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December 9th, 2030
November 11th, 2030
TV series list - to watch:
Recommendations are quite welcome
( Don't mind me, just starting a list of all those tv series that I want to watch as opportunity arises...Collapse )
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November 19th, 2017
The end of an era:
I was 18 years old the first time I got to squeeze into one of the narrow, crappy seats in Tivoli’s Glassalen one evening in december to see my first Crazy Christmas Cabaret.
I was taking high-level English in my 3rd year of gymnasium, and this was a thing the teacher had been arranging for years - taking the class to see an English panto. And I was sold.
I haven’t missed a year since then. Even the two years I lived in Esbjerg and had to cross the country by train back and forth, even those years I went. Many of those first years alone, once or twice with my sister and her now-ex (one of those years was the brilliant Bored of the Rings, which was so incredibly geeky and meta, with Vivienne McKee wanting to do an Arthurian tale and the cast rebelling every time she wasn’t on stage and turning it into a Lord of the Rings parody), and - for the last few years - I’ve managed to convince some nerdy fellow Danes to make it a nice Christmas tradition between us.
This year is the show’s 35th anniversary. It’ll be the 18th CCC I’ve ever seen - and the last. Vivienne McKee has announced that this will be the last CCC - and fair enough. She’s in her 60s and it’s her show, it wouldn’t be the same without her, it wouldn’t even be the same with her just behind the stage (they tried that one of the last few years and it wasn’t the same). Fair enough that they are ending while it’s great.
But it makes me so incredibly sad.
Ironically, the first show I saw? Science fiction themed. A Star Trek parody where the heroes had to fight the villainous Millennium Bug. And this year? Science fiction again - more of a Star Wars parody, this time, and the gallery looks promising. I’m looking forward to when I’ll be going to see it just before Christmas - and at the same time? I will be so very, very sad.
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Apparently, this year's Crazy Christmas Cabaret is going to be the last. ( https://iscene.dk/2017/11/18/breaking-crazy-christmas-cabaret-lukker-slukker/
What am I going to look forward to every december now? :-(
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November 17th, 2017
Coming home from the pleasant experience of watching a brand new duckumentary (well, the first half - apparently Don Rosa is a talkative guy) to find that apparently : the first season of Due South is now freely available on Youtube? As well as a number of other Canadian tv shows*. That's a nice day.
(What is Slings & Arrows and why does that title sound oddly familiar to me?)
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November 16th, 2017
Wednesday - oops: Thursday Reading Meme:
Justice League premieres today. I - expect to go see it, but not today. Sometime next week. From what I've heard, it's not a movie I feel a particularly urgency to go see.
Oh, and I voted! So on election day, I can just lean back and not bother to go to the polling station at all. Honestly, I don't understand why a higher percentage don't letter vote. It's so nice and easy and stress-free.
Also, I wrote a new fanfic: Where The Wild Things Roam, which is the sequel to the sequel that robininthelabyrinth wrote for my centaur!Mick Rory in the old west AU fic. It's got Barry Allen the naive Pinkerton and a couple of wendigos on top of the Coldwave.
What I've recently finished reading
Mark Millar: Avengers vs. New Ultimates: Death of Spider-Man
I should just stay away from the Ultimates 'verse.
Dorthe Chakravarty: Jo: Carlsbergfruen, som gik sine egne veje
I confess, I don't think I'd have liked Jo Jacobsen. But she's an interesting person to read about - the high society wife who got a divorce and ended up fighting as part of early feminism, writing very scandalous novels, and being part of the pre-WWII sexual revolution. Also, she managed to regularly make a bunch of friends and then alienate all of them again.
What I'm reading now
Neal Stephenson's "The Rise and Fall of DODO</i> (yes, still - no comment), Siri Pettersen's Evna, where the Dreyri are one of the few fantasy warrior people who a movie version would have a good excuse to send to war in leather bikinis, and Forladt by Christina Vorre, which almost makes me want to go island hopping.
What I'm reading next
Total number of books and comics read this year: 173
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November 15th, 2017
LoT reaction post::
I am the only one a little annoyed at the entire "don't call us heroes, we're legends" part of every intro? Is it supposed to make them sound more - what? Humble?
I like the title card.
I get that they did this anachronisms can speak modern English thing for easy of storytelling, but I still think it's idiotic that Helen of Troy can speak English.
And really, I find the informed beauty thing - as in, everybody acts as if she's divinely hot, but the actress looks pretty standard Hollywood - is annoying and unconvinving.
And freaky friday is ago.
And here we go, as usual blaming the Troyan War on the rape victim. You think anybody ever asked her?
Awwww. Stein's boyhood crush was Hedy Lamarr, mother of wifi.
