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24th-Sep-2017 02:10 am - Because I have to put it somewhere:
randomling: A wombat. (Default)
KJ Charles protagonists by Hogwarts house.

Gryffindor: Stephen Day, Archie Curtis, Richard Vane, Silas Mason, Nathaniel Roy, Jonah Pastern, Simon Feximal

Ravenclaw: Dominic Frey, Rowley Green, Crispin Tredarloe, Saul Lazenby

Hufflepuff: Harry Vane, Lord Gabriel "Ash" Ashleigh, Clement Talleyfer, Ned Hall, Ben Spenser, Martin St Vincent, Robert Caldwell

Slytherin: Lord Crane, David Cyprian, Daniel da Silva, Justin Lazarus, Julius Norreys, Francis Webster, Theodore Swann, Randolph Glyde

Which means we have:

Gryffindor/Slytherin x4, Gryffindor/Ravenclaw x2, Gryffindor/Hufflepuff x2, Ravenclaw/Hufflepuff x2, Ravenclaw/Slytherin x1, Hufflepuff/Slytherin x3
23rd-Sep-2017 11:15 am - Can't even pretend this is a Wednesday...
glinda: just trying to read (books/reading)
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22nd-Sep-2017 12:21 pm - I need to make myself an icon of this phrase.
havocthecat: angry christina ricci with a chainsaw (feelings kill them all)
Never try to mean girl at a Slytherin.

I just need to find a good picture. Suggestions?

People keep making the mistake of thinking that just because I'm nice, I'm a pushover. Or gullible. Or both.

That is...beyond hilarious as a concept.

Fuck everyone today.

(Work issues, though I've run into the same idea outside of work, I suppose. I will elaborate when I'm not vaguebooking on a work computer on a work network.)
21st-Sep-2017 08:24 am - The sudden return of 90+ degree heat is unpleasant.
havocthecat: angry christina ricci with a chainsaw (feelings kill them all)
Not because I dislike the heat, because I unironically like 90+ degree hot, humid weather, but because it's given the ragweed fresh life. I'm sneezing non-stop.
21st-Sep-2017 01:11 am - Rogue One
egret: Capt. Janeway reading a paid (Default)
Finally watched Rogue One on Netflix. 

So was that meant to be a cliche-filled thinly written action flick? I felt like it was fight fight fight something the force oh look space fight fight fight quips robots pew pew fight. It looks like reviews were generally good so I guess it's just me.

I am much more of a Star Trek person although I LOVED Return of the Jedi and have seen most of the Star Wars films and in high school I wrote fanfic set on the Wookie planet. The Wookies were my favorites. I would watch a whole Wookie movie. It is probably the closest I get to furry interests. 

It was nice to see Diego Luna. 



20th-Sep-2017 06:35 pm - Names for Mag 7 characters as Statesman Agents (Kingsman the Golden Circle)
gemspegasus: (Default)
Hello All,

Have been watching trailers for Kingsman the Golden Circle and my brain went what if the Mag 7 boys were Statesman? In the movie, the Statesman agents are named after Liquor. Agent Champagne...Agent Tequila...Agent Whiskey....Agent Ginger Ale which got me to thinking, What would the 'Boys' agents names be? Below are the names which came to me.

Orin Travis - Agent Cognac

Chris Larabee - Agent Malt

Vin Tanner - Agent Rye

Buck Wilmington - Agent Rum

Ezra Standish - Agent Bourbon

Josiah Sanchez - Agent Gin

Nathan Jackson - Agent Brandy

J.D. Dunne - Agent Irish

Also below is a little snippet of a Mag 7 Statesman AU crossover with Kingsman the Golden Circle inspired by two scenes in a Kingsman 2 trailer found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LR8BpZVyoFo

"You want one too. I can see it in your eyes, Vin." said the youngest and newest Statesman, J.D. Dunne.

Vin tore his eyes from the video playing on the laptop screen and scowled at him.

