So. I liked sleeping late this US holiday weekend. When my kid moves out, I'm sleeping late all the time. I did a bit of work, including finishing a non-profit client's report even though I ran out of billable hours. We had an early Hanukkah/Thanksgiving family party last weekend. Then teengirl went with my mom to our Very Christian cousins in Texas. Twenboy may have an event-producing temp job with our SIL this month: he thinks he deserves a cool programming job but has not done enough to make it through an interview :-/
But still, hey, the next Hobbit movie premiere is tomorrow! It's livestreaming on Facebook
, whatever the hell that means, at 6:30 PST on Dec. 2. Two of the prettiest Dwarf actors (Aidan and Dean) answered random questions on Facebook
. My Tumblr friends are squeeing with glee
. The RPF will be epic :-D
I find the term 'sleep pants' jarring, but lots of fanfic writers seems to love it. Why is this? Granted, there's an American (pajamas) vs. British (pyjamas) spelling thing. But it seems odd.( in which I do some sleuthingCollapse )
My only conclusion is that there's a generation that thinks pajamas only come in sets. I blame capitalism.
Why yes, I am procrastinating on weekend work that I want to do because it really needs to be done and I faffed around a lot this week.
says it comes from Star Wars fandom, which makes sense, 'pajamas' is a 19th century word and even concept.
Teengirl and I are finishing Buffy, and jeez Season 7 is wrenching. I sometimes hide behind the laptop.
So we looked around for other things, and just started Due South, which is actually better than I remember from my first attempt to watch a few years ago. Watching with her is definitely fun!
But she doesn't know anything about Superman, how weird. I would like advice about the best comic anthology or movie to fill this void in her pop culture education: what would you recommend?( TAJ and workCollapse )
This is like Yultide in June: "Not Ready For Prime Time (Fandoms), or otherwise known as Not Prime Time, is a gen, het, femslash, and slash multifandom secret fiction exchange for medium sized fandoms. This is for the fandoms that are no longer eligible for Yuletide but are not megafandoms."
LOTR RPF qualifies, as we only have about 3,200
works on AO3. Right now, the nomination list
only has Sean Astin and Elijah (scroll to RPF and open the section).
The process is pretty much like Yuletide. In the FAQ
, they suggest that only people planning to participate in the exchange submit nominations:
You may request up to 4 fandoms, minimum of 3. The maximum of characters you can request in one fandom is 4. If you’d like to request fic about a group of characters, don’t forget to nominate the ensemble during nominations (as an example, on AO3, The Lord of the Rings fandom has a character tag called The Fellowship of the Ring to denote a specific group of characters)
Here are the Nominations Page
-- nominations closing April 12 at midnight Pacific time
Hope someone will enjoy this, thanks to lbilover
for explaining this. A shame it's for fic and not other kinds of fanworks too.
I've been very bad at commenting and replying to email, and I'm sorry for keeping people hanging. Bit of a midlife career crisis and existential angst.
Also, I have gotten incredibly terse lately. Not sure why, please don't ever take it personally?
Orlando and his wife Miranda Kerr canoodling a bit, at the Global Green event. I love that she seems to be squeezing his non-existent ass
Billy photo op at the same event
Elijah DJed in Moscow, and a fantastic interview with him (in the Daily Mail of all places!)
And Dom tweeted:
Off to do ridiculousness. Air date to follow. Billy has just left my house. It feels like a haunted tomb. I'm just holding myself tight.
You know what's weird? Dom's using an icon in twitter almost exactly the same as one I started using 10 years ago. So, happy fanniversary to me!
(thanks to karin_woywod, mayfrayn for the pictures & links)
Hobbit RPF fic is getting pretty good, satisfying my Lotrips habit. It seems to be centered at the Hobbit Kink Meme RPF prompt post
and I'm saving my bookmarks with some recs
. I'm madly in love with Graham McTavish, who is a darling on twitter
I find myself also reading Hobbit movie fandom fics, unlike LOTR, it's very odd. I like the odd pairings (you probably knew that) and long detailed fics and am surprisingly OK with brother incest, though not much for mpreg or kidfic (bookmarks
I wish there was a good place to be fannish together -- the meme and AO3 and Tumblr are deeply unsatisfying.
