lizbee: (LoK: Daughters of Toph)
I'm up to Book 4 in my Legend of Korra rewatch (I can't believe it's nearly over!), and I'm struck by the similarities between Lin and her eldest nephew.

Hear me out, it's not just the hooded eyes and cheekbones that make me say this! Reasoning within. )
lizbee: Jinora holds a book, looking disdainful (LoK: Jinora will make no such promises)
Blurb:

A shocking story of rebellion and revelation set in a contemporary Nazi England.

Jessika Keller is a good girl: she obeys her father, does her best to impress Herr Fisher at the Bund Deutscher Mädel meetings and is set to be a world champion ice skater. Her neighbour Clementine is not so submissive. Outspoken and radical, Clem is delectably dangerous and rebellious. And the regime has noticed. Jess cannot keep both her perfect life and her dearest friend. But which can she live without?


I inhaled this yesterday afternoon, and while I gave it four stars on GoodReads, I'm actually still trying to decide how I feel about it.

Spoilers: This alternate history where the Nazis won is kind of a downer! Also, I'm gonna give away ALL the plot twists, because why not? )
lizbee: (LoK: Lin - Puzzlement)
I finished the AtLA rewatch on Friday night, and started LoK yesterday evening. IMPORTANT NEWS: Lin Beifong is an amazing character and I adore her, the end.

(And I'm not even up to the episode where she and Korra literally break a glass ceiling together.)
lizbee: (Avatar: Zuko and Mai (corridor))
Me yesterday morning: I'm enjoying my AtLA rewatch, but I don't think I have anything new to say, so there's no need to blog about it. "This was good and is still good" is barely worth a Tweet.

Me yesterday evening: ZUKO'S MOTIVATION IN "THE SOUTHERN RAIDERS" WAS AS MUCH ABOUT HIS OWN NEED FOR VENGEANCE AGAINST A CULTURE OF ABUSE AS KATARA'S DESIRE TO AVENGE HER MOTHER!

(Me in the early hours of this morning: Did I just come up with a way of making a story about the validity of a girls' anger all about a boy? No, this is absolutely Katara's story, but Zuko's motivations are complex, that's all.)

Lemme explain. )
lizbee: Speech bubble from NextWave: "Zomg. Boom." (Comics: ZOMG BOOM)
I know there's a strong element of shutting the barn door many, many years after the horse took off, but I'm very much inclined to delete my LJ account outright in a week or so. My stuff is all backed up here, and I only use LJ to follow a couple of people who haven't migrated elsewhere -- if I have to, I can just follow them via RSS and hope they've enabled anon comments.

(I am rather amused by the notion that my blogging has EVER been covered by the First Amendment, and I doubt there would be any issues for me using a service based in Russia, but, you know.)

Most concerningly, this observation from [personal profile] mme_hardy:

LJ no longer allows access to its https site when browsing/posting, which means that any information you send to that site is readable by every other site that cares to eavesdrop. This means that anything you post under friendslock is still being read by any site that chooses to spy on Livejournal communications; you can safely assume that at least one Russian-government entity is.

I just double-checked, and the payment page *is* protected by https, so that at least should be secure.


I really hope the Russian government enjoys my thoughts on Nickelodeon cartoons, YA fiction and the weather, and I hope they'll find a way to cope without my input.
lizbee: (Avatar: Mai (Gurihiru sketch))
1. Your main fandom of the year?

Still AtLA/Legend of Korra, ie, exactly what it's been for the last few years! But, with new material in that universe limited to a handful of comics, I've enjoyed returning to fandoms past for brief periods through the year. 

2. Your favourite film watched this year?

That's a toss-up between Ghostbusters and Star Trek Beyond, with Rogue One a close third.

3. Your favourite book read this year?

THAT IS A HARD CHOICE. But according to GoodReads, I've read 84 books so far this year -- started a lot more, but as I blogged recently, it's been a difficult year for settling into and finishing books -- and I gave 24 of those books five stars. I'll probably do a full book post at some point, either here or at No Award.

4. Your favourite TV show of the year?

Star Trek: The Next Generation. It's such a great show -- especially when you skip all the episodes you don't care about. Close second: Star Trek: Deep Space 9, which I watched through to the end for the very first time. 

5. Your favourite online fandom community of the year?

I found a bunch of cool new people in LoK fandom, plus the friends I had there already. 

6. Your best new fandom discovery of the year?


Turns out that when people said DS9 was really, really good, they weren't lying!

