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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 )

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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

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srt subtitles (2.4 KB)

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WisCon is fast approaching! Yay! I'm going to be on one panel: Female Friendships/Relationships In Comics. The description:
Despite the old standard 3-and-1 superhero team format, there have always been women navigating friendship in comics, from Betty and Veronica to the Birds of Prey to Princeless. Whether these were friendships, rivalries, romances, or arch-enemies, how women relate to each other has run the gamut from cringe-worthy to inspiring. Let's talk about the best, the worst, and everything in between.

That's going to be on Sunday at 10 PM.

So I'm making a vid for the vid party, but I swear I must have pissed off some gods of vidding because it has not been a smooth ride. Some of it is my fault: I thought I could make the vid in After Effects, inspired by [personal profile] ghost_lingering's beautiful Saga vid Your Mother. I subscribed to Creative Cloud and had fun following some AE tutorials, and even made a couple comic book panels into "3D" gifs.

But I soon realized I really didn't have time to learn the program enough to make a vid. So with only a week or so until the vid deadline, I fired up iMovie... only to discover it no longer displayed still images.

Googling around, I read that it was a common issue after updating the mac OS, which I'd done recently. There were no fixes; the old iMovie was simply incompatible with El Capitan OS. So I had to pay $15 for the newest iMovie. To be fair, I'm actually pretty pleased with the new layout and features.

So I ask for a deadline extension and then start vidding in ernest. And then, on Tuesday night, my laptop tries to restart but fails part way through, restarts, fails, resarts, over and over and over. I take it to the Apple Store right after work on Wednesday, and after several hours I get it back in working condition, $56 poorer.

I'm back on track and I'm pretty sure I'll get the vid done soon, but the amount of hurdles being thrown in my way is stressing me out. Now I'm worried about what else could possibly go wrong.

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08 April 2016 @ 10:27 pm
C2E2 was a rollicking success! On Friday Jen and I drove down to Chicago. We stayed at the Red Roof Inn, which is a hotel with tiny rooms and crappy plumbing, but it's one of the cheaper downtown options and eh, it's reasonably clean and the service was friendly. We reserved parking through SpotHero.com at a garage a few blocks away. All that went smoothly.

We ate lunch at the convention center. It was a Lenten Friday so we had fish sandwiches at McDonald's. We sat at a large table with a few other guys. One of them had a subtle Spider-Man cosplay going on: a red and blue costume shirt visible underneath a regular button-down, a Daily Bugle name tag, and a camera. So we struck up a conversation with him, and he turned out to be the current artist of the daily newspaper cartoon Sally Forth.

We explored the con floor a bit. Jen had a paper to finish so she went back to the hotel in the evening while I went to some panels. I went to one that was on asexual representation, but left after about fifteen minutes because it wasn't a panel but rather one woman giving an extended rant. Then there was a panel on female characters in comics, except the panel barely mentioned comics, instead focusing on TV and movie characters. But still, relatively engaging. Finally I went to one on trigger warnings and disturbing content in comics. Hoo boy, that one was a mixed bag. There was one panelist who seemed to understand that trigger warnings aren't censorship. He was kind of the saving grace of the panel.

On Saturday Jen and I went to a Supergirl panel featuring Melissa Benoist (Kara Danvers) and Chyler Leigh (Alex Danvers). Both women were very funny and insightful, and had great anecdotes. Also, they really, really like each other and appear to have an adorable sibling-like friendship in real life, which was really nice to see. Randomly, the moderator was Clare Kramer, who played Glory on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Why not?

We also went to a panel on the representation of black men in comics, which was moderated by a pastor. He had us hold hands at the end and... sort of pray? But it was a great panel and it inspired me to buy some comics from creators of color.

Sunday started with a chat with Fabian Nicieza. He talked about wishing he'd been older and wiser when he'd written Nomad. Which, considering the issues it tackles... fair enough. Jen brought up Cable & Deadpool, and Nicieza was very open in his bitterness over its cancellation. Jen and Nicieza then commiserated about the industry while I watched, entertained.

Chris Claremont was sitting at the table next to Nicieza, but his line was super long so I didn't bother trying to talk to him.

And I think those are the highlights, so here, have some cosplay photos:


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You can look at all my cosplay photos in my C2E2 2016 Flickr album!

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