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In Chronological Order:
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Margo's musical episode.
 
Margo deserved a way better backstory than she was given.
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So the thing that makes me ABSOLUTELY INCANDESCENT WITH RAGE is this line from Hollywood Reporter’s interview with the magicians creative team [x]:

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So I thirst watched TNT’s Will (the William Shakespeare thing) which is, like, not great, but the dude playing Will is like, so very specifically my type it is uncanny and he weeps so prettily with his giant doll eyes (I have a weakness, okay, a frailty even, for doll eyed slender pretty men with longish hair and stubble in tight fitting leather period leggings did I mention how SPECIFIC this show was to my interests? unsettlingly).

And while I found the het romance very ueurgh (cheating+Catholic guilt+a bunch of other bad het trope bs) I did very much like all of the scenes where Shakespeare gets in real close to Kit Marlowe and tries to glare at him but then keeps glancing down at Marlowe’s mouth like he can’t help himself.
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So I did some ... consulting? As a favor to a friend with a band. I went to her band's practice session and gave them some advice on improving their vocal harmony arrangements and helped the lead singer fix her performance for this one song where she was just the tiniest bit flat . Everyone thought the songs sounded better with my suggestions implemented, so that was edifying. 

I've never had someone thank me for telling them they were singing off-key before.

Also I'm writing fan fiction for the first time since teen wolf. Magicians' got me
fucked up.


Update

Feb. 27th, 2019 08:21 am
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So the whole "don't post meta on AO3" mini kerfuffle got even wankier last night.

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I did end up getting [a wonderful essay response] to [my AO3 meta post] (which is actually a combination of two shorter meta posts I put up here and on tumblr) that expanded beautifully on all my ideas, so all in all, posting meta to AO3 was a worthwhile endeavor, and I'll definitely be posting more fan meta to AO3 for as long as I keep getting great feedback like that.
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So I found out my Magicians meta posts weren't showing up in tumblr tag searches. I contacted support, and now my blog is "pending review" so who knows. Maybe my tumblr blog will just get deleted altogether and I'll finally be free. [ETA: So shockingly, they actually did unblock my blog in a relatively short amount of time]

ANYWAY, I wanted Magicians fans to actually have a chance of seeing my meta, so I posted it to AO3, which we all know officially voted to welcome meta posts back in 2013, given the plethora of meta posts we see on AO3 now (some of which are even written by board members!).

Or at least I thought we all knew that, but some asshole just left the following comment on my post, 2 seconds after it went up: "Ao3 is not a place to post this. Reported."

Not even trying to be polite about it.

Not even trying to check the actual community guidelines

??????

What the hell is this creature's damage?

ETA: LMAO wild. A second person came onto my meta post saying (in so many words) "Stop playing the victim you know what you did wrong." Yeah -- I'm fully aware that I DID NOTHING WRONG HERE. Then asked me why I didn't just post meta on _insert list of commercial corporate websites that are actively hostile to fans, including one that was at that very moment actively blocking my meta posts from appearing in fandom tag searches_.

Of course before I could formulate a reply they deleted their own comment.
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Quentin makes a speech at the end of season 3, telling the squad that he’s decided to sign himself over to an eternity in hellprison being the Monster’s guardian. When his friends try to argue with him about the decision, he says, “Alice, who’s the one that died for us?” then turns to Eliot and says, “You were willing to stay in Fillory forever. How is this different?”

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Also having the guy you’re in love with tell you he’s not sure you’re gay enough for a relationship between the two of you to work, in spite of the fact that the two of you were happily married for FIFTY GODDAMN YEARS in an alternate timeline, is (inexplicably, yet still profoundly and authentically) The Quintessential Bisexual Experience™.
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Okay so very favorite storytelling thing in any tv show is when a new episode reveals a missing scene or secret that forces you re-think a whole bunch of past events.

And FUUUUUUUUck so Quentin going on a suicide mission at the end of the last season takes on a whole new light. Specifically Quentin telling his dad that he’s going on a suicide mission to bring magic back, even with the knowledge that bringing magic back may bring back his dad’s apparently magical cancer and kill him, and his Dad asking Quentin “So, are you here to ask my permission?” and Quentin replying:

“On this quest, I’ve lived a whole life. I grew old, and I got married, and I had a son -- who grew old. And what was all that for if it’s not for this?”

