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earlwyn: (sga || life according to john sheppard)
Because this journal operates as my back-up journal, I do not regularly read this f'list and I do not crosspost every entry here. If you want to follow me or have me follow you, hit me up on my livejournal.
earlwyn: (dh || the world spins madly on)
Rules and Guidelines:

  • I watch 100 movies or more in 2009.

  • I keep track of how many I watch in this post.

  • I only record first-time movies.

  • I leave the entry public. If you want to recommend any movies to me, go for it.

  • Films seen thus far ): 40
    earlwyn: (dw || real party music)
    Baby's first Who fic! I was getting annoyed with my brain's refusal to write anything of subtance lately so I decided to sit down and bash this out. It's, um. It's debatable if this could be termed subtance, but: Dalek Caan! ♥

    Written for the Happyfest III prompt: Doctor Who ; Dalek Caan ; Cake. So obviously I had to write it and, you know, this be crack.

    1000 words
    Rated G
    Vague spoilers for The Stolen Earth/Journey's End.
    With oodles of thanks to [livejournal.com profile] hobbit_feets, [livejournal.com profile] euclase, and [livejournal.com profile] shutterbug_12 [who braved the scary sci-fi for me!] for the fantastic beta. I go all-out for crack fic, man.

    ( Let Them Eat Cake )
    ifeel silly
    ihear re-runs of Bullwinkle on the teevee
    earlwyn: (sga || life motto)
    Dreamwidth's been live for a little over a month, so I figured I owed a post explaining how I'm going to use that in re: primary journal vs. secondary journal, and livejournal.

    I made a sticky post about it, which should sum up my thoughts. Livejournal is going to be my primary journal: where I hang; where I keep up with you guys; where I post most of my entries. I haven't crossposted to dreamwidth all that much and I think that mode is going to continue. Some things will be crossposted; some won't. If I'm reading you on livejournal, I'm not going to add you to my dreamwidth reading list. In the future, I might begin to use dreamwidth more, but while it's in beta, I'm going to stick to what I know.

    So there's that.

    I did however code my layout onto dreamwidth, which therefore makes me awesome. I used this tutorial to do it. It was remarkably helpful.

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    ifeel stressed
    earlwyn: (sga || flyboy)
    Signed up for Team Peace on [community profile] mcshep_match. Sign ups still currently open here. (And peeking at the sign up lists, several of you seem to be my new competitors. Hi, other team! *waggles fingers*) I'm just jumping head-first into this whole fandom partcipation thing lately. Whew.

    I've also started to do the thing where I want to write everything but what I'm suppose to be writing. But this time it's totally worth it, I swear; it makes up for my lack of attention span, oh yes. As I pitched it to [profile] shutterbug_12:

    earlwyn: i have 1000 words of an sga au that is not my big bang
    earlwyn: nor the thing about rodney being a genie
    earlwyn: which i will totally write, btw
    shutterbug_12: that was my next question
    earlwyn: it's john and rodney in STATESVILLE
    shutterbug_12: I don't know this Statesville place.
    earlwyn: joliet state prison?
    shutterbug_12: Not ringing any bells.
    earlwyn: like, the scariest maximum security prison in the us?
    shutterbug_12: Nope, but I believe you.
    earlwyn: whatev. john and rodney meet in prison. it's going to be awesome.

    I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die | ~900 words )

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    ifeel happy
    ihear Bob Dylan -- Knockin' on Heaven's Door
    earlwyn: (sga || take the long way home)
    I keep going back and forth on which offer from which university I want to accept and the indecision is driving me crazy. I even went so far as to make a Pros/Cons list earlier, which is just. I never write Pros/Cons lists. The pressure, oh god! It breaks my brain.

    In order to stave off incipent panic attack #82, I figured I needed some self-inflicted intervension in the form of John and Rodney. So. The first five people to leave a John/Rodney prompt will get ficlets from me.

    Because boys are adorable and stress-free. And procrastination is necessary sometimes. :)

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    ifeel crazy
    ihear Pink Floyd -- Shine On You Crazy Diamond
    05.11.09 - SPOCK!
    earlwyn: (st || SPOCK)
    Tonight I saw Star Trek and man oh man, I do not know what my cousin's problem was. (He was at the New York premier and when I asked him what he thought, he went, "Meh" like some sort of blind and deaf loser.) I mean, Spock! SPOCK. *epic flail-y arms*

    So confession time: Spock was my very first character crush ever. At age three, sitting on the floor in front of the tv with my dad in the background giving a running commentary on the episodes. I totally fell for the ears and the awesome logic-y know-how (though mostly the ears). Embarrassing but true!

    And then Spock in the movie: he had me at this one thing ) and then re-cemented my crush for good with the other thing ). Though the plotpoint with the whole whatever thing ) was (a) totally awesomely melodramtic and (b) made me want to give Spock a giant hug. I also really liked this one surprisingly not-Spock-related point ).

    Tomorrow I am seeing it again but with the IMAX Experience. Which will make it ten times better. Sitting front row center with the bass of explosion rattling the seat beneath me? Oh yeah. I need fic now.

