fuzzybluemonkeys: I just read the most wonderful story about a beanstalk and an ogre and (oh really)
(Tomorrow.)

I suspect I'm going to be disappointed due to both the time-lapse (my tastes have changed since high school), and there's just no way to create a satisfying ending to all that plot buildup (plus the original author died and the last few books had to be written from his notes). But I'm going to start at the beginning and re-read all the ones I've already read and then read for the first time the ones I haven't read yet because I stopped reading in the hopes of waiting until it was actually done to do the whole thing at once (binge-reading!).
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What if a job that would be very good for me career-wise is turning out to be not so good for me health-wise and I haven't even gotten there yet?
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And I don't necessarily feel comfortable replying to individual posts by strangers on tumblr, but I do want to write up my general thoughts.

The main issue I was encountering was the idea that asexuals are not LGBT and shouldn't be foisting themselves into LGBT spaces. Which I certainly agree with as I am neither Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, nor Transgender.
(However, if someone is using one of the longer alphabet soups, like LGBTQIA, I am going to assume I'm included because the 'A' does stand for 'Asexual' and not 'Ally'.)

Another point of contention was the split attraction model, which on the one hand, I am not inclined to disparage because obviously a lot of people find it helpful, but on the other evil hand, it would be kind of nice to have asexual be defined the same way the other prefix-sexual words are, which is to say encompassing sexual and romantic attraction.
(It's not that it's some big imposition to say aromantic asexual, so much as that it doesn't follow the established rules for what a prefix-sexuality is, and that makes things more confusing and potentially more difficult to mainstream?)

And then the above concerns kind of dovetail into a repeated assertion that I saw multiple people express that if you're not an LGBT ace, you are therefore a cishet ace. And I feel the need for like, a stage-whispered, "AHEM, There Is An Option You Are Forgetting." Because I may not be LGBT, and I am cis, but I'm not hetero-anything.
(And probably part of my frustration with this is that at one point in my life I defaulted myself into the heteronormativity category because despite my reasonably liberal upbringing, I was not exposed to not-being-attracted-to-anyone-of-any-gender-at-all-ever as an option.)
fuzzybluemonkeys: I just read the most wonderful story about a beanstalk and an ogre and (oh really)
Matter by Iain M. Banks

The Giver by Lois Lowry
Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
Messenger by Lois Lowry
Son by Lois Lowry

Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi

The Robots of Dawn by Isaac Asimov

Impact by Douglas Preston

Valor Anthology by Various

John Dies At the End by David Wong
This Book is Full of Spiders by David Wong

An Evening At Joe's by The Cast and Crew of Highlander: the Series

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloane

Cujo by Stephen King

City on the Edge of Forever by Harlan Ellison [Look, I have no doubt that a lot of people involved in the production of Star Trek (including Mr. Ellison) were ego-driven jerks whose tampering changed the episode from what was originally intended, but I still like the aired version better, whooops.]

Singer from the Sea by Sheri S. Tepper

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle [Wow, only one reread this year.]

Dancing Girls and Other Stories by Margaret Atwood

And I'm partway through William Sleator's Singularity.

Zoned Out

Jan. 1st, 2017 10:04 pm
fuzzybluemonkeys: talky tina (twilight)
Early Season 5 includes Shatner vs. TheThingOnTheWing and the Talky Tina episode.

I ended on The Old Man in the Cave-- I could never quite figure out why they'd be more upset that he's a machine than some random old dude. Like the computer would be more likely to be accurate and less likely to lie because he wants the food for himself.

Next year starts with Uncle Simon.
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Yesterday I watched the last 5 episode of Season 4 aka The Season Where CBS Forced Them To Do Hour-long Episodes And It Was A Bad Plan.

So I started with where I left off last year with Of Late I Think Of Cliffordville which includes a Trumpish businessman who makes a deal with the devil which of course backfires spectacularly due to his arrogance and ignorance. So that was satisfying to watch. I especially liked the bit where he's all thinking she wants his soul, and the devil is like "Oh no, we already own that due to the horrible things you've done in your quest to get rich." Fortunately, she takes cash.

