I swear my doctor is actually good

Apr. 23rd, 2019 10:58 pm
spindizzy: (Just let me rest)
[personal profile] spindizzy
Right, I've been avoiding my coping strategies like the plague for two weeks, so as you can imagine I am in a little bit of a state. I've got deadlines that I was cheerfully oblivious to until about an hour ago and like, a whole 8:45-17:15 shift that I just completely forgot existed until the manager rang me.

("Did you know that you're down to work at [library] today?"
"Am I?"
"That explains why you aren't there then!")

I also went to the doctor's today! [twitter.com profile] hardlyaverage was my responsibile adult, which was good because the plan was to ask my doctor if I could be tested for ADHD, and his reaction was... Pretty mild, but still "Are you sure you want that?"

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Anyway, I THINK I've worked out what I need to get done tomorrow (proofreading, frantic reading, somehow trying to find time to swim AND write AND email about a shift I'm not sure I can do anymore, don't let myself get distracted doing the things that require no brainpower). I can do that! See you all tomorrow, hopefully when I've got a bit more done.
spindizzy: Saber kneeling (Devotion)
[personal profile] spindizzy
Right, here's the explanation for Fate/Prototype as I understand it: once upon a time, Type Moon took the original notes and setting they had for the Fate franchise and animated a tiny part of it! This was back when the anime apparently had a female protagonist (I AM SULKING THAT THEY CHANGED THIS) and Saber was a guy! I am confusion at the idea, but also very here for the idea of replacing Shirou with a goth girl who understands the plot and would rather not.

(Obviously the romances with Rin/Saber/Sakura would have to remain unchanged, gimme.)

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owlmoose: (avengers - assemble)
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On the docket to discuss today: Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Infinity War. We may or may not go see Captain Marvel again on Tuesday; since I haven't really written up my thoughts on that film in any detail, it deserves its own post, and I want to get down my Infinity War feelings while they're still fresh.

I don't have much to say about Ragnarok that I didn't already say when I first saw it. It was the only Thor movie we watched for this project, and I do think some of the things I love about it come out more strongly in comparison to the other two. Maybe I'll need to have a separate Asgardian marathon one of these days.

And then, there is Infinity War. Let's put this one behind a cut. )
spindizzy: (Long way down)
[personal profile] spindizzy
Having a week where words feel like pulling teeth but I DID IT ANYWAY.

Bioshock Infinite | An Attempted Murder
G | Booker, Elizabeth | 100 words | No spoilers | Written for the [community profile] drabble_zone prompt "Murder." | Once she was looking, she could see them; birds sat on branches and statues, unnaturally still.

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Oh god so I made a Patreon

Apr. 18th, 2019 12:42 pm
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[personal profile] spindizzy
And I have really weird and complicated feelings about it that I need to go through at some point instead of splurging everywhere, but also... Hi, I made a patreon, I am having feelings about it that can only be expressed in the form of "!!!!!"

I am telling myself that IT IS FINE, this can just be an experiment until the end of May so that I get the grandfather rate for Patreon after the new rates roll in, and then I can put it on pause! And it'll be less scary if I ever bring it back, because I already did it once! I just. Am slightly "!!!!!" right now.

Notre Dame

Apr. 15th, 2019 06:14 pm
owlmoose: icon by <user site="livejournal.com" name="parron"> (ffx - mi'ihen sunset)
[personal profile] owlmoose
Like many people, I spent today transfixed by horror and sadness as Notre Dame de Paris burned. As of this writing, it seems that the main stone structure has been saved; there are conflicting reports as to how extensive the damage to the interior might be. The wooden roof is definitely gone, along with the iconic spire and at least one of the rose windows. (I was particularly struck by this photo of the fire, a moment of surprising beauty in a time of deep sadness.)

I went to Paris once, in 2001. Our hotel was just down the river from the Louve, so also quite near Notre Dame, and we saw it from the outside pretty much every day, just walking around. We also toured the inside, and although it wasn't the cathedral I was most excited to see at the time (that would be our day trip to Chartres), I was still moved and overwhelmed by its beauty, and by the sense of history. We always meant to get back to Paris someday, but we never have so far. Now it's hard to imagine it. As a former student of architecture, I experience a city through its buildings, and it's impossible to picture Paris without Notre Dame -- just as I can't think of a Rome without the Colosseum, or a London without Big Ben, or a San Francisco without the Bay Bridge. Notre Dame isn't gone, but it is forever changed, and it's okay to grieve what's been lost.

(I mistyped the subject line as "Notre Damn", and I almost kept it that way, but decided it would be too disrespectful. Yet it seems an appropriate sentiment in a way. So I immortalize the typo in this note instead.)
spindizzy: (Come at me bro)
[personal profile] spindizzy
OKAY, more Nirvana in Fire time! I think this is the point where I start yelling at the Emperor for bad decisions and crying over the Empress Dowager and just never really stop.

