still, I am FINISHED and that is wonderful. :) I still have a ton of stuff on my plate, but I'm not nearly as stressed as I was.
- Last weekend we bought an electric lawnmower and I mowed the back and side yards all by myself. This is noteworthy because I had never used a lawnmower before. I was really proud of myself. :) I actually thought it was kind of fun, although I'm sure I'll change my tune about that when the weather gets hotter.
- I ordered a new microphone and am eagerly waiting for it to arrive. I want to get back into podficcing this summer, and lately I've been dissatisfied with the sound quality I've been getting from my laptop's internal mic. It should result in better quality for my DWFO contributions as well.
- We saw Iron Man 3 on Friday night. It was delightful! I had been a little apprehensive about seeing it because I was disappointed by IM2, so it was a real treat to end up liking it so much. Is it time for Avengers 2 yet?
Spoiler: It isn't lens flares.
I guess I will do things I liked first, and then things I didn't like? So you can separate them out?
( spoilers: things I enjoyed )
And now the much longer list of things that I didn't like, or made no sense:
( spoilers: things I did not like )
I actually have a lot of thoughts about why this movie was like bad fanfic - or possibly a bad remix - in that it wanted to piggyback on the emotions of the original but never did so in a way that allowed it to stand on its own as a story (or even, in this case, make a lot of sense as a story) but this post is already long enough and my thoughts are still inchoate, or possibly I've already said everything I needed to say to make that point.
Hi, I'm victoria p. and I apparently have a metric fuckton of thoughts about Star Trek. Who knew?
the bad part of etc: having to wait for the lenses for the new glasses to be manufactured, since they don't keep my prescriptions in stock :D
i also got a box of contact lenses for the first time in ages; the eye doc i had as a child put me in lenses at a pretty-much-unheard-of-at-the-time age 10 or 11, since my eyes were degenerating so rapidly he thought that maybe the lenses would keep them from continuing to degrade. (and it mostly worked! my eyes kept getting bad after that, but nowhere near as quickly.) i wore contacts for about 18 or 19 years until i got too lazy to keep up with them, and i was a little afraid that having gone back to the glasses would start the downslide back up again, but nope, still correctable to 20/15, in glasses at least. (i could get better correction with the contacts if i were going to wear them more often and thus could justify spending more money on the more expensive ones that will also correct the astigmatism, but since the contacts are only going to be for occasional use, it's definitely not worth it.) although the eye doc says that i've probably only got another few years before i'll need bifocals, whee.
i'm trying the new "high definition" lenses they've developed, for the new pair of glasses. i am very interested, since i've always had refraction problems and they're supposed to be good for staring at computer screens for long periods. i will report back.
i've also finally bitten the bullet and admitted that my damn arms are not getting better from rest/ice/steroid shots/etc, so i dropped a bunch of money on technology that's hopefully going to make things better. including giving up and admitting it's time to try to work with dictation software, despite the fact that is the exact fucking opposite of how my brain works and is probably going to be a fucking nightmare. i'm hoping that just using the voice controls for things like page down when reading long documents, dictating short bursts of things, making my notes-to-self, doing a few emails, etc, will be enough to address the problem, especially when combined with the new two-piece, super-split keyboard i ordered so i can stop reaching inward to type and exaggerating the pronation and deviation, will help enough that i don't have to use the dictation software for extended bursts of composition or creative writing, since i absolutely cannot do that verbally. (i've tried before, but at least one of the meds i'm on gives me minor-but-significant verbal aphasia and that is no place to go for a good time.)
on the bright (?) side, at least the new adaptive tech means a new laptop to go with it. this one i'm using now isn't that old, not old enough to have a ton of problems running the software or whatever, but a faster laptop will help, and i'm getting a 13" MacBook Pro instead of the 15" i have now; i'm hoping the smaller, lighter laptop will help, and it will mean i can just put the two pieces of the split keyboard on either side of the laptop more easily.
(plus, i ordered the retina display model. i mean, why not, right?)