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I've ripped and edited the opening and ending themes of Detective L.
Sharing them here at my journal!

I don't know if the original soundtrack is available out there yet, I just wanted to have those two files in my player ^^'.

Lost in Space Manifesto

Apr. 25th, 2019 12:09 pm
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It's been a year since I marathoned the 2018 Lost in Space, which I loved. I just checked to see whether it was canceled or got a second season, and to my delight, the later is the case, though we won't get it until July, it seems. Which is as good a reason to rave some m ore about the new Lost in Space as any, and about why you should watch it, too, especially if you are on the look out for a new canon featuring not one or two, but an entire ensemble female main characters, estranged families findng each other again, cross species friendships, people being really competent at what they do, and last but certainly not least, an m/f long term relationship between partners that's not about getting together but how to live together.

So, what's the premise of the first season?: Robinson family plus supporting cast crashlands on dangerous planet, has to fix each other along with circumstances in order to survive. There are flashbacks and mysteries to be solved as well. Basically: Lost. In Space.

Do I need to know the original Lost in Space tv show, or the 1990s movie?

No, you don't.

When you say the main cast is mostly female, you mean...?

Maureen Robinson, genius physicist and engineer (my favourite!), Judy Robinson, her oldest daughter, a doctor, Penny, her second kid and the quippy middle child, and Dr. Smith (not her real name), con woman extraordinaire, main antagonist and very occasional ally. The male rmain characters are John Robinson (the only non-genius of the family, Maureen's estranged husband, a pilot) and their son Will (youngest kid). Of not defined gender, though Will calls them a he: the (alien) Robot.

Numbers don't mean the women actually get the meaty narrative stuff. Pop culture osmosis told me the original show was all about Will, the Robot and (male) Dr. Smith. Isn't this the case here?

No. Will and the Robot are an important part of the show, but Dr. Smith's main relationship with a Robinson turns out to be with Maureen. Who is the head of the family, and the one who pushes storylines forward - going into space was her idea, she figures out what's wrong with the planet (Maureen doing science is one of my favourite things about the show, and the icon displays one of the more visually spectacular examples, when she uses a balloon to go up in the air and check her theory about said planet), she figures out what really happened in the seemingly natural catastrophe that is making Earth increasingly inhabitable, and so forth.Judy and Penny are getting as much screen time and development as Will, get to save the day more often, and together they present different stages of growing up - Judy is a young adult who gets the "idealism clashes with reality" type of tales, Penny is a teenager and thus sometimes relates to Judy and sometimes to Will as a peer, and he rin-between-ness also means she's the one most likely to draw others out, and Will is a child with all the wonder, generosity but also unintentional self centeredness that can entail.

Let me guess. All these female characters are vey attractive and presented in various stages of undress a lot.

Yes to the former - it's still US tv -, no to the later. They all wear practical clothing appropriate to their situation (which is either crashed on a very dangerous planet or in space, meaning space suits and survival gear, respectively). This includes our villainess, who also at no point tries to seduce anyone by using her sexual wiles. (Her method of survival and advancement is more getting into people's heads and mess with same. )

I'm burned out by female characters first built up and then raped, or at least sexually menaced, or even getting killed. Does any of this happen here?

In a word: No. Again, this goes for all the female characters, heroines, villainess, minor supporting cast.

So far, so good, but I'm also primarily a shipper, not a gen person like you. What's the romantic potential?

In terms of "likely to be on screen or already on screen canon", Judy has some UST with smuggler-with-a-heart-of-gold Don West, and Penny has a brief teenage romance with a fellow survivor. But the main m/f ship of the show is John/Maureen, who start out estranged for reasons gradually revealed but re-connect emotionally in the course of the show. It's basically an "exes still carrying a torch get back together again" trope done right. Note: this does not happen in a Parent Trap way. The kids, who do their own reconnecting with John, leave their parents' relationship well enough alone.Also: John is played by Toby "Captain Flint" Stephens which was my original reason for tuning into the show last year.

In terms of "not likely to be screen canon but definitely great for fanfiction": Maureen and Dr. Smith have some serious foe yay going in the last few episodes of the season after Dr. Smith has been unmasked. Tropes canonically used are " enemies forced to work together" , "grudging respect", "outsmarting each other at different points" as well as "imprisoning each other and escaping another at different points".

I can't help but notice that the canon ships or likely ships are all het,while the subtext one is slash.

True. But Penny's first teenage fling (where btw she took the initiative, much like her Mom) is over, so who knows, she might acquire a girlfriendi in s2. Also: arguably the true heartrendering romance of the first season was the (asexual, don't worry) one between a boy and his robot (think E.T. with Elliot and E.T. for the type of story this was), so who knows what Will is going to be, orientation wise, once he grows up.