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Excuse me while I go listen to "The Only Exception" by Paramore on repeat.

Magicians

Feb. 22nd, 2019 08:38 pm
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So I had to wait a couple days because I was moving to Brooklyn but WHO WILL SCREAM ENDLESSLY WITH ME OVER THE LAST EPISODE???????????? DID THEY FUCKING JUST????????????? ELIOT WHAT THE FUCK!!!!!!!!???!!!
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So I decided to try watching the new Roswell. Kind of an interesting take on a remake.

Same characters, similar plot, but instead of happening in high school, events are taking place when everybody's in their mid-twenties. They made angrysad foster kid Michael canon queer and made one of the less popular slash ships from the original show canon.

I didn't watch the original series religiously or anything, but I saw maybe 1/4 of it. I always thought the main het ship looked too similar to each other in the original -- like they should have been playing siblings instead of love interests. They fixed that this time around with some racebending. Show now has actual Latinx actors and makes some relevant meta-commentary on immigration and racism -- given it's a show about aliens (from outer space) in a US border town, this is what the original series SHOULD have been doing so it's good that the reboot is making an effort.

TL&DR I like it so far -- it's exactly the kind of fanfic I would have wanted to read when the original show was airing.

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Jan. 18th, 2019 10:07 am
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I applied to 4 jobs yesterday. I need to apply to 2 more today and make at least some progress on an additional 2 applications (one job is one that I've applied to before, but it's half a year later and this time I'm actually editing together a reel for them to make it look like I'm more serious about sound design and not just a composer settling for the next best thing) (though technically that is exactly what I am) and I've got another 7 or so lined up for the next week.

Basically applying to anything even vaguely music or audio industry related, which makes this all a huge pain, because the jobs are all just different enough that I can't recycle the same CV or swap out names on the cover letter -- I actually gotta re-do shit from scratch.

I've been having a really rough week tbh. Huge fight with my sister. Not enough hours at current job (hence the job hunt) and stressed about money.

Today I get to read an audiobook for the blind library, which I love doing, so hopefully, that will cheer me up and if not there is ice cream in the freezer and bourbon on the shelf and Ocean's 8 is included with my sister's HBO subscription.
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So yesterday, after buying some pre-sliced beef marrow bones on a whim at Whole Foods (I went in hoping to buy chicken liver, since all my other local grocery stores have stopped selling it; consequently this Whole Foods has ALSO stopped selling it, and the butcher shop I tried only sells enormous restaurant portions), I roasted them for a bit, ate some of the marrow with some gnocchi I had in the fridge, then threw the bones and whatever marrow was still clinging to the insides of them into a pot to make a minimalist bone broth -- by which I mean I just boiled the bones with a few cloves of garlic and some dry Herbes de Provence spice mix and a few bay leaves and didn’t bother to add fresh vegetables like most recipes call for because I didn’t feel like going on another grocery run.

I put it in the fridge last night. I want it to simmer for another day before I strain it, but before putting it back on the stove this morning, I took all the fat that had floated to the top of the mix, now solidified and infused with Herbes de Provence and garlic, put a little in a frying pan to scramble this morning's eggs, and put the rest in an empty cream cheese container I rescued from my recycling bin and back in the fridge.

Best goddamn scrambled eggs I've ever eaten.

ETA: I made it to the grocery store and got a red onion and some baby carrots to add to the bone broth. I will use it for couscous later in the week.
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So I just got about one page into this New Yorker Review of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel before getting too pissed off to continue.

Like, okay, I don't expect everybody to like the show. It's fluffy.

But it seems like the main thrust of Emily Nussbalm's scathing critique is that the female protagonist is too much of a Mary-Sue, which ... really?

She describes the show as a "cloying fantasia" which is a really fancy way of saying that the protagonist is too unrealistic -- why? Well, because she's good at more than one thing, success in her chosen career comes fairly easily to her, and also she's pretty.

The show's protagonist has the same base personality type, talent level, and attributes as, oh let's say ~80% of the male leads in all genres of television throughout television history. And yet a female writer penned this critique, seemingly without any self-awareness as to the double standards the critique is perpetuating.

