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20 January 2017 @ 12:46 pm
Go-live for Festivids is in 8 days and I'm so excited. It's my first time participating! What fandom will my gift vid be from? Will my recipient like my vid? Ohhhmygosh, will my vid be up to Festivids standards?

Okay, maybe I'm like, 60% excited and 40% nervous.

I think part of it is that I'm mostly sitting on my hands at this point. I'll have my roommate take a look at it when she gets back, but other than some very minor tweaks it's done. Contrast with the fanfic exchanges I've participated in, where I'm usually rewriting and refining right up until go-live.

Should I do a banner? I guess I could do a banner.

Vidding in this fandom has given me all sorts of fandom thoughts that I'll finally be able to share without giving myself away. I have fic ideas, shipping headcanons, and a mostly-formed fanmix. I'm going to drown my tumblr followers in {redacted} fandom feels as soon as reveals happen.

So... any of you doing Festivids? Newbie like me or old hat at it? If not Festivids, any other exchanges you're feeling excited about?

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16 January 2017 @ 05:59 pm
I finished a book for the first time in forever. Where Am I Now? by Mara Wilson, which I started -- and read most of -- in September, but which I finally finished today. Some of the earlier chapters made me cry a fair bit, and that made me less likely to want to read it right before bed, and before I knew it the book was buried under a pile of comics.

But I really want to read more books (and not just comics, blog posts and fanfiction) this year, so I'm planning on setting aside time away from my laptop with the goal of daily book-reading.

I do really recommend Where Am I Now? Mara writes with empathy and humor, and despite her fame, she has many fangirl anecdotes that I found relatable. Some especially relatable quotes: Read more...Collapse )

Anyway, as I mentioned before (to some people, repeatedly, heh) a picture I took of Mara at a Welcome to Night Vale show was used in the book. Here it is!



Next books to read: Ayoade on Ayoade: A Cinematic Odyssey which I'm already halfway through, and is quite funny, and the Welcome to Night Vale novel. Also, a bunch of comics including O Human Star and the recent run of Mockingbird. Books!

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25 November 2016 @ 05:10 pm
title: Dustland Fairytale
fandom: Newsies (1992)
song: A Dustland Fairytale by The Killers
warnings: some minor violence, police brutality
summary: It's a fairytale beginning when Jack and David meet. But soon enough the newsies' strike is under siege and Jack has to figure out how to be the hero the newsies need.

This is for my roommate. I'm so proud of her political activism, and so thankful to have her in my life.

Additional notes under the cut; maybe read after watching?Collapse )

Download mp4 file (172 MB)
Download srt subtitle file (3 KB)
As always, contact me if you need a different file format or size, and I'll see what I can do.

Also available to view on AO3 and tumblr.

Watch on YouTube, with the option of subtitles:

Or watch on Vimeo using the password: the world will know

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27 October 2016 @ 02:09 pm
I'm doing Festivids! This might be a terrible mistake, but deadlines actually force me to finish fanworks, hence why often the only vids I complete are for WisCon. So I'm excited!

I matched on a fandom I had a couple of strong song ideas for already... only to find out that my recipient is a fan of the antagonist's side of the story, and all my songs were for the protagonist's side. Oops! I'm not discouraged; in fact it's kind of exciting to land back at the song search stage of vidding, and I'm already coming up with ideas.

In other news, I have pneumonia! A very mild case, but hopefully the antibiotics will kick in soon because this cough is getting very annoying. And my Halloween party is on Saturday, and it would be nice if I didn't have to wear a barrier mask for that. It doesn't go with my costume.

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28 September 2016 @ 11:58 am
I meant to go to bed at a reasonable hour last night, like perhaps 11 PM, but instead I stayed up to 1:30 in the morning having a heated discussion with Jen. The topic of our debate? Whether when She-Hulk says she's a Yankees fan in response to Juggernaut saying he's a Mets fan, the banter is meant to -- or even just likely to -- evoke a cultural shorthand of Yankees being powerful, elitist, obnoxious and capitalist and the Mets being hardworking, blue-collar underdogs.

Neither of us really care about baseball, and although we both care about She-Hulk, we kept reiterating the point that Chuck Austin wrote this exchange, and Chuck Austin is the worst.

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07 September 2016 @ 07:46 am
I had a great time at Geek Kon a couple weeks ago. A friend was one of the Guests of Honor, and was on several panels, all of which went fantastically. Another friend -- and her friend -- were Geek Kon regulars so the four of us hung out and played board games and had meals together. The board game room was wonderfully stocked, but we mostly just played Munchkin: Marvel.

My very first Geek Kon, back in 2008, was a very different experience, and it was interesting to see how much had changed. (nieded, are you still on LJ??)

Anyway, we also played with boffer swords and drank lots of coffee and listened to Jason Carter of Babylon 5 recite his poetry. I tok a pretty good photo of him!