Okay. Is this a sci fi show where everyone in the future is a white American?

No. The Robinsons and Dr. Smith are, with the exception of Judy who is Maureen's kid from an earlier relationship (pleasingly, there is no difference John makes between his biological children and her) and placed by a black actress. But virtually the entire rest of the colonists who crashlandwith the Robinsons aren't. The ones we get to know best are a Japanese family (Maureen's scientific bff is the dad) and an Indian-or-Pakistani/British family (i.e. accent British, ethnicity of Southasian origin) (the leader of the community, Victor, and his son, Penny's temporary romance, belong to it), plus there's Angela, the survivor most traumatized by the original catastrophe at the start of the pilot, who is black and US American.

Now we've established there are no fridged (and/or raped) women: any other potential triggers I should know about?

Well, the first season puts our heroes through just about any surviving-in-dangerous-natural-situations suspense you can think of. The first three episodes, for example, milk the "crashed on a glacier with the ice engulfing them" scenario for what it's worth,and once they've left that behind, the joys of tremors, swamps and alien equivalents to dinosaurs await. I should add that the show doesn't forget adding moments of beauty and wonder among all the threatening environment, but what I'm trying to get at: if you, for example, are claustrophobic, what happens to Judy in the first two eps is probably going to resonate. Otoh, since someone asked in a comment to my original post on this show - there are no dead pets, don't worry. This includes the chicken.

You may love the estranged/dysfunctional familiies getting back together again trope, but I, for one, am fed up with jerks being forgiven just because they're related. Especially when the show doesn't sell me on these people not being better off far away from each other. What do you have to say to that?

That I empathize. There have been several instances in recent tv years where the balance between dysfunction and closeness/fondness for me hasn't worked, where I either didn't believe the people in question had ever been close in the first place, or that they should be, given how they were characterized. But with the Robinsons, I love that even at the start, at their most estranged, there's still mutual respect (very important to me when I want to root for reconciliation - do the characters respect or belittle each other?). And John, whose fault the original estrangement mostly is, really is shown working for winning Maureen and the kids back. He doesn't take it for granted he has a claim there. And he accepts Maureen's lead throughout the show. That this is a show whose main relationships are between family members who does entirely without that overused trope, the Mean Dad (tm), is another part of the attracton for me. (Not just in terms of John Robinson. Mr. Wattanabe, the Japanese scientist friends with Maureen, has two adult daughters he's getting along very well with. And community leader Victor might be somewhat harsh with our heroes at times - he and Judy have an pragmatism vs idealism/ good of many vs individual life fight at one point, for example - , but not with his son (Penny's fling). There isn't a Mean Dad (tm) around in s1.

Okay, I'll give it a shot. Where do I find this show? On Netflix, though given it's now a year old, there should be dvds as well.

Xiao Guo's mild-mannered uncle

Apr. 25th, 2019 05:05 pm
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I was looking at this in the subs file this morning and it cracked me up.
Very mild spoiler for ep 34. )

for so long as we call today, today

Apr. 25th, 2019 05:10 pm
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After all that, I stayed home all day and did...pretty much nothing.

I'm presently feeling a little guilty about it.

Indigenous Aboriginal and Maori groups on ANZAC day


I kind of want to go back and look at my readlist, but I also kind of want to avoid it. IIRC, I also had this after Infinity War.

Started the story that insisted on hijacking my brain and still has the conn. I think it's probably going to end up around 10K. *sigh*

I'd better start writing.

HEY [personal profile] soc_puppet

Apr. 24th, 2019 10:46 pm
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I found this week's project
[community profile] dick_or_treat is a multi-fandom fanfic/fanart fest that runs from April 1 to April 30. Participation is open to anyone, no sign-up required.

Requirements to participate are minimal: one complete smut fic or artwork with a title named after a Pokémon move/attack.
thanks [personal profile] sylvaine!
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Title: My Honor is My Own
Fandom: Rising of the Shield Hero
Rating: G.
Summary: Desktop wallpaper, 1280x720 resolution.
Content Notes: For the "On the Outside" prompt on my bingo card.