I mean, I wouldn't call it better than TNG, because the two shows are completely different in terms of goals and contexts, and they complement each other so well that it's almost missing the point to set one against the other. And I was very disappointed in DS9's treatment of the female characters in its last couple of seasons -- obviously I was spoiled by Voyager, which was female-driven in a way that none of the other Treks have been. But it's very good! I'm glad I finally watched it all the way through.

7. Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?

I got a few episodes into season 2 of Supergirl and realised it was no longer working for me. I was mad about the sidelining of James in favour of introducing new white guys, I missed Cat Grant even though I was horribly ambivalent about her, I find Katie McGrath a distractingly bad actor even when she's not trying to do an American accent, and the overall girl-power-optimism-cute-clunky-dialogue clashed so badly with my perception of the world that I just couldn't keep going. 

All of which is as much about me as about the show itself, and after the fourth week of finding myself live-tweeting "why am I not having fun?" I realised that I was probably stopping everyone else from having fun, so I ... stopped. I got to the first scene with Maggie Sawyer, and it was ALIVE and VIBRANT and AMAZING, and then the next scene was so flat by comparison, I really couldn't ignore my feelings. 

Anyway, I'll probably pick up season 2 at a later stage, but I'm more inclined to wait for it to hit Netflix than go through all the trouble of acquiring it through other means.

8. Your TV boyfriend of the year?

Draco Malfoy. Yes, I'm as surprised and appalled as you. He was just so great in Cursed Child! (Honourable mention to Scorpius Malfoy, the most precious cinnamon roll of all.)

9. Your TV girlfriend of the year?

I remain faithful to Lin Beifong, as always.

10. Your biggest squee moment of the year?

I was pretty happy that the Smoke and Shadow arc in the AtLA graphic novels ends with Mai single and on speaking terms with Zuko again! 

Other sources of squee: 
  • The grimdarkest timeline in Cursed Child
  • Actually, I spent a lot of Cursed Child wriggling in glee and sending happy texts to my increasingly exasperated BFF
11. The most missed of your old fandoms?

The Avatarverse fandom for sure. So much of the fic is (highly westernised) Korrasami college AUs, and that's not my thing at all. I miss having a wider range of fic (about characters and pairings I'm invested in).

12. The fandom you haven't tried yet, but want to?

Meh. I feel increasingly disengaged from the whole concept of fandom. 

13. Your biggest fan anticipations for the New Year?

STAR WARS EPISODE VIII! NEW STAR TREK ON THE TELLY!

Rogue One

Dec. 16th, 2016 10:49 am
lizbee: (SW: Sabine)
I saw this last night, and -- without spoilers -- liked it very much, and also cried a whole lot.

Now the spoilers, mostly just stream-of-consciousness rambling. )
lizbee: (Random: Book post)
But first: I've been lurking around DW and LJ less than usual, because my trusty early-2011 MacBook Pro died, and doing anything on an iPad is a pain, even with a Bluetooth keyboard.

(I was casting about re how to replace it -- buy a cheap Windows laptop to tide me over while I save for a new MacBook? That was the plan, but then I actually looked at cheap Windows laptops. Yikes.

So, no, I'm just going to (a) pay off my vacuum cleaner faster than planned -- said vacuum having been purchased on an interest-free card, because it was a VACUUM EMERGENCY -- and save enough of a lump sum that I can pay off the future MacBook within its interest-free period. I've saved $100 so far! AND I have a jar that's full of coins, there might be another $20 in there.

But rest assured that I'll be whinging about my iPad in the meantime, especially because it's unreasonably hard to borrow and read ebooks from the library via the app, and my TV and movie watching is limited to Australian streaming services and the DVDs I already own.)

Now, I actually haven't been reading a whole lot lately, because ... I dunno, I start things and have trouble getting into them, maybe I'm in a slump.

Click here for books. )
lizbee: A simple painting of a maroon squid (Random: SQUID!!!)

Watching:

Season 6 of Game of Thrones, which benefits enormously from overtaking the books. Suddenly stalled character arcs are moving again! Dany gets to do more than be a bit out of her depth (and Emilia Clarke gets to do more than look pensive)! More Diana Rigg! The Braavosi equivalent of "The Ember Island Players"!