Also! there are photos on the Internet of Billy and Orlando shopping in LA last week, with HUGS, warms the cockles of my fangirl heart!( paparazzi warningCollapse )
TORn Tuesday: an hour and a half of Billy and Dom hanging out with Cliff Broadway, plugging their various projects (especially Dom's Wild Things
), answering fan questions, and clowning everyone's amusement, especially their own. Includes: responding to the name Monaboyd, laughing at their own ignorance of Spanish, Billy talking Dom into going to DragonCon this year, and repeated fart jokes. more gifs on tumblrInterview video part 1
, and part 2
(links via sandelwoodliveblog by ayerlind on tumblr, part 1
, part 2
I have a bunch of screenshots
(I stopped uploading at 24) and all the sound in one 45MB or three smaller files, if anyone wants them.
So not over this fandom.
by the RingCon people, March 31 to April 1 in Bonn, Germany. They have 10 of the Dwarves appearing, including the young ones, but not Richard Armitage :-/ RingCon reports have been so much fun to read over the years, so if you can go, consider it (how I wish I could)!
found this via ourdramaqueen
GIP as I'm feeling less lotrippy these days. Though slashababy
fics are up and really good!
So I'm still existing. Job hunting. Finishing annual LOTR rewatch with the girlchild. Life too boring to contemplate.
overall reaction: I went in hoping for the best, it kept quite close to the book (which is slight), too much action and suspense (literally) for me, overall B+/A-( feelings and spoilersCollapse )
I liked the 3D pretty well, and the fast frame rate and how clearly I could see the faces. But maybe it was where I was sitting, all the backgrounds looked fuzzy. Did anyone else notice this?
The very best part for me was watching my daughter react, she loved it!
From the lotrproject
: a field guide to identifying dwarves, based on beard color, baldness, braids, etc. ( Also, apparently, Dwarves have balls of stone, pose nude for calendars, share rings, play musical chairs, and provide background for music videosCollapse )
- I'm trying hard to feel the Hobbit movie love, I could have done without the Denny's and Microsoft tie-ins. But the six-week pre-filming Dwarf Book Camp has interesting possibilities, and here's a checklist of which dwarf is which. Speaking of which, Happy Birthday to caras_galadhon!
- I noticed that Photobucket is sticking people's "real" names in the titles of pages, even when the name isn't visible otherwise. They did that to a person in LoTriPS, she was Not Happy to find out about that. Delicious was doing a similar kind of auto-personalization recently, so if you are keeping your fannish and other online personas separated, go check both sites!
- Dominic Monaghan's trying to be the David Attenborough for the next generation, he has a show about nature and rare animals, Dom's Wild Things. British people can watch it on Fridays or online, it's coming to BBCA and Canada in January. I happen to know that tunnel bear works too.
- found somewhere: a serious survey on non-monogamy (link anonymized)</a>
- A friend's interest was piqued by Sean Bean in Accused and she is looking for reliable and positive resources on cross dressing that might answer some respectful questions. Any good communities or sites?
- Apparently Rachel Weisz and Viggo will be acting together in the next Cronenberg film, that much combined seriousness and gorgeousness makes me sigh! Also, smartass Robert Pattinson.
- ways to make LiveJournal behave itself, using the URL parameter style=mine to avoid seeing the crappy wide interface for a while at least.
- slashababy lotrips holiday fic exchange (10th anniversary, I just realized that!)
- a gorgeous photo of Sean Astin and Billy from RingCon! I tried to make an icon but it was all muddy :-(
(via astinland and seanastinfan.blogspot.com -- there's more here)
- I finished our 2011 taxes! (self-employment made things complicated, extension runs to October 15 so it was a Deadline)
- Had a scare at work but did not get fired, just asked to telecommute more. My contract's up in December and is not getting renewed mainly because my boss wants someone to be her acolyte rather than her equal. Sigh.
ETA: fixed the LJ link, d'oh
It's international book week. The rules: Grab the closest book to you, turn to page 52, post the 5th sentence as your status. Don't mention the title. Copy the rules as part of your status.
The very worst are famous new buildings, would-be famous new buildings, imitation famous buildings, and imitation imitation buildings.
(that's actually the third sentence, as #5 is annoying out of context)
(I'm still alive, just very out of it, not sleeping well at all)
Girlchild likes anime and manga, draws chibis, and would like to learn Japanese. We have a couple of simple iOS apps and intro books, but she's gone through those really fast -- she's willing to work hard at it.
So, are there some really great books or apps or online classes? Rosetta Stone? I couldn't find any local classes in Berkeley or Oakland, though I'll keep looking around.
I'm surprised to find myself wishing she was learning Chinese, as it seems like it would be more useful in the future.
