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I liked this a lot more than I did Skypeia.

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...but Mononoke (the TV series from a few years ago, not the entirely unrelated Ghibli film) was released in the US on DVD.  I don't recall seeing any announcements for it or anyone talking about it, but maybe that's because it's a few years old?  I was just browsing through the anime section of Hastings today. saw it. blinked a few times, and went "whaaaaa....?"


In other news, I binged on the entire third series of Call the Midwife today, and it gave me many feelings.  They mostly involved sniffling.



And sundry...

Aug. 26th, 2014 08:32 pm
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 1.  If anything of fannish (or non-fannish, but not covered by major news outlets) happened over the last few days, I probably missed it.  Friday and Saturday were spent travelling with spotty internet because of my nephew's birthday party, then I managed to get impressively (but briefly) sick on Sunday.  Yesterday I felt better and went to work and was ok, then pretty much completely crashed after.  I managed to play a bit of Flight Rising and read some One Piece (almost finished with Water Seven) but that's the closest to productive media consumption/interneting that I've gotten in the last few days.

2.  Speaking of Flight Rising, someone made a loot tracker.  You have to enter it manually, but it doesn't really add much time, and it's fun to see.  (Or depressing, like when you do something like train 6 exalt fodder in the Kelp Beds and go 64 rounds and get 3 lesser battle items, 8 festival currency, and almost 200 "other stuff," which translates as "food and autosell junk.")

3.  The main reason I'm posting, though is to comment on some shows I've been watching the last few weeks, but probably won't get around to giving proper writeups.  Starting with rewatching The Pretender, which I loved as a teen, and which holds up pretty well.  Though, wow, I forgot how they did women's makeup in 90s TV.  (I mean, not that there aren't crimes committed in that department these days, but that's some seriously caked on stuff, there.)  Andrea Parker remains amazing in all things and Michael Weiss is really good at playing a character who's both a naive child in an adult body, and a jaded escape prisoner atoning for unknowingly causing who-knows-how-many-deaths though a lifetime of being exploited.  Jared's simultaneous long distance courting/trolling of Miss Parker is as great as I remember, too.

4.  I binged through all 6 seasons of Star Wars:  The Clone Wars.  I had some misgivings about it, but really got into it once they started branching out beyond Anakin and/or Obi-Wan and having more stuff about Ahsoka, Padme (especially the Ahsoka/Padme adventure episodes) and the clones.  I was also exceptionally fond of Asajj Ventress, depsite disliking how the portrayal of the witches played into all the negative stereotypes ever.  Within the narrative, I think they generally did a good job with the portrayal of gender roles and treatment of women (aside from one HUGE beef in season 5....I mean, there were other things that made me frowny, but that was the big one) but on a metanarrative level, I never quite got past the fact that the first season, at least, seems to deliberately minimize Padme's role to keep attention away from ALL THE BAD SOON TO COME and prevent potential audience squick by having too many romantic scenes with Anakin, who was the early main focus.  It did get batter about that, though.  One thing that particularly thrilled me was when a woman chose ruling a planet over True Love and it was portrayed as completely her choice and not a Sacrifice or something that made her cold.  I haven't read much expanded universe stuff, and what I did was years ago.  Do Ahsoka or Satine appear in any other media?

5.  Another, which is a horror anime from a few years ago.  I can't really think of a way to explain it without getting really spoilery, but it's a "cursed class" series, which is pretty common to Japanese horror, but I thought it was really well done, despite a slow start.  It's also by P.A. Works and has their normal designs/scenery, which are always great (IMO).  Except it's also an increasingly bloody and violent series which I...am not used to with their series.

Sparkler Monthly one month free trial

Aug. 25th, 2014 11:38 pm
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Much like [personal profile] umadoshi, I was super excited when Chromatic Press started and cheered on the development of something akin to an English-language shoujo magazine, though I never got around to subscribing. Anyway, apparently the numbers are much worse than I had thought, and I was incredibly amused by the descriptions of various series that sound like a fun blend of female-friendliness and idtasticness. So I have subscribed!

