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I get really tired of fanfic's tendency to swap out women.
When a show has only women of the week and the guys go home together, the slash is simples, and rarely has to bother swapping out women.
But the more women are in the story in the first place, the more some fanfic decides what a story really needs is to just reattribute their everything to a man.

I've read fics that were just episodes but with their preferred pairing instead of a woman.
I even liked them cause I hadn't seen that episode yet.
Felt icky when I realised.

In Clint/Coulson fics after Age of Ultron, well, the vast majority simply aren't after Age of Ultron, but the ones that are? I'm mostly left trying to decide if it's creepier when they give the farm to Coulson or make Laura Clint's sister.

Probably the sister thing, considering, but in the general case it's just creepy to erase a woman and give her everything to the nearest pretty guy.

It's also annoying because so unnecessary. I mean Coulson makes some little speeches in Agents of SHIELD season one that imply he had to choose between wok and raising kids, and then Clint turns out to have kids, so the poly fic really ought to write itself. But I haven't even seen a handful of those. Just the erasure.

I get fed up of het fic due to the increased tendency to get icky patriarchy all over everything, but this is not an improvement.

I'm kind of feeling like I should retrain myself to only read fic with women in, because wow am I fed up of white men getting all the stories.

But I'm in the habit so somehow the fic that grabs me is all white men all the time. Which is embarrassing.

When canon gives us awesome women doing things, or even mediocre poorly written token women doing things, it's really important to keep them around. And do better with them. Like we have been with the men for some decades.

We can write so many more interesting lives. We don't need to treat what they've already got like scraps to be fought over.

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Feb. 19th, 2017 05:39 pm
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today I went nowhere, did nothing, and read a whole lot of fanfiction.
theoretically, living the dream.

... but I am so bored all the interesting things are boring.

the invincible iron man 2007

Feb. 18th, 2017 05:44 pm
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i am watching a cartoon from Lionsgate / Marvel.
It keeps making really odd creative choices.

Read more... )

That was not a competent story that made even vague sense.
It was a mish mash of pieces wrapped in crappy art and worse cgi animation.
Thematically it had nothing going on, no emotional arcs were resolved, and the whole fight sequence with the naked woman was deeply distasteful.

Most of all, it was not Tony's story. It wasn't his decisions that drove the action. It wasn't the action that drove his decisions. He had the suits and the company and the pacifism before the story started, and nothing changed, it just wobbled a bit in the middle. At most he witnessed this story, and why make a movie about that?

This film was really very rubbish.

I'm not going to bother keeping it.


Feb. 18th, 2017 03:21 pm
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Well that was a waste of time.

The science fiction elements didn't make sense, not the physics or the cyberpunk bits, not even internally.

Read more... )

The story would have made more sense without most of the science fiction, just have a gated community with better meds.

But the attraction of the story was supposed to be messy and violent spectacle with a bit of space stuff thrown in, so, whatever.

... i fast forwarded through most of the messy violence. it was also inconsistent about tech levels. either the citizen shouldn't have died in the first place or the agent should have before the big fight.

boring and stupid.

new background pictures

Feb. 18th, 2017 12:04 pm
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technically the exact same background pictures, except they're now hosted on Dreamwidth, so they won't disappear if livejournal does.
and they're https now, so the little lock on the address bar is happy.

I like the dreamwidth uploader so far, it does what I told it to first try.

i don't know what else I'll put on here yet, but I should probably go find things currently hosted random places. ... if I can remember what places i have things...

idle noodlings

Feb. 17th, 2017 04:25 pm
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After all the doing yesterday, today was mostly made of headache and cry.
which never gets less annoying.

I finished reading Temeraire through Victory of Eagles, the last one I own.
And then went and ordered the rest.

I love the way it starts with 'dragons who really love their captains' and then just plays through, shows variations on societies built around these two species, shows how some are really all kinds of abusive, and then has dragons set out to save themselves. It's doing the smart science fiction thing which is both defamiliarising regular inequalities of power like race, slavery, gender, marriage at the time, class, armed forces, but also just taking this one solid What If and applying logic. The cool dragon powers are fun as well, especially once all the battle strategy and tactics starts getting intricate, but the social stuff is really interesting.

It do get a bit tense around race and old racist tropes, and the ways dragons are fitted around them. I think it's doing okay, but, showing the whole world makes a whole world of ways to get wobbly.

And I miss the intensity of payoff I get from the yearning-having cycle in fanfic. Lots of things get paid off for Temeraire, but it's just that bit more distant, and changes scene just where fanfic would start getting detailed. Many courses, no dessert.

