Apr. 23rd, 2017 11:14 am
queen_ypolita: A section of a film reel (Film)
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I went to see A Quiet Passion yesterday, the film about Emily Dickinson with Cynthia Nixon as Emily, and to my delight, Jennifer Ehle as her sister, Jodhi May as her sister-in-law and Annette Badland as Aunt Elizabeth. I don't know that much about her life in any great detail: what the film depicted seemed familiar enough, and it didn't feel like they were trying to paint a pretty picture of her life: some of it was quite hard to watch. Some of the use of her poetry in the film felt a bit strained—what struck me was a realisation that I didn't really want to see a film about her life, but a film about her poetry. I'm not sure what form that could take, but for me, the results here seem more interesting than the process that led to them.

After barely seeing any films last year, or even being aware of any films that I'd like to see, at the moment the list of films I want to see keeps increasing at a faster rate that I'm able to go to cinema, especially as some are not the kind of films that will turn up at the local two-screen cinema or the nearest Cineworld. Yesterday meant a day trip to Chichester, but at least that's an easy journey on a Saturday, and I got some other things done that I wanted to do.

Daily Happiness

Apr. 23rd, 2017 02:20 am
torachan: close-up of a sleepy kitten face (sleepy molly)
[personal profile] torachan
1. I made gyoza and edamame for dinner. So delicious!

2. I posted manga! And also did a little translating, so hopefully that will lead to more manga being posted within the next few days.

3. The kitties are all having a lot of fun exploring the computer room bookshelf, since all the knick knacks have been taken off and some books rearranged. Once we actually get it arranged the way we want it, there won't be much space for them to play on it at all, so it's nice to seem them enjoying it so much in this in-between stage.

More observations

Apr. 23rd, 2017 08:22 am
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• There is now, finally, a YoI community on Dreamwidth, [community profile] yurionicefans.

• Pressing onwards with French learning, or at least with Lingvist, which I'm actually enjoying. Last time I tried it, I felt like I got bogged down in endless variants of "peux, tuer, veux, viens..." (or words of that shape), but I seem to have pressed on past that now. It tells me I've learned 538 words so far. If you devote 15 minutes a day, it's really easy to add 20+ words a day, which adds up. We'll see how it all hangs together.

• Waiting with bated breath for the results of the first round of the French Presidential election. Among other things, looking for informed discussion has reminded me how American-centric Metafilter is. The US Presidential elections produced 5000+ comment threads, every few days, for months. The corresponding French thread has 33 comments. So I am watching BFM TV via Worldbox (a fantastic resource hidden within the depths of channel 834 by Virgin Media), even though I don't really understand it.

Scanlations: Yasha ch. 56

Apr. 22nd, 2017 09:46 pm
torachan: sei and rin from yasha (yasha)
[personal profile] torachan

Title: Yasha
Author: Yoshida Akimi
Publisher: Flower Comics
Genre: Shoujo
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations feat. Molly
Status in Japan: 12 volumes, complete
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: Twelve-year-old Sei lives a normal, quiet life on a small island in Okinawa until one day a strange man who seems to know his mother shows up and tries to kidnap him. After that, nothing is normal or quiet in this sci-fi thriller from the author of Banana Fish.

Chapter Summary: With the threat to his uncle hanging over his head, Sei is forced to help the Amamiyas in their search for Dr. Smith's diary. But then Toichi comes up with an idea to let him know his uncle is safe.

Chapter 56

Spring Equinox 2017 Vid Recs!

Apr. 23rd, 2017 12:24 am
aurumcalendula: (Jaylah)
[personal profile] aurumcalendula

 Some more recs (I still haven't watched everything yet):

16 Tons
Alien films
16 Tons by My Terrible Friend
Ripley needs a better employer.

This is awesome and chilling! The song works so well (especially in conjunction with the class themes that were especially strong in the first few films of the series)

The Fifth Element
Handclap by Fitz and the Tantrums
A Fifth Element fanvid for Cupidsbow, made for Equinox Exchange 2017.

This is really fun to watch!

Right Now
Star Trek: Beyond
Right Now by Rihanna
All we got is right now. 

I love this! (and I continue to adore Star Trek: Beyond)

Running for Cover
Star Wars films
Running For Cover by Ivan & Alyosha
Oh, things have changed.

I really need to see The Force Awakens (and rewatch the original trilogy)


Miles to Go
Vorkosigan Saga
There once was a man who dreamt of the stars...
Once There Was a Hushpuppy by Benh Zeitlin

This is especially awesome considering there’s no existing visual source! …and now I want to reread the series again.

sovay: (Cho Hakkai: intelligence)
[personal profile] sovay
It was cold and raw and raining and I had slept three hours; it has been an exhausting week. I made it to the Boston March for Science and I am very glad I did. My father and I took the train from Alewife; walking back and forth in front of the fare machines we met a small child carrying "Less Invasions, More Equations!" (my brain yelled, "Fewer!" and I said, "Nice sign," because people who pedantically correct the protest signs of six-year-olds are not the kind of change I want to see in the world) and at Porter a contingent from the grad student employeee union of UMass got on with "Ignorance = √All Evil." Across the car from us a father was trying to explain Tom Lehrer to his daughter, resulting in a spontaneous chorus of "Pollution." When we got off at Park Street, it was a quarter to two and Boston Common was full of protesters and stalls and food trucks and kids' music from the bandstand and then we came up over the crest of the hill by the Soldiers and Sailors Monument and it was nerds with signs as far as the eye could see.