And I apparently get a one month free trial I can give out! So, if anyone is interested, comment between now and Friday 8/29. If there's more than one person, I'll do a random number drawing.

Also, check out their membership drive and assorted prizes for hitting various levels.

*p

Aug. 25th, 2014 03:28 pm
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So apparently I really should just learn to take sudden depressive downswings as "you'll be bleeding from the crotch in 2 days"

truth in media

Aug. 24th, 2014 04:02 pm
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So I recently upended my life (quit my job; moved to LA to live with [personal profile] jetpack_monkey and [personal profile] echan; finished the last classes I needed for my degree) and the sequence in which I did these things was both necessary and terrifying. They, and my family, are my financial net until I find work. My residency isn't officially switched yet - we need to go talk to the leasing office again on Monday about whether I am correctly in the system once and only once - and I've been in a limbo period for a while where I feel like all I do is watch Netflix and knit.

The only reason I didn't burn through Psych in a week is because there was a trip to Maine in the middle of it. Psych made me cry at the end because it hit all these buttons of real world crap in the last season: quitting the job that makes you a drone, feeling like a leech, trying for jobs people put up flyers for because you're that desperate, moving to follow people you care about, living the somewhat awkward OT3 life. And these things being difficult and having to talk to people you care about and just. Things. All my feelings. (I think I'm Gus, overall, but not everything is neatly aligned.)

In the last two months, I've watched about half of Atlantis, half of Continuum, a season of Daria, the Finder, we've started on Better Off Ted, Hemlock Grove, the current run of Teen Wolf, all of Psych, and I'm reaching for something else to spend my time on. Chuck, Witches of East End, Dead Like Me.

I fell asleep two episodes into Witches of East End, which isn't promising, but that's better than being on edge at the "flunked out of college, dead-end job, oops literally" aspect of the first couple of episodes of Dead Like Me, until I finally just stopped it, or the jarring why didn't I remember this part of Chuck where he's vying for the assistant manager position. And flailing about how he was kicked out of college. Was there a reason I stopped watching Chuck? I can't remember.

My degree is a fingertip's length away and I keep feeling like a drop-out for how long it took. At this point, probably the only more terribly apt media I could inflict on myself would be Wonderfalls: got the degree, and the dead-end job anyway.

Nate suggested Community at one point. I've been avoiding Community since it started because I know I can't deal with a show set in community college until I'm done with school. And I don't feel done enough yet. So.

I could go back to Daria but I'm starting to feel weird about watching high school set coming-of-age shows. When will I feel like an adult, and not like a coming-of-age story is still relevant to my life? I think I've asked that before. Like, five years ago.

I think I want purest escapist fantasy, but I get hung up on the fact that I can't relate to anyone.

I'm tired. I need to do something else.

eta: so I'm gonna turn off comments on this entry, because I was not actually looking for TV recs when I said I need to do something else.

truffles

Aug. 24th, 2014 02:50 pm
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Them what are interested in truffles from me, I have narrowed down my list of flavors to like... 8. Anyway, this is a finalization stage so I know what proportions to make of everything. You may ask for multiple flavors! Treat it like you're getting a dozen (that was the original plan) and tell me how many of each you want, and any you definitely want excluded.

Final flavor list:
Mint
Hazelnut
Maple
Pecan
Rum
Almond
Chambord
Kahlua
Lemon
Honey

(Honey and Lemon had fairly low interest but were left on because I totally have those things and I might want them for myself. Kahlua I definitely want for myself what are we even talking about. )

(Members of my household should also respond so I know how many to make for keeping!)

(If you didn't respond to the original post it's okay to ask to be included now. But the flavor list is set, you can only pick from these. The recipe says I should get 15 dozen truffles out of this; ten people replied and there's me and Nate and Echan here, so I could hand out to a couple more people.)

