Just finished marthoning Political Animals. Jesus fuck is that good. Seriously, a drama about politics and a dysfunctional family that I not only enjoyed, but which brought tears to my eyes in the finale?! OMFG. Ungh. And it’s remarkably feminist too, spoilers on why and on other stuff below.

Feminism and spoilers )

Final verdict: This is a must-watch for everyone. And at 6 episodes around 50 minutes each, it's not prohibitively long. I watched around two episodes earlier this week, and the remaining four today. As I summarized it on Tumblr,

Come for the gay crying strung-out drug addict Sebastian Stan, stay for the powerful feminist women in an unfair world.


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Mad Max 1

Jun. 8th, 2015 09:09 pm
Watching Mad Max 1 - this’s at least my second time, though it’s been so long I really don’t remember anything, except that I reread the Wikipedia page recently. It’s so interesting seeing the difference in pacing. The movie is a lot of driving, some racing, but not much of gun fights on moving vehicles with blowtorches.

Spoilers obvs, but mostly cut for length )

Bechdel Test: Fail
While there are two named women, Jessie and May, who do talk to each other, it's about Rockatansky and Sprog.

Mako Mori Test: Fail
Jessie's story is about dying while trying (and failing) to protect Sprog. I wouldn't call that a character arc, but even if I did it was about a boy. But even if Sprog were replaced by Sprogette, everything bad that happens to Jessie is direct result of Rockatansky's actions in the line of duty, and everything good that happens to her is about her supporting him in his career.

Final verdict: Eh. It's okay. I'm kinda used to watching the pacing of older stuff due to a stint where T$ and I tried to watch all of Star Trek TOS (we've just got a few episodes left, but they're supposedly pretty bad), but for many modern viewers the pacing will be gruelingly slow. It doesn't stand particularly well on its own, it's really not post-apocalyptic sci-fi like the others, so the only good reason to watch it is to see where everything else came from.

See also my MM4 review.

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Mad Max 4

Jun. 5th, 2015 08:21 pm
Still haven't written that A2 review, and may never do so, but I saw Mad Max: Fury Road (henceforth, MM4) on Wednesday and there's a few thoughts floating around in my head. Lots of spoilers behind the cut tags.

Themes that didn't stand out )

Themes that DID stand out )

A theme I hadn't seen discussed )

Geography and 160 days )

Final rating: Fun. Glad I got the chance to see it in the theaters. I hope they actually continue the series more, b/c honestly I think the worldbuilding's only getting better and I want to see what they do with Mad Max the myth the legend going forward.

See also my MM1 review.

2015 films
2014 films
2013 films

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2015 Films

May. 2nd, 2015 07:33 am
Below is a list of the films I've seen in the theater during 2015, put into categories of how much I liked them.

List and discussion )

7 films so far

2014 films | [no subsequent year]

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Recipes

Mar. 24th, 2015 07:40 pm
In case you haven't heard, it's no longer the Food Pyramid, it's now My Plate (and has been for a few years now). I found myself back on that site b/c I was curious if potatoes counted as veggies (yes, in the subset of starchy veggies), and came across this two week list of recipes. Posting here to share and to remind myself next time I need food ideas.

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I’m looking for a free web or program service that’ll let me make a timeline. I will want a simple image out of it in the end, not a fancy interactive thing. Anyone got suggestions?

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Asthma

Feb. 23rd, 2015 09:37 pm
I'm so excited, today after a couple puffs from my rescue inhaler an hour earlier, I was able to walk home really fast and get short of breath from exercise / lung capacity, rather than short of breath from asthma. Eeee! (Yeah, I'm even more out of shape than I usually am, since I've been walking at a little old lady's pace since the Hunt b/c to anything faster triggered my asthma.)

It's so weird learning new sensations in my body, and it doesn't help that I'm not figuring this shit out until I'm 37.

Read more... )But on the plus side, it's slowly improving due to the steroid inhaler I'm on until ... um, I forget when? But when it's out of doses and it's got a counter on it, so then. A month total though.

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"Lucy"

Aug. 3rd, 2014 07:22 am
I saw Lucy yesterday afternoon, and I have lots of thoughts, muchly spoilerific.

