The True Meaning of Adaptations

Mar. 27th, 2015 09:10 pm
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Spoilers galore for Home, the True Meaning of Smekday adaptation

tl;dr: it was a fun Dreamworks movie which had a protagonist and a premise very loosely based on a book we love.

The different )

The missing )

The bad )

The good )

Um hi

Mar. 26th, 2015 10:37 pm
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Apparently it's been like two weeks since I posted. Oops? Still alive.

Things of note:

- brainweasels (esp. depression related) have been eating me alive

- cancer sucks. not me but family )

- oh and in "thank you universe, I totally needed that right now" timing, the lift I use to transfer between bed and toilet and wheelchair ... decided to stop working. that whole saga )

- chorus starts back up next week. Yay.

- get to visit sister and niecelet Saturday. Yay times infinity.

- am rewatching Leverage. Still awesome.

- Also I am feeling ridiculously and pathetically lonely right now. physical touch more than anything )
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post-tags: instagram, crosspost I missed #everydayonabike this bitterest winter. Still cold and rainy but hope for #30daysofbiking.

Nightmare theatre: Canada edition

Mar. 26th, 2015 09:59 pm
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My subconscious would like to thank Tumblr, Canada, Customs Australia[*] and my parents.

dreamspam )

[*] Why Customs Australia? Because I've been looking into ordering my vitamins from iHerb instead of buying them locally, but I would rather stay on the right side of legality while doing so, and this led me to this rabbithole of reading Customs Australia's list of prohibited and restricted imports, and some of them are obvious, some make sense if you know about the trade stuff with bananas or the history of ANZAC biscuits, and some make no sense at all without context, and now I really need to know why novelty erasers are restricted. I'm sure there's a story there, and I want it.
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post-tags: instagram, crosspost Weekend patriotism. #wheredoivotema #allpoliticsislocal

Wednesday Reading Meme

Mar. 25th, 2015 07:48 pm
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What I Just Finished Reading

Dean James, Posted to Death, Faked to Death, Decorated to Death, Baked to Death: A series of cozy mysteries set in a quaint English village... in which the protagonist is a gay American vampire who writes mysteries (and historical and romance novels under other pen names). Very cute, but mostly I'm wondering at what point your vampire is still a vampire if they take pills so they don't have to drink blood, don't sleep during the daytime, and can in fact go out in the sunshine.

What I'm Reading Now

This week's comics: New Avengers #whatever: Look, Hickman, I get that you're working up to an ending, but how did you manage to make twenty pages of battle feel like nothing happened? I still read it, though. Whatever, man, I am clearly here for the collapse of the multiverse. I added Secret Wars to my pull list. (And 1872, but that's a given.)

What I'm Reading Next

No idea.

of APIs and catch-22s

Mar. 25th, 2015 06:36 pm
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So for the past, oh, year or so, I have been sporadically and half-heartedly working on* a fork of writtenkitten that will let you pull images from more fannishly-oriented sites than flickr, because tbh when you put in "kaiju" or "methos" as your search term it doesn't pull up much from flickr/creative commons.

Anyway, I have gotten as far as rebranding it "wrotegoat", fixing the bug for the first kitten goat, and adding some more user options, but when it comes to actually getting images from Tumblr, I run up against the fact that I have no idea what I'm doing with APIs, and Tumblr makes you "register your application" before you can play with their API.

So if there is anyone here who knows anything about APIs, can you answer me one simple question? To make an app with the tumblr API, I have to register an app. To register an app, I have to have made an app. To make an app I have to register an app. To register an app I have to have made an app. HOW DOES THAT WORK?? Can I register with a dummy URL, keep coding with the files on my hard drive until it at least vaguely works, and then change it later, or something?

...also shouldn't programmers know what an 'infinite loop' is?

*when I know I should be doing other stuff but really really dunwanna
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post-tags: instagram, crosspost "What's fastest?" "Everything, it only takes 3 minutes." #evenatlunchrush #needmyricebowl

Morally ambiguous hero/ines?

Mar. 25th, 2015 05:26 am
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I hate it when morally ambiguous characters are just labeled either villains or anti-heros. I think that’s why I like my character Lyria Spellspinner so much. She's cunning, manipulative, secretive, isn't afraid to kill people when she feels it's needed, defies the laws of nature and man by being heavy into the dark arts, befriends dark creatures, performs necromancy, performs forbidden soul magic, and has a temper problem (in that if she loses her temper, everyone heads for the hills screaming hysterically, and witnesses will probably need therapy for the rest of their lives. Those on the receiving end of her wrath generally end up either dying horribly, begging for death, or going insane from the trauma).

