lizbee: (DW: Eleven and Amy)
I left off at the conclusion of the Case for a Female Doctor panel, which ended with me having an aneurysm. In the hours that followed, I located [personal profile] mondyboy and [personal profile] calapine, and we slipped into the final half hour of a panel on fantasy elements in Shakespeare, in which [profile] robshearman and another gentleman said many intelligent things, and Allison Croggon said equally intelligent things, but more rarely, as she was losing her voice.

What happened next was my fault. The panel was called "We Are All Fairy Tales: Doctor Who's Fifth Season". I wanted to go. [personal profile] calapine was hesitant, fearing that it would be full of people being wrong. But I argued, with such a good name, how could it be anything other than a really interesting and clever panel about the themes and fairy tale elements of season 5?


We Are All Fairy Tales )

The only other panel I went to was about history in YA speculative fiction. It was an interesting panel by authors whose work I'm going to check out, but I felt it suffered from a lack of familiarity with current YA. I mean, I can talk about Joan Aiken until the cows come home, but the argument about historical accuracy, necessity thereof, would have been interesting if someone had raised the Great And Terrible Beauty series or others.
lizbee: (DW: Amy (fairy tale))
Because of Mum's wedding, I only made it to the last two days of Worldcon. At Mum's place, I carefully highlighted all the panels I wanted to go to, giving myself two really full days of panel-going.

Then I actually got there, attended three panels and a podcast recording, and spent a lot of time just hanging out with people. IT WAS AWESOME. [personal profile] mondyboy could hang out for Australia.

But yes, three panels. And I took notes! In my sketchbook! Which means they're disjointed and occasionally illegible, but also illustrated, so I'll share the notes, then expand and put them in context.

Panel: The case for a female Doctor )

NEXT: "We Are All Fairytales: season 5 of Doctor Who.
lizbee: (DW: sexyback)
No, I know where it went. SHOPPING. And then socialising.

In the morning -- EARLY IN THE MORNING -- which is to say around the time I'd leave on a weekday -- I trekked into the city to meet up with [personal profile] myniamh and [personal profile] weaver to scout out fabric and patterns for our Kyoshi Warriors costumes. (Along the way, I bought two new pairs of shoes -- everyday boots and black ballet flats for Ye Upcoming Wedding -- and caught up with an old Borders colleague. I also read the current issue of SFX in Magnation, where they had a really scathing review of the Last Airbender movie. Which was satisfying.)

Anyway, costume browsing was fun, although the kimono pattern we eventually chose will require a lot of adaptation. The costume parts of pattern books are always a bit worrying; I counted one Asian model out of all the books. The lowlight was a white model who had been effectively blacked up with bronzer to model the Exotic Indian Sari costume. WTF, pattern companies? But anyone who's seen a craft fair full of golliwogs, or encountered an Exotic Asian Quilt Pattern in a magazine knows that the crafting community is a bit, shall we say, behind when it comes to things like not being massively racist. (I think this is because it is dominated by middle-aged, middle-class Nice White Ladies who think that talking about race is worse than selling freaking GOLLIWOGS.)

I also discovered a pattern for a Sexy Elizabeth I Costume. I can only assume this is somehow part of an elaborate homage to Kate Beaton.

Eventually, after some trekking between Lincraft and Cleggs, and a break for a pie and burrito (...both me), we sourced greasepaint and went our separate ways. I went off and bought a few more things for the wedding, and then stopped to read my book and rest my wee feet in the Myer Ladies Lounge. (There's a Myer Ladies Lounge, btw.)

Now recovered, I trekked off to meet [personal profile] calapine, who's here for Worldcon. I was nervous, as I always am, about meeting people from the internet. What if they're strange? What if they have questionable hygiene practices? What if we just don't click? But she was lovely. If you've ever read her LJ and thought, "No one can possibly be as nice and clever and funny as [personal profile] calapine seems, you're right. In real life, she's MUCH nicer and cleverer and funnier. And also Scottish. I mean, I knew in theory that she was Scottish, but it helps to have her around, actually being Scottish.

I had this grand plan to give her a tour of Melbourne via the bookstores, but apparently books are immensely more expensive here than anywhere else in the world. (I have long suspected I was somehow being cheated, AND NOW I KNOW FOR SURE.) We did spend some time in Hill of Content, because its history section contained new biographies of Livia Augusta and Catherine Parr, and two shelves of books about Britain in the Jazz Age. (Which would have come in real handy back in 2005, thanks, universe.)