Significant spoilers )As a palate cleanser, I then watched the three episodes of House that featured Lin-Manuel Miranda. I moved on from that series early in season 3, but such is the nature of the series that I had no trouble at all picking it up in season 6. (Shocking spoilers: beneath his gruff exterior, House cares a lot. I know, I know, it's news to me, too.)

Season 6 opens with House in a psychiatric hospital, and LMM is his roommate, a Puerto Rican rapper with bi-polar disorder. It's full of ableist cliches and also regular cliches, but LMM is a delightful human being in any situation, and Andre Braugher plays the guy in charge, so if you squint a bit, it looks like a really odd episode of Brooklyn 99.

Next: Stranger Things, followed, I think, by a Gravity Falls rewatch.

Reading:

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child -- but you knew that. I'm still having a lot of feelings. It's a problem.

(It turns out that if you post a couple of times about Draco Malfoy to Tumblr, you start being followed by ... hunk blogs? Tumblrs dedicated to male models? I feel bad for them, I am absolutely the last person they should be following.)

Then I started reading American Lightning: Terror, Mystery, the Birth of Hollywood, and the Crime of the Century by Harold Blum, but it wasn't enough to overcome my MASSIVE BOOK HANGOVER, so I turned to Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

(There are currently no plans to bring Cursed Child to Australia, but there are pretty close ties between the producers and the Australian theatre industry -- yes, I just googled -- so I feel like I should start putting money aside to buy tickets as soon as it's announced.)

Other things, not actually culture:

I've almost finished the quilt top I've been working on for the last few months -- my very first quilt that's just for me! It's a lap blanket for the couch. At my current speed, it will probably be finished by the end of summer.

I seem to have hayfever for the very first time in my life -- although it's winter, Melbourne has apparently been inundated by pollens from all over the place, and a lot of people have developed hayfever for the first time. I DON'T CARE FOR IT. I'm itchy all the time, my previously well-managed dermatitis is off the charts. I could go out and buy antihistamines, but I know there's a box around here ... somewhere. So I'm stubbornly suffering while I look for it. 

(Also, I kind of overspent this fortnight, so I'm on a really tight budget until I get paid on Wednesday. I'm not regretting my Cursed Child impulse purchase, mind, but I am quite itchy, and I'm running out of tissues fast.)

lizbee: Zuko looks into the distance, his face torn, his hair blowing in the wind. Comic scan. (Avatar: Zuko's emo face)
A thought that struck me as I was walking to the office and, incidentally, completely failing at catching a Pidgeotto. )
lizbee: (Books: Harry/Ginny)
I read the play yesterday afternoon, and have basically been floating on Harry Potter Feels ever since. And I got tired of attempting to squee without spoilers on Twitter, so I'm shifting to a more appropriate venue.

Spoilers and squee. )
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Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2a2gkMZ at July 23, 2016 at 06:40AM
liz-squids:

liz-squids:

Sokka is Varrick’s father.

Coming back over a year later to say:

I still totally believe this – why would Tenzin host Varrick’s wedding unless they were family? Sure, Republic City’s in ruins, but Varrick owns a shipping fleet, and what’s more romantic than a wedding aboard a yacht (from which the guests can’t escape)?

IN CONCLUSION: cousins. 

Tags:and dreamwidth, legend of korra
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Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/29XLUyb at July 22, 2016 at 01:20PM
liz-squids:

ComiXology has released The Daring Adventures of Supergirl, the 1982 to 1984 series that helped define my childhood. 

In her run in Superman Family, Linda “Supergirl” Danvers was a successful actress on a daytime soap (really) – but she was increasingly unhappy with her life, feeling that Supergirl had taken over Linda’s identity.  At the end of that series, she impulsively moves to Chicago, which is where we pick up.

She’s dressed to the (80s) nines, quoting feminist advertising slogans, reinventing herself as a mature-age psychology student. 

(Oddly, not a single person recognises her as a recently-successful soap actress.)

She quickly befriends a bunch of similarly-aged college students, including the delightful Joan…

…and the fairly gross John, whom Linda finds initially attractive and quickly off-putting. 

In between some fairly mundane battles with supervillains, Linda has time for normal things: a creepy boss/advisor, a highly inappropriate date with a visiting lecturer, a new cat…

And, you know, regular problems that lots of girls can relate to.

And also teasing her cousin: 

This is not a perfect run – but what is?  I had to take a breather when I got to the arc involving a space Nazi, although I appreciated that the take on the character was nuanced enough that she is allowed to mess up telling black and Jewish people they’re overreacting to swastika graffiti.

