September 20th, 2017
yourlibrarian: Age of Sail on the AO3 (OTH-AO3AgeofSail-stultiloquentia)
1) I loved this article in the latest issue of TWC. It seems to me it's right on the money of how this particular approach to fanworks has been both overlooked and what it means that there's been no focus on it.

It also has made me want to re-read my own doctoral thesis for the first time since it was finished. Read more... )

2) Speaking of the TWC article, I hadn't seen this news story quoted before but it was an interesting read. I particularly loved the conclusion that these older fans obsessed with the future were pretty unconnected to the actual future of their fandoms.

2) Thanks to Paula for sending me a tip on this documentary about the NY Public Library system. Hopefully it will come to Netflix or someplace I can see it.

3) Thanks to the free Starz week through Comcast, I watched all of the White Princess. I don't have much to say about it as I think it was a watered down version of the White Queen, which seemed to do more with costuming and production values, as well as writing, than this one. Two things are particularly odd Read more... )

4) I was also able to finish off Black Sails. I think it ended at the right time. Read more... )

Honestly, I'm pretty surprised that this series hasn't gotten way more attention or credit.

5) Speaking of Black Sails, a friend has gotten as enthusiastic (perhaps even more so) about it as I have, and I thought of some pirate-style necklaces I could make for her. Here are some, along with a few others I put together recently. Read more... )
naraht: (Default)
posted by [personal profile] naraht at 09:34am on 20/09/2017 under ,
nothing gold can stay (2628 words) by Naraht
Chapters: 1/?
Fandom: Yuri!!! on Ice (Anime)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Yuri Plisetsky & Victor Nikiforov, Yuri Plisetsky & Yakov Feltsman, Lilia Baranovskaya/Yakov Feltsman
Characters: Yuri Plisetsky, Victor Nikiforov, Yakov Feltsman, Lilia Baranovskaya
Additional Tags: Rivals, Post-Canon, Growing Up, Coming of Age, growth spurt, Injury, 2018 Winter Olympics, Aging
Summary: Yuri Plisetsky will never step out of Victor's shadow. Not if Victor has anything to do with it.

Or, the epic Nikiforov/Plisetsky rivalry in the run-up to the 2018 Games.



Here it is, the long one. The first chapter of the long one, at least.

A friend tells me that 'rage-filled teenage boy athlete' is not my usual aesthetic – probably an understatement! But it's a refreshing change in writing terms, and it's good to stretch yourself... right?
September 19th, 2017
alchemise: Stargate: season 1 Daniel (Default)
posted by [personal profile] alchemise at 11:34pm on 19/09/2017 under ,
I ALREADY HAVE 500 WORDS OF MY ToT STORY. I HAVE NO IDEA IF IT'S WORKING OR WHERE IT'S GOING. BUT SOON THERE WILL BE KISSING.


AAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!
September 15th, 2017
alchemise: Oliver as Green Arrow (Arrow)
I thought I'd give this a shot this year. The tag set is pretty fucking amazing, so I can't wait to see what comes out of it.

I'm apparently in the mood for all superheroes, all the time at the moment.

Letter behind the cut! Requests for Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, The Defenders, MCU )
September 14th, 2017
yourlibrarian: WithoutYouJ2-heartdrawndream (SPN-WithoutYouJ2-heartdrawndream)
1) A friend emailed me Tuesday telling me her father had died the night before. This is no longer an unusual circumstance as she's the fourth friend of mine to lose one or both parents already, while another has a mother in a nursing home and a sixth's parents are in clear decline. I lost my own father at 22 as part of a slow decline and my mother 12 years later very suddenly. Read more... )

2) I saw a tweet regarding climate change denial which said in response to this, "So, when's the time? Xavier? Zooey?"

3) The news that students who binge on online course content do better than those who don't hardly seems surprising. Chances are if you're binging you're either more interested in the content or more motivated in completing the course. I also suspect that it's easier to go through quickly because better students find the material to be easier and thus finish quicker.

4) So it seems that news outlets are finally deciding that the Daily Show's format is one of the best ways to get news across and have started doing comedy videos. And what's even more amazing is that it isn't name checked once in that article.

5) Speaking of the Daily Show's legacy, at least the creative Emmys are more on point with their awards. I got a particular laugh out of this win: Read more... )
naraht: (other-Yuletide squee)
posted by [personal profile] naraht at 08:54pm on 14/09/2017 under
How can the Yuletide season be starting already? Usually I'm on top of these things but this year I was caught without even a potential nominations list.

