Department S

Aug. 20th, 2017 02:04 pm
lost_spook: (adam adamant lives!)
[personal profile] lost_spook
I finished this recently (alas!) and I enjoyed it all. There were some duff episodes and things, but overall it was pretty great and a fun, cheering thing to be watching, and as it's an ITC thing, it should be reasonably accessible, or at least more so than most of my ancient British things.

I'll make a proper post about it, but I went YouTube hunting and came back with these, which I think give a pretty good idea about what it's like:

Cut for embedded vids )

So, that was an enjoyable show for the summer! I will do a proper intro post sometime.

Talking Meme #7

Aug. 20th, 2017 10:02 am
lost_spook: (Northanger reading)
[personal profile] lost_spook
(I found this lurking unposted on my Dreamwidth. I wrote it on April 1st; I don't know why I didn't post it. I suppose a Talking Meme would be no fun if it didn't take me all year to get through it!)

For the Talking Meme, from [livejournal.com profile] dimity_blue: What are your favourite Dumas film adaptations?


I thought this was pretty funny for a minute, as I have only ever actually watched one Dumas film adaptation, and then I eventually remembered that I have in fact seen the 2011 Three Musketeers as well. I suppose I could also count the endless 1980s cartoon version, Dogtanian and the Muskehounds, but it's obvious that there's no competition here. Also I've never seen a Dumas film that isn't The Three Musketeers, so it's really not as if I'm an expert.

Anyway, my favouite out of this *cough* wide line-up is clearly the 1970s Richard Lester films. When I saw them first, I'd just read the unabridged English translation instead of the cartoon and the abridged Puffin version and decided it was one of my favourite things ever after all and that I would never watch an adaptation because no adaptation would get the tongue-in-cheek attitude of the book, and then my Dad made me watch this and while it alters some things, it does indeed get the tongue-in-cheek attitude of the book exactly right, and the cast are hard to beat: Michael Yorke, Richard Chamberlain, Faye Dunaway, Oliver Reed, Racquel Welch, Roy Kinnear, Spike Milligan, Christopher Lee and Charlton Heston.

Cut for graphic )

I have some quibbles about some things, maybe, and obviously it would have been nice if the director had actually paid the actors for two films instead of one, but it still wins easily out of all the three and a bit Three Musketeers adaptations I have seen.

Spectre Requisitions

Aug. 18th, 2017 05:05 pm
settiai: (FemShep -- paperpinafore)
[personal profile] settiai
There's an exchange called Spectre Requisitions, which is for rarer 'ships in the Mass Effect fandom. It's a lot of fun, and I've participated in it the last two years.

Anyway, I seriously lucked out on my gifts this year, so I need to flail about them a little. I know that I have some Mass Effect fans over here on DW, so maybe some of you will of interest.

First, for a treat, I received a lovely piece of artwork. ♥ I absolutely adore F!Shepard/Garrus/Tali (to the point that 15% of the works on the AO3 about that relationship are fics by me), so I was absolutely thrilled to get the notification for that.

But my actual gift really wins everything. Because someone wrote me 22k words of Ashley/F!Shepard/Kaidan, based on a prompt that I've included in various exchanges for something like three or four years now. It's amazing, and you should totally go read it if you're even remotely intrigued by the idea of that relationship.

Dear Femslash Creator,

Aug. 16th, 2017 09:45 pm
settiai: (Absinthe/'Nique -- settiai)
[personal profile] settiai
Just to note: my requests include Critical Role, Doctor Who, Dragon Age, Hunger Games, Mass Effect, and Crossovers.

First of all, relax! I'm far from being picky, and I can pretty much guarantee that I'll love whatever you decide to draw or write for me. These are nothing but guidelines, for you to take to heart or ignore to your heart's content. Also, hey! You're drawing and/or writing me femslash! What's not to love? ♥

That said, I thought that I'd elaborate a bit on my requests in case, like me, you're the type of person who likes to have something to work with. Feel free to use and/or ignore as much of this as you want. I've tried to include a mix of vague prompts as well as more detailed ones, to hopefully make things as helpful as possible whether you're drawing art or writing fic.

More details under the cut. )

Requests under the cut. )
author_by_night: (LeslieBen by nuv0le_rapide)
[personal profile] author_by_night
I got this from a fandomsecrets post, because yes, I sometimes go there despite the trolls. (I even met some of you there.) Although I go far less than I used to and don't comment much. 