But they're good books. Inventive and interesting.

And now I have to wait at least until next week for book delivery, because the shops didn't have them yesterday.

Today I also watched a cartoon about a princess from a bamboo shoot. It was miserable. Read more... )

So it was just a whole fairy tale about how life is short and miserable and everyone makes each other miserable while trying to make each other happy.

So that wasn't fun.

And I still haven't plugged my new recorder box in, because i need to read the instructions, and to do that i need my brain working, and for that i need no headache and to not be made of cry.


I keep thinking of fiction from the tv and going over it all time travel au fixit, and getting looped on how much needs fixing, and just how wrong in the philosophy so much of it is. like i start out watching these bright colorful stories where evil can be successfully punched once an hour, and end up quite distressed that all these people are getting punched and nobody ends up fixing things by making friends and doing good instead. so i need to watch different fiction. but i try and i keep not finding quite the thing. and going back to the punching, where imperfectly small pieces get stopped, and the systemic problems remain.

i should do more writing my own stuff but today is not that day.

i'm fed up of time travel and alternate universes though because they're just brain traps for going back over everything trying to figure where to do it different to make things perfect. and if alternate universe you did it all perfect then they wouldn't be uou. and then i get depressed about comparing myself to me from an alternate universe. which i'm pretty sure is no sort of helpful.

I need more good days and interesting achievements
even if it does mean weathering more of the rebound days after.


Feb. 16th, 2017 09:22 pm
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... I went to type this, the page jumped, I marked all my messages as read.
which is far from the worst thing that could have happened, but still. 83 pages, now all same.


I win
I went to dancing, and while not speedy and a bit wobbly, I danced the whole time
and then I did my shoppings.

I'm kind of headachey
and my hallway smells a bit not good from some of the new stuff

but I did all the thursday things, so yaays.

Yaay shopping

Feb. 16th, 2017 02:57 pm
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I did a shopping! I did the *most* shopping!

Employee could finally get scheduled a daytime shopping, so I had to do All The Things, or at least all the things that are not at Sainsburys.

I got three new pairs of dancing slippers from Head in the Clouds.

I got a most excellent pirate hat at Beaujangles. ... it is too small, I think, which might make it only medium excellent, but it is for the pirate party at Redemption, and it is sufficiently excellent for that for £8.50. I bought a headband too and somehow will attach it to the hat to make it stay on. Or possibly will take it to chaos costuming and make sad face...

I did the donating at Oxfam so I got solar power and clean water and some foods for charity people.

I got new handbag on the market, one that is not held together by my keyrings, though I'm not quite sure of it yet and might get a different one instead. It seemed like the best at the time and it has the same zippers in the same places but ... well probably but I dislike change even when things have fallen apart twice now. It'll do to be going on with.

I got a new chain for my tardis key, though it is not as long as the old one. Technically I have some 'army dog tags' but it's quite the cheapest way to get a chain, I checked many places first.

I looked for a new coat but found that coats can be Very Expensive and don't tell you useful things like if they're warm and dry somehow even when very thin. And then the other shop wasn't where employee thought and then we went in the mall and the things were too much and many and I gave up on that bit.

Boots had vitamins and wipes for the first aid draw.

Waterstones did not have the rest of the Temeraire books. It had space on the shelf. Probably someone else has them.
Jarrolds has books in the basement but not Novik.
I shall order online.

Rainbow Wholefoods does have Cheesly :-) which is not awesome but has actual protein in pretend cheese form. Some of the others do not have any. They shouldn't call themselves cheese.
It only had two left though, so I'll have to go back sometime. If I still like these kinds. But still, achieved.

So I have shoes, a hat, a handbag, a chain, vitamins, and cheese.

That is a very plenty extra successful couple of hours.

It was also a whole bunch of traffic jam and annoyance.

But I win at shopping.

And now I have two or three hours of lying still before it is time to go dancing.

... I'm stubborn, so I am going, but I maybe might end up doing sitting down dancing.

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Feb. 14th, 2017 01:14 pm
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My new dvd player with hdd arrived :-)
My new dvd player has an 88 page instruction manual, all in English :-S
... that's a funny looking smiley. it's meant to be a wibbly mouth of wow how am i meant to understand all that.

i mean I hadn't understood it was primarily a blu ray player and following my brothers advice I didn't need a blu ray recorder means it don't record to dvds either, only USB HDD that has to be 'registered', and registering it deletes everything already on it, so it needs to be a new one.

i mean i've learnt a bunch of things just trying to answer the 'but how do i back it up' question, but still, wow, 88 pages.

