Talking Meme #7

20 August 2017 10:02 am
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(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.

Dept. of Birthdays

19 August 2017 04:33 pm
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August Birthdays That I've Missed Until Now

Aug. 2 marked the birthday of 
[personal profile] tardis_stowaway . I miss talking to her about fandoms we both love - Who, the MCU, Sherlock (I still believe in John/Sherlock/Mary!) - and anything else that catches our interest. She's a good writer, and a lovely person. So, lovely person, I hope you had a good birthday, and I hope the coming year will be good to you; more than good, great. I also hope to see you around these parts soon!

On Aug. 8, 
[personal profile] the_arc5  had her birthday. The last thing she posted over on/here on LJ was a fantastic 2011 commentary on "The God Complex" from Dr. Who; it was fantastic, and I still occasionally reread it, for the keen understanding of humans and the human condition that I think it shows. I don't know what she's doing, or whether she is ever online in this neighborhood. If she is, I hope she accepts this belated birthday wish. 

Then, on Aug. 10, 
[personal profile] hawkmoth  celebrated her birthday. Once again, this is someone I haven't seen around here for a year or so, and someone I'd love to see again. She is a very good fic writer, and she's also an interesting person. If you're out there, or auditing posts from people, I hope you see this, and know that someone who likes you on LJ is wishing you a belated birthday!

A little closer to the actual date, 
[personal profile] stillbrainfried  celebrated a birthday on Aug. 18. She shares my love of the Ninth Doctor, and of Rose; I hope you had an excellent birthday, and that the year to come is good one for you.*



*I know I say that to almost everyone to whom I wish a happy birthday - and it's because I truly do wish that for everyone. 365 days of decency, happiness, support, creativity and, above all, love given, received, and shared; a gift I hope everyone gets on their birthday. 



 
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Marks and Spencer and the National Autistic Society have launched a school uniform range aimed at the parents of autistic children. Note that I say aimed at the parents of autistic children, rather than aimed at autistic children. All the blurb is to do with how easy it is to put on, and how hardwearing it is. The subtext is that it's designed for kids who can't dress themselves. This is clearly aimed at parents.

The other way you can tell that actually autistic people were not involved in this is that if you ask any autistic person what is most important for them in clothing they will tell you it's the fabric it's made of. Many autistic people have comorbid eczema, and a lot of those that don't have sensory issues, which mean that fabric and texture are hugely important in clothing. Something that is in contact with your skin all day needs to be made of something non-irritating; that almost always means 100% natural fibres. Cotton, or bamboo, or silk, or modal. Sometimes wool, but sometimes not. NEVER SODDING POLYESTER. And some of the clothes in that M&S range are 65% polyester. And of course it's very wearying that the only clothing specifically designed to be worn by autistic people is school uniform, because nobody of above school age is autistic, and no autistic child ever wears non-uniform clothing. AND they've "removed pockets for comfort". I have never known an autistic person who didn't want MORE pockets, as long as they are made from 100% natural fibre too.

So what would clothing for autistic people actually look like? Well, from the conversation on twitter today:
  1. Clear, obvious fabric labelling on the rack/shelf. While most of us just want everything 100% cotton, some of us prefer other natural fabrics like linen, and some actively prefer viscose or modal. Some of us can cope with silk or wool, some can't. Every single one of us, though, would like to see fabrics clearly, obviously labelled on the rack, without having to go hunting through the clothes for a tiny illegible care label.

  2. No polyester. Not even a little bit. Not ever. No, not even in linings.

  3. Linings are important! Linings are the bit that is actually in contact with your skin, so they need to be all natural fibres too. Note, though, that this does not mean you can take a garment made out of something horrible and line it with cotton and it will be OK - outer fabrics need to be touchable too.

  4. Care labels to be made of the same fabric as the clothing, not scratchy plastic.

  5. Elastic to be covered with the fabric the clothes are made of, not left to be in contact with your skin.

  6. Flat seams! Or even NO seams!

  7. For Cthulhu's sake, SOMEBODY make some bras we can wear! It is really, really, incredibly difficult to get hold of cotton bras, to the extent that I have considered making my own. And even if/when you DO find them, they are covered in non-cotton frills and lace and fripperies. And have stupid care labels made of plastic right in the middle of your back.

  8. Comfort and fit are much much more important than being on trend. I saw an article the other day that low slung waist trousers are coming back into fashion and actually cried.

  9. Moar pockets, on everything, especially women's clothes - but again, made of the same fabric as the actual clothing

  10. Stop saying things are "cotton touch" or "cotton feel" or "cotton rich". All this does is bugger up searching for cotton things. And actually, make your website searchable by fabric. That would be amazing.
And a clothing store for autistic people?
  1. Would be lit sensibly, not with migraine-inducing lighting.

  2. Would have the afore-mentioned obvious, clear clothing labels on the shelf/rack.

  3. Would sort by size and colour as well as style.

  4. Would have assistants that wait to be approached rather than badgering you the second you enter the shop.

  5. Would not have music at all (many many autistic people love music, but find music that they don't like intensely irritating; whatever music you play some of us will like and some won't) and would ideally have sound baffling so that other people's conversations are not intrusive.

