New Edits

Oct. 19th, 2017 09:04 pm
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My newest edits (click to see in full size)... First one is McQueen from Space: Above And Beyond, and the second Deanna Troi from Star Trek: The Next Generation.

  

Also found the header of one of my old Star Trek site layouts, and thought I'd upload it too:

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Hello, [personal profile] kayim,

Hope you had a fabulous birthday and Pegasus was inspired to create a few icons for you.


Below are seven Killjoys D'avin Jaqobis icons for you.


All Icons this way )
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This contains SPOILERS for Episodes 1 - 5, so if you haven't seen the new show and want to, stop reading now.



I've been watching Discovery, and so far I'm cautiously hopeful.  I've seen a lot of negativity about the show online, but I think most of those complaints are overlooking two key points:

1.  Since the story is serialized, we won't know the end of the story until sometime in the Spring.  At the end of Episode 4, people were furious that Starfleet officers were torturing the tardigrade in order to make the ship go, but of course, in Episode 5, we saw them realize that, deal with it, and let the tardigrade go.  Fiction demands some sort of conflict or drama, and Star Trek had some pretty terrible stuff going on in the middle of episodes, but those things would be fixed by the end.  But for Discovery, the end isn't until the Spring, so yeah, there will be some terrible stuff happening.  I think we need to wait until the end of the story before judging.

2.  This is the first series in which the captain isn't the main character.  Lorca seems like a pretty shady fellow, and his utilitarianism is not what we expect from a Starfleet captain.  I grew up on Jim Kirk, so I want my captains to be morally exemplary and downright heroic. :-)  But Lorca isn't the main character; Burnham is.  So Lorca has to be shady in order to give Burnham the chance to be morally exemplary and downright heroic. :-)  We have seen evil or insane Starfleet captains in the past -- think Captain Tracey in "The Omega Glory" or Commodore Decker in "The Doomsday Machine" -- but those weren't OUR captains, so they weren't as disturbing as Lorca is.  But I think at some level, Georgiou is "our" captain, and Burnham's job will be to find her way through the moral minefield that is the Klingon war.

I don't mind that the ship looks way more modern than Kirk's ship, even though the series is set ten years before the original series.  I think modern audiences would laugh at TOS-era gadgetry -- even though I, personally, LOVE that old ship -- so the makers of the show pretty much HAD to update the look.  They kept the old-style communicators and phasers, and that's heartwarming enough for me. :-)

I've also heard a lot of people complain about the use of the F-word in Star Trek, but it didn't bother me.  The word wasn't used in a hostile or aggressive fashion; it was used to geek out over how cool the science was, and I think that's actually a pretty Trekkian use of the F-word. :-)

The first episode that really FELT like Star Trek to me was Episode 4, but boy, did it ever!  Of course, "The Devil in the Dark" is one of my favorite episodes, and Ep 4 mirrored a lot of that.  I loved it that Burnham fended off Lorca's and Landry's calls for her to weaponize the tardigrade and worked on UNDERSTANDING it, instead.   And of course, understanding it proved to be the key to getting the ship where it needed to go in time to save the mining colony.  Because this is Star Trek, and understanding will always be more powerful than fear, hatred, or aggression. :-)  That, right there, proved to me that it was really Star Trek.

I've seen people say that Landry's death was stupid, which made her death bad writing.  Her death WAS stupid, but that didn't necessarily make it bad writing.  I thought her death might be a message.  Landry was all "Grr, kill, kill!" and she died the stupid and pointless death that hotheads often do.  The message "So don't be an aggressive hothead" was left as an exercise for the viewer. :-)  Plus, her death removes Lorca's principal supporter in his own aggressiveness, isolating him on his own ship.  This may have interesting consequences down the road....

In Ep 5, I loved it that Burnham was seriously troubled by the tardigrade's pain and that she worked with Stanmets and Culber to try to get the tardigrade released.  The scene where the tardigrade was released was lovely.

I also loved the scene between Saru and Burnham where he explained why he was so angry at her, and she gave him Georgiou's telescope.

I was thrilled to see Star Trek's first regular gay couple. I was surprised, though, that Stanmets and Culber didn't seem to have that much chemistry, given that Rapp and Cruz have been friends for years. But maybe that's just the way Stanmets is.  Or maybe it has something to do with the tardigrade DNA and with whatever was going on with the mirror. :-)

I was troubled by Lorca's actions in the prison; I imagine if Kirk had been imprisoned with Harry Mudd, he'd have said something like, "Much as it pains me to admit it, you ARE a Federation citizen" and rescued Mudd while bad-mouthing him. :-)  But I think we're supposed to be troubled by Lorca.

The producers of Discovery have made it clear (in interviews) that they want the show to be both excellent science fiction and social commentary about recent world events, especially Brexit and the election of Donald Trump.  I gather that the Klingons are supposed to be stand-ins for Trump supporters and Brexit voters, and I imagine the wrong-headedness of "Remain Klingon" will become clear over time. :-)  They haven't said this, but I suspect that Lorca is the producers' attempt to help those of us on the Left understand how those on the Right lost their minds. :-)  I guess we'll see.