    Funny movie-going anecdote: we were sitting in the front row (because I like the front row, not because the theatre was packed -- though it was! On a Monday night too!) and a group of guys came to sit next to us. One guy was questioning if his friend was okay with the seat choice, and his friend replied, "Oh yeah, man, this way I can feel like I'm actually going warp speed!" My people. ♥

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    askl;adjl! :D
    ifeel askl;adjl! :D
    ihear Pink Floyd -- Wish You Were Here
    05.10.09 - SGA Meta Recs?
    earlwyn: (Default)
    Long before I started watching SGA, I read [community profile] metafandom. (This is going somewhere, I promise.) And reading [community profile] metafandom, it didn't exactly escape my notice that, uh, SGA fandom likes to discuss things -- a lot. And now I've reached the point in my fannish experience that I'd like to know about some of those discussions.

    (And jesus christ, I feel like I'm four again and working up the awkward courage to ask my mum what sex is all about. This amount of hesitancy is unnecessary and embarrassing, really, my god.)

    So. Issues in SGA. Namely, um, the sexism and colonialization bits. I've read some meta on it (particularly this one, which jump-started these questions from the back-burner of my mind to front and centre) and I don't get it. I'd really, really liked to get it. Because my knee-jerk reaction right now is to flatly dismiss and disagree (I like my show; I like the characters; I'm disgustingly content and high on new fannish joy; etc.) but I know I don't have all the pieces yet and therefore blanket dismissal is unfair. I want those missing pieces.

    My urge for dismissal stems from the fact that I don't know why SGA would strike anyone as a show that would be socially aware enough to make anti-coloniazation statements or a show that would capably handle strong female characters that have more than a supporting role. The military isn't exactly billed as the world's best bet for cultural respect and more screen-time, development, and backstory alloted to the female characters risks screentime, development, and backstory alloted to John and Rodney, for whom much of SGA fandom seems to have massively epic flailing love. It feels to me like asking the show to do something it was never designed to do, and more, it feels hypocritical, like the show can't win with fans either way.

    I mean, for the most part, I'm fairly pleased with SGA. The characters seem to have good, steady development; the international expedition looks, for much of the time, like an international expedition; there's more continuity than I'm used to seeing from other shows I've given my fannish devotion to; etc. There's a lot of things SGA does well in my book. I'm a little unnerved to think I might be in the minority amongst its fans who think so.

    Is this just a matter of differing viewpoints and opinions or am I missing something? Is there other meta out there that outlines the arguments clearly and with examples that I should read? I need a little SGA Meta 101, here.

    Any other good meta recs would be welcomed as well. I totally want to get my thinky-fu on, and I have a hard time finding things to read that kickstart that.


    In other news, for Mother's Day, I bought my mum a popover pan and Alton Brown's cookbook in the devilish hopes that now she will make me popovers on a regular basis. Gifts: awesome for passive-aggressive wheedling. :)

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    ifeel curious
    ihear Roger Waters -- Comfortably Numb
    earlwyn: (sga || this sweet and peaceful rest)
    So I have the sinking feeling that I should really make my way over to my local friendly DVD shop and get myself a copy of A Dog's Breakfast to watch. It seems like you can't call yourself a David Hewlett fan without watching his movie. (Or it could be that I just reached that conclusion while reading this fic. Oh, Patrick. ♥) Is this true?

    It also seems like while I'm at said local DVD shop (which is Best Buy -- I honestly don't know why I'm trying to pretend otherwise) I should nab me a copy of SG-1. I need something to do while I keep dragging my feet on watching season five of SGA.

    Because this is what I do with things I love that I know end: I just stop watching in hopes that if I do it will never technically end for me. One of those tree-falls-in-the-woods things. Plus, season four was just, like, brain-meltingly awesome, and basically should be subtitled The Tragic Lovesong of John Sheppard and His Epic Love for Rodney McKay. (I realize the "I can't" is known far and wide through fandom but it's brand new to me and I think I watched that scene about seven times on repeat before finally watching the rest of the episode and may in fact have rolled around on the living room floor a little bit while frightening Sam with my high-pitched squeals. Just sayin'.) Season five is going to need to work pretty damn hard to top that. And I don't want it to be over. Is The Shrine really worth that? Is Vegas? I just don't know.

    Besides, Jack O'Neill and I need to do some bonding. (The Minnesotan accent gets all thick when he's being sarcastic and it makes me chortle into my strudel hotdish with Midwestern-bred glee. Minnesotans! On televsion! The world is a crazy place.)

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    ifeel amused
    ihear Wilco -- What Light
    05.02.09 - This. Yes. This.
    earlwyn: (mp || tea > sex)
    Oh, Stephen. ♥ ♥

    "I finally know now, as I easily knew then, that the most important thing is love. It doesn't matter in the slightest whether that love is for someone of your own sex or not. Gay issues are important and I shall come to them in a moment, but they shrivel like a salted snail when compared to the towering question of love. Gay people sometimes believe (to this very day, would you credit it, young Stephen?) that the preponderance of obstacles and terrors they encounter in their lives and relationships is intimately connected with the fact of their being gay. As it happens at least 90% of their problems are to do with love and love alone: the lack of it, the denial of it, the inequality of it, the missed reciprocity in it, the horrors and heartaches of it. Love cold, love hot, love fresh, love stale, love scorned, love missed, love denied, love betrayed ... the great joke of sexuality is that these problems bedevil straight people just as much as gay. The 10% of extra suffering and complexity that uniquely confronts the gay person is certainly not incidental or trifling, but it must be understood that love comes first. This is tough for straight people to work out."

    Stephen Fry knows how to make my chestular area feel all tight and squeezy.

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    ifeel verklempt
    ihear Duran Duran -- Ordinary World
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