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14 November 2017 @ 04:02 pm
Still alive, internet. Still chugging along.

I've been a bit down lately and I think it's mostly due to work. Normally I work a 0.8 FTE, but I've been bumped up to full time for the month of November due to our clinic being severely short-staffed. I've also had to stay late two or three times per week. It's been okay; I still feel lucky to work at this clinic, but it's not easy when, out of 5 medical assistants, two are on maternity leave, and one left for another career.

So, this is a things-that-have-been-making-me-happy post!

Half Price Books had one of their coupon sales last week where they send you 40% off-any-one-item coupons good for Friday and Saturday only, and a 50% off any item for Sunday only. These are such fun sales. I can always find SOMETHING I want, even if it's just a $1 comic book. This time my haul included the first trade of Snotgirl, the first trade of Fuse, a trade of the first 14 issues of Kelly Sue DeConnick's Captain Marvel run, and a beautiful, huge hardcover collection of Saga (not sure how many issues it collects, as it is shrink-wrapped). Although I plan to read Snotgirl and Fuse before donating, all of them will probably end up as door prizes at a WisCon party.

I'm still chipping away at my current vid project. I feel bad that it's taking me as long as it has, but I enjoy it while I'm working on it. I've had some annoying setbacks due to my own technical errors -- like, accidently clicking "save" when I meant to click "save as" and writing over my previous save, and then being unable to find a way to revert it. Luckily I only lost a few hours of work with that mistake, and I did a better job the second time around, anyway.

But the fandom of my heart at the moment is Starsky & Hutch. I might do a future post about some of the fun and goofy things I've accumulated due to my current S&H obsession. (A Playgirl from 1984! An issue of The Advocate from 1975!) And I feel like a bit of a fandom explorer, because I found out that the S&H fandom is most active on Facebook, and so I actually joined a FB group for the first (?) time. I've never done fandom on FB before so it's like a whole new world to me.

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22 September 2017 @ 01:50 pm
First of all, a vid rec for a Zoë Washburne (Firefly) fanvid: It Is Always Heavier Than You Thought

Secondly, it is my birthday! I am 32. I've got some plans to hang out with friends after work tonight, but I'd also like to do something fandom-y to celebrate. Should I make a couple fandom secrets, something I haven't done in a year or so? Or should I write some self-indulgent fic? Or should I work on the vid that is my current fandom priority so I can feel good about making progress on my birthday?

What are you all up to?

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10 September 2017 @ 02:00 pm
Last week I had my fourth Frank Turner concert (first and third concert reports here)! It was held at Breese Stevens Field, an outdoor repurposed athletic field venue which I had never been to before. Luckily the weather was beautiful -- warm with clear skies and a slight breeze. There were vendors set up around the perimeter of the field selling food, drink and crafts along with the traditional concert merch. I bought a Frank Turner hoodie.

The headliner was Jason Isbell, a country folk rock singer that Jen introduced me to, and who also appears in Frank Turner's video for Love Forty Down as his tennis opponent:

I listened to Jason's two most recent albums in preparation for the concert, and grew quite fond of them, despite them being much more country than my tastes usually run. Here are my favorites so far:

Hope the High Road
If We Were Vampires
White Man's World
How to Forget

So Frank and a band called Communist Daughter were the openers, but Frank had a nice, long set. And it was nice to see a lot of people who were at the show for Jason and who were unfamiliar with Frank get to experience him for the first time. One woman near us was particularly blown away and was taking about how impressed she was afterwards.

We had sprung for the "gold circle" tickets, which meant we could be right up against the stage. We chose to sit and drink cider until Frank's set started, at which point we stood so we could jump and dance along, and so I could get closer for pictures.



At one point Frank complained about the sunlight in his eyes, so a band member slipped some sunglasses onto his face. They lasted all of 15 seconds before Frank's bouncing knocked them off.



We sat back down and split a bottle of moscato while waiting for Jason to come on, but stood back up shortly after he started. It turned out the sparrow and anchor backdrop lit up and changed colors, which was quite beautiful. His lighting and staging was all really great.

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His wife Amanda is also a talented musician and she accompanied him with strings and vocals. It was a really nice show. I know outdoor venues are a gamble, but I'd happily go back to Breese Stevens Field. Also, I plan to keep going to Frank concerts as long as he keeps stopping in Madison, Milwaukee, and/or Chicago.

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11 June 2017 @ 10:07 pm
Thing #1: If you like fanvids and the movie Dor, you might be interested to hear that a vidder on YouTube has made two new vids for it, You Are Always Welcome To My Home and Joleen.

Thing #2: WisCon happened, and it was great. The big new thing for me this year was that I hosted an official party on behalf of my comic book club. We had two large tables covered in comics that guests could read, two tables covered in comics-themed coloring book pages, and one table full of door prizes. Everything went smoothly. Rachel and Jen co-hosted with me, and several members of the club helped out. We'll probably do it again next year, and honestly there's little I'd change, it went so well!

Also, Kelly Sue DeConnick was there!


Also I commissioned another great Carol/Wanda piece from Alex Heberling of the webcomic The Hues.

If you're wondering if I'm ever going to post the Carol/Wanda piece I commissioned at C2E2, well, I haven't received it physically yet, but there's an image of it here on Instagram.

