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2017-10-15 09:02 am
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Tooting No Award's horn

The proper grown-up blog I share with [personal profile] yiduiqie has been linked from some amazing places in the last month, and I just want to document it for posterity and ego boosting:
  • The New Yorker linked to our 2015 post about the sinister subtext of Thomas the Tank Engine. Yes, that New Yorker. Ain't no thang. *hairflip*
  • (That article was then shared at BoingBoing, where the comments were filled with nerds taking our silly post very seriously indeed.)
  • BookRiot's crime fiction podcast discussed our post on why we're not supporting the Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries film Kickstarter, and our earlier post (linked in our recent one) about the racism in the books and TV series, and how it's something that non-Australians seem to overlook.
  • The podcast included a wonderful bit where the hosts were like, "Well, these Australian ladies say the books are problematic, but we wanted to make up our own mind, so we read one each." But they chose the books at random, and had the misfortune to end up with Blood and Circuses, The One With The Infamous Clown Sex. (If you watched the series -- which I really love, when it's not being incredibly racist -- you should take a moment to appreciate the lack of clown sex. Really.) Anyway, they concluded that, yes, the books are very bad in terms of exotifying and othering people of non-Anglo backgrounds, but they're also just not well-written and ... bad. Which is fair. 
  • And The Monthly, an Australian publication whose essays and articles appeal to flat white-sipping inner-city lefties (so, me), linked to our first Discovery post in an article about angry, racist nerds complaining that Trek is "suddenly" appealing to an "SJW" agenda.
  • (I am extremely proud to get the word "feelpinions" into The Monthly, BUT I also wonder if my use isn't a bit defensive, ie, no one can accuse me of being emotional, irrational or otherwise a silly lady fan if I say it first. Am I putting myself at a disadvantage by emphasising that my posts are reactions, not reviews, and that my opinions derive from my emotions? On the other hand, what is television for but to elicit an emotional reaction?)
Finally, here is this week's Discovery post, which I almost didn't share because it wasn't wholly positive and ... IDK, I guess I've become protective of this ridiculous show, and don't want to play into the narrative of it being The Worst. On the other hand, it made some Bad Choices this week, along with some better ones. (And I note that the dude reviewers who have decried it as being The Worst really liked this episode, which only reassures me that I'm on the right track.)

lizbee: (Star Trek: Burnham)
2017-09-28 11:07 am

3,000 words on Star Trek: Discovery

It's not a review, it's an explosion of feelpinions on No Award:

In space, everyone can hear you whitemansplain.

(Spoilers: we mostly loved it.)
lizbee: (Star Trek: Georgiou)
2017-09-25 08:04 pm

Your important Star Trek: Discovery thought for the evening

I believe [personal profile] yiduiqie and I are going to cover this together in more detail on No Award, but I just wanted to say this before I go on to episode 2...

lizbee: (LoK: Daughters of Toph)
2017-09-14 02:15 pm

FIC: "The Good Daughter" (Lin, Opal, OC | all-ages | 2,500 words)

Title: The Good Daughter
Author: LizBee
Fandom: Legend of Korra
Characters and Pairing: Lin; Opal; OFC
Rating: All-ages

Summary: Nima confronts her mother in Zaofu.

Notes: "Old Wounds", the President Beifong AU version (sort of).

'I saw you talking to Mom earlier. Do I have to apologise again?' )
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2017-07-31 06:25 pm
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I was hesitating over whether to call this a meme, and then I looked, and it's right there in the name.

It's been a long day, I have a headache, I tried to schedule the big Windows 10 update for just as I left work, but accidentally made it happen right in the middle of the afternoon, so I spent an hour today writing fic by hand. Beifongs. They have a lot of emotions. ("Punching" is an emotion.)

my thread here
lizbee: (LoK: Pema (clutching hands))
2017-07-29 02:07 pm
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Legend of Korra: Turf Wars (part 1)

At long last, the new LoK graphic novel that picks up directly where the animated series left off.