My Honor is My Own )
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Since the Wild aren't in it, I have to determine which teams I'm going to support/pay more attention to in this second round of the playoffs. I'm using two simple metrics to determine this: ex-Wild and Minnesotans. Whoever has the most should win, or at least hold my attention more.
With that said, here you go. Advantage in bold

Eastern Conference matchups

Blue Jackets: None, but they've got Marcus Foligno's big brother, so that kind of counts.
Bruins: ex-Wild 1 (Charlie Coyle), Minnesotans 1 (David Backes)

Hurricanes: ex-Wild 1 (Nino Niederreiter), Minnesotans 1 (Justin Faulk)
Islanders: ex-Wild 1 (Cal Clutterbuck), Minnesotans 3 (Nick Leddy, Anders Lee, Brock Nelson)
(Despite this, I'm going for the Canes, because omg I miss Nino so much)

Western Conference matchups

Avalanche: None, and they're the Avs, so you know how I feel about that.
Sharks: ex-Wild 1 (Brent Burns), Minnesotans 1 (Justin Braun)

Blues: None, but Ryan O'Reilly's brother Cal plays for the Iowa Wild. Go Iowa!
Stars: Minnesotans 1 (Tyler Pitlick) and they've got an ex-Wild on IR (Martin Hanzal) but whatever, he doesn't count.

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Title: a sprinter learning to wait
Fandom: tvd
Rating: teen
Length: 100 words exact
Author notes: canon divergent, title from sprained ankle by julien baker

You’re using me to make her jealous. And it’s working. )

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Apr. 24th, 2019 09:48 pm
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After I got my hair cut yesterday, it was 4:30. I was by Kroger, so Cordelia asked me to get her a couple of things. By the time I was done in there, It was after 5:00, and it would have taken me at least 20 minutes to get home by bus (not including waiting for the bus). My hair was still very wet, so being out in the wind was miserable, and I thought that Scott would be on his way home soon.

He ended up stuck for an extra half an hour at work. I missed his email about it because I seldom check email on my cell phone. He couldn't text because he doesn't have cell signal in his office; he has to leave the building. I saw his email about 5 minutes before he called to say that he was in the car. He took half an hour to get there after that.

I sat at Espresso Royale the whole time. I had a cookie and a cold drink-- a ginger dragon (mix of lemon and ginger). The cookie was essential because I wanted to take some naproxen (I'm not sure it helped, but I was hurting). I hadn't meant to walk for two hours nor for half of that to be on trails rather than pavement.

Today, I overwalked again. It wouldn't have been too much if I hadn't overdone yesterday, but I really should have thought, before I set out, about the likelihood that yesterday would affect my stamina. My muscles didn't ache, so I just didn't think about my ankles and hips being less stable than they would usually be.

I submitted a few more potential portals for Ingress while I was walking toward downtown today, a little free library (those are about 50-50 on being accepted) and a couple of grave sites at a cemetery that was on my way. One of those graves was one I'd been looking for off and on for a few months, but it's a flat to the ground plaque, and I didn't get time there with no snow on the ground until today.

Robert Hayden was, effectively, a Poet Laureate. They just weren't calling the office that when he held the position in the 70s. He taught at the University of Michigan. I had wondered why the local library system had so many of his books in their Black Studies Poetry collection, and apparently it's the intersection of those two things. It's possible (probable?) that he's one of the big reasons they have that collection as a Thing to begin with.

At any rate, once I found out he was buried in that cemetery, I thought his grave should be an Ingress portal as a site of public note. Part of that is me looking for more potential portals within walking distance, but part of it is that the US hasn't had that many Poet Laureates.

Baby diary: 19 weeks

Apr. 24th, 2019 08:32 pm
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 For the first time ever, the little guy is asleep in his own crib at 8PM. However, he got into the habit of turning to his side to breastfeed, then falling asleep against me - which led him to get comfortable sleeping on his side against a "fake mom" i.e. pillow - and now he's turned all the way and is sleeping sprawled on his stomach, face down and snuffling. ^^;

His nose isn't blocked, but it's been a month since he learnt to turn to tummy, and he still can't turn tummy to back, so if he wakes up in this position it's a struggle.

Update: he woke up. I moved him to my room. XD;

RL Update

Apr. 24th, 2019 08:38 pm
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Okay, I've at least found a stopgap measure that will help with those vet bills that I mentioned in my last post. My apartment complex just announced that they're now offering the ability to split rent into two payments, one at the beginning of the month and one in the middle of the month, which will at least help a little.

It's not quite robbing Peter to pay Paul, so that's something at least. Almost all of my bills are due at the very beginning of each month, so by only having to pay half my rent at that same time, I'll have a bit more in my checking account for emergencies. Plus I'll have more time to try and work on commissions/sell things/etc. if unexpected situations come up. There is an additional fee that I'll have to pay, but it's worth it to know that I won't have to worry about my checking account becoming overdrawn.

The joy of living paycheck to paycheck: you have to pay extra fees, spending even more money, to stay afloat. Still, I'll definitely take it over having a panic attack because I can't think of how to pay bills.