10% of the brain myth (non-spoilery) )

Body horror )

Imagery )

Lucy is not a good person and racism )

Unsatisfying ending (really spoileriffic) )

Stealth feminist film? )

Final verdict? Wait for Netflix unless you're really into transhumanist stuff.

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Every time this Mac desktop cycles through on my iMac, I do not scream.

Mac desktop flamingoes!

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As if Brienne of Tarth (well really Gwendoline Christie) isn't badass enough, now she's wearing flamingoes!



I don't quite have a flamingoes phobia, but they certainly do make me uncomfortable at times.

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I have a theory about blood moons. Would you be so kind as to fill out this poll about tonight's? Put anything else you want to say (or share pics) in the comments. :)

[Poll #1964650]
I have a bunch of files in Google Drive which can be characterized by two separate parameters, and I want to be able to sort/group/folder/whatever on each of the two parameters. Right now the files are named things like A-X, A-Y, B-X, B-Y, C-X, C-Y, etc., and if I sort them alphabetically I can get a list ordered as:

A-X
A-Y
B-X
B-Y
C-X
C-Y

I want to ALSO be able to sort them so I get a list like:

A-X
B-X
C-X
A-Y
B-Y
C-Y

This doesn't need to be as file names, it could be in folders (e.g., one folder for Xs and one for Ys, but then I want to be able to swap to viewing a folder for the As, a folder for the Bs, and a folder for the Cs) or tags (or maybe it'd have to be nested tags: Parameter1/A, Parameter1/B, etc.). Right now I only have 16 of these files, but I anticipate having 100-200 in the end.

Does Mavericks actually have a tagging system that would let me do this? I haven't upgraded to Mavericks yet b/c I don't like changing OSs during the semester, but if it did I'd gladly set up Google Drive to synch with my computer and start tagging in Mavericks.

Anyone have a different solution for me that can do what I want?

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Eclipses

Feb. 10th, 2014 10:09 am
asterroc: (Astro - H-alpha)
Like any good researcher, when I noticed students responding a certain way to a free response question, I tried to tabulate what they all said, and turned it into multiple choice. Basically, the students were trying to describe why we don't have solar and lunar eclipses every month. The drawings below are based on the word descriptions from the students. And I wanna know what you think: which picture is the main reason why we don't have solar and lunar eclipses every month?

Descriptions in words:
A) "The Moon is in a different plane."
B) "The Moon's axis is tilted."
c) "The Moon goes above and below."
D) "The Moon's orbit isn't a perfect circle."
E) "The Moon's orbit is tilted."

2014-02-10 09.40.21

[Poll #1956047]
Am I reading this right? An inch of snow in Atlanta has resulted in citywide gridlock, people abandoning their cars in the streets, school busses trapped in the streets with students inside for a half a day, students trapped in schools, and residents overnighting in gas stations and Home Depots. Seriously, what am I missing here? If it's really just 1", sure there will be some accidents among drivers who don't know to drive differently in snow, but still, the entire city brought to a halt? For just an inch?

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I passed!

Jan. 23rd, 2014 07:42 am
asterroc: We Can Do It Sinfest - Up Yours (We Can Do It Sinfest - Up Yours)
Realized I updated lots of other places but not here. I passed my quals!

Next step is my thesis proposal, called prelims here.

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2014 Films

Jan. 19th, 2014 11:57 am
Below is a list of the films I've seen in the theater during 2014, put into categories of how much I liked them.

List and discussion )

10 films total

2013 films | 2015 films

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Frozen

Jan. 19th, 2014 11:08 am
I just saw Frozen yesterday after my quals (which incidentally I think went really well and I'm pretty sure I passed, I'll find out for sure Weds-ish) and I really liked it.

It's loosely based on Hans Christen Anderson's "The Snow Queen," which is already far from the original Disney princess ideal (first wave or something?) in that it isn't about some helpless girl being saved by a deus ex machina handsome prince, but instead is about a girl saving a boy. So it starts off as a quite feminist story, and then Disney makes changes (as they always do), nearly all of which make it even more feminist.