"Doubt that Jack, I mean Agent Whiskey wants to share his. And I haven't heard of it being offered to any of the other agents. But yeah, I would love an electric lasso like the one he has."

Maybe Agent Cognac can ask Agent Champagne if you can be fitted with one as well, answered J.D.

Vin mulled that thought over and replied, "Maybe, Orin is our regional supervisor. I'll ask Chris about it."

J.D. settled into the chair next to Vin's and hit the replay button on the screen. "Do you think, Agent Malt is going to be very angry with me for hacking into Agent Ginger Ale's video feed and downloading it to our private server?"

Vin shrugged and answered, "Depend's on how angry she is and how much Director Champagne complains to Agent Cognac. Though I hope you're packed, cause I think we'll all be flying to Kentucky tomorrow."



Hope you are all doing well. :D
20th-Sep-2017 06:12 pm - Media Wednesday
saturnofthemoon: (Claudius - reading is love)
Given that I have a ton of schoolwork on my plate, it's the perfect time to update my journal.

I have not read Hilary Clinton's book yet, but all the one sentence one star reviews on Amazon are hilarious. Most of them are one sentence long reviews clearly written by people that just want to air their opinions on Hilary and have no intention of reading a single page of the item in question. I would really like to read "What Happened," but I generally don't buy books until they've hit the bargain bin and the library's reserve list is probably a mile long. Also, my self-imposed book-buying ban starts on my next birthday, which is exactly 31 days from now.

I'm not happy about the cancellation of Dark Matter. What am I going to do without Two in my life? (Note to self: get a Two icon or make one.) Because of Syfy's habit of constantly retooling its image, I've never seen a non-reality TV show that lasted more than five seasons on that channel. Killjoys got renewed and I guess that's good? I never made it past the pilot because Syfy no longer streams its shows on Hulu.

What are you currently reading?

The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015. (Yeah, I'm a little late.) So far it's the most delightful thing I've read all year. I encountered my first Seanan McGuire story and she certainly lives up to the hype.

Anansi Boys - Not as good as I expected. The characters are a little too flat for my taste.

What did you just finish reading

The Prince of Medicine: Galen in the Roman Empire by Susan P. Mattern - I gave it three stars on Goodreads because it is well researched and the author does a good job of remaining objective. However, I found the book's subject utterly unlikeable and the accounts of public dissections made my blood chill. I don't recommend it for anyone who isn't a diehard fan of ancient medical history.

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood - Excellent, but definitely not an easy read. I feel Atwood chose the book's uneven narrative style to bring readers even further out of their comfort zone. There's also a spoilery explanation for it at the end. I'm not sure if I'm up for watching the TV show.

What do you think you'll read next?

Lately, my books have either been fantasy or non-fiction. I should tackle some of the unfinished series I have around my apartment, which consist of:

Kushiel's Legacy - There's sadly only one more Phedre book to go, then it's on to Imriel.

Dune - Given that I've read Dune three times over the past twenty years, I really should move on to the rest of the series.

Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars Trilogy - Meh, it looks like JMS isn't turning it into a miniseries after all. However, I still bought the whole trilogy and should finish it...someday. The world-building is mildly interesting, but I find most of the characters to be utterly unlikable, with the exception of Nadia and Arkady.

Lord of the Rings - *winces* I like the Hobbit, (possibly because it's geared towards a younger age group), but LOTR makes me want to tear my hair out. Does Tolkein really need five pages to describe a rock? I just have The Return of the King and The Silmarillion left, but I'm on the fence about finishing this series. This is one case where the movies are better.

Harry Potter - Still haven't finished book 5. I might bump this up on the list for comfort reading.

I'm technically watching Underground, Sense8, Orphan Black and Doctor Who right now, but school takes up most of my free time. It looks like I'm going to be dropping/Netflixing some shows.

