Tue, Sep. 23rd, 2014 10:05 pm
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On Saturday, Toby and I are heading to Dallas to help with the (second) ConDFW room party at FenCon. We are going to head over a bit early and catch a movie at one of the fancy dinner theatres over there. We are undecided as to which one, however.

Option One is Look Cinemas, which is over near Toby's brother and his girlfriend, who have praised it a lot. Option Two is a known quantity, the Alamo Drafthouse, which we've been to twice already recently and which we will definitely visit many times more. The movies in question are The Equalizer and A Walk Among the Tombstones, which both have 66% on Rotten Tomatoes at this time, and Guardians of the Galaxy again, which we both enjoyed the first time. The Guardians is only at the Drafthouse, while the other two are at both places.

Hmmmmm. Which one to see?

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The Equalizer: Denzel Washington being badass
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A Walk Among the Tombstones: Liam Neeson being badass
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Guardians of the Galaxy: seeing for the second time
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Mello's fabulous ass*
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More in-jokes from telophase's LJ almost a decade ago
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A head
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* Toby has already stated that he will not be watching Mello's fabulous ass, more's the pity.

Ah, technology.

Tue, Sep. 23rd, 2014 10:37 pm
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You know, I didn't think getting a smartphone was going to make that much difference to me personally. I thought, "Well, I already have an iPod touch and a phone that I can text people on, and so isn't that what I'd use an iPhone for?" In the past two days I have used: the alarm function, a kitchen timer (set by Siri), the Kindle app (hooray books), texting, several rounds of Marvel Puzzle Quest (you be quiet, it's fun), the flashlight (more than once; that thing is useful), the weather, the calendar, the web browser (reading fanfic in bed, reading MetaFilter in the car -- no, I wasn't driving), my email (sitting at the nearby diner, keeping up with the rest of the Pros BB mods trying to keep tabs on who was turning in drafts today), possibly I listened to some music and watched a vid but that might have been on Sunday, and, oh, yeah, I actually made a phone call today. That last part doesn't happen much.

And, okay, I could have done most of those things with a combination of my previous devices, though I'd be missing anything that needed a camera (the flashlight) or data service, but... yeah. I feel like I'm living in the future! I have had this thing less than two months and I see why everyone loves theirs now.

In other news, I have now received a TPB that I decided to buy me because, hooray, I finished a Big Bang draft (though I am now trying to add an extra scene to this thing so maybe I should have waited). It is a compilation of classic issues featuring Tony Stark and Steve Rogers and is actually, I swear this is true, titled Iron Man/Captain America. (Two out of the four Goodreads reviews of this book appear to be from fen snickering at the title.) Anyway, I haven't read it yet, because it turned out that someone else on #cap-im coincidentally ordered the exact same TPB and I guess this is turning into a group read thing? But I am excited nonetheless.

Buffy: Is that why you’re always cleaning

Tue, Sep. 23rd, 2014 10:19 pm
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Buffy: Is that why you’re always cleaning your glasses? So you won’t have to see what we’re doing?Giles: Tell no one.

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Tue, Sep. 23rd, 2014 06:26 pm
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Everyone on my droll is talking about "Yuletide noms" and it makes me think of Christmas baking and that makes me happy.

I'm not doing Yuletide this year because I've defaulted twice in a row--once getting a story in on time anyway, and once not getting anything at all--and I don't think I'm more likely to succeed this year either. Fuckin' depression. But I hope everyone else has lots of fun!

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Wed, Sep. 24th, 2014 01:08 am
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[personal profile] knjazna, с днем рождения! Пусть все будет хорошо, пусть получается все, что хочется, а что не хотелось, но получилось, пусть нравится, и пусть жизнь Вас радует или хотя бы развлекает, впрочем, лучше не или, а и :)

А под катом - подарочные единороги:

Черные единороги (3 шт.): )

Белые единороги (2 шт. плюс одна дева): )

Красный единорог (1 шт. плюс два пока живых рыцаря): )

И единороги неизвестного науке цвета, но очень обаятельные: )

Music Meme

Tue, Sep. 23rd, 2014 04:52 pm
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You can tell a lot about a person from their music. Hit shuffle on your iPod, MP3 Player, etc. and put the first 10 songs! One rule, no skipping!