If you've seen the US trailers for it with the snowman and the moose, they don't tell anything about the film other than its humor. I just came cross the UK trailer though, and it's better.



spoilers )

I said spoilers right? seriously, SPOILERS )

In sum: this movie is ALL about girls and girl power, and these are now my favorite Disney princesses (though I guess technically Elsa's a queen). If you liked Brave, I'm sure you'll like this one.

Animation thoughts )

And now it's time to start looking up that Frozen/RotG (Elsa/Jack) fanfic. I'm sure it exists.

My list of 2014 films (only this one so far) is here.

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2013 is the year I really joined fandom - though I realized later I'd been creating a few isolated fanworks previously, this year I made it a point to become more a part of it all, and I'm glad I did. :)



Found out about this via [personal profile] kass.

In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you have created. It can be your favorite fanworks that you've created, or fanworks you feel no one ever saw, or fanworks you say would define you as a creator. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


1: The Guardian of the Opera
Fandom: Rise of the Guardians, The Phantom of the Opera (1986 musical, 2011 Royal Albert Hall recording)
Medium: Fanfic
Pairing: Jack/Jamie (Christine/Raoul), Jack/Pitch (Christine/Phantom)
Length: 48991 (+1838) words
Summary: When the prima donna principal dancer E. Aster Bunnymund throws a tantrum over a supposed dark “Guardian” of the Ballet Populaire house, soloist Jack Frost steps up. But little does anyone know that the Guardian is real and stepping into the limelight has made Jack the target of his desires. Jack’s childhood friend Jamie Bennett fights to save Jack’s heart, life, and perhaps even soul.
Reflection: This was my first long fic ever, and my first time consciously realizing that I was writing fanfic. It took me months to complete (2013 April-November), and I would never have believed it would be that long, or that I'd stick with it for that long, when I first read the prompt and got inspired. I can't believe how many people read it, though at the time I wished it were more comments, and I especially wish I got more [positive] comments about the ending.

2: Sandy's Fireflies on AO3, on Vimeo
Fandom: Rise of the Guardians
Music: Fireflies by Owl City
Medium: Fanvid
Pairing: None
Length: 3:48
Summary:
I'd like to make myself believe
That planet Earth turns slowly
It's hard to say that I'd rather stay
Awake when I'm asleep
'Cause everything is never as it seems

Reflection: This was my first fanvid ever! :) I grew obsessed with this song soon after I entered fandom, and then realized that I knew enough about video editing in iMovie and could figure out enough else about it to do something about the obsession. Since I was only into RotG at the time, of course that's what I thought of, and Sandy was the obvious choice.

3: Repentance
Fandom: X-Men (movies, especially Last Stand and First Class)
Medium: Fanfic
Pairing: Erik/Charles (as friends)
Length: 4526 words
Summary: Post-Cure Erik Lehnsherr alternates days playing chess in Central Park and doing chores, except for on the Sabbath. When he makes a new friend who reminds him of an old friend, he realizes the meaning of the Ten Days.
Rec: Kass (again) made me aware of this thing called the Days of Awesome, which was a challenge to write about Jewish characters for the High Holy Days. Erik being Erik, he was the obvious choice, and no Erik fic is complete without his foil Charles, even if just in memory. While this one has fewer comments than The Guardian of the Opera, presumably due to being shorter and thus getting less exposure through AO3's assorted reverse chronological list features, the specific comments which I did get were amazing (elegaic! someone called me elegaic!), and I feel really proud of the impact this work made on people.

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A friend of mine is starting a job in Camberville (MA) in February and is looking for a place to live, preferably with roommates. While I haven't lived with her myself, she cleans her apartments up nice for having guests over and decorates well with pretty photos. She's in science journalism, last I knew she had no pets, age mid-20s, okay with roommies with pets, any sex/gender, not into the same sorta geeky things as me but c'mon, science journalism, she's got her own geekiness to her including science, philosophy, and world travel, she's got a long-distance boyfriend so you're not going to come home to loud sex every night of the week, she's outgoing but isn't going to be pushy and in your face when you need quiet time.

Anyone looking for a roommie? If so, comment below with contact info I can give her, or email me at zandperl-AT-gmail or my real name email's great too.

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