And ended with The Bard which is written by Rod "I Am 100% Done" Serling and contains a lot of snide meta about the television industry and network/sponsor interference with creative works.

Today will be back to half-hour episodes in Season 5 as soon as I finish the thrill of laundry.
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8 month old Bootsie
8 year old Bootsie

We have traveled far from your New Jersey birthplace, Mr. Boots.
Here's to another 8 years (and hopefully even more than that)!
fuzzybluemonkeys: Anything you can geek, I can geek greater (geekery)
fanmix cover

Astronaut Something Corporate
Beam Me Up Cazzette
Bright Echosmith
Twisted Logic Coldplay
Space Girl The Imagined Village
Iridescent Linkin Park
The Hymn of Acxiom Vienna Teng
Starships Nicki Minaj
Galaxy Jason Mraz
Tiny Light Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Time of Our Lives Tyrone Wells

Listen.
fuzzybluemonkeys: I just read the most wonderful story about a beanstalk and an ogre and (oh really)
They always focus on the electronic aspect of SHIELD's record-keeping, but there's got to be a physical Archive somewhere (because paper backup that's why)(also because digitization will never quite capture the mud and blood and wrinkles and notes and drawings all over the Howling Commandos' "official" map of France).
And when SHIELD falls to Hydra, the Archive does not fall. Because you do not fuck with a Librarian. Or an Archivist. Or any library staff, really. Like, people who have dedicated their lives to the preservation of knowledge are not going to let Nazis destroy and/or corrupt that knowledge. (And the Preservation Department has lots of sharp objects in it, I'm just saying.)

And then when the info gets dumped on the internet, the head librarian is like, finally, I've been saying this for years, can we open the Archive to the public now?

Now I've just got to figure out what A.R.C.H.I.V.E. should stand for...


(Archival Resources Collective & Headquarters of Internally Verified Ephemera?)
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Okay, so I haven't actually made it to that Highlander episode yet but it seemed appropriate for the first season of 12 Monkeys that I've been watching instead.

[Now that I think about it, I don't think there's actually been any live monkeys onscreen just pictures and drawings.]

Anyway, with all the Nikita overlap casting, there's a part of my brain that keeps expecting Maggie Q to show up and fix everything.

Spoilers for Season 1 )

Unfortunately, SyFy does not have a great track record with making their series easy to watch online. I think the only reason S1 was available all at once on hulu was to hype S2 (and I definitely found it helpful to watch it all over the course of a week because that made it easier to keep track of the time travel shenanigans).
fuzzybluemonkeys: Your silliness is noted. (archie!)
A Highlander: The Series fanvid set to Metric's "Help, I'm Alive" (or possibly the Vitamin String Quartet instrumental cover) showing immortals coming back to life contrasted with the mortals who don't.


(Also I feel like pretty much any song by P!nk would be appropriate for an Amanda fanvid and/or playlist, but particularly "Bad Influence" and "Raise Your Glass".)
fuzzybluemonkeys: Rufus/Bucket of Sunshine (oh the humanity)
And wondering if they're not just doomed to be sort of awkward.

Because there are certain things that need to happen (and are thus unsurprising), and then there are other things that can't happen (which sorta kills the suspense). And inevitably there's going to be a continuity error.
And sometimes, you wind up in this sort of limbo state where X needs to happen, but it can't happen yet, so they wind up resetting themselves.
fuzzybluemonkeys: I just read the most wonderful story about a beanstalk and an ogre and (oh really)
The Other Wind by Ursula K. Le Guin
Tales from Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin

Imajica by Clive Barker [trigger warnings: rape; dubious consent; more rape; even dubiouser consent]

Lionboy by Zizou Corder
Lionboy: The Chase by Zizou Corder
Lionboy: The Truth by Zizou Corder

One Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith [re-read]

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

The Princess Bride by William Goldman [re-read]

Acceptable Risk by Robin Cook [I don't know that it's triggering as such, but the author's "anti-depressants are evil" attitude actively pissed me off. Like, if it were just the characters' opinions, or they were choosing for themselves not to take medication, it would be one thing, but the narrative actively backs them up by having anti-depressants that turn you into an atavistic murderer, and uses that to basically be like "and therefore all anti-depressants are bad and you should bootstrap yourself into mental health with therapy and no drugs".]

Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson

The Dark Half by Stephen King

The Circus of the Earth and the Air by Brooke Stevens

Right now I'm in the midst of Matter by Iain M. Banks

Highlights

Jan. 1st, 2016 10:14 pm
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All of the episodes were new to me because they tend not to show the hour-long ones in the marathons, though I think I did see part of Jess-Belle at some point because I have vague memories of a woman turning into a big cat (my faulty memory replaced the leopard with a panther for some reason).

Valley of the Shadow had transporters, replicators, and force fields in small town America. It also had James Doohan, appropriately enough. He wasn't one of the main players, but he gets more lines than Nimoy in the Dean Stockwell/Yellowface episode.

He's Alive was very relevant to current events in terms of the influence of Hitler and his ilk. Like, I can totally buy that Donald Trump communes with the ghost of Hitler. (I had actually been thinking when I was watching various "Christmas Carol" adaptations that the 3 spirits deal wouldn't work on Trump because he's too terrible.)

Printer's Devil allowed for geeking out over a linotype machine that the devil rigs such that what you type into it occurs. Meredith Burgess always seems to show up in the book geekery episodes. I mean this was a newspaper technically, but printing press stuff is bookish, and then he's a Librarian in another episode, and the guy who just wants to read all the time in yet another episode.

No Time Like The Past wasn't a highlight, per se, but it's worth mentioning because of incompetent time travel shenanigans. This guy goes back in time to try to stop major tragedies, but he goes about it all wrong. Showing up in Hiroshima on the day of when you don't even speak Japanese isn't gonna help anybody. Nor is showing up on a ship just before it's about to be torpedoed. No one is going to believe you when you try to warn them about these things. The botched Hitler assassination at least felt more like the point they were trying to make about the past being unalterable. So finally, he goes back to 1881 to stay because he thinks it's simpler times or whatever, and okay. So you know that a fire is started by a kerosene lantern thrown from a runaway carriage. Therefore your focus should be the damn lantern and putting it out (he literally could have just grabbed it and blown it out). Not once again trying to convince someone to do a weird thing (unhitch the horses) that they're never going to do. And definitely not trying to unhitch the horses yourself because that's what leads to the runaway carriage in the first place. So basically they undermined their point about the past being inviolate by having the time-traveling protagonist be a complete and utter dip.

Ended with The New Exhibit wherein the curator of murderous wax figures becomes a murderous wax figure, as you do.

Only 11 episodes total, but since they're hour-long ones that's actually about how many I usually watch.

Next year will start with Of Late I Think Of Cliffordville.
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So far I'm thinking "No Gringo" by Vienna Teng and "Creepy Doll" by Jonathan Coulton because they're basically Twilight Zone episodes in song form. And then probably "O, Death" because death and the personification thereof show up a lot. And maybe "You're The Devil In Disguise" because that's also a common theme.

But now to watch actual episodes!
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...and wants a card via the snail mails for New Years?
fuzzybluemonkeys: winged fuzzy blue monkey (silly)
sam wilson in flight

*title stolen from the poem by Don McKay

Tracklist:

Rescue Me by Fontella Bass
[Pararescue]

The Marching Line by Vanessa Carlton
[Leaving the military + "There's no Captain to call out your name"]

Keep On Keeping On by Travie McCoy (ft. Brendon Urie)
[wing imagery + PTSD recovery]

The Way You Do The Things You Do by The Temptations
[Sam Wilson: actual Ray of Sunshine, Disney Prince, etc.]

Lean On Me by Bill Withers
["Everyone we know is trying to kill us." "Not everyone." + "When do we start?"]

Parachute by Ingrid Michaelson
[Sam/Steve: one of the times Steve literally jumps without a parachute, Sam literally catches him]

Mercy Mercy Me by Marvin Gaye
[gotta have Marvin Gaye on a Sam mix + "Things ain't how they used to be"]

Icarus by Bastille
[Flying is dangerous, but maybe that's part of the appeal]

Fly by Nicki Minaj (ft. Rihanna)
[This works as a more general Captain America: The Winter Soldier song, but it's specifically Sam because flying]

Listen on 8tracks.
fuzzybluemonkeys: Meg living in captivity. (one girl revolution)
And I'm really disappointed in my younger self for disliking her and not appreciating her awesomeness. She is so fucking brave and caring and understanding.