They also had some very questionable shelving choices, like putting Let The Right One In in the kids section. It was a few shelves away from Mockingjay, which is TAUNTING ME by being out in the world before I've read it. I mean, I have a copy, but I'm trying to save it for the plane trip to Brisbane. (I also plan to load my Kobo up with some ebooks. Has anyone read the Red Riding series by David Peace? It looks interesting, but I've been fooled before, and it would be terrible to be trapped in Queensland with nothing to read. Because it's not like I'll have any kind of wedding preparations to be involved in, no.)

(I may also have plans to load Kobo up with AtLA fanfic. If anyone's interested, this is a really handy site that can grab fic from the Pit of Voles and export it in a couple of formats. Of course, it only works with, but the formatting is good once you've found fic that doesn't make your eyeballs bleed.)

Afterwards, we wandered across the road and fetched up in Madame Brussels, where we somehow spent the rest of the afternoon. I tried to sell [personal profile] calapine on Avatar. She mocked me for having insufficient love for monochrome. We debated whether or not cucumber has any place in a rational human's diet. Then I ate the cucumber from her Pimms.

(She has this very charming idea that all Australians are very healthy eaters, and that's why, when you order Pimms here, it comes with a fruit salad submerged in it. So it's a good thing she'll never know I just had red bean and walnut paste cakes for breakfast.)

All of a sudden, it was VERY DARK. Apparently we'd just spent three hours and a hundred dollars in Madame Brussels. (In my case, it would not be the first time.) [personal profile] calapine got a text from a friend, asking if she wanted to come out to dinner. She said yes, invited me, and we wandered over to Crown (*obligatory Melbournian shudder*) and met up with [profile] robshearman, [personal profile] mondyboy and Dave Of No LJ. They were all really nice, and it was a pleasure to meet them and debate the relative merits of "The Time Monster" (considerable) and compare cats with [profile] robshearman. (I also compared babies with [personal profile] mondyboy, but I think his wins automatically on account of being a son instead of a nephew. WHAT, YOU DIDN'T KNOW IT WAS A COMPETITION?)

Many hours later, they dropped me home, which was especially nice as it was (a) out of the way and (b) 1 am. So I can tell you straight off that I know where most of Sunday morning went, too: sleeping in. But now I've put on a second load of laundry, and I'm about to put the cat on his lead and let him play in the grass while I weed the front garden and do other strenuous and exciting things.


Jul. 13th, 2010 06:56 pm
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I usually say this every time the subject of the main LJ Doctor Who comm's massive fail comes up, but it's always worth repeating:

[community profile] doctorwho

It is a quiet comm (and I really need to catch up on tagging entries), but the general quality of posts so far has been great, and there is always room for more.
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Day 03 - Your favorite new show (aired this TV season)

And here I don't actually have an answer, because I haven't watched any new shows this season.

Actually, that's not true, I watched the first three episodes of V. And it was rubbish. Oh, and I watched the first episode of Luther, the new BBC crime mini-series with Idris Elba and Indira Varma and Paul McGann. And it was not bad, except that the main character keeps exhibiting violent rage when his estranged wife upsets him. And I thought I was coping, but then there were nightmares, and really, I just don't need that much triggering in my TV.

Also, once he figures out that [spoilery character] is actually evil on toast, it gets about 80% less interesting and 200% more misogynistic. So.

So yeah, I don't have a proper answer to this question. If you wait until shows are cancelled before you watch them, you can save yourself a lot of distress and disappointment, I'm just sayin'. Better living through spoilers!

UNRELATED POINT: one of the nifty things about what I choose to call miniskirtgate is people coming into posts and saying things like, "I don't care for Amy for [non-sexist reasons], but tearing down women in the name of 'feminism' is fail." And other people saying, "I love Amy and her wardrobes, but occasionally it seems exploitative, and that makes me uncomfortable."

Also, I really need to reread Pride and Prejudice, but, you know, one thing at a time.
lizbee: (Random: LICK MY LEGS)
It's not about her being intelligent, beautiful and knowing it, witty, sexy and brave. it's about her being all those things... at the same time! Sometimes, it's just too much. (and the same goes for River Song)

So here is a brief and incomplete list of women who are "too much":

My mum
My sister
My sister-in-law
Great Aunty Jim
[personal profile] piecesofalice
[profile] surburbannoir
[personal profile] baggers
[profile] bnharrison
[personal profile] rj_anderson
[personal profile] dear_prudence
[profile] sajee
[personal profile] weaver
[personal profile] yiduiqie
[personal profile] danni
[profile] sister_ananke
[personal profile] violetisblue
[personal profile] ladyvivien
[profile] aerialgrrrl
[profile] binnessface
[profile] binkabookitty
[personal profile] tapedeck
[profile] icegemini
[personal profile] purple_smurf

So ... yeah. Fuck that noise. As some of the women on that list would sooner eat their own tongues than say. If misogynists hate and fear fictional characters, imagine how much more terrifying and amazing real people are. And those are only the ones I could think of before dinner.