The author of the article also thinks the show could be edgier. How, you ask? She thinks the butch manager should be pining after the straight protagonist. The non-gender-conforming butch isn't sad or pathetic enough.

I threw up a little in my mouth and then I didn't bother reading the rest.

Just.

I'm so tired.

Let women have power fantasies.
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The nicest thing about learning to brew mead from tumblr -- besides having mead, is that I get all the social benefits of having an interesting hobby without most of the work associated with having an interesting hobby.

To someone who knows very little about either process, saying "I brew mead" sounds just as impressive as saying "I restore old books" but the former only requires about an hour of labor a month, if that.
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So I realized this week that the problem with the tween romance in Stranger Things is that it’s essentially the Born Sexy Yesterday trope performed by children.

Which is to say, the premise of the romantic connection is that girl likes boy because he’s the first boy she’s ever met and presents himself as her window to the world.

The other side of that is that boy likes girl because she fits a controlling fantasy in which he gets to be her first everything and teach her everything he wants her to know and never have to worry about her having interests outside of him since the only interests she has are the ones he gives her.

The trope is made even creepier in the second season, most of which she spends in solitary isolation in a shack in the woods, never able to see people her age unless she astrally projects herself, which causes her nosebleeds.

I can’t decide which is creepier:

The regular version of this trope, in which an adult woman’s body contains a mind of a baby

Or the child version of this trope, in which a 13 year old boy who should be learning how to interact in a healthy manner with girls who are his peers, instead finds a pretty girl he can keep in his closet and groom.

Dr. Who

Dec. 5th, 2018 06:30 pm
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I made a promise with myself that if Dr. Who ever got a woman doctor I'd start watching it -- and I have!

I'm really enjoying it so far. Love all the season's core characters. Really enjoyed the witch trial episode, particularly the nod to the very queer history of King James in casting Alan Cumming.

It's hit and miss. The Rosa Parks episode was particularly painful, pushing the whitewashed "she was just tired" propaganda version of the narrative, erasing Claudette Colvin, and making it seem like civil rights revolutions are the result of happenstance and individual acts of surprise heroism, when in fact they are long, multi-pronged campaigns carefully engineered by a whole community of dedicated, organized, educated activists.

>> https://www.pbs.org/video/is-the-rosa-parks-story-true-zw9irm/

The political satire seems to be falling flat in a lot of places.

In Arachnids in the UK, the unscrupulous gun nut businessman with political aspirations is clearly supposed to be an outrageous caricature of a rich white republican man, but like. Trump already exists. And Trump is already a caricature of a caricature of a caricature of himself. So any attempt to parody the American stereotype in fiction fails, because what was supposed to be a caricature instead comes across as a calmer, more intelligent, more reasonable, & toned down version of Trump -- the milquetoast!Trump.

Kerblam!, the Amazon Prime episode was just ...bad worldbuilding. The villain's motivations just ... made no sense? Why is the future proletariat so foolish as to be fighting robot slaves for acces to unfulfilling, dangerous, repetitive, socially isolating factory labor? I spent the whole episode just yelling UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME at the screen.

I'm surprised at how much death there is in this show. How much, and also how formulaic the death is in the show. It seems to be the pattern that the show gets you emotionally invested in several new characters at the beginning of an episode and then proceeds to kill 1/2 to 2/3 of said characters before the end of the episode. Like, characters die in Star Trek, but not generally in a "tragedy of the week" sort of way.

Are the previous season like that?

I think my favorite episodes so far are Demons of Punjab and The Witchfinders.

YIKES

Dec. 4th, 2018 10:53 pm
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https://www.nic.io/rules.htm

So apparently nsfw content is forbidden on .IO domains:
5. APPROPRIATE USE
No .IO domain may be used, directly or indirectly, for any purpose that is sexual or pornographic or that is against the statutory laws of any Nation. In the event of the Registry being advised by any party that a specific site breaches this condition then the Registry reserves the right to immediately deactivate the offending registration.


Fandom may need to rethink migrating to Pillowfort until/unless they move their platform to a different domain.

Also does anybody know of a nice informational video that will explain to me the free web / peer to peer web publishing? I got a link to the beaker browser website but I need a friendly voice to explain to me in small words what that actually is.

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