Anyway, one of the secrets was about stupid/awkward questions at interviews and panels. I was going to write an entry on this anyway, so many as well roll with it.
Read more... )

hooray, it's all shit

Aug. 15th, 2017 08:42 pm
rivendellrose: (Not Alone)
[personal profile] rivendellrose
The world is a mess, my country is currently being driven 110 MPH the wrong direction down the freeway by a drunk toddler with a bad spray-on tan, and, oh, I'm pretty sure I'm about to get my period. Which means that I'm still not pregnant. Oh, and I get to spend a week in the middle of nowhere with my in-laws at the end of this month, assuming we all live that long!

Which we had damned well better, because at this point one of the main things getting me through all this is writing ridiculously AU OC fanfic for Star Trek: Discovery, and if I don't get to at least see the fucking pilot before this trash fire of a global situation goes critical, I am going to raise motherfucking hell in the afterlife.

All of that said, work is going pretty well for the most part, my cats are still cute, and The Boy and I are generally doing well. And I've been enjoying writing the afore-mentioned ridiculously AU OC fanfic for Discovery. Also, I'm giving some tours this weekend. So, hey, good things.

Something of a cold

Aug. 15th, 2017 11:50 pm
avron: (Default)
[personal profile] avron
I noticed my throat getting sore on Sunday and over the past couple of days it's got worse. My voice, already not particularly loud, has dropped in volume again. I'd have been inclined to take today off work, if there hadn't been an absence of work anyway. Tomorrow at Mainly Music I'll probably be leaving after dealing with the music portion, so I can go buy some things at the supermarket before coming back home to sit more on my recliner.

I've spent a lot of my free evenings for the past couple of weeks playing Mass Effect (and restarting it). Like I expect I always will, in first playthroughs at least, I'm getting sidetracked by minor missions and not spending much time with the main plot quests. Sitting in my recliner with mouse on clipboard on are of chair is probably causing me some impediment to skill level, but I'm far from good at that sort of thing anyway.

Over the past several months I've been making use of an app on my phone to update and clarify play records at BoardGameGeek. I had been inconsistent with how I recorded some places, and I wasn't consistent with all colours in the records. My checking has led to finding a few errors I'll likely not be able to fix as the paper records were limited, or scrap paper that I no longer have. The next big push will possibly be going through the 7 Wonders games and ensuring that the Boards are named consistently, Rome/Roma is one of the simpler issues that exists there. Having recorded 5870 plays it's unsurprising that I've not been completely consistent, especially when I hadn't given thought to the record keeping when it started. Not being sure of the names of many of the people I played against has also led to some issues, there have been close to a dozen different Sams for example, differentiating isn't always possible.

26x icons (Various)

Aug. 11th, 2017 06:53 pm
lost_spook: (Dracula)
[personal profile] lost_spook
Some icons made for [community profile] iconthat, for Department S generally, and others spotted lurking on the hard-drive, including Doctor Who, Dracula (1968) & The Forsyte Saga. I like to save up and post in big sets, but that only means some things never get posted!

Teaser:




It serves him right after all; he should manage his affairs better )

Credits: textures by larmay, tiger_tyger & imemime_art. The usual rules apply - want, take, use, credit. Please no hotlinking.

Do I know anyone in Philadelphia?

Aug. 8th, 2017 08:44 pm
settiai: (Xanatos/Fox -- bleeding_muse)
[personal profile] settiai
Hey, it's worth a shot. Out of curiosity, do I know anyone who lives in Philadelphia who would have a sofa or clean(ish) corner on the floor available for someone to crash November 16th or 17th through the 19th?

I'm seriously considering going to PAX Unplugged that weekend since tickets are cheap and there are buses between DC and Philly for something like $20. The problem is that I've taken a look at my finances, and I really don't think that I can cover the cost of a hotel room. I've been looking at some potential Airbnb options (which are filling up fast, probably because of the con), but since that can definitely be hit or miss I thought that I'd check on the fandom front first.

Anyone?