I have found a rabies clinic where I can get the cats' shots without having to pay for a full exam like their regular vet insists on doing, but it's going to involve a decent-length trip via Lyft so it's still going to be more expensive than I'd planned. Not nearly as bad as it could have been, though, so I'll take it. Although getting up at the crack of dawn on Sunday morning isn't going to be all that fun.
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The Umbrella Academy, Vol. 1: The Apocalypse Suite, written by Gerard Way, art by Gabriel Bá, and colors by Dave Stewart.

Cheerfully nuts, but controlled—mostly. Seven extraordinary infants are adopted by an eccentric scientist and trained to fight...crime? Robots? Threats from outer space? Super villains? Alien super villains? Robots? It's not super clear, but you get the gist. This world also has hyper-intelligent chimpanzees and a moon base, so it's got some science fiction elements to it while still having a retro feel, and I like the resultant mood, a kind of nostalgic futurism. The art does a lot of fun stuff with this in the background.

I love the character design, especially that of 1 and 5. The proportions of Spaceboy's Martian ape body are very pleasing to me. That huge chest and the tiny legs and head. I can't get enough of it. The art has an old school feel, reminiscent of Dave Gibbons's work in Watchmen—again with the background details—though Stewart's colors are much more rich and layered. The storytelling reminds me of Alan Moore, too, though with more of an early Promethea feel.

I'm interested in what this is doing (especially Séance—more of him please) and where it's going, except, under all the flash and primates, it's just another comic book filled with white dudes. The Indian manservant (very Wes Anderson and not in a good way) isn't even named in the text and if he speaks at all, it's to provide directions. And then there are the women. All three of them. Because women only make up 30% of the population, right? This is why you have to manufacture your own out of dress forms and wheels. Then Vanya, who isn't given near enough motivation to destroy the world, by the way, spends most of the book naked. She's introduced to us naked (as a baby) then again (as an adult) while wearing a thong and sitting with her legs spread. We see so much of her ass. Especially later when she's redesigned to be naked all the time. If you're going to be like that, where's the male nudity? Also there's a bigger question about the kind of violence done against the female characters in this book and how it compares to the injuries sustained by the men.

Still I did enjoy this and want to know more. I'll be reading the next volume.

Contains: blood, dead bodies, exploding heads, violence, dub-con body mod, dub-con kiss, mind control.
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Syfywire just pulled the article they put up a few hours ago, "Queerness and Death in the Magicians" and deleted the tweet that announced it. That's super not at all questionable and really normal.

Here is a tweet with screenshots of the article: Queerness and Death in the Magicians. It also looks like a PDF is up at the discord: https://twitter.com/coldwaughtersq/status/1121193198523756544

Note: this will definitely help settle the drama, by the way. That'll work.

ETA (7:30 PM CST): so that thread was deleted and so was my RT of it. Here's another one: https://twitter.com/thelaynierizer/status/1121206952028192768

ETA (7:59 PM CST): Full article now available on tumblr: https://three--rings.tumblr.com/post/184422544953/queerness-and-death-in-the-magicians

DCU Bang 2019: Sign-Ups Open!

Apr. 24th, 2019 05:12 pm
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Community: [community profile] dcu_bang
Event Description: The DCU Big Bang is a challenge focused on producing written works of 10k for the Traditional Bang, and 5k for the Mini-Bang, with accompanying fanworks. It’s open to any and all character or pairings that have to do with DC Comics, and we welcome Het/Slash/Femslash/Gen fic, whatever it is you write!

If you are interested in signing up, please read through the
DCU Bang Rules 2019 and

Sign-ups are right here!
Full schedule (The below schedule is just the important dates to keep in mind!)

Important Dates:
May 5th, Sunday: 10k Traditional Bang Sign-ups Close (5k Mini Bang & Artist Sign-ups still open)
May 15th, Wednesday: 5k Mini-Bang Sign-ups Close (Artist Sign-ups still open)
June 22rd-June 26th, Saturday-Wednesday: Accepting Rough Drafts (60% due)
June 29th, Saturday 12PM (Mountain Time): Story Claiming Opens
July 20th, Saturday: Final Day to Drop Out for Traditional Teams
October 1st-October 5th, Tuesday-Saturday: DUE DATE (Works may be posted to the Ao3 collection but will remain unrevealed until their official revealing date)
October 5th, Saturday: Story Reveals Begins
October 20th, Sunday: Story Reveals Ends
October 27th, Sunday: Amnesty Posting Begins
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DCU Bang Ao3 2019 Collection
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