this week

Jan. 29th, 2017 10:15 pm
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I continue to be horrified by Trump. He really is the fascist he has claimed to be. This guy needs to go down. Fast and by any means necessary. He is a threat to the free world.

And I think it was wrong to try and "understand" or "educate" the people who voted for him and who vote for his ilk in Europe. Yeah, sure, they are plain stupid. But they still know they are voting for nazism and they simply do not care. They want to trample down others to better themselves. This is not the usual "what is the best way for everybody" argument political parties have been having in the last 50 years. This is "we'll take yours over your cold dead body" and people who vote for this shit need to be held accountable for it. Whatever they promise themselves from it (and however realistic or unrealistic that is) they do not mind sacrificing freedom and lives for it.

I'm also very anxious about the French election. This Hamon person, does he have a chance to go into the run off? If so, does he have a chance to beat LePen? Will Fillon's scandal drag him down?
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Thanks on behalf of the world to everyone who went to these marches! They were such a huge signal of hope to us all.

I often get dishartened when I see women not standing up for themselves, yesterday we (and especially the US women) stood. So many of women, so many who hate crowds and never have been to a protest before went out and made themselves heard. Makes me proud and hopeful.

I hope we can find a way to channel this unifying protests into a movement to oppose the rise of fascism around the globe.
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I don't know what to say.  I hate the suffering this man will cause in this position. I don't know how to process the absurdity of this exept with humor.  Saw this very fitting German webcomic today. (Translation below)



 then:

House of Cards: An unsettling dystopian story, where a ruthless, manipulative murderer becomes president of the United States.

Now:

House of Cards: A hopeful utopian story, where a strategically thinking, self controlled grown up, without a twitter account is president.

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So, me posting on DW and using this to start posting more often again, hopefully.

I'm currently playing Life is Strange, of course years after the rest of the world has played it, but damn, this is one fine game!!! I love it! I think it might be the first game, I played that actually passes the Bechdel test.  I love Max and Chloe and I adore the grafics.  This game is so beautiful and it feels like Veronica Mars with the voiceovers and High School detecting and everything.

I'm near the end of ep4, so no spoilers please, but if you'd like to talk about the game, I'd love to.

I really rarely play these days, since it is so time consuming and I have so little free time between teh little guy and work, but it really relaxes me.
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I don't like LJs move to Russia. This is all very disturbing.

Check out this post for more information: http://rahirah.livejournal.com/695706.html

I have tried migrating a few times already. But this time I'll do it for good. I wish all the authors I had friended on LJ would migrate too, but I guess GRRM will be hard to move.

Anyway, my name on DW is rogin and if we are friends here, I'd love to add you over there.
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Seems VD fucked them badly, since the electorate had no idea what was coming and the vote was much easiert (cheaper) to game than the Hugos.

The funny thing is that he essentially made sure that the Dragon Award will never get the traction of the Hugo Award if the first book it is slapped on is some drivel by JCW.
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Starting out on imzy, reminded me how much I used to love LJ and how comfy DW is by comparison, but somehow I never really managed the full migration.

I'll probably always be on LJ, but I'll try and post here more often, crossposting to LJ instead of posting there directly.
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Season three was overall a huge treat. I remembered why the third book is my favorite in the series and how much I love the unlikely character combinations it contains.

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Just got wind of this, this morning and I am a bit undecided about it. There are definitely pros and cons about this thing. Here are the guidelines they published with their release statement.

Pros:

  • money for fanfic. I am basically all for people making money with something they love to do and there are works out there that I would definitely be willing to pay for.

  • legality. No fear of being shot down by a network or original author who does not like fanfic.

Cons:

  • loss of diversity: I'm thinking here both of content and of qualitative diversity. The guidelines state that you can do for examples no crossovers and it is also clearly not a platform for short fiction. And naturally they have quality standards, which is a good thing but also sets it apart from the freescene, which allows everybody to get their feet wet. Yeah sure, everybody is complaining about 12 year olds writing badfic, but that is the way everybody starts off.

  • The rights rest with amazon, so you can't just take it down or flock it if you do not want it out there anymore.

  • no porn. Fanfic is the only female dominated porn source, I ever came across. Everything else is either directed at straight or gay males or perpetuating the male gaze in massive self objectification (romance novels).

doubts:

  • If there is a legal fanfic scene, wont it become jealous of the illegal scene? Especially since the free scene will always have the porn and the crossovers to be more interesting. Isn't there a risk that the pay sites will eventually try to shut down sites like a AO3?