From my favorites playlist:

"Come to Me, Bend to Me" John Mark Ainsley (Brigadoon)
"Mary Ellen Carter" Stan Rogers (Home in Halifax)
"It Doesn't Matter Anymore" Buddy Holly (Oh Boy)
"All Through the Night" Peter, Paul & Mary (Peter, Paul and Mommy)
"Don Quixote" Gordon Lightfoot (Don Quixote)
"Storms in Africa, Pt. 2" Enya (Watermark)
"I Am a Rock" Simon & Garfunkel (Sounds of Silence)
"There's a Dance" Mustard's Retreat (Back To Back)
"The Trial of Lancelot" Heather Dale (Trial of Lancelot)
"Longer" Dan Fogelberg (Greatest Hits)

From my all music playlist:

"Overs" Simon & Garfunkel (Bookends)
"Soul of a Pioneer" (Flying Island - Marcon 22)
"A Pict's Song" (Best of Bayfilk)
"The Bothy Lads" Cilla Fisher & Artie Tresize (For Foul Day And Fair)
"Johnny McEldoo" The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem (Ain't It Grand Boys)
"Something Wonderful" (The King and I)
"See See Rider" Sweet Honey in the Rock (In This Land)
"Chapter 44a" (The Mark of Athena [Disc 11])
"If I Needed Someone" The Beatles (Rubber Soul)
"I Had a Good Father and Mother" Kate Wolf (Looking Back At You)

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Tue, Sep. 23rd, 2014 01:18 pm
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Simple game: pick the square with the different color. I only got to level 23, but I'm going to try it at home with my theoretically much nicer monitor.

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Tue, Sep. 23rd, 2014 01:57 pm
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Today, I tried Adagio's pu erh chorange (chocolate and orange). I'm not sure what it smells like because I just made brownies and the scent of that is overwhelming that of the tea. I don't taste any chocolate or orange, however. Still, the tea is not bitter at all (as advertised), and that's all to the good. I will definitely try this one again.

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Tue, Sep. 23rd, 2014 11:48 am
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I play a bingo game on Facebook, in which each bingo room has a theme, usually a location. Each room also has a set of 12 or so items to collect (by making bingoes on special cards or a couple of other ways, including trading them with other players). These items are related to the theme of that particular room, usually landmarks or cultural items; for example, the Tokyo room had a kaiju and sushi amongst its collectibles.

Which leads to a conversation like this, from the chat window in the Rio room:

To Do

Tue, Sep. 23rd, 2014 11:45 am
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Because when the dr fucks with my brain meds, my memory and attention look like Swiss cheese )

Because otherwise, like this morning, I will spend all my time figuring out Yuletide fandoms, setting up a Twitter account, thinking about spinning, wondering where I buy random fibers to spin if not in person (I want a silk and alpaca blend! and a merino/alpaca blend! and a Corriedale/something blend! and enough fiber both dyed and natural to get better at this spinning thing! and to figure out wtf to do when you finish spinning a yarn!), doing laundry, forgetting to go to class, etc.

Fortunately, when I showed up at class an hour late, a: there was a sub, b: it was a review day for what promises to be a hideously easy exam on Thursday, c: they had just finished review and my lab group had about 10 minutes of work to do on our lab before we could turn it in and leave.

Doctor visit - ankle report

Tue, Sep. 23rd, 2014 08:22 am
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Exhausted even getting there. Totally running on fumes. Dr. F. was very nice, as always. I talked about being in mid-flareup and my ankles especially losing function and being extremely painful.

I am back to wearing the walking boots, but it is difficult to get around the house or stand up (or sit up, really, for long) even with the boots on. I am also wearing the night boots. They are sort of intense but they clearly work. I can't tolerate them all night.