I also found [personal profile] coffeeandink's INFINITELY BETTER PITCH for Nirvana in Fire, so I recommend checking that out! [community profile] disgracetoscholars talked about this episode, and specifically the politics around Nihuang's marriage! You can watch the episode legally/for free on Viki!


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owlmoose: Closeup of Melinda May (marvel - melinda may)
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I was convinced that it was worth our while to watch all of Doctor Strange, so, fine, we watched all of Doctor Strange. Also Ant-Man & the Wasp, except for the post credits scenes. (Two of our watching group haven't seen Infinity War yet, so I suggested that we skip those for now because 1. it's a major, major spoiler and 2. they wouldn't understand it anyway, which is about the worst possible combination. We'll watch it when the time comes.)

Watching Ant-Man & the Wasp solidified our sense that the Ant-Man movies are the least scientifically plausible of the MCU films that claim to be grounded in science -- and given how low my bar for plausibility is in a superhero movie, that's saying something. In this particular case, there is also a chain of fairly stupid decisions (mostly, but not all, made by Scott), and several points where the main conflict could have been solved by everyone sitting down for three minutes and having a reasonable conversation. And yet I still think they're a lot of fun. Maybe because they don't take themselves terribly seriously. Even the more serious bits. The fight scenes are fun and inventive, I genuinely like all the characters (even the irascible and imperious Hank), and the humor strikes me in just the right way (unlike the humor of the Guardians movies, which I often find mean-spirited). And since we didn't watch the post-credits scenes, they didn't ruin my mood, and I found I enjoyed it very well.

I also liked Doctor Strange a bit better this time around, now that I know that Strange is never going to entirely redeem himself from being the entitled and arrogant asshole that he is at the beginning. He does grow and change somewhat, but not as far as he would need to go for me to really like him. I mostly appreciate this film on an aesthetic level -- the folding landscapes, the depiction of the multiverse, the beauty of the glowing glyphs in action.

Thor: Ragnarok on Tuesday, and then we watch Avengers: Infinity War on Easter Sunday, which is weirdly appropriate to me. And then we're done with almost a week to spare (except we might try to catch Captain Marvel again), and I can't quite believe we made it.
spindizzy: Knitting (It's harder than it looks)
[personal profile] spindizzy
Right, I think I've been the infection vector for at least three people on twitter, so it's time to bring it to Dreamwidth. Guardian is a CDrama based on a webnovel, and it is... Very Variable in quality. I love it, but I would like to remind you that my love does not actually imply anything about the quality of a show. AS LONG AS WE'RE CLEAR ON THAT, let's go! It is all available legally and subtitled on youtube – episode one is here! but the sub quality is ALSO Variable.

What you need to know is that it was originally an urban fantasy BL series with one of the protagonists being the reincarnated love interest of the other, but the censors apparently decided that the supernatural stuff would not fly, so it's now a Super Het series set on another planet that's suspiciously close to Earth, and there is somehow no reincarnation but ten thousand years of Eternal Pining and loyalty anyway, and also the censors say it's a bromance but the actors are going HARD so, y'know, I know who I'm betting on. There are people with magic powers living underground! There are oblivious people living on ground level! The protagonist works for the police on a squad of various magical weirdos (including a ghost, a shapeshifting cat, a snake lady, a puppet-wielding murder vector, and The Other Guy) as they try to catch people commiting magical crimes! (Was it [community profile] disgracetoscholars who said their role was basically to be magical ICE? Because I don't want it to be true, but it's also KINDA TRUE.) There is someone in a black cloak who is DEFINITELY JUST THE ENVOY TO THE UNDERGOUND CITY and DEFINITELY HAS NO CONNECTION TO THE LEADER OF THIS SQUAD, IGNORE THE MAN WHO KEEPS TURNING UP SUSPICIOUSLY AT CRIME SCENES, THIS IS FINE.

... There is so much slow-burn pining okay, this is genuinely fine.

([personal profile] lazulisong wrote a better summary over here.)
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Happy Episode IX Day

Apr. 12th, 2019 05:36 pm
owlmoose: (star wars - han woohoo)
[personal profile] owlmoose
I sat down at my computer do to other things, and then somehow ended up watching the Star Wars Celebration panel on Episode 9 instead. (YouTube isn't letting me share a link that starts partway into the video; the content proper begins at about 18:59.)

I have also watched the teaser trailer several times, and, well. Yay!

A few reactions, mostly to the trailer but some informed by the panel Q&A )

I am excited!
owlmoose: (avengers - natasha)
[personal profile] owlmoose

As I mentioned in my last post, we marathoned Guardians 2, Civil War, and Black Panther in one day, and followed up with Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thoughts on each:

cutting for spoilers, length )

Our plans going forward are to watch Ant-Man & the Wasp, the final battle of Doctor Strange (so we can see the Time Stone in action), and Ragnarok on Sunday, then cap it all off with Infinity War next Tuesday night. And that will catch us up! (Except for seeing Captain Marvel again, which I may try to do on Easter weekend.) I can't believe we're almost done.


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