Thing #3: Jen and I are tentatively planning a trip to the University of Iowa on Friday to peruse their fandom-related special collection archive. I've sent a request for access, and we've looked at hotels. It's only a three hour drive, but we'll probably drive down after work on Thursday and spend the night so we can squeeze as much out of Friday as possible.

At the moment I'm most interested in the early zines, correspondences, and scripts of Starsky & Hutch. Anyone following me on Tumblr might have noticed that I've fallen back into S&H fandom, and this time I've pulled Jen down with me. I showed her episodes with high levels of cradling and questionable banter, and that did the trick.

I might post more about S&H, because last time I fell in I only watched about half the episodes, and this time I'm watching a lot more of the later ones, including "Death in a Different Place" and "Manchild on the Streets" which are giving me meta thoughts. Also, what the hell is going on in this acceptance speech from 1976's People's Choice Awards?

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01 June 2017 @ 12:38 am
Fandom: Nerve (2016)
Song: Broad-Shouldered Beasts by Mumford and Sons
Length: 4:26
Warnings: none
Notes: This was originally screened at the WisCon Vid Party. It was my first time making a non-still image comics vid for WisCon, and my third non-comics vid in total.

I saw Nerve in the theater and was struck by how pretty a film it was. When I first connected the song to the movie I was torn between whether it was a song from the point of view of Vee towards Sydney, or from the point of view of the Watchers towards Vee. In the end I chose the latter, but in editing my vid the clear POV was lost. Parts of it feel Watchers/Vee and parts feel Vee/Sydney.

Although at this point I wish I'd used tighter, more varied editing especially at the beginning, I feel this vid was successful in that already several people have told me they want to watch Nerve because of it. Go watch Nerve if you haven't! It's an enjoyable film!

Also available on AO3 | tumblr

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09 May 2017 @ 07:50 am
So, a few weeks late, but here's my C2E2 report! It's long & has several pictures, and includes the answer to the question, "What impulse purchase set Garrideb back the most?"


I love a lot about this picture, but Toad's tongue is my favorite detail

Three days of geeky glee!Collapse )


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02 May 2017 @ 11:54 pm
I had a shockingly busy April, and now that it's May I really need to share some of April's highlights.

I visited my older sister Missy in Sterling, Virginia. It was my first time in Virginia and also my first time in Washington, DC.

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Missy and her cat, Quatro.

I arrived on Wednesday evening. On Thursday and Friday we took the train into DC and toured the Library of Congress and the Capitol, and visited the Air and Space museum and the American History museum, and also walked around many of the monuments. I think the biggest surprise for me was how moved I felt looking at some of the monuments; I thought that visiting DC as a cynical adult would harden me to the sentimentalism of giant statues, murals, and war memorials, but it didn't, not really. I definitely got teary-eyed a few times.

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Also, the Library of Congress (specifically the Jefferson building) is gorgeous. It was apparently designed to showcase American artists, and does so by filling every nook and cranny with polished marble, gilded mosaics, and more sculptures and paintings than strictly necessary. It's also -- for it's time -- rather inclusive; in its depiction of the pursuit of knowledge it shows women students as well as black and native students. Not saying it's perfect, but some of the art really does send a message of world-wide welcome.

They also have an exhibit of books that personally belonged to Thomas Jefferson, and a few museum exhibits including one on cartoons and comics.

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Then on Saturday we went to a couple wineries, including WillowCroft, where Missy, her husband, and I ate a picnic lunch perched on a scenic hill with a couple bottles of their wine.


On Sunday I flew back to Madison and had a late Easter lunch with my parents, my younger sister, and my roommate. I'd given up sweets for Lent so it was nice to indulge in some chocolate.

The next weekend was C2E2, which I will post about next!

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30 March 2017 @ 03:22 pm
fandom: Avengers comics, specifically Civil War
song: Knowing Me, Knowing You by ABBA
length: 2:22
warnings: comic book violence, mostly Steve & Tony punching each other
summary: So this is another Steve/Tony Civil War vid very much in the style of my Downfall vid (although I like to think I've learned a bit about vidding and color correcting comics scans in the six years since). I made it in celebration of the tenth anniversary of The Confession, the comic where Tony cries to Steve's corpse that nothing was worth Steve's death, AKA, one of the comics that helped kick off the Steve/Tony fandom.

Anyway, I mentioned on cap_ironman that one could consider this the tenth anniversary of Steve/Tony fandom, and the mods there totally made that happen. There's a party post here, and the 10yearsofstevetony tag on tumblr is satisfyingly active.

I've been absent from this fandom for awhile, but I still love it so much.

I used Photoshop to edit the scans (which were mostly scans I reused from Downfall, but cropped and color corrected) Premiere Pro CC for the vidding, Audacity to edit the song, and AfterEffects for the one effect over the musical interlude between verses.

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13 February 2017 @ 11:16 am
One of my dearest friends has a YouCaring page for a very worthy cause. She explains it better than I ever could, so if you have a few minutes please read her story and if you have a few spare dollars, please consider donating.

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11 February 2017 @ 05:20 pm
Title: Give Me What You've Got
Fandom: IDW's Jem and the Holograms comic book
Song: Give Me What You've Got by The Shondes
Length: 2:07
Warnings: none
Summary: Call Pizzazz whatever you want; she knows who she is. This is a Festivids gift for [personal profile] gwenfrankenstien!

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also posted to tumblr and AO3
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password is: misfits

Give Me What You've Got from Garrideb on Vimeo.

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