And he's so exicted to be going to a Hollywood gala. In Jax's body. In the 30s. Uhm. Methinks old white guy might be getting a nasty experience in a couple of moments.
And a wild Damien Darhk appears.
Guess nobody told Amaya that Kuasa is her granddaughter as well. And considering how the Zambezi - village? homeland? - turns out, Kuasa might have plenty to blame the grandmother who ran off to be a time traveller and superhero for.
Dear Damien: please start with Nate?
The attractiveness of Helen seem to be tied to the gender of her "admirerers", not their sexualities. Odd.
Ah, and we're actually getting the moral conflict of fixing time to make a bad thing - forcing Helen back to a period which was really not good for any woman - happen after all.
Would a 30s film set have live blades randomly lying around?
I like Madame Eleanor. She's such a vicious little villain.
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hey! Themiscyra!!!
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November 9th, 2017
And we're back to Thursday Reading Meme:
Spent today at the UBVA Symposium on Copyright, which was held in Copenhagen University's old feast hall, which has a pulpit and a fancy sideroom in which they served the breakfast and lunch buffet, which had a fancy wall that rose up whenever the actual presentations were happening.
There were several presentations on three major themes, one of them being libraries and copyright, specifically a mess of a case, where an author's rights organization (not Copydan, making it kinda questionable from the outset) sent out fancy folders telling libraries "How to be legal!" and wanting money for books being read out loud in libraries. Basically, it feels like the latest step in a more general movement, that basically seems - from what I read in various papers - that publishers and authors have chosen to take offense at libraries buying fewer books. Which is not good authors, especially the ones who don't write bestsellers, because they sell a lot fewer books, and end up with less library money, if any. They seem to blame this on the libraries, except they never seem to take into consideration that a) library budgets are constantly shrinking and b) libraries are legally obligated to provide access to things like dvds and e-books, and unlike books, the rights holders can dictate some pretty steep terms on the prices of those, leaving even less money for buying books. Honestly? This new (well, earlier this year) move seems like an attempt to make the libraries give the money to book authors that they are no longer spending on actual books, so to speak, and pretty suspicious, because, as I said, it ain't Copydan doing it.
The two other themes were on internet movie piracy (afterwards, I'm kinda left feeling that the tactic of some of the movie rights holders sending scary pay-us-all-the-money letters to IP holders and the author's rights organization above seemed far too alike, and neither seems entirely acceptable) and on the Arne Herløv Petersen's diary case, which is just a mess.
What I've recently finished reading
Juan Díaz Carnales: Fraternity 2.
The art is lovely, but the storyline felt - uninspiring, honestly. I wanted less utopic society breaks down and more what is that giant from the woods plot. Oh well...
Meredith Finch: Wonder Woman: Resurrection
And suddenly everybody Diana had made friends and peace with are her enemies again. Right.
Inge Eriksen: Luderen fra Gomorra
Hmmm. I can't quite decide if I liked this or not. On one hand it's well-written on-going apocalypse sf - the Earth is undergoing the ultimate climate disaster a couple of millennia into the future, and the final evacutation of the population to the colonies on various new planets are underway. A perfectly interesting premise, and the climate refugee apocalypse is still a fine theme.
Part of my hesitation is that it's a Danish book written in the early 80s and yet - it doesn't feel Danish? It feels like if I had been reading this in English, I might have expected the author to be American. And honestly - when reading a Danish sf novel, I'd like it to feel a little Danish, you know?
A bigger part of my hesitation is because of one of the two main characters. Both main characters are women of colour and interesting ones - there's Tukhalele, who is part of the remaining governing body (and also a little bisexual), and in the end decides to remain with the last non-migrating remnants of humanity on Earth. The other, Fey, is the eponymous whore raised on a Lunar colony, where everybody are so alienated from their own bodies that even prostitution involves high-tech programming and no actual physical interaction. Fey gives up her career in favour of moving down on Earth, to an education center, hoping to acquire the education to secure herself a proper life and migration permits to the new colonies. I liked Fey. She was somewhat fucked up, but I liked her. And the thing is? I read her as asexual. And I understand that the author didn't intend that, that she was writing in the wake of the 60s and 70s, with the personal is political and second wave feminism and sexual liberation. I understand that I am supposed to read Fey as monumentally fucked up and alienated from herself, that I am supposed to read Fey getting "cured" towards the end of the novel by doing drugs with and having sex with an astronaut as a positive thing. I get that Fey wasn't written to be an asexual aromantic character, I get that - but that's how I read her, anyway.
Still. Now I need to decide whether to look into the next book in this series, because it was interesting and well-written. I wish there better information about the next book's plot available online. Knowing whether Fey is still a character going forward might help me decide either way. Oh well...