(Although I hadn't mentally processed through the notion of shipping costs for a dozen packages earlier. Poking at USPS I think it will probably be $5-6 per package within the US which I think I can probably handle, though if anyone wants to chip in I will happily accept. Does anyone who has requested truffles live outside the lower 48?)

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Aug. 21st, 2014 09:45 pm
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 In my mid-late teens, I watched Hercules: The Legendary Journeys very, very faithfully-recording numerous episodes on VHS-and was of the opinion that Kevin Sorbo was among the hottest things ever, even though, characterwise, I preferred a number of other Hercules and Xena characters to Hercules himself.  I rewatched the series in my late twenties and still found it quite enjoyable, though there was considerably less crushing on Sorbo that time around.

Today I read this.

My inner 15-year-old is crying and burning her VHSes, because even with her extremely conservative, republican, black-and-white-morality worldview upbringing*, she knew better than that.











*Family gatherings are a political/worldview nightmare for adult Me, folks, let me tell you...

Honey West

Aug. 20th, 2014 10:41 pm
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Honey West is a half-hour serial that ran for 30 episodes from 1965-1966. Starring Anne Francis, it's the first mystery TV series to b named after a female detective (if not the first mystery series to have a female protagonist, that one I'm actually not sure about).

Based on a series of books that I haven't read, Honey inherits her father's detective agency, along with his junior partner, Sam, a former marine. Rounding out the agency is Honey's aunt, Meg, who largely functions as secretary and confidant. Honey and Sam both know Judo and use a variety of James Bond-like devices while on cases. On a typical case, Sam does surveillance in the van while Honey does most of the hands-on work.

I tend to automatically adjust my expectations to a degree when watching older shows/movies, but even so, I think this holds up pretty well. While some characters may question Honey's competence as a detective, the narrative itself never really does, and Honey has one or more fight scene in almost every episode. The fight scenes are actually better than those in most 60s movies that I've seen, as someone apparently bothered to teach Anne Francis and John Ericson at least the basics of Judo. Most Hollywood action scenes from the period that I've seen involve the fake "pow!" punch and people throwing other people. Honey punches, kicks, throws people over her shoulder and smashes things over their heads regularly, and has the same happen to her. While there are a number of times that Sam dashes in to the rescue, this mostly only occurs either because he's learned they were wrong about who/what she'd be facing, or because something has gone wrong on a case. There's never a real "well, Honey's a girl so she can't take care of herself" subtext to the show, and Honey tends to come to Sam's rescue as often as not. The series also came about before the memo that if you have a crime solving duo, one HAS to be orderly and by-the-books, and the other HAS to always come up with "harebrained" schemes and charge off on what should be illogical tracks that pay off, and that if it's a male/female pair, the conservative one HAS to be the female and the one who thinks outside the box which always pays off) has to be the male, especially if there's any will hey/won't they going on, because it's pretty much the opposite here. Honey also apparently has a pretty healthy sex (or at least, social with plenty of first base) life, which there isn't any judgement of.

It's far from perfect. The resolution of most cases is pretty obvious early on, and there's a good bit of casual sexism, though it's better there than many other things from the period. (And, sadly, better than some today.) The few times POC appear are also...really best not discussed. Just assume you'll be cringing a fair bit on those rare occasions. But it's still a fun series and, IMO, worth watching.

truffles

Aug. 20th, 2014 05:07 pm
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So I was considering making chocolate truffles because I have too much free time and a fair amount of cooking supplies. Only it turns out that I'd be making a batch of like, 15 dozen, so uh, does anyone want homemade truffles?

potential flavors:
--pecan
--walnut
--almond
--hazelnut
--fair warning all the nut ones would probably be made with some form of alcohol
--orange
--lemon
--maple
--honey
--rum
--mint
--am willing to take requests if i can figure out how to do a flavor neatly
--like raspberry ala chambord

Ping if interested with requested flavors, I'll probably figure out the 4-6 favorite flavors that will cause me the least pain and suffering and send out like, a dozen to everyone who wants.

Recipe includes condensed milk and butter, so sadly not for my vegan or dairy-free friends.
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