ETA: she's 12 and prefers fairly structured classes, and is more a casual than intense manga fan.
I'm here, I'm working my ass off at work, and reading journals and twitter and tumblr and fic (lotrips and otherwise) all the time I'm not working (while feeling guilty because there are so many other things I should be doing). But I mostly can't get myself to type anything.
My occasional actual recs are on http://diigo.com/user/msilverstar
but rather than paralyze myself because I can't be articulate, I've started putting links without comments to fic in all fandoms that I'm reading in http://pinboard.in/u:msilverstar
. So that's what it is.
Peter Jackson: "I know I speak for a company of hobbits, dwarves, elves and orcs when I say that this city holds a special place in all our hearts. We cannot think of a more perfect way to send The Hobbit off into the world than to celebrate with a huge party here in Wellington, where the journey began."
source: Party in wings for Hobbit premiere
(NZ Dominion Post) via TORn
(I am trying to break my fandom drought, come squee with me?)
ETA: added PJ as the source of the quote
ETA2: I didn't mean to say I could go to NZ, it's all virtual online squee for me
I'm enjoying everyone's fannish glee very much! Sherlock on US TV, Hobbit news, ongoing XMFC lurve, and the new Avengers, it's like a contact high :-Dalittledizzy
has an Avengers prize giveaway
going through May 12, with buttons and glasses and stuff, enjoy!
Lotrips fandom has lost one of our own when ismenin
died early this morning. She was a great Elijah fan, a wonderful writer of over-the-top romances, and a gracious and generous person. I only got to know her in the last few years, but will always miss her.
Watching Fellowship of the Ring with girlchild and my guy, the bluray (extended of course) really is gorgeous and crisp, and the scene where Aragorn turns down the Ring is one of my favorite not-in-the-books parts.slashababy
stories are up! It was pretty easy this year, I only made three mistakes and people let me know so I could fix them.
My guy talked me into getting a MacBook Air (he tried a Kindle but that just doesn't do it for me), and it is astonishingly light and fast and lovely. I screwed up some of my transferring of data though, and have to fix a bunch of stuff.
This cold has really knocked me on my ass, I couldn't sleep on Thursday night because I was couldn't breathe, but I'm recovering.
Happy New Year, may 2012 be kind and good to us all!
So. In trying to fix some code, LJ screwed up their most basic functionality. People report they can't load pages, can't view comments, can't reply, can't preview comments (particularly bad for kinkmeme anon posting), can't find their icons, and have bad physical responses to the awful new colors.
Worse, some people are reporting that their automatic payments have been turned on for them without their consent. check your account status and make sure it doesn't say it's automatic!There are some workarounds
: if you type ?style=mine at the end of an LJ URL, it will show in your custom layout (the one you see when you go to your own journal). If your layout uses the S2 style system (almost all new ones do), you can avoid
the ugly and disturbing new interface, get a text dropdown icon menu, see comment subject lines and even preview your comments (for the moment).How to do this automatically: ( paid and plus [extra advertising] accountsCollapse )( basic accountsCollapse )
Here is some more info: : Workarounds for LJ users, how to make the LJ style Minimalism look like the old comment style, even fail_fandomanon has a custom style to make long threads work properly,
( Community Moderators: how to enable custom comment styles for your users - plus avoid spam sequestrationCollapse )
( Some thoughts about how LJ screwed this up so very badlyCollapse )
signups are open, I hope everyone considers joining in! The deadline is October 31, stories are due December 26, great way to see in the new year :-D
And for inspiration, checkout amygirl
's latest Lotrips+ picspam, EyeCandy #226!
In other news, I'm three days into a four day workshop of all day meetings and I'm so freaking tired of being around people all the freaking time. I come home and zone out all by myself.
The old Delicious was built on old (2000s) technology held together with spit and duct tape. The new owners had to start over, and that's difficult, so features that most people didn't use were undoubtedly too expensive to include, at least in the first release.
I miss the features too (like bundles and 100 bookmarks per page), but remember, it's the first release, and it's a free service.
It's also sad that all those people didn't opt in to transfer their accounts, so their bookmarks disappeared. Not AVOS's fault though: the old TOS was written such that users could control our own data, which is generally a good thing. But here it bit us in the ass. Sigh.
ETA: via cleolinda
Apparently any tag w / in it parses out and is no longer seen. Which means D/s overnight falls from fannish use. *sigh*
ETA2: as of September 28, delicious fixed the slash problem and some of the others