(This post is brought to you by my second attempt to watch all my Highlander DVDs from start to finish. First attempt was in 2006 which was 9 years ago [not an immortal but that still makes me feel old]. I think part of the problem last time was that I was forcing myself to watch/read all the DVD extras, but I have since come to realize that the majority of DVD extras don't really interest me [and when they do, they're only available on blu-ray *cough*Agent Carter One-Shot*cough*].)
fuzzybluemonkeys: I just read the most wonderful story about a beanstalk and an ogre and (oh really)
The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams [re-read]

Foundation by Isaac Asimov
Foundation and Empire by Isaac Asimov
Second Foundation by Isaac Asimov

Dragon's Egg by Robert L. Forward [re-read]
Starquake by Robert L. Forward

Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Dark Water's Embrace by Stephen Leigh [re-read]

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin [re-read]

A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula K. Le Guin
The Farthest Shore by Ursula K. Le Guin

Kraken by China Miéville

Monster Island by David Wellington

Kindred by Octavia Butler [re-read]

Monster Nation by David Wellington
Monster Planet by David Wellington

Tehanu by Ursula K. Le Guin

Starting out the new year with more Earthsea: The Other Wind
fuzzybluemonkeys: talky tina (twilight)
With 4 new to me episodes and 2 classics (The Dummy and I Sing The Body Electric).

Then started in on the first two episodes of season 4 which were both an hour each. They were good, but the extra time led to a loss of tension/urgency. Not surprised to learn that network interference/douchebaggery is to blame for the length change.

(and then I couldn't write this post last night because of internet interference-- maybe it doesn't like being routed through the Twilight Zone)

23 episodes.

Next year starts with Valley of the Shadow.
fuzzybluemonkeys: (dorktastic)
there were 6 episodes I have never seen before.

Including the last one The Trade-Ins, which had a book metaphor in the intro because Rod Serling just gets me, okay?

"Mr. and Mrs. John Holt, aging people who slowly and with trembling fingers turn the last pages of a book of life and hope against logic and the preordained that some magic printing press will add to this book another limited edition."

To be continued tomorrow/next year.
fuzzybluemonkeys: talky tina (twilight)
Q: What are you doing New Year’s, New Year’s Eve?

A: Watching so many episodes of The Twilight Zone that by the time midnight rolls around, Rod Serling will be narrating my brain.

Starting off with One More Pallbearer.
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and you would like a postcard for New Years, please message me your address.
fuzzybluemonkeys: (highway)
Hulu has been playing a "last week to watch the first episode of the season" ad with a clip of Sam torturing a woman (who is presumably possessed by a demon) and asking "Where is my brother?" all urgent-like. Which on the one hand, kudos to whoever chose the clip because that's it, that's the show. But on the other [evil] hand, that's it, that's the show. I feel like if I knew for sure that this was the last season, then I could keep watching, but if there's more, I'm not sure I can make it. And the fact that I'm thinking about it in those terms is sort of an answer to the "should I keep watching?" question in and of itself.
fuzzybluemonkeys: Smith & Jones (Mickey & Martha) (partners)
I'm not even sure anyone reads this anymore, but...

Spoilers for Captain America: The Winter Soldier!

Invocation )
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The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams [re-read]

Foundation by Isaac Asimov
Foundation and Empire by Isaac Asimov
Second Foundation by Isaac Asimov

Dragon's Egg by Robert L. Forward [re-read]
Starquake by Robert L. Forward

Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Dark Water's Embrace by Stephen Leigh [re-read]

The back of Dark Water's Embrace compared it to The Left Hand of Darkness, so I figure I'll re-read that next as a segue into the Earthsea trilogy (which I have not yet read).
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I was thinking about giving up on Once Upon A Time...

And then they started riffing on Oz )

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