Anyway, the first three episodes were set-up and scene-setting, but now that they're behind us, both Ep 4 and Ep 5 have felt like worthy Star Trek to me, and I look forward to seeing where the show is going.

I love it that Burnham is a xenoanthropologist, since I think understanding alien cultures is the coolest part of Star Trek.  But then, I lost my heart to a particular pointy-eared alien when I was eleven years old. :-)

The movies have never felt like real Star Trek to me -- neither the regular movies nor the reboot ones -- because movies always tilt the action/character development balance WAY over towards the action side.  I'm thrilled that Discovery is giving us some character development, and it seems likely that we'll get more and more of that as the season unfolds.

So now that the set-up is over, and we're moving deeper into things, I'm enjoying the show.  I'm trusting that the producers DO know their Star Trek and WILL either use the disturbing stuff to make a point or will have one of the good characters heroically fix the disturbing stuff by season's end.

I think the fact that it's on a streaming service is actually a GOOD thing for the show. If it were being broadcast, it would have to chase ratings, which means a lot more appealing to the lowest common denominator. Stupid humor, inappropriately sexualized costumes for female characters, dumb plots -- Star Trek: Discovery doesn't have to have any of those things, because it's being made for fans who are serious enough to pay for the show. CBS has thrown a TON of money at this show, and the sets, costumes, and effects are all top-notch. They even filmed on location in Jordan -- JORDAN, not the Vasquez rocks. :-)

Are you watching?  If so, what did YOU think of it?

ten awesome ladies

Oct. 17th, 2017 11:24 am
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I got tagged for a meme on Tumblr and I liked this list so much I'm just going to post it here: Ten of your favorite female characters in ten different fandoms.

1. Dana Scully - The X-Files
2. Chloe Sullivan - Smallville
3. Nyota Uhura - Star Trek
4. Leslie Knope - Parks & Recreation
5. Britta Perry - Community
6. Hermione Granger - Harry Potter
7. Samantha Carter - Stargate SG-1
8. Joan Watson - Elementary
9. Olivia Dunham - Fringe
10. Elise Wassermann - The Tunnel

Look at all those awesome ladies. I could have gone on for another ten. Like I didn't even mention Lana Kane from Archer, or Blue Sargent from The Raven Cycle, or Teyla or Lois Lane or Beverly Crusher or Princess Leia or Buffy or Pepper Potts or—

{also posted to Tumblr}

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Oct. 15th, 2017 10:22 pm
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Watching Supernatural 10x01 Black and seeing Crowley and Deanmon play foosball while THIS epic song plays in the background is all kinds of awesome. Love it!

Ennio Morricone – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly



This made me want to re-watch all these great Spaghetti Western. Thanks Supernatural!

Slade House, by David Mitchell

Oct. 15th, 2017 10:37 am
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Slade House, by David Mitchell: I'm reading spooky/ghost/horror stories for October, and this was almost exactly the kind of thing I was looking for. It's a ~literary ghost story, which means I liked the concept, but the characters were barely filled in, and Mitchell was absolutely pushing my buttons with the racist domestic abuser cop, I mean, first of all, could you be more predictable, but mostly, no, hard pass. Sadly his was the second chapter, so it took me a while to realize I was enjoying the book.

It goes off the rails at the end when it gets too explainy, but until then, it's an interesting cross between a murder mystery and a haunted house, with some Inception thrown in for color.

Contains: animal harm, fear of dogs, references to domestic abuse, racist remarks, racist police officers, racist police officers having sex with someone who is concealing their true nature—so dub-con, fatmisia, and mention of eating disorders.
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Sooo, I've watched it. The premiere of season 13. It was strange because I haven't yet seen seasons 10, 11, and 12 (just finished 9x21). I tried really hard to catch up but you just can't watch nine complete seasons that fast. For me, though, it was really important to watch season 13 when it aires. Who knows how many seasons there are to come? It could be the last for all I know. I just wanted to squee and enjoy this 13th season with fandom, just like back in 2007 when I first discovered Supernatural. Oh those good old times. :)

So, I read some spoilers for seasons 10, 11, and 12. I kind of know the basics of what happened, especially at the end of season 12. But I don't know any details. With me being three seasons behind, I thought it would be very confusing to watch 13x01. But no, not at all. It was very easy to dip in.