Marie Brennan: In the Sanctuary of Wings
And so we say our goodbyes to the Lady Trent. Which is sad, on one hand, but it's been a well-structured five book series and it ends in a good place. Though I wonder if anybody has asked for post-canon fanfic of this for Yuletide. (Also, I kinda want a BBC period drama style five seasons tv show now.)
What I'm reading now
Neal Stephenson's The Rise and Fall of DODO, which is just getting embarrassing, and Jo by Dorthe Chakravarty.
What I'm reading next
Total number of books and comics read this year: 171
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November 8th, 2017
LoT reaction post: Return of the Mack:
Awww, look at Rip getting his Sherlock on.
"Well done, Jefferson!" *snerk*
Mick in his glasses reading Dracula. Awwww.
Mick always carries a wooden stake around in case of vampires. Or maybe just to use as kindling? Both.
Misty Victorian cemetery with howls in the distance. And this episode was broadcast a week after Halloween. For shame.
Okay, this memory loss thing for Jax is going to get tiresome very soon. Actually - right now. Stop it.
Why has Rip always spent five years on something? Five years building the Time Bureau, then he got the Waverider back and put Gideon in sleep mode for five years (so, ten years? or did he time travel back with the Waverider to start the same five years over again), five years hunting for Mallus?
And the legends just mistook a sack of potatoes for Nate. Personally? I think they'd more useful.
Oh look! It's Stein's somewhat creepy forefather.
Wait? Ray's first thought is to call Team Arrow and ask? I am shocked! Is this the same legends who never bothered to ask Team Flash about their speedster?
Anybody else saw that reveal coming from miles away?
well, Zari is a gullibe one.
Wait! When Kuasa took the animal totem from Mari, it involved a special spider almost killing her to transfer the powers. But Zari just has to hand the air totem to Madame Eleanor and that's it?
Magic moonbeams. Right.
Top points to Damien Darkh for most immediately lucid resurrection I've seen in ages.
Rip seems - pretty callous about the deaths of some of his time agents.
Apparently, the Time Bureau has a Tribunal. Like the Time Masters did. I am more and more buying the Rip Hunter accidentally created the Time Masters theory.
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November 1st, 2017
Wednesday Reading Meme:
A new lock for my apartment door and the locksmith to put it in was not really what I'd been planning on getting myself for my birthday. Oh well. (Nothing dramatic happening, just - an old lock that's barely been letting me in or out of my apartment the last couple of days.)
What I've recently finished reading
Susanne Staun: Mediernes møgkællinger: magt, myter og misinformation
This was a pretty chilling read. Susanne Staun basically documents how the media have been parading a bunch of men around, letting them tell stories about how their ex-wives are evil and keeping their children from them, and the media just lapping it up and believing Danish MRA groups and not investigating or caring that the men in question have restraining orders or the women are hiding in crisis centers. She examines the media-born myth of the "evil bitch", who lies and steals children from innocent victimized dads. It's a good book. It's a scary book, actually.
You know, I think the most damning thing is - what she most attacks are not the dads of the stories she tells, not really - and not the MRA group either. It's the journalists who have mindlessly fallen for the stories they told - and the most damning thing about the book, is that when I search for "mediernes møgkællinger" in Infomedia, I get a bunch of reviews (most positive, one very negative) and articles about Susanne Staun - and one single attempt at a counter attack from a journalist, from Ekstrabladet, focusing on one single line in the entire book. One line. Which was hearsay anyway. The rest? Remarkably quiet.
Actually, this book focuses on divorces and custody conflicts, but a lot of it reminded me of the kind of reactions and debates I've seen on facebook when, once in a fortunately rare while, somebody runs a story about an "evil bitch" who cheated a man into becoming a father (because apparently men don't know how birth control actually works? don't ask - I'm still trying to figure out how anybody can make themselves seriously think that any woman would go out one night with the plan to have unprotected sex with a random stranger - to me, that most of all sounds like a recipe for going home with gonorrhea or worse), as well as some of the comments I see on social media whenever there's a story about single women having children using a donor. It all feels so very toxic.
Ben Aaronovitch: Rivers of London: Black Mould
Having now read it and honestly? That bit of yuletide wank about this was ridiculous? All you need to know about that character can be summed up in a single paragraph or maybe two.
What I'm reading now
Neal Stephenson's The Rise and Fall of DODO, which is good, but - like all his books - also a slow, dense read, and Inge Eriksen's Luderen fra Gomorra, which I can't quite decide if I like or not.
What I'm reading next
We'll see. Maybe something cheerful, that doesn't involve real life tragedies or fictional apocalypses.
Total number of books and comics read this year: 167
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