Trope Bingo

Jan. 3rd, 2014 02:47 pm
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I had so much fun with yuletide I decided to try something new.

metafiction au: apocalypse mind games rivals to lovers against all odds
twenty-four hours to live matchmaker coming out (of the closet) sex pollen bodyswap
au: other soul bonding / soulmates FREE

time travel forbidden fruit
rites of passage / coming of age amnesia au: romance novel sharing a bed unexpected friendship
snowed in road trip au: space fake relationship curtainfic

Test post

Feb. 17th, 2013 04:50 pm
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Because I've got to make this work somehow...
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If I can find a theme I like I suspect I'm going to try the "post at Dreamwidth, cross post to LJ" route. Of course, I've said that before...
rabidsamfan: (watchalongs)
If you have ever watched "Without A Clue" and liked it you MUST GO AND READ THIS FIC.

Trust me. It is brilliance.
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I'm covering my bets and posting at Dreamwidth as well as LJ. Just in case the debacle is too debacly for me. This is the test post. Mind you, I still have the option of viewing in my own style, so I don't know how indignant I'm going to be entirely, but hey, I'm getting tired of websites (I'm looking at you google) fixing what ain't broken.


Dec. 18th, 2011 08:12 pm
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It's too blasted cold in my apartment. 71 degrees at head height and 59 at knee height and I'm afraid to measure the floor.

Thank goodness for electric blankets. But I'm not getting a lot of housecleaning done!
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Well, I went and saw A Game of Shadows tonight, and despite having made the mistake of eating something new and different before the movie, I'm glad I went. Internal distractions aside, I had a good time, having gone in expecting adrenaline charged crackfic and getting it, by heaven!

Spoilers Ahoy! )
rabidsamfan: (annoyed cat)
I've censored the following, in protest of a bill that gives any corporation and the US government the power to censor the internet--a bill that could pass THIS WEEK. To see the uncensored text, and to stop internet censorship, visit:

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rabidsamfan: (watchalongs)
Theobromine is the story I received for Holmestice this round, and it's Great Mouse Detective fic with Dawson being all doctorly and Basil in the grip of a terrible addiction. I truly loved this fic, and it needs more readers.
rabidsamfan: (bbc john)
And this one, about Mike Stamford of the BBC Sherlock'verse is one of those stories. Blame it on me wanting to be able to find it whenever I want a giggle, okay? But trust me, this is brilliance, indeed. A wonderful look into the motivations and personality of the man who knows both John and Sherlock and decides, for the sake of all good things, that this is a combination that needs to happen.
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Well, last year I think Gaudete took the lead, but I am also very fond of both Culver's Christmas and the version of While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night when sung to the tune of "On Ilkley Moor Bar T'at", both from this album. (Which I'm glad to see available as a download, as the CD is over thirty bucks used at Amazon... I love the entire album actually, including all the bits where Stuart is introducing things or telling stories.)

I also like I Believe in Father Christmas by Emerson Lake and Palmer, and there's a medly of European Christmas songs done by Julie Andrews I have on an obscure little CD that was done for Hallmark, I think. It includes Il Est Ne and Noel Nouvelet. And I have an other odd collection which has a song from Ireland called The Little Skillet Pot that's fun, although I've no idea what it has to do with Christmas!


Nov. 27th, 2011 10:58 pm
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Brilliant movie. I strongly recommend it to anyone who loves movies, and can pretty much guarantee you will see it collecting award nominations by the bucketfull.
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Why, oh, why did my neighbor decide to have a party this evening? And why, oh, why, does he play songs with exactly the same backbeat over and over and over?

To heck with cleaning house, I'm going to the movies.

Ah, well.

Nov. 24th, 2011 10:51 am
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The fates have combined to deprive me of turkey. Probably because I really ought to be cleaning house and working on a story I'm already late writing. Such is life. Hope you're all having a good Thanksgiving!
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You may have seen the clip of the cop at UC using pepper spray on kids who are just sitting there with linked arms, but this video goes on to show how the crowd reacted to that incident. It's a little over eight minutes long. (And it pretty much shows that the kids who were sitting and protesting weren't blocking much of anything other than a concrete path across the quad, since there are people all around the protest -- and I do mean on every possible side.) I can't imagine anything more idiotic. A little patience and sooner or later the protesters would have dispersed in the direction of food, bathrooms, and classes. But pepper spray? That could have set off a real riot! Watch and see how close it came. Clearly, though, when someone on that police force realized that they'd crossed a line and that there were six dozen cameras proving it, they backed off in the face of the crowd response. Thank goodness.