This was meant to arrive at my local comic shop on Wednesday, and I had basically blocked off a whole evening to have FEELINGS ... only the shipment was delayed, so I wound up staying longer than planned at a work function, accordingly drank more wine than intended, and ended up listening to Hamilton and texting my mother about the American Revolution.

Then the book arrived yesterday Thursday, and I'm not saying I was so excited I had a blood sugar crash as soon as I had finished it, but I did have to make an emergency stop at my local for a burrito and a pint of cider, and spent much of that meal frantically texting my friends.

'He'll wallop spoilers with a knockout blow!' )
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2017-07-18 08:17 am
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Jodie Whitakker ... the Thirteenth Doctor

I've been sick as a dog for almost a week -- I haven't had a voice since Saturday morning -- so I was "lucky" enough to have coughed myself awake just in time to catch the announcement live via Twitter.

I've really been hoping for a woman of colour as the next Doctor, and I didn't recognise Jodie Whittaker by name, so I felt a weird stab of disappointment and even betrayal when I saw her white hand, coupled with simultaneous excitement that it was clearly a woman's hand.

I still think that a white woman was the easy option, casting-wise, but I've seen Whittaker in a few things -- including the first four episodes of Broadchurch, which I inhaled last night and enjoyed so much I completely forgot about Game of Thrones -- and she's very, very good.

And I also wonder if it would be unfair to an actress of colour, to throw her to the same wolves that drove Leslie Jones off Twitter, while also expecting her to lead a show with (so far) all-white writers. Which is not to excuse the implications of casting a white woman, I just think it might be complicated. Most things are. Whitakker's already been hit with a barrage of misogyny, and I hope the BBC is filtering her mail.

Anyway, I've curated my social media so well that I haven't seen a single friend or acquaintance saying they're opposed to a female Doctor as such.

On the other hand, I've seen a lot of performative finger-wagging, reminding us that this is only a victory for white women (got it, thanks) and that we can't rely on pop culture to save the world (no, really? Good heavens, I had no idea, thank goodness I had you, random Twitter person, to tell us off for being invested in a hobby!).

I guess I'm weary of performative wokeness, and, while everyone's entitled to an opinion, I find a lot of opinions on Doctor Who from people who aren't or haven't been in the fandom ... lack context? Which is sometimes valuable, and sometimes it's just the hot take equivalent of "DID YOU KNOW THAT 'TORCHWOOD' IS AN ANAGRAM OF 'DOCTOR WHO'?"

ANYWAY. Whitakker. I'm looking forward to her run, I'm still holding out hope for Alexander Siddig or Sophie Okonedo as Fourteen (it's never too soon!), people are already complaining that Whitakker is too young and too old, so, like women everywhere, we already know she just can't win.
lizbee: Korra smiling, her face at three-quarter view (LoK: Korra's firebending test)
2017-07-03 02:43 pm

FIC: "Diplomatic Channels" (LoK, AU, Korra and Lin | all ages | 1900 words)

Title: Diplomatic Channels
Author: LizBee
Fandom: Legend of Korra
Characters and Pairing: Lin and Korra
Rating: All-ages

Summary: Korra asks the United Republic to intervene in the Water Tribe civil war. The answer is complicated.
Notes: The President Beifong AU hits the actual presidential stuff, and also canon; this is the AU take on scenes in "Peacekeepers", with extrapolations from the "North & South" graphic novel.

Korra didn't need Varrick's help to get a meeting with the president, but he insisted on accompanying her to City Hall anyway. )
lizbee: (DW: The Two Masters)
2017-07-03 12:23 pm
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Doctor Who 10.12 - "The Doctor Falls"

Non-spoilery take: overall I liked it a lot, but had some issues with the subtext.

'Like sewage, smartphones, and spoilers, some things are just inevitable.' )
lizbee: (DW: Bill (garden))
2017-06-26 11:37 am
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Doctor Who 10.11 - "World Enough And Time"

I can't believe it's taken the show more than fifty years to use that title. Teaspoon has ... okay, only four fics using it. That's less than I expected.