SPN 13x01 – My thoughts [SPOILERS!!!] )
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Easy Flourless Muffins, Bars and Cookies: Delicious Recipes for Healthy, Portable Gluten-Free Snacks, by Amanda Drozdz: All the recipes in this book are gluten-free, but not exactly flourless. Drozdz gets around this by calling for whole oats, and then having you pulverize them in the blender. That's oat flour, but whatever. Most of these recipes are made in a high-powered blender, and call for oats, ground flaxseed, honey, almond butter, almond milk, and often Greek yogurt, almond flour, and eggs. A lot of the recipes are oil free (if you don't count the oil in the almond butter), grain free, dairy free, and can be made refined sugar free and vegan. At the top of each recipe, it tells you what it's free from. None of the recipes use gums, and there's only the occasional use of arrowroot powder (or you can use cornstarch instead). Because the muffins are oil free, the author recommends using parchment paper muffin liners because the muffins will stick to ordinary paper cups; I can only imagine how expensive those are. (Amazon says 120 for $6.79, yowch. Wait, fuck you, Amazon, Target has the same cups, 60 for $1.99. Still pricey, but much better. I do have reusable silicon muffin cups but they're such a pain to waahahash.)

The book has a color picture for each muffin, bar, or cookie, and they all look pretty great. The recipes have a description of the taste and texture, measurements by volume and weight (grams), storage advice, and sometimes substitutions, though not for the coconut flour or oil, which are things I would want to replace.

There's a lot of chocolate and bananas, as well as carrots, zucchini, apples, pumpkin, and cheesecake topping. There's even an entire chapter for one-serving microwave muffins, as well as one devoted to chocolate. I have a lot of the recipes flagged, and I like that they're not the usual white rice flour and starch, but I don't like using honey as a sweetener because it can have a cloying flavor, and also maybe I don't want almond butter in everything? Because that shit is expensive?? But I'll give it a try. The pictures are really inviting.

The index is thorough too. It's just a really nice book.

Update: My food sensitivities are out of control, so I made the dairy free banana bread muffins and they turned out amazing? Tender, moist, and light, which blows my mind considering what's in them, or not in them. The only problem is I don't like banana bread. I know, I know, but I had some super ripe bananas. I know. I'm going to make the pumpkin muffins next. I do love a pumpkin muffin.

Vacation

Oct. 12th, 2017 09:22 pm
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I was supposed to visit relatives in Michigan this month, but money wise that just didn't work out. The new roof really did a number on my bank account.

Instead, I took a train down to Portland to meet up with friends and we drove to Seaside, Oregon.

It was beautiful, and just the vacation I needed.

We laughed a lot, drank cider, watched the Good Place and listened to almost the entire series of Cabin Pressure. I checked my email twice, and didn't go online otherwise.

We spent hours and hours at the beach, and ate good food. It was everything I could have asked for from a vacation.

Things have been hard this year, and healthwise I'm still struggling in a lot of ways. But I have lovely memories of the beach to help me through the dark times, and good friends I know I can always talk to.



Horrorstör, by Grady Hendrix

Oct. 10th, 2017 07:42 pm
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Horrorstör, by Grady Hendrix: I was excited about this because it's a horror story set in an IKEA parody, but unfortunately, it's not particularly funny or scary. It is gross, however, and has plenty of body horror and blood, though not always in a psychologically effective way. The bad guy's a drag—wordy and one-dimensional—and I didn't like the narrator until the very end, so I wasn't invested at all. I feel like Basil, assistant manager and black nerd, would have made a better narrator, someone with an actual stake in the building and his employees. Amy, on the other hand, doesn't give a shit; plus her characterization's sloppy. She's afraid of being fired and is working overtime to make rent, but then Horror Movie Logic sets in and, obviously, now, when she desperately needs to keep her job, is the best time to hold a séance in her place of work while her manager is around and also there's spooky shit going on in Storage Solutions. Obviously.

The most satisfying thing about this is the IKEA font. The illustrations of the various ORSK products are on point, except for the Jodlöpp, which makes no sense (is it upside down? what part goes on your head?) and doesn't match the description in the text.

A promising idea, but the execution didn't work for me. The end is pretty exciting though.

deep blue something

Oct. 9th, 2017 01:12 pm
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I watched the most terrible shark movie last night. Super intelligent sharks terrorize the scientists and facility that made them super intelligent, and, really, who can blame them. At the end, which I somehow reached, there's a shark rap by L.L. Cool J that inexplicably includes the lines, "deepest, bluest, my hat is like a shark fin." I'm not sure, but I don't think anyone in the entire movie was even wearing a hat, but especially not L.L., who was bare-headed the entire time and had a parrot named Bird.

Deep Blue Sea stars Stellan Skarsgård, a Rappaport, Samuel L. Jackson, L.L. Cool J, and two ladies who look like 1) a knock-off of one of Daniel Jackson's girlfriends, and 2) Gabrielle. It's the kind of movie that opens with two heterosexual couples making out on a boat and drinking, and one guy says to the others, "We're partying!" Despite this, I continued to watch.

Here's a thing about me—I love movies that take place in underwater facilities:
  • Sphere
  • Abyss
  • that mining movie with robocop
  • fine, I looked it up: Leviathan
If it takes place underwater, I will watch it to the end, and then probably watch it again the next time I come across it. There's always the problem of resources (air, heat, an absence of water) and how to get from one place to another without drowning, and there's usually aliens to deal with, or at least some sharks. And Sphere has Queen Latifah in it.

So this movie was terrible. Just one hundred percent awful. But at least it was underwater.

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