I think the idea is perfect for stuff like Stephen Brust's firefly fanfic, but for the largest part of the scene it is useless due to the limitations and I'm a bit worried about the longtime effects of this.
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I wasn't around much lately so I didn't have the time to write much about the individual episodes and now it is too late to catch up, but I'm watching and I love what they are doing for the most part.

I especially like how they are working with the Jaime and Brienne storyline, which is prompting me to write about those two and why I find them so intriguing.
no book spoilers )

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LJ is still wonky due to maintenance and actually it's a good excuse to post here again.

I'm a bit torn up about being excited for S.H.I.E.L.D. I liked the Avengers movie but not especially, more like the Iron Man movies. Imho tv-show is Joss' best medium, because there he gets to do character development but on the other hand I can barely remember Dollhouse anymore and I think his really great works were Buffy and Firefly.

Hm, so not sure. I know I'll end up watching but I can't say I'm super excited.
 


Again?

May. 15th, 2013 03:12 pm
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Is LJ dead again or is it just me?

ETA: Now its working again, but somehow the edit function is totally screwed and I  can't see the buttons properly. Is Putin having a bad day again, or what?
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I don't really have an idea, when the movie ran in the rest of the world and I'm probably late to the party but I really liked it.

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LJ dead?

May. 14th, 2013 01:35 pm
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Looks like LJ is having trouble again?

I returned from Paris on the weekend and it was the absolute perfect holiday, I wish i could have stayed there...

I'm playing catch up with LJ now and would really like to do some posts but somehow work has just waited to jump me here,

Still I saw Iron Man III (very enjoyable but not really special) and the new Star Trek wich I really loved to pieces and have the urge to post about, but not really the time.

I'm also catching up with GoT but I still have to watch 6.07. Very much looking forward to the Jaime/Brienne stuff to come and wow was that proposal in 6.06 awkward (or what we saw of it). 

Eventually I will get there I hope, anyway good to be back on LJ or DW as it is.
 


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I'm currently reading Robert Graves "I, Claudius" and watching the old BBC show. Wow, are they both brilliant. And also wow, was Patric Stuart young!

Whyever did they chose to finish Rome where they did when they continued it with such material. It would have been a firework!

Has anyone here read it? I'm completely addicted at the moment. It reminds a lot of Game of Thrones and I think that Graves' Claudius ans Martin's Tyrion have a lot in common, the way they are treated as defficient by their families but come back from the woodwork maybe even because of it.
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Just finished the last Temeraire book and it went down like butter."Tongues of Serpents" was ok, but at times it dragged and I felt right after the amazing "Victory of Eagles" there was too little happening for my taste.

Serves to say that "Crucible of Gold" makes up for everything. I could not put it down and was hooked from the first to the last page, the only bad thing being that the next book is not yet written.

Spoilery review ahead )

Free stuff!

Mar. 2nd, 2012 05:36 pm
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I am participating in black march, even though I really have no idea if the internet at large has already forgotten about the whole SOPA/ACTA shit or not. Anyway I think it's not half bad to stay away from the mainstream entertainment industry for a while and also it really should not be so hard not to buy anything for a month, should it?

So instead I decided to give some stuff away. I got myself the 5th book of the Absolute Sandman edition a while ago (IT IS SO SHINY, let me tell you!), so now I have two books double and since they are really nice ones I thought my flist is a good place to look for kind new owners for them:

Sandman: The Dream Hunters by Neil Gaiman and Yoshitaka Amano
Sandman: Endless Nights a collection short stories by Neil Gaiman and a whole host of artists (Glenn Fabry, Milo Manara, Miguelanxo Prado, Frank Quitely, P. Craig Russell, Bill Sienkiewicz and Barron Storey)

Books are both in good condition and for free. I will pay the shipping. First come, first serve. :) GO!
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I have been a very bad LJler lately. RL was kinda eating me up and I was basically to pissed about the whole ACTA fuck to watch much mainstream tv (still am...) but on the positive side I have an interesting new project to work on, organized a fabulous murder party for a friend's birthday and read a lot of comic books.

Which brings me to the topic of this post: "The Unwritten", by Mike Carey and Peter Gross which is the best thing in comics I've read in a long long while. I read the first paperback a year ago (or so) and thought it really neat but mostly forgot about it until recently.

This time around I burned through everything available from the series within a few days and fell completely in love with it.
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LJ again

Feb. 1st, 2012 12:49 pm
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Seems LJ is having trouble again, doesn't it?
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I finally caught up with Sherlock and loved every second of the finale. I think it replaced Study in Pink as my favourite episode. So, all of you who saw it, how do you think he did it?

My theory is below the cut )

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