  6. Would open from (say) 12 till 8, rather than 9 to 5. Autistic people are more likely than others to have odd sleep patterns and/or working hours.
Now, if some kind banker or venture capitalist would like to give me a wad of cash to make this a reality... And to M&S and the NAS... I do appreciate that you're trying, and I don't wish to appear ungrateful, but if you consulted any actually autistic people in fomulating that clothing range it's not immediately obvious. Please, please, bear in mind the priorities of actually autistic people, not the parents of autistic children, when making clothing that the autistic people are actually meant to wear. Remember the phrase: nothing about us without us. Thank you.
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It is midnight my time, but there's a baseball game I'm watching that doesn't end until around 1 AM, and I decided to just go ahead and post my [community profile] unconventionalcourtship fic to the comm already.

Title: Fugitive Pilot
Author: [personal profile] merryghoul
Fandom: Doctor Who (2005)
Pairing/Characters: Heather ("The Pilot")/Bill Potts, River Song
Rating: General Audiences
Length: 3338
Summary:

THE BEST WOMAN...IN EVERY WAY

Watching her potential girlfriend constantly ask about leaving her surroundings is Bill Potts’ worst nightmare...until she and the would-be girlfriend are kidnapped by River Song. River knows a sentient creature wants Heather Carew out of the picture. Until River can get them all to safety, all that stands between Heather and fusion is canteen assistant Bill.

Moments away from unintentionally fusing with a sentient creature, Heather's life is turned upside down. Now the woman she's always considered her new friend has transformed into some kind of sexy special agent. Bill is prepared to do anything to stop the creature and secure Heather’s safety. But who's keeping Heather’s heart safe from Bill?

(Summary modified from Fugitive Bride by Paula Graves.)

Notes: Longer notes on AO3, but in short, this is a canon divergence AU set during "The Pilot."

Link: AO3

Need advice

18 August 2017 12:33 pm
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 To all my fellow writers,

If you write it, how easy or difficult does writing romance or romantic scenes come to you?  I have recently realized...I'm not good at it. (I tried my hand at writing one or two pieces earlier this year and in the past, which I either will not post or am embarrassed by since they are attempts at romance that devolve into Cliche Storms. ) And are there any tricks to getting it right? 

The Blood is the Life for 18-08-2017

18 August 2017 11:00 am
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So, I've finally gotten eclipse fever. I'll be honest, at first I was put off by all the hoopla, due to what I consider hypocrisy coming from many of my fellow Americans. Remember, this is the country where at least a third of the population still denies climate change, evolution, dinosaurs, and other basic scientific 'facts'. So to see so many people get excited about a celestial event, one that has been predicted to happen due to the privilege of scientific knowledge, kinda leaves me cold. But that's their cognitive dissonance to reconcile. In the spirit of my positive trip driving up to High Point, I am going to use it  as an opportunity to explore more of my new home state and hopefully have a meaningful spiritual experience. 

But first...where to watch it? Columbia, SC is going to be a major circus, with extra cops, state troopers, etc. So, not going that way. I compared the path of the eclipse with a local map, and came up with a town two hours away called Traveler's Rest (isn't that a great name?), north of Greenville, SC. I'll have to leave the interstate and take a highway to get there. Which is part of the point.

There is a big party there in a park, which I'll drive by. But if the crowd is too big, I'm just going to find a Walmart or Target to park in to watch it. I'm very excited. Planning to borrow my manager's cooler again, and make a whole adventure of it. A quick investigation came up with an old rail road called Swamp Rabbit Trail, that's apparently inspired the names of at least one local bar and a green-way that goes to Greenville. So...fuck yeah, right? That is why I still love to be from the South. Where else are there place names like Swamp Rabbit Trail? 

And that's about all I have the energy to report right now. I hope everyone is having a good week! 

The Blood is the Life for 17-08-2017

17 August 2017 11:00 am
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Reading Wednesday

16 August 2017 01:28 pm
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Monday was my day off, but for some reason (Charlottesville etc) I was feeling very low and mopey. Thankfully, my spirits, muse, or whoever was watching out for me....

I spent the first part of the day drinking and finishing up a Who fic. Then 'took a nap'. I woke up to Everything Wrong With John Carter playing on YouTube, but what I see is the gorgeous James Purefoy from Rome, and I'm like, when the fuck was he in a space opera! And how do I not know about this movie?! I jump right up and hit pause so as not to spoil myself, and do a quick investigation. See Purefoy isn't in top billing and that this movie is based on a book...so I look that up, and a little while later, I have been sucked into another, wonderful world. 

John Carter by Edgar Rice Borroughs     A-

First published in 1912, I think this might be the first Gary Stu, and it is freaking hilarious! I literally had to stop to do eyerolls at some of his Awesome Prowess scenes (the anti-communal living speeches, the way he writes about the love interest., and ye gods the racism!). But it is also incredibly imaginative, obviously inspired a ton of modern SFF, and anticipated wireless long range communications, television, factory farming, and more. I finished the first book A Princess of Mars last night, and can't wait to start the next one.  It's silly, fun, and takes my mind off the coming [insert Trump involved horror here], so yay! 