So, in a fit of absence of mind, I have nominated:

Return to Night - Mary Renault
Hilary Mansell
Julian Fleming
Lisa Clare
Elaine Fleming

Figure Skating RPF
Evgeni Plushenko
Stéphane Lambiel
Johnny Weir
Evan Lysacek [not so attached to him, does anyone have someone they'd like me to nominate instead?]

Cycling Commentator RPF
David Millar
Ned Boulting
Carlton Kirby
Sean Kelly [ditto... does anyone want Gary Imlach or Matt Stephens or Brian Smith?]

I'll be in North Wales for work tomorrow (!) and staying into Saturday for a mini-break, so I thought it was best to get things tided away now, lest I forget.
September 12th, 2017
heresluck: (farscape)
Tre Sorelle
fandom: Farscape
music: Fiamma Fumana
summary: Three sisters.
AO3

So, hey, I made this vid for Club Vivid back in 2006 and wasn't totally happy with it and kept telling myself I would go back and fix it, but clearly that is never going to happen, and when I rewatched it this weekend I was actually pretty charmed by it, so I am finally posting it online. Never let it be said that I rush into things.



Speaking of not rushing into things: I have had a YouTube account since 2006 and have basically never used it... until this past weekend, when, after a round of backing up old master files which led to a round of encoding new .mp4 files, I decided to upload them to YouTube. So feel free to subscribe, if YouTube is where you are doing your vidwatching these days.

I am going in chronological order and am about halfway through the list. I probably won't deal with the rest of them until the coming weekend, but in the meantime, if you're having a fit of nostalgia, go browse. I've updated the downloadable versions as well as the AO3 embeds, so if you want a shiny mp4 version of Superstar / New Frontier / People Get Ready / whatever, there they are.
September 10th, 2017
yourlibrarian: Illyria Time Warp (BUF-IllyriaTimeWarp-telltale)
posted by [personal profile] yourlibrarian at 04:32pm on 10/09/2017 under , , , , ,
1) Alert to any The Magicians fans out there -- Lev Grossman did an online chat this weekend with some interesting details about the creation (and adaptation) of the books. Plus, this great quote:

Janita Burgess: So there we go. Writing fanfic helps you grow as a person. =)

*levgrossman: I believe that!

2) Speaking of people who hadn't grown as a person, I watched Young Adult, a Diablo Cody movie with Charlize Theron. It's about a YA author, though there's not a whole lot about the work in the movie as opposed to the ticking biological clock as a central plotline. Read more... )

3) I find the future predicted for broadcast radio in this report to be entirely plausible (though when they say radio, they seem to be focusing on music, which leads me to wonder if news/talk might not become the dominant form of content). Read more... )

4) This look at which social media outlets people are getting their news from had some odd conclusions about growth. Granted it singled out the sites where there was double digit growth but Tumblr jumped 8 points in a year which seems rather significant. Read more... )

5) "A recently leaked Facebook document indicated that the company had been touting to advertisers its ability to determine teens’ emotional state based on their on-site behavior, and even to pinpoint “moments when young people need a confidence boost.” Facebook acknowledged that the document was real, but denied that it offers “tools to target people based on their emotional state.” Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?
September 9th, 2017
heresluck: (veronica mars)
posted by [personal profile] heresluck at 09:52pm on 09/09/2017 under
Dear everyone who said I would like The Good Place (esp. [personal profile] coffeeandink): Yes, fine, you were right. The power of Kristen Bell is greater even than my aversion to half-hour comedies.
September 7th, 2017
yourlibrarian: B&WSamDean70s-enginedriven (SPN-B&WSamDean70s-enginedriven)
1) HT to Petzi for posting a discussion of Twin Peaks. Without having seen it, what I latched onto was a brief discussion of whether it was TV or film. And that reminded me of something I was already thinking of, which is how movies came from theater. Read more... )

2) I share the reviewer's horror . Especially given that this is about a real woman who suffered tremendous abuse in real life, turning her story into a romance with her abuser is appalling.

3) I noticed in this story about falling toy sales and the effort to connect this to poor movie performance (I agree with the assessment that "there are too many movies being released and released too frequently"), that no one mentioned Wonder Woman. Mattel in particular is suffering and you'd think their business would be booming given that its box office is still climbing.

4) Speaking of falling sales, the news is not good for the future of retail employees. With all this current talk about refugees and immigrants taking U.S. jobs, many retail positions require good English skills despite often low levels of specific training, which means they're fairly immune to being outsourced. I also think they're unlikely to be completely replaced by automation since you're always going to need someone able to provide information and assistance. But there's little doubt there are going to be far fewer such positions on the ground, whereas there will be far more in distribution or call centers. That's probably going to hit small towns particularly hard.

5) My personal addition to why we need to keep what Obamacare/ACA has offered us. Read more... )

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