I don't have any blu rays but now i could play them if i have them. is ridiculous. i have something much shinier than i know what to do with.

also i thought it had no button for subtitles but it turns out they call it STTL instead of SUBS. Which seems daft but what do I know?

Read more... )

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Feb. 14th, 2017 11:05 am
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I did the vaccum cleaning in the front room.
... I suspect it has been entirely too long since it last got done, possibly even christmas, but winning now.

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Feb. 14th, 2017 07:39 am
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I went Outside! On my own! To the shop, because I have been craving chocolate biscuits for three days now and enough is enough.

... taking three days to go from 'want to shop' to 'actually left the house' might not appear impressive
i did it.

now I have bread rolls and quorns and chocolate brownie bites and biscuits and ribena and toothbrushes.
so i win.

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Feb. 13th, 2017 10:55 am
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I know this makes me a fandom Old
but I really very intensely dislike the abandonment of standardised / notation
for stupid smushnames.

I imagine it was necessary for to search on imperfect platforms, or something
but it means you have to know what it means to know what it means, and know what you're looking for before you can look for it.

also, smaller but annoying, the tendency of said names to use the superhero or supervillain codenames of a character.
I mean, there's several of the Flash, or Batman, and a bazillion Robins
so how the heck are you meant to distinguish to search by person rather than role?

Code push imminent!

Feb. 12th, 2017 11:07 pm
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We're about to pull the lever on tonight's code push! I'll update this post when it's finished. For a reminder of what to expect, check the previous post for the list of changes.

Update: All done! Comment here if you notice any issues that need our attention.

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Feb. 13th, 2017 04:52 am
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Since I got the silent computer I have just run out of tolerate for the big loud computer, verging on run out of cope.
which is weird, because for years before that it was pretty much permanent, computer means computer noise all the hours it's in use ie all the hours.

now i just haven't been using it, even though games and so forth need that one.
like, if the choice is between silent paper books and loud fan computer, wow do i get more reading done.

today the computer decided it needed to do a thing for a couple hours, some maintenance thing, and before it got all done i got sooooo tense
it's ridiculous.
So I'm going to need to find out if computers can games silently, because the alternative is apparently not games at all.

... I miss my 90s games though. I'm pretty sure i can buy a retrogaming thingy from argos and have a happily endless supply of fiddle games. The only thing i play as needs power is Sims.

and that not for about six months
because silence.

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Feb. 12th, 2017 08:12 am
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There is snow outside.
tiny thin boring looking snow.
enough snow to make you fall over as it compresses into ice almost instantly, not enough to do any interesting snow things with.

... i am not actually complaining in the 'more snow' direction
it just seemed like weather that couldn't commit.

I am cranky... I typed crabky, that almost works too.
I'm feeling the walls closing in so it's that very rare day when I actually want to go outside, even just to the supermarket, even though I have no particular need to
but, snow.

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Feb. 12th, 2017 05:34 am
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When I get nocturnal I end up hating my house.
I'd like someplace with a bit of garden. just a small bit. nice and private.
then when i get stuck not leaving the house i could just stand outside it a while.

i mean technically i could here
but then i'd have to find out whateverthefuck the noises are
and usually that is not a great plan.

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Feb. 12th, 2017 04:19 am
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facebook annoys me
not just because every time i go on there i'm reminded why i don't actually speak at family gatherings (i will still be related to these people whether or not i know their opinions on scroungers and immigrants)
but the actual facebook parts, like how i can never figure out which whatsit to type what in when i do my annual aten't ded post, or how they'll tell me about the same one notification every four hours until i go look at it rather than simply emailing the one line message.

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Feb. 12th, 2017 03:55 am
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I don't usually wear glasses around my flat, since I vaguely know what things are what anyway
but wearing them would have avoided the brief moment just now when the stuff pile looked like the alien facehugger.

I have been rearranging my front room. This was much delayed since my first attempt to move the new table on boxing day did a thing to my back. but today my back doesn't hurt so the folding table is not only folded up but put back where I meant it to stay.

I have whole feet of floor space back. I could buy an exercise mat. And use the flat space to keep doing the back exercises the doctor set me...

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Feb. 12th, 2017 01:19 am
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there's a guy outside singing 'swing low sweet chariot'
and coughing a lot

it is 0119 in the morning


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