Keeping
Jane the Virgin
The Flash
Izombie
Agents of Shield
Legends of Tomorrow

On the Fence
Supergirl
Gotham
How to Get Away With Murder
Vikings

Summer Shows
American Gods
Game of Thrones


I'm not a fan of the traditional broadcast way of airing shows episode by episode. I like to have entire seasons dumped on the internet, available for me to watch when I have the time. For example, I've been wanting to see The Americans for some time, but I know there are four seasons on Amazon patiently waiting for me.
20th-Sep-2017 12:04 pm - From 2016 to 2017: differences in US public opinion on diversity, immigration, and refugees
beatrice_otter: Sha're in a blue veil (Shau'ri)
For those of you who don't know, the Barna research group is a group that focuses on researching religious trends in America.  Although they are very DEFINITELY Christian and doing this for a Christian audience, they are also quite firm in their belief that in order to make good choices people need good, reliable information to base it on.  So they're pretty good about being as fair and accurate as they can in their research practices.

Their newest finding?  That in the last year, public opinion in America has swung quite dramatically in favor of immigration, diversity, and refugees, with most population segments adding at least 10% to their approval.  And practicing Christians who believe the US should welcome refugees more than doubled between 2016 and 2017, which is why there are currently more religious leaders across the board speaking to refugee and immigration issues.  (Evangelicals are the lone holdouts, surprise, surprise.)  For example, the Christian community is pretty much united in opposition to ending or limiting the DREAM program.  Even the Evangelicals agree there.

Unfortunately, the shift doesn't seem to be from racists, nationalists, and other right-wingers changing their minds.  Where the shift seems to be coming from is the people who were undecided a year ago moving towards open-mindedness, tolerance, and compassion.  So it's not that the whole country is moving towards tolerance, it's that the people in the middle are moving leftward on this issue.  Which is good, don't get me wrong!  It just means we've got our work cut out for us to reach out to the Evangelicals and the FOX newsers and all and help them see things in a different light.

(Obviously I'm not talking to people who aren't safe or wouldn't be safe if they tried to reach out, whether psychologically or physically.
19th-Sep-2017 10:57 pm - May as well try out the academic filter too.
egret: Capt. Janeway reading a paid (Default)
 I know I post a lot about my stupid academic job, and it is boring. So boring. And sometimes I talk about academic things. 

I also have a filter for that. If you would like to be on it, please comment below and I will add you to the academic filter. (I think I have a few recent followers who are academics.) Please note: I don't mean to be exclusionary. Don't feel you need to work in academia to be on the filter. I have just found that many people who don't work in academia don't want to hear about it either. 
19th-Sep-2017 01:01 pm - For the Highlander fans who didn't already know this.
havocthecat: methos from highlander (hl methos)
In case anyone doesn't already know:

[community profile] hlh_shortcuts.

(I mean, I didn't. There might be someone else who doesn't?)
18th-Sep-2017 08:36 am - The joys of parenting as a history nerd.
havocthecat: a magical tree (feelings tree magic)
We were reviewing the kidlet's U.S. history project on Colonial Virginia, which involved Jamestown, and I took it kind of farther than his teacher did. (I do that a lot. History is broadly expansive.) Also I got to explain that Captain John Smith was an asshole, and I got to whine later to Mr. Havoc that I really don't like Pocahontas (the Disney film), not because I don't like Pocahontas (she was awesome), but because John Smith was an asshole, not a romantic lead.

You have no idea how much my dad told me about John Smith and Jamestown when I was a kid. You really have no idea.

So I also learned that the kidlet didn't know why the Church of England formed, and this all culminated in my explaining to him that Henry VIII wanted to get remarried, the Pope told him no, and the Henry said, essentially, "Screw you, I'm the King of England! I'll start my own church!"