The Blood is the Life for 16-08-2017

16 August 2017 11:00 am
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Rotten boards and Dip in Road

15 August 2017 05:27 pm
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Still poking away at repairing my house for eventual sale, learning all kinds of stuff - with Hubby down in CA I am free to run amok with power tools unsupervised, hee hee....

Finished replacing the rotten boards on the back deck with some caveats on it being 'successful' - I can't figure out why some of them refuse to lay flat when the boards themselves are not bent and the under structure was still sound. Better luck, I hope, with the rotten boards in the front steps that are next, I have them cut, sanded and half-stained in the garage at this point. Woot!

Busy chipping away at our very hard soil trying dredge up enough dirt to fill a dip the torrential rains this last spring dug by one corner of the house. Got a chunk of new gutter so I can do my best to replace the bad gutter section responsible for that - hope I can figure that one out, as the October Rains will be here before I know it. Also learned how to play with the air compressor so I could get the car's tires back up to snuff. ;-) Learned air compressors are fun!

Hope everyone else is also getting some of those summer projects out of the way while they can.

Worldcon report

15 August 2017 04:17 pm
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So I went to Worldcon in Helsinki, if only for a day. I got to meet a lot of good people including [personal profile] ruuger and (briefly) [personal profile] ffutures, got to geek out about a bunch of things, and cheer the Hugos as they came in. (And cheer we did. Suck it, puppies.)

There were a lot of people from all over the world, and there were a lot of panels that looked intriguing, and I'm not entirely happy with some of my choices (they had a preview of Iron Sky 2, ffs, why was I not there?), but a short rundown of what I remember:

The Legacy of Buffy Full-on naked Spike S&M! )

OK, what else? The queerness of Lovecraft, hard candy science fiction, and angry thunder gods )

But yeah, I want more cons like this one. Dublin 2019! If nothing else, the beer will be cheaper!
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Title: Hearts and Moons Recall the Truth
Author: 
[personal profile] kaffyr 
Chapter: 27
Previous Chapter: 26 here, or here
Characters: the Ninth Doctor, Rose Tyler, Captain Jack Harkness
Rating: PG-13
Author's Note: In which homecomings give way to leave-takings, and Rose says what has to be said.  I thought this was the penultimate chapter, but have since realized it was not. Not quite. But soon, soon.
Edited by: the irreplaceable [livejournal.com profile] dr_whuh, without whom none of this would be possible. 
Disclaimer: As much as I wish it were otherwise, no Whoniverse characters are mine. They are the sole property of the BBC and their respective creators. I take no coin or credit, but do thank the BBC for letting me play in their sandbox. 
Note: Because this is a long chapter, Live Journal may eliminate paragraph breaks, so you might want to read it over on Dreamwidth. 

*******

Read more... )

tbc

The Blood is the Life for 12-08-2017

12 August 2017 11:00 am
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cherry chapstick (the taste of her). harry potter. ginny/luna. pg. 365.
for [community profile] hogwarts365prompt #204: players, cherries.
"alright," ginny said grudgingly. "you won," she sighed. "what do you want?" 
luna considered what it was she wanted most of all before stepping forward. 
"this," she said and then she was pressing her lips to ginny's.

Read more... )

26x icons (Various)

11 August 2017 06:53 pm
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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.

Friday Five

11 August 2017 03:35 pm
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(questions via [community profile] thefridayfive)

1) What is the most outrageous style you've ever rocked?

When I was a young 'un, there was that brief period when shell suits were incredibly fashionable, but before they had been discovered to be ridiculously dangerously flammable, and we had a non-uniform day at school. Every single other person in my class came in a shell suit. Some of them had those colour change t-shirts that showed your armpit sweat even worse than grey marl does. I wore cut-off denim hot pants, fishnet tights, an Alice Cooper t-shirt and a leather biker jacket.

I think that tells you everything you need to know about my attitude to fashion.


2) As a teen, were you an emo, goth, punk, grunger, or prep?

Um. I never could be bothered with the make-up requirements for goth, but I suspect I tended more that way in other respects, with bits of punk and grunger too. I mean, I never did do the blue stonewash jeans classic rocker look, I always wore black and purple.


3) Have you ever had a crazy hairstyle/colour?

Ever since I was 18 right up until the present. I'm normally one or more of blue, purple, or pink, but I've been other colours too. Went jet black once; didn't like it.


4) Do you think we ever really grow out of our teen selves?

I certainly haven't. But then I was quite elderly in outlook from about the age of 18 months, so... (this is possibly down to the autism, which obvs was undiagnosed when I was a young 'un.


5) Is there any fashion style you wish you could wear but maybe don't have the confidence?

It's not the confidence, it's the tolerance for pain. I wish I could wear halter neck tops, but my boobs are so heavy that they give me horrific neck ache within seconds of putting them on.

The Blood is the Life for 11-08-2017

11 August 2017 11:00 am
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