In other news, this happened in the most recent Scarlet Witch comic:

Wednesday Spoilers, but from a couple weeks ago.Collapse )

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03 August 2016 @ 01:50 am
When August rolls around I start thinking about Halloween. I generally don't show movies at my Halloween party anymore because people would rather talk, plus guests arrive and leave at all times, so it doesn't work well logistically. But I have played shorter things, like creepy short films, or episodes of retro horror radio shows, or Welcome to Night Vale.

I've decided this year I want to do two parties; one typical mingle, chat, and eat party, and one for listening to old horror radio plays, and maybe playing a round of the RPG Dread, where every time your character takes an action, you have to successfully pull out a Jenga block or your character dies.

In pursuit of old radio plays, I came across an episode of Nightfall -- a Canadian radio show from the early 80's -- about a killer arcade game: "No Quarter". The sound quality is poor, but it gets better around the 30 sec mark. Anyway, Jen and I had fun mocking its moral panic over Donkey Kong. Then Jen found a horror story she'd written in 8th grade about a supernatural handheld video game and read it to me.

To finish off our theme of society's fears of new technology/society's fears of pop culture trends, we watched the movie Nerve ($5 Tuesdays at Point Cinema!) which is a YA novel adaptation about a girl who joins in on a city-wide game of dares played on smartphones, and gets in over her head when it turns out the Anonymous-like group behind the game is a tad vengeful.

It was actually pretty good. The acting was good and the cinematography was often striking, with neon colors and glittery cityscapes of NYC at night. The climax felt a bit over the top and thus silly to me, and there's a scene where the main character is essentially trying to shame Anonymous into doing the right thing, but to the movie's credit that doesn't work, and additional pressure is needed to save the day.

I also liked the messy, complicated friendship between the two main female characters. I already started plotting out a vid in my head to Broad-Shouldered Beasts that would be mostly about their friendship.

Ugh, not that I need another vid idea. Did I tell you all that I'm making my first vid in Premiere after using iMovie for way too long? Premiere Pro CC is very complicated, you guys. For every two minutes spent in Premiere I spend like, twenty minutes watching tutorials.

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27 July 2016 @ 07:47 am

See that? In 1959, Carl Sagan lived in the house next to my current house. I'm pretty sure the railroad tracks behind our houses was there in 1959, so he probably used the tunnel that leads to Old Middleton Road, too. Probably while thinking about the vastness of the universe.

I found this out because my dad apparently went through a phase twenty years ago where he researched Carl Sagan's life, especially his time in Wisconsin. Then, a few months back he remembered that Sagan had lived on Craig Ave, but it wasn't until last week that he found his notes and the exact address. Here's the full page of the 1959 city directory:

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Incidentally, 116 Craig was the address I had my eye on when my mom struck up a conversation with the owner of 118 Craig and found out he was planning on putting his house on the market. 116 never actually went up for sale (the condo organization decided to rent it, instead) and 118 was much nicer, anyway.

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11 July 2016 @ 11:17 am
Craigslist Adventure

I finally sold my elliptical on Craigslist. I was very upfront about its issues - wobbliness and some cracked casing - and I was selling it VERY cheap. The guy buying it brought a minivan, and we could not get it to fit in the back. The vertical part of the machine was just a couple inches too tall. We were able to get it most of the way in, so I asked if he had any rope to secure it, but neither he nor I had any. So I ended up calling my parents -- who live only 2 miles away -- and my dad brought over some rope.

I was very grateful my parents gave me the rope -- and delivered it! -- because I was worried the buyer would just give up if he couldn't get the elliptical in his van.

Movies About TV Shows

Jen has an assignment to watch movies about TV shows (and some movies about movies, and some TV shows about movies, and some TV shows about TV shows) to see the ways the different industries portray each other. So far we've watched:

Ed TV: So very late-90's! References to beanie babies and the Macarena. Ellen DeGeneres was by far the best part. About a fictional reality TV show that follows a "regular Joe" 24/7.

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind: about Chuck Barris, the creator of The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game, and The Gong Show. He claims in his autobiography that he was an assassin for the CIA, and the movie posits that as true. Supposedly a comedy but not very funny. Very unlikable protagonist, and icky feeling that male viewers are supposed to relate to him.

Cinema Verite: about An American Family, the 1971 PBS show that sort of a proto-reality TV. The dad is cheating, the mom is miserable, and the american public wonders why they allowed themselves to be filmed for national broadcast. The best part was the eldest son, who is unabashedly openly queer. I think I would have preferred watching a documentary about this than this movie, but it was still pretty fascinating.

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02 June 2016 @ 10:22 pm
Title: Control
Fandom: Monstress (comic)
Song: Control by Halsey
Summary: Maika has survived war and slavery with the help of a monster that lives inside her. But is she in control, or is the monster?
Warnings: fast cutting, comic book violence and body horror

This was originally screened at WisCon40.

Also posted to A03 | LJ | tumblr

Download from Sendspace:
mp4 file (164.17 MB)
srt subtitles (2.4 KB)

Watch on YouTube:

Or watch on Vimeo: (password is maika)

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