It was a glorious moment. I love being a parent.
18th-Sep-2017 01:35 am - Announcement
egret: cat (brideydots)
I am, at least for now, the new administrator of the [community profile] cats  community. It had been defunct but we are trying to start it up again. So come over and join if you like blogging about cats. 
15th-Sep-2017 09:51 am - Reading Meme on my day off
glinda: Hera quote text: No I tried to SEE if I could kill you. For Science! (semantics/for science!)
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14th-Sep-2017 08:47 am
beatrice_otter: Yuletide (Yuletide)
I know that only about 1/3 of all participants use the nomination coordinating spreadsheet, but that is making things very hard for me.  Because I would assume that Rivers of London, which has been a perennial Yuletide fandom for years, would be nominated?  Because it always is?  BUT IT IS NOT ON THE SPREADSHEET?!?  And if someone else will be nominating it, I would like to use my slots for other fandoms that pretty much won't be nominated by anyone else, BUT WHAT IF THIS IS THE YEAR FANDOM FAILS ME?!?  I wasn't in RoL fandom last year!

Here are some of the other fandoms I am considering nominating, and I need to make a decision like, NOW.

Random Harvest (1942)--classic, classic melodrama starring the ineffable Greer Garson.  Tropetastic.

Archandroid - Janelle Monae--another one that others often nom, and there hasn't been new canon for a while, but always reliable for some great worldbuilding fic.

Kitty Foyle (1940)--Ginger Rogers showing why she is an AWESOME actress.  I want the fic that covers the original ending, the one that the studio and the censors made them change: she keeps the baby and raises him out of wedlock.

Hobson's Choice (1954)--I want more of Maggie and Will!  So much more.


Here are the fandoms I would request fic in if someone else nommed them, but wouldn't take up a nomination slot for:
Lord Peter Wimsey - Dorothy Sayers--classic cozy mysteries, and I love Peter and Harriet and Bunter all together.
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress - Heinlein
My Fair Lady
Batman Beyond

And, again, Batman Beyond is pretty likely to be nommed, and so is Peter Wimsey, but NEITHER IS ON THE SPREADSHEET OMG.

I just need to figure out a) whether I can take the risk of RoL not being nominated, and b) if so whether to drop Kitty Foyle or Hobson's Choice.  (If I nom RoL, Kitty and Hobson are both gone.)

Looking at that list, I am REALLY into classic movies this year.  I guess.

ETA: There is a second spreadsheet of noms, and Rivers of London is on it.  Peter, Thomas, Varvara, Seawoll, Lesley, Stephanopoulos, and Sahra are the characters.  I have accordingly nominated Random Harvest, the Archandroid, and Hobson's Choice.
13th-Sep-2017 08:43 am - I'm so out of everything that has been happening
havocthecat: the lady of shalott (Default)
Other than major news incidents, which are mostly weather-related these days. Okay, not really, but I'm not getting into politics right now. I'm not in the right headspace to handle that.

Please tell me how you're doing! What's going on in your life?

Things in my life after the kidlet's bar mitzvah have mostly been terrible and I'm not ready to talk about them yet, which is why I haven't been updating any of them yet. Distract me from that, please.

I'm so far behind on my tv-watching that I'm just now getting to the Supergirl finale. One spoilery quibble with the first half of the finale that relates to U.S. Constitutional law. )

I'm very much enjoying everything about Supergirl otherwise, at least. I haven't even touched on my summer tv watching yet. It's been that kind of summer.
11th-Sep-2017 06:17 am - Lindsey Stirling - Roundtable Rival
gemspegasus: (Default)
Hello All,

I found this video by Lindsey Stirling that tells a story without words and set in the old west too. I enjoyed it immensely. Thought you might too. :D

11th-Sep-2017 06:04 am - Kingsman 2: the golden circle red band trailer 2 (2017)
gemspegasus: (Default)
Hello All,

At the minute and minute 13 mark of the video below there is Agent Whiskey of the film using a weapon that made me think that Vin Tanner and Buck Wilmington might like one too. :D :D :D


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