spatz: frost covered red leaves on frozen grass (frost leaves)
Dear Yuletide Author,

Thank you for writing fic in this tiny fandom for me! Here's some information about me, my general likes/dislikes, and specific ramblings and prompts for my requested fandoms if that will help you.

General )

Requested fandoms )
spatz: sundial with fall leaves (sundial)
XMFC space assassin AU
I have a vague memory that this started as a dream, but then I wrote the opening scene and had nothing else.

In retrospect, it's very Erik-as-the-Winter-Soldier, but IN SPACE! :D )

Snow White & the Huntsman
Wow, I memory of writing this. Apparently I liked the movie enough to want to write fic, which must have lasted all of a week. Warnings for...overly poetic and euphemistic cunnilingus?

breathe )

SPN post-S5 coda
I think