'No, dear, those were spoilers.' )
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2017-06-18 10:05 am
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Doctor Who 10.10 - "Eaters of Light"

I watched last week's episode at Continuum, while hiding from people in the committee room, and made a terrible discovery: iView streaming quality is much, much better over 4G on an iPad than over the NBN on a new desktop.


That was pretty much the highlight of Gatiss's episode, so let's move on to the triumphant return of Rona Munro.

You never hear the spoilers. )
lizbee: (Games: Shepard (mine - Jane))
2017-06-07 04:25 am
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Busy, busy, busy

Just so you know, the lack of a "Lie of the Land" post is not because I disliked it, or even because I was indifferent! It's just that Continuum is this weekend, and I've been very busy, AND I've been horrifically arthritic, which makes typing problematic.

I'm home from work today, slowly and carefully doing small chores like half loads of washing, and hand-soothing stuff like dishes, and generally perceiving the world through a fuzzy codeine fog. And also playing Dragon Age: Origins, even though I'm still in the first part of the story and keep being killed by spiders.

(Between the codeine and the fact it only requires a couple of fingers, gaming is easier than regular typing. Aside from the aforementioned spiders.)

If you're in Melbourne, you should deffo come to Continuum. Especially to the Bioware Panel, which takes place at 10am on Saturday and may continue with more shouting and opinions after. Possibly in the bar, or at least a cafe appropriate to mid-morning. We have a PowerPoint presentation. It includes Hamilton lyrics.
lizbee: (DW: Bill (garden))
2017-05-28 12:18 pm
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Doctor Who 10.07 - "The Pyramid at the End of the World"

The first episode of the season which hasn't thrilled me, but I liked it better than some.

'I got your spoilers cheap.' )
lizbee: (LoK: Lin and Tenzin (back to back))
2017-05-25 04:56 pm

FIC: "Detour" (LoK, AU, Lin/Tenzin | all ages | 2300 words)

Title: Detour
Author: LizBee
Fandom: Legend of Korra
Characters and Pairing: Lin/Tenzin
Rating: All-ages

Summary: A few months ago, Lin was a promising young police officer. Now she has to find a new path.

Notes: Set in the same AU as "Avalanche". It's called the President Beifong AU on AO3, even though I haven't really gotten to any of the presidential stuff yet. This fic comes with thanks to multivitamins and praticamente-innocua, which between them gave me the strength to start recovering from The Cold I've Had Since March.

While the welcoming party's attention was on the Avatar, Lin climbed gingerly down from Appa and all but collapsed in Tenzin's arms. )
lizbee: (Star Trek: Georgiou)
2017-05-20 06:55 pm
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*points to icon*

I didn't realise how much I needed another woman in command of a Starfleet vessel until the Star Trek Discovery trailer came out. A woman! A Chinese woman! A Chinese woman with an accent! Mentoring the main character, who is also a black woman and seems to have some interesting identity stuff happening with regard to Vulcans!

I'm trying to moderate my enthusiasm by concentrating on the fact that Georgiou is not the captain of the USS Discovery, and may therefore be a minor character, or she could even be killed off early on, despite what Wikipedia and IMDB say about Michelle Yeoh's appearance in all 13 episodes.

Buuuuut. I'm excited.
lizbee: (DW: Bill (garden))
2017-05-14 09:44 am
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Doctor Who 10.05 - "Oxygen"

This was scary! Which I mention above the cut in case anyone was planning to watch it with children. Unless your children are tough. Which I am not, and I'm glad I was watching it at 9 in the morning like a sensible human.

Spoilers under siege )
lizbee: (DW: Bill)
2017-05-07 08:01 am
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Doctor Who 10.04 - "Knock Knock"

I've wanted a Doctor Who episode set in a sharehouse basically since I first saw "Rose". This was nothing at all like what I envisioned, but I loved it.

Infodump, then spoilers. )
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2017-05-04 03:42 pm
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Bean thing

I'm dumping this recipe -- copied from an email I sent last year -- in my journal so that I don't have to go searching through Gmail archives every time I do the groceries. It's my go-to lunch in winter -- I tend to alternate this with corned beef sandwiches. And yet, I forget the recipe all the time.

Recipe )