I have to give credit to the police in Boston the other night. They were with us, they blocked the bridge, yeah, but they didn't take any aggressive actions at the protest, and what they did do was mostly traffic direction, keeping us on the route and the cars from the side streets out of it.

I cannot see the logic of being violent toward non-violent protesters. It's asking for trouble.
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Originally posted by [ profile] write_light at BAD Internet Laws Heading Your Way

From the flist: 

Spread the word, even you're not a US citizen, it is important for everyone!! It easy to do and it can change everything. More info by clicking on the banner.

Website Blocking

The government can order service providers to block websites for infringing links posted by any users.

Risk of Jail for Ordinary Users

It becomes a felony with a potential 5 year sentence to stream a copyrighted work that would cost more than $2,500 to license, even if you are a totally noncommercial user, e.g. singing a pop song on Facebook.

Chaos for the Internet

Thousands of sites that are legal under the DMCA would face new legal threats. People trying to keep the internet more secure wouldn't be able to rely on the integrity of the DNS system.

Read this analysis from

Get on the phone and call your representative. Express your disapproval. Tell him or her exactly how you feel, and that you don't support this. Tell your friends to call their representatives, their Congressperson, and complain. Mention that you are a registered voter that takes your civic responsibility seriously and that you will use that vote to express your feelings about this.

“We support the bill’s stated goals — providing additional enforcement tools to combat foreign ‘rogue’ websites that are dedicated to copyright infringement or counterfeiting,” the Internet companies wrote in Tuesday’s letter. “Unfortunately, the bills as drafted would expose law-abiding U.S. Internet and technology companies to new uncertain liabilities, private rights of action and technology mandates that would require monitoring of websites.”  The chamber-led coalition in support of the bill includes Walmart, Eli Lilly & Co. and Netflix.

Google and other opponents of the legislation argue that restricting the Internet in the U.S. sets a bad international precedent and that the language defines infringing too broadly.

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Here we are again, another year, another request for the New Avengers... )

I recently reread Terry Pratchett's Nation and I got to thinking )

Without a Clue )

And then there's Tris. )

I read everything from angst to farce, every rating, gen, het, and slash, serious or silly, and I love a good fandom trope done with the glee it deserves. I'm generally good with humor or brightfic, but I do have some things I'm wary of on the more serious end of the scale. Dark!heroes need to be written exceptionally well for example, with the barest of twists from canon characterization (more like shadowy than actually dark, if that makes any sense), and I'm awfully fussy about genderbent characters, because it's so difficult to manage it without losing the essential nature of the character and still having the new gender feel like it wasn't plastered on. I squick on incest, pederasty and torture, unless the perpetrators are clearly bad guys and even then I don't want details, thanks. I've never seen a story labelled "hatesex" that I wanted to click through to read, and I'm wary of secretive adultery although I'm perfectly happy with cheerful non-monogamy when everyone knows the score. I generally want comfort with my hurt, and for this yuletide I truly do want an hopeful ending if you've delved into the angst bucket.

Thank you!
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And marched around the North End of Boston with the Occupy Boston folks, as well as a whole lotta union folks, lots of older people (some of them clearly retirees), a few kids, and many other folks who are getting tired of the playing field being so very slanted right now. All shades of the human rainbow, too. Despite the rain and the cold it was a pretty decent, if noisy turnout and we walked for about two hours total. (We were escorted by cops the whole way, too, on either side.) Lots of media, too. And legal observers with notebooks who were happy not to have to write anything down. The chant of the evening was "Jobs Not Cuts". As one kid said to me, "I want to be a taxpayer. But first I need a job."

We meant to go to the Charlestown bridge and talk on it about how it needs repair. The cops wouldn't let us go on the bridge itself, but ironically, their line of "don't go here we're in riot gear" folks blocked traffic just as effectively as we would have. I mentioned that to one of the older cops and he sighed and said "long story..."

I'm hoarse, I tripped and fell (and nice people made sure I was all right, but my knee is coming up glorious colors), and I'm going to sleep like a rock, but it was a good experience. And there were lots of people looking out windows of hotels and things, some of whom were clearly cheering us on.
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[Error: unknown template qotd]No. Not ever. It's the wrong thing to do on so many levels it isn't even funny.

I work in a public library, and because of CIPA we have filters on the public computers. I've seen them block everything from fanfiction to Fox news. (Poor people aren't allowed to use the entire internet, you know.) This mechanism, if it is in place WILL be misused. It isn't a matter of if, it's a matter of when.

Call your politicians, tell them this is the wrong thing to do.


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