I think this might be the run I remember from childhood where Linda and her BFF are trying to settle in for a pizza and movie night, but supervillains keep messing up their plans?  But I’m not sure.  

Anyway, despite the old continuity and dated slang, this feels like a good thematic fit with the Supergirl TV series, with Linda actively trying to forge an independent identity out of costume.  And it’s not often you see a thirty-one year old go back to college. 

Tags:and dreamwidth, supergirl, comics
lizbee: Lin and Tenzin face each other, looking tense (LoK: Lin and Tenzin)
Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/29OFQDb at July 21, 2016 at 01:20PM
liz-squids:

Finally caught season 3 of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. I still think that Rosa and Lin are basically the same person. 

Here is a sketch that illustrates this theory. )
lizbee: (Games: Shepard (mine - Jane))
Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/29WgntR at July 21, 2016 at 06:40AM
liz-squids:
  • Why haven’t I been playing as an Engineer all along?
  • …okay, I hardly use any power other than Incinerate, BUT I CAN BLOW THINGS UP and also hack geth, that’s quite awesome.
  • My engineer!Shepard is named Yoshimi. She has a blackbelt in karate.
  • I’m running ME on the Bootcamp install of Windows on my MacBook. This creates some fun bugs, like how, throughout ME2, I was continually getting stuck in high places, unable to move or even change weapons until I was finally killed (or survived to the next cut scene).
  • And that is how I killed a thresher maw with nothing but a handgun and my powers.
  • I wish there was a mod to give Miranda and Jack proper clothes. 
  • Also, I think my Shepard is a lot thinner in ME3, and it’s kind of weirding me out, like, she’s meant to be a space marine, and she can throw James Vega over her shoulder, but she has no musculature whatsoever.
  • I think there’s a mod for a buff Shepard, but honestly, I feel like I’m already pushing it with the Bootcamp thing.
  • Jacob is hella boring, but he looks like Kanye West, and that is the entire reason I romanced him.
  • I’m slightly bitter that I can’t romance Anderson or Hackett, stop judging me. 
  • The second half of ME2 was really slowed down by my need to stop and sing “Dear Theodosia” to Grunt every time he turned up.
  • I hate Cerberus so much.
  • Even before the Illusive Man endorsed Trump, I hated them. 
  • I’m up to the Grissom Academy mission in ME3, but it’s so hard to play, because it’s basically TERRORISTS ATTACK A BOARDING SCHOOL IN SPACE, and that needs to be a YA novel, like, now.

Tags:and dreamwidth, mass effect
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Which should come as a surprise to no one whatsoever, given its dysfunctional code, obnoxious advertising and -- most importantly -- the fact that it's owned by Yahoo. It's not going to disappear overnight, obviously, but like a lot of people, I'm suddenly thinking about the need for back-ups.

A lot of the stuff I post there is ephemeral, but some of it might be worth keeping ... or at least, I might look back at it one day and smile. So I'm going to go through my archives and reblog stuff with my "and dreamwidth" tag, that triggers the IFTT crossposting recipe.

Accordingly, people on Tumblr are going to see a lot of old stuff from me, and should blacklist "and dreamwidth" if that's going to be tedious. And people on DW and LJ ... well, I'll go in and add cut tags to longer posts.

I'm not sure of the etiquette of crossposting reblogs, whether text or other people's fan art. Thoughts?
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Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/29MuCPM at July 17, 2016 at 05:36PM

She was also completely unspoiled.

Her main reason for not bothering was her hatred of Harrison Ford, and her feeling that the only way she could enjoy a Star Wars movie was (a) if it was funny, and (b) if Han Solo died. 

My brother lent her the DVD.

She just sent me a text to tell me that Kylo Ren is a much better villain than Darth Vader, and she enjoyed TFA very much.

Tags:star wars, and dreamwidth
lizbee: (Avatar: FEMINIST RAGE!)
Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/29L0GqL at July 20, 2016 at 04:37PM

Australian celebrity: I said those shockingly racist things because I was on painkillers.
Me: Pssh, I've been on strong painkillers for weeks, and I'm yet to say anything racist.
Also me: WHAT IF I HAVE AND NO ONE TOLD ME?!?!?
Still me: No, no, my friends would be the first people to call me out. I hope.
Me again: Also, maybe I should go to the doctor about this pain?
And ... me: Don't be ridiculous.

Tags:and dreamwidth, lolstralia, chronic illness

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