But she's fiercely loyal to her employees and her loved ones, protects children (even when they're not hers), doesn't kill needlessly, feels remorse for some of the more horrible things she's done and has nightmares about it for decades or even centuries ("losing her temper" involves a massive temporary personality shift in which she is not herself, and thankfully has only one trigger1 which doesn't often happen), she's usually very level headed, she treats people with respect (sometimes even when they don't do the same for her) but isn't afraid to show contempt for people she dislikes if she thinks they're useless and harmless, she's fighting on the side of Good, and even though she's ungodly wealthy, she's generous to those in genuine need (even if she doesn't like them, if she doesn't think they deserve whatever misfortune they've run afoul of). She is a heroine, and if anyone ever thinks differently, well, they're well within their rights to think that. But to me she's a heroine.

If I had to give her a Hogwarts house, I'd say she's equal parts Ravenclaw, Slytherin, and Griffindor, with a dash of Hufflepuff. But adult Lyria would probably get sorted into Slytherin... and would probably have very little patience for most of the idiots in that House during the events of the books, especially Malfoy. Child Lyria, however, would probably have ended up in Ravenclaw.

1 = Her trigger is if somebody murders someone she loves.

I want to believe...

Mar. 24th, 2015 09:34 pm
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...that the new X-Files episodes will be good.

I mean, I'll be watching them anyway, of course, but... I am excited nonetheless.

(Also, does anyone know if there is a Mulder/Krycek story that postulates that Krycek wasn't himself and was just stuck in the silo with the oiliens for years, or is that a story that [personal profile] lysimache and I wanted to write and then didn't? I no longer remember.)
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post-tags: instagram, crosspost The husband ponders his sushirito. (Hamachi ssamjang temaki.)

5 things for the internet

Mar. 24th, 2015 02:45 pm
melannen: Commander Valentine of Alpha Squad Seven, a red-haired female Nick Fury in space, smoking contemplatively (Default)
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1. I have signed up for [community profile] intoabar again! With Katharine Dunleavy from Jupiter Ascending and Snarkout Boys, The Librarians, Steven Universe, and Saga as my four possible fandoms. There is no possible way I will ever regret this.

2. I also did indeed sign up for Camp Nano for April. I will probably regret this. So far I mostly just want to make more lanyards.

3. First day of class went well! I think it will be fun and not as exhausting as I was afraid, mandatory group project aside.

4. Other than that I have been getting basically nothing done, as predicted. lalalala.

5. [tumblr.com profile] sathinfection posted a writing meme on Tumblr where you get to be your own worst critic. I kinda feel like on the one hand it would be good to actually get some of that out there and talk about it instead of being a secret shame? But on the other hand once you go down that rabbit hole it is hard to come back up. So here I will post it on DW for answering in comments instead of smearing it all over my tumblr dash:

If you want to see me do one of these, leave a number in a comment and I'll answer! If this feels too dangerous to you do not click the cut.

you're interrogating me from the wrong perspective: a writing meme )
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is that it is full of people who think like I do and love like I do and manage interactions like I do and have relationships with ethics like mine; and this reflection doesn't require that I be more human but it does make me feel more okay, more real, less toxic. And that's why I've read getting on for 300k words of MCU fic despite not having any familiarity at all with canon, and it's why I'm working on reading everything she's ever written and why I'll keep reading all the things she writes. Because: these people? They have no ladder and they have no rope; they can't see where the sun is rising; they can offer no hope; but they see me and I'm not alone.

Maintenance and gametes

Mar. 23rd, 2015 08:31 pm
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I've been on a routine maintenance kick lately — I started with a physical for my pension buyback, got my allergies assessed, blood checked out, shots updated. I probably have one more bunch of paper to pick up, then I'm done outside of flu shots for three years. Aside from that: eat well and be active as usual, but take some B12 to help my red blood cells keep up with the rigours of life — no need to be more exhausted than strictly necessary!

I considered signing up for a vasectomy after our third baby is born — three is a good number for us, I think. The week of not lifting kids or walking unnecessarily during recovery sounds like something better scheduled for when everyone is in school, though. I have my referral; maybe I can call it in in 2020. Meanwhile: maybe someone needs some proven-fertile (and, judging from our kids, smart, energetic and funny) genetic material? I am out of the blood system but maybe qualifying to give sperm is within reach — although an initial web search indicates that Canada doesn't have much of a sperm bank system outside of one operation in Toronto… possibly due to strict laws against the sale of sperm. It seems that all abject terror of markets for sperm has done is atrophy the collection system. I've read about egg donation, and it is kind of terrifying, risky and probably did need measures in place to discourage exploitation of broke people with ovaries. I'm also a bit mystified that there aren't enough potential donors to support a centre in a major-ish urban area. Surely there are many people who are fertile and who wouldn't mind sharing the wealth with people having difficulties or lacking an easier source of sperm. As it is, apparently it is completely legal to buy gametes from the States and abroad: there's something a little off about that.

I don't know that I have any good conclusions, but it is a little odd and frustrating.

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