He said I should be in the ankle boots for at least 6-8 weeks. Bummer. Ankles are slow. Mine never healed up but I thought since they were feeling a bit better and I was driving, walking with a full stride and pushing off with my foot properly, that maybe they would get better. Then I told him that I worry it is my fault. But since it seems like an over all joint pain flare up that is probably silly. He said it is autoimmune and not my fault. I still feel like it is my fault even if that is irrational.

Dr. F. said my ankle MRIs from last fall showed damage. I think the ankles got a bit eclipsed by my stomach issues in the late fall and I was also switching doctors. So I heard about one ankle but not the other and no one including me really followed up. The MRIs showed moderate achilles tendinosis and posterior tibial tenosynovitis. The right ankle has some longitudinal tears. Cysts at the insertion point (achilles) And cysts in the heel bone.

I felt some odd relief that there is outside confirmation that there is a problem other than my saying that I am in horrible pain and can't walk right. I worry about the cysts in the bone. Shouldn't they do something about them or like check on them? Can they be fixed? Could this be the cause of some of my pain? Should they MRI it again and see what's going on? Can I get the nitroglycerin patches that they say have a promising chance of actually healing tendinosis damage?

Dr. F. is referring me to an orthopedist who specializes in ankles and he apologized for not following up earlier and was super nice.

We talked about pain and sleep. He advised me to keep on with the tramadol and tylenol and not be shy about just taking it all day. He gave me gabapentin for night time which I can take with ambien, from 300 - 900 mg to help with pain and waking up at night. Also, lidocaine patches which I've never had before. The lidoderm patches are rad. I cut up two of them and plastered them on my ankles, wrists (by the thumb -- always super painful for me) and the horrible spot on the outside of my right calf where I seem to have some nerve damage (peroneal nerve) Lidoderm is awesome.

He didn't know that ankle stuff like this is associated with seronegative arthritis (along with sacroiliac issues). I promised to send him some review papers.

I got much better sleep last night and am going to be working from bed for as long as I can manage it today.

Fluctuating between Mostly OK and small bouts of terrified crying. At least I know this time around how to manage. Also, I went to Vienna in the snow by myself in a manual chair with these fucking boots. So I can go to colombia and mexico in them too. I will give MozFest a miss though, sadly.

I am crying with frustration over losing driving, which I was enjoying. I drove across town to Dogpatch and went to some cafes to work a couple of weeks ago by myself and enjoyed it a lot. I drove with my friend Eileen 5 minutes away to my storage space and we worked on stuff. And I drove me and Danny and the kids to Fort Funston (15 min drive with no traffic) which was lovely. And I drove the first 20 minutes or so of going to Monterey with my dad, and then the stretch over Highway 17 in the dark because he was freaking out and I have driven it a hundred times even if it was years ago, so I am blase about 17 in the dark. I was very much enjoying driving by myself with loud music going all around me. The 80s and punk/ska CDs were the best along with the twee/pop/punk stuff like Los Campesinos. OK. I now can't even drive it across the street to repark it. There is no way. So I'm sad. It feels worth saving the car though. In 6 months Milo can do drivers ed and get his learners permit as he will be 15. Then he can drive me places. Aw yeah.

Glad I got to drive a bit and that I went to the beach with Val and also that I did the whale watching (which is the thing I keep blaming myself for along with driving, but i thought maybe the whale watching boat ride loosened up a lot of things/scar tissue...But I'm glad anyway)


Tue, Sep. 23rd, 2014 10:58 am
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On its own, Gotham is not a bad show. It's got all the setup: corrupt police force, hardworking honest detective with questionable girlfriend, three cute young teens or preteens that we can root for; over the top campy villains, and one not at all over the top bad guy there to remind us of the thin line between good and evil and how many things end up being grey. The acting for the most part is decent to solid; camera work ok; plenty of money has gone into the sets. I can't stand Gordon's partner, but otherwise, lots of potential.

The problem is that this show isn't on its own. And however much it may be calling itself Jim Gordon's origin story, it's also Batman's origin story.