Changing times

Aug. 8th, 2017 11:40 pm
avron: (Default)
[personal profile] avron
After about 13 years working where I do there's going to be a new shift supervisor when I go back to work. The guy that's been doing the job since soon after I started has his last day tomorrow, and it's going to be weird knowing he's not around. I feel, justified or not, that I owe him me still getting work over the past couple of years thanks to the temp agency depriving me of shifts until he started interceding on my behalf. The phone I purchased before my current smart phone came from him as well, I gave him $20 for it at the start of 2007 and it lasted more than eight years before it stopped charging, I almost miss that phone.

For this term, and maybe the next?, I'll be dealing with the music at Mainly Music, much easier now than it was a few years back with a multitude of CDs. Over the past couple of years especially I've felt the need to work when I was able to do so on a Wednesday. At the start of this year I decided to see if I'd get enough work through the rest of the week to take Wednesday's off permanently. So far it's been working fine and I have been spending the end of those mornings in the room with upwards of 20 toddlers and their parentals. With the person that had been dealing with music deciding to concentrate on other things for a while I'm going along earlier again. Considering everything I'm not likely to experience a lot of other differences in how the mornings go for me, aside from not getting to sleep in as much.

Early tomorrow, around when I'll be waking up, some people are going to make a start on cutting down the big tree at the corner of this section. I don't know how much impact it will have on light levels at this stage of the year, but I expect my room will get a lot more sunlight through summer. It may even lead to the kitchen and shower getting late night sun.

For most of the past 15+ years since leaving school my body mass has been relatively consistent, fluctuating maybe 5 kg total depending on exercise (work) and junk food intake etc. On occasion I'd hear people say that when I hit mid thirties I'd start to notice my metabolism change... it seems to have done so over the past six months. I don't think I've changed much of my activities or habits this autumn/winter compared to prior years but compared to the start of the year I've gained about 15% of my body weight.

Belated Birthday Nonsense

Aug. 8th, 2017 09:49 am
lost_spook: (dw - bill)
[personal profile] lost_spook
In the event of me seemingly getting worse at writing birthday ficlets, instead of better, I have for the past couple of years, taken the Unconventionalcourtship Generator and had a flash-fic writing session with it, tackling any prompts where I felt able to write both characters for [personal profile] john_amend_all's birthday. The end of June was particularly bad, so here it is, only slightly delayed.

One of the results that came up was clearly something I thought would amuse [livejournal.com profile] astrogirl2, who also had a birthday around the same time, so, I'm calling that a belated present also. Plus some bonus summaries I failed at writing. (The whole package is like a bundle of those tacky plasticky things you get at the seaside, but I had fun.) I did this on different days, before and during my family's visit, so it all got a bit out of hand. But still mostly not even shippy. /o\

Unconventional Results Under Here )

VividCon: Monday

Aug. 7th, 2017 11:42 pm
settiai: (Tali -- herbskillz)
[personal profile] settiai
I'd been planning on sleeping in a bit on Monday morning, since we didn't have to be out of the hotel room until noon. My body had other plans, though, so I ended up awake around 8am. More under the cut. )

That said, I did have several lovely surprises waiting for me when I got home. First of all, I had some shiny new dice from a Kickstarter that I supported a while back waiting for me in my mailbox. Then I got an alert that a gorgeous Critical Role art print that I'd ordered ages ago had shipped. Then I got an e-mail that my custom miniature of my halfling paladin, for my in-person Sunday D&D game is on its way.

And then, on top of all that, I got an notification from the AO3 that someone wrote me 22k words of amazing Ashley/F!Shepard/Kaidan fic for the Spectre Requisitions exchange.

Overall? It's been a pretty good day, even if I'm exhausted.

VividCon: Sunday

Aug. 7th, 2017 10:11 am
settiai: (D&D -- settiai)
[personal profile] settiai
I didn't wake up on Sunday morning until 8am or so, after almost a full eight hours of sleep, which my body solely needed by that point in the con. More under the cut. )

VividCon: Challenge

Aug. 6th, 2017 03:48 pm
settiai: (Liberty/Justice -- stoopbeck)
[personal profile] settiai
Notes under the cut. )

VividCon: Saturday

Aug. 6th, 2017 09:38 am
settiai: (Teal'c -- sweetiemissy)
[personal profile] settiai
Considering how late I was up the night before, it surprised me that I woke up fairly early on Saturday morning. I was awake by 6:30am, which would be about the time I normally wake up back home. I was able to convince my body to let me get a bit more sleep after that, though, which was sorely needed. More under the cut. )

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