In conclusion: PJ Harvey - Sheela Na Gig
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They're not actually very good, because The GIMP is still new to me, and I totally forgot to save all my fonts before I deleted Windows, so ... yeah. But the spate of anti-slut shaming posts directed at Doctor Who fandom left me overcome with a brief wave of creativity.

Photobucket Photobucket

And, of course, there are the PJ Harvey lyrics in the icon I'm using right now. (LJ readers will have to click the link to see it on DW.)

I'm actually kind of eh about the Body Without A Face style here, but Karen Gillan is very tall, and it's hard to get her legs and her face into one 100x100 space.

Want, take, have. If anyone wants to contribute their own, I'm happy to make this a master post. Possibly some Classic Who knees are called for.
lizbee: (DW: Amy (fairy tale))
I KNOW I SHOULD STOP FOLLOWING LINKS, BUT I REALLY ENJOY THE TOTAL COMPREHENSION FAIL HERE. Especially the Proper Feminist Concern that Amy's job is "morally degrading" and her legs are too prominent. Yes, girls, you can be pretty, sexy, clever AND admirable! Sometimes all at the same time!

A bunch of us were talking on Twitter yesterday, about how some fans dislike Amy, or think she is badly written/acted/whatever because they expect her to act and react like a normal person. Which is fine, but for those of us who do not act and react like normal people, and who have to make a considerable effort to figure out how to interact with people like Rose and Donna, she's a breath of fresh air. It's probably not by coincidence that a lot of the same people also glommed onto Martha, who was closer to "normal" than Amy, but who spoke in terms of sci-fi and movie cliches, and read Harry Potter, and generally spoke our language.

And if I wasn't totally behind on getting ready for work, I would expand my thoughts out properly. In short, though: STUPID.


Apr. 13th, 2009 10:15 am
lizbee: Billie Piper looking off in the distance wearing an unbuttoned blouse showing a hint of cleavage, and braces. (Random: Billie (braces))

1.  Everyone knows that River Song is a cheap Bernice Summerfield rip-off*, but apparently no one seems to care that Christina de Souza is Bev Tarrant.  WILL NO ONE CARE FOR THE TERTIARY SPIN-OFF CHARACTERS?

2.  Speaking of Lady Christina, apologies to those who had good reasons for disliking the character, but the word "smug" has been thrown at Female Characters Fandom Dislikes since Martha appeared, so now I just read it as shorthand for "uppity woman who doesn't know she needs to wait for the Doctor to tell her she's allowed to have self-esteem".

3.  I'm working from six-thirty to eleven-thirty tonight, and then I have to be at work again at ten-thirty tomorrow.  This does not please me.

4.  Fail Amazon is fail.

5.  I have heaps of Easter eggs -- more than I've had for years -- yet I find myself craving a savoury crepe. 

6.  If someone can explain to me, using words of one syllable, how to post to Dreamwidth from Semagic, I would be eternally grateful.

* Opinion is repeated for lulz and does not reflect my own beliefs.

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So much rage, as you can see, I nearly forgot to mention it:

The E-space trilogy box set is late.  It was supposed to be at work on Thursday, and it's not.  This is obviously a plot against Romanafen, and I shall be writing an irate letter to several newspapers and concerned organisations as soon as I've perfected my tone of self-righteous outrage.
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I am [ profile] cot_tossed.

I mean, so are a bunch of people, but I started it.



I was planning to PULL OFF MY MASK AND REVEAL MYSELF at some point, but then [ profile] cesario went and made me a maintainer on [ profile] fic_tossed, and I figured the time had come.

So, for the record (because [ profile] cot_tossed is a sock, not a troll, and therefore doesn't barge into people's LJs) here are some things I've been wanting to say:
- I chose the name because the quote makes me laugh, and made a good username.  A friend used to have it as her email .sig.  I was mildly bemused when people interpreted it as a sign of disdain for all fic everywhere.
- I was even more surprised when the icon was held up as evidence of contempt for fandom.  It was just the first picture of Dorothy Parker I found that I (a) liked and (b) hadn't seen everywhere.
- There is nothing I said as [ profile] cot_tossed that I wouldn't say under my own name, but a pseudonym made it easier to distance myself from the politics of personality and engage with stories, as distinct from authors.
- There is some really shit fanfic out there. 
- I am speaking here for myself, not the other puppeteers.  Whether or not they choose to reveal themselves is entirely up to them, and I respect their choice.


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