Eventually we worked our way down the mudslide to a point where we could hear the speakers from the main stage without getting blasted by the amplification. My father took pictures. Meeting up with Dean and Lily, I gave directions by the papier-mâché 45-on-a-stick with a separate sign for its speech bubble ("Believe me, climate change is a Chinese hoax! Sad!" while standing in a pants-on-fire flaming barrel of Exxon-Mobil) and held my blue butterfly-patterned umbrella aloft like a torch. I saw [personal profile] gaudior and [personal profile] nineweaving and B. for about fifteen seconds before they disappeared with Fox, whose baby sling was pinned this time with a "Test Tube Baby" flag. We never did find [personal profile] choco_frosh and Peter. We had planned to stay the entire duration of the rally, but around a quarter to four the weather became just too cold to stand around in and we set off down Boylston Street in search of hot drinks, ending up at Patisserie on Newbury and then Trident Booksellers & Café. A great deal of walking later we met my mother in Porter Square.

The signs were great. Lots of variants on "Make America Think Again." Lots of "There Is No Planet B." Several pro-vaccination and medicine, of which my favorite was "Got Plague? Yeah, me neither. Thank a Scientist!" A woman in a Spock sweatshirt carried "The needs of the planet outweigh the greed of the lewd." I have no idea what the relevant research was, but I swear I saw "Plankton Don't Want None Unless You Got Funds, Hon!" On general principle I was rather fond of "The Oceans Are Rising and So Are We," "Think Like a Proton—Always Positive," and the several variations on "I'm with Her," pointing in all cases to Gaia. "The Climate Is Changing—Why Aren't We?" "Science Is Inoculation Against Charlatans." I did not expect to see so many shout-outs to Beaker and Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, from paired signs to a person in a full-body Beaker costume whose small plain sign read simply "MEEP!" I saw signs for Alan Turing. I saw signs for Millie Dresselhaus. One of the speakers was a deaf scientist; several were women of color. My father said it reminded him of the be-ins in New York in the 1960's, only with more porto-potties and lab coats. It was definitely a compliment.

And now, as always, not to lose this energy. What next?

Spring Equinox 2017!

Apr. 22nd, 2017 10:52 pm
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[personal profile] aurumcalendula
I received an awesome Vala (and the team) vid!

What About Your Friends?
Stargate SG-1
What About Your Friends by TLC
if your friend is true, they'll be there with you through the thick and thin: Vala & the team.
Vala! This make me want to rewatch seasons 9 and 10 again.

And my recipient liked what I made, yay!

Equinox is a go!

Apr. 22nd, 2017 09:42 pm
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[personal profile] sol_se
Spring Equinox vid exchange went live today! 54 brand new vids in 42 fandoms. If you don't know what this is, it's a secret santa-type gift exchange like Festivids. Currently all vidders are anonymous and will be revealed at later date. This round's theme was outerspace. VIDS. IN. SPACE.


I received this AMAZING Alien series Ripley vid. Hells yeah.

16 Tons by ???

Without bothering to check official dates, I believe the next round will begin some time in late summer (for vid posts some time in the fall). So if you didn't participate this round, the next one's not too far away.

they've got their thinking cats on

Apr. 22nd, 2017 07:25 pm
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[personal profile] boxofdelights

I myself have a cat sleeping on my head in Habitica. And in real life, a dog the size of a cat who would like to be sitting on my body, whenever he sits.

Another dog who doesn't see why it shouldn't get cat privileges:

Every spring I think about starting a gardening blog. I never do, because I don't have the energy, but every year I think about it. I take a lot of pictures of my garden but they are not the kind of pictures that are interesting to people who don't garden. Still, now that DW has image hosting, I think about how easy it would be to blog about gardening here. Would you be interested?

Baby Steps

Apr. 22nd, 2017 05:20 pm
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[personal profile] onyxlynx
San Francisco researches forming public bank.

(I just need the reference; otherwise, I'll forget.)

LJ's new TOS

Apr. 22nd, 2017 08:20 pm
sophia_sol: drawing of Combeferre, smiling and holding up a finger like he's about to explain something (Default)
[personal profile] sophia_sol
I need to decide what to do about my livejournal. I haven't accepted the new TOS yet, which means apparently my latest few posts on dreamwidth have not crossposted to lj. I don't know if I still have anyone reading me solely on lj who I'd need to warn if I do just stop posting there ever, but if so I can't just keep ignoring the issue. But I don't know how to find out without accepting the TOS in order to post to lj!

I'm really not thrilled about the idea of accepting the TOS and continuing to use LJ the way I always have, and I'm also not thrilled about the idea of just abandoning my LJ without further notice, or accepting the TOS in order to post notice to my LJ that I'm abandoning it and then leaving it there, or deleting my LJ permanently. No good options here. Sigh. The end of an era, but a very awkward end.

If anyone has opinions as to what I should do about my LJ, please do let me know.
mrkinch: Erik holding fieldglasses in "Russia" (binocs)
[personal profile] mrkinch
Our second birdathon trip was one we did two years ago but while the weather was better (overcast but not cold) the birding was not exceptional, at least not compared to the previous trip. Heard my first Swainson's thrushes and MacGillivray's warbler (for real this time) of the season, and bird of the day was a female white-winged scoter amongst several hundred surf scoters. It would have been pileated woodpecker had I gotten a better look, but I'm the only person who saw that bird, whatever it was, so I can't be positive. Birds where there are no oaks: )

Also a harbor seal, I think.

I did a mile and a half of the five mile loop alone which was really cool. Unfortunately it was the less birdy part of the walk, but still.

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