And that is a major limitation that the show was already struggling against just in the pilot.

I live tweeted the show as I often do, being careful to just snark and avoid any major spoilers. About fifteen minutes in, however, I realized that didn't matter – there'd been nothing to spoil in those fifteen minutes other than someone's decision to run a Dracula trailer during the commercial break. (Whoops. I possibly should have put a spoiler warning for that.) It's not just that Batman's origin story is well known: it's that this was at least the third if not fourth time that I have seen this on film. Some of the shots were even identical to the ones in the 1989 Nicholson/Keaton Batman film. I know it's iconic – but in many ways that's the exact problem.

That in turn led to the main issue in the pilot: a general lack of suspense about the fates of any characters. I'm not just talking about Bruce Wayne here, but virtually everyone else on the screen, most of whom were introduced with exactly no subtlety whatsoever: "IT'S A RIDDLE! A RIDDLE! HA HA RIDDLE!" or "Here I am FEEDING A CAT. A CAT. GET IT. A CAT!" It's not even so much that the show decided to introduce three iconic Bat-villains in the first ten minutes, but rather that it does so in a way that telegraphs WOW, THESE ARE IMPORTANT CHARACTERS WHO WILL BE RETURNING LATER HOPE YOU DIDN'T MISS THAT.

And, of course, if you know Batman at all, you know they will be returning later.

Which leads to another problem – the sheer number of Bat characters that popped up in the 42 minute pilot – five major Bat-villains PLUS Alfred PLUS Bruce Wayne PLUS Jim Gordon PLUS Renee Montoya; I'm sure there were others I missed. The only real question was why Ra's Al Ghul and Harvey Dent didn't also just stroll into the bar. Well, I guess Ra's is busy getting ready to hunt down Oliver Queen over on Arrow.

Speaking of Arrow, that was another slight issue. Arrow, granted, not only uses some of the Bat-villains but also extensively ripped off the Nolan Batman films. What's interesting here is that Gotham, in turn, directly ripped off a scene from Arrow's pilot – only considerably less successfully, because Oliver Queen is going to be a superhero, and Jim Gordon is going to be an ordinary guy. That allowed Arrow to put together one major and awesome stunt sequence in its pilot, with a twist end, giving a sense of where the show would be going. Gotham, by nature, had to be more restrained. It's not a bad stunt sequence, but it feels tired, as if we've seen it before.

Speaking of Arrow, there's another contrast here, not in Gotham's favor. Arrow is loosely based on the Green Arrow comics, but very loosely: so loosely that the show has been able to feature completely different takes on various DC characters and play with expectations and even, in a couple of cases, feature different and opposing versions of the characters (Deathstroke and Black Canary). That gives Arrow more freedom. And because Arrow wasn't introducing the entire Bat mythos, it also could focus on just its main characters in the pilot – allowing the DC Easter eggs to pop up later, and (presumably) allowing the upcoming Flash pilot to do something similar since it's jumping into an established universe.

As it is, Gotham felt less fresh than, and I'm sorry to type this, the first season of Smallville - which also suffered under similar constraints, but used its location to play around a bit more with the Superman origin story – and also did not suffer by having to include so many Superman characters in its pilot. And it didn't help that I knew, throughout the entire episode, that main character Jim Gordon is, eventually, going to fail, even as he rises through the police force. Because, Batman.

Which is not to say that Gotham was a bad show. It had its moments, and the last fifteen minutes had some very strong stuff, even if the outcome was inevitable because, again, Batman. I just think I would have liked it more if it was called something else.

The reluctant blogger

Tue, Sep. 23rd, 2014 10:51 am
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Wow, it's been awhile since I've said anything here, hasn't it? There's various reasons for this, all more or less boiling down to I haven't felt the blogging bug. But, the new fall TV season is starting up, giving me a few things to say. I also still have some notes from the UK/Ireland trip that might yet come together in a coherent fashion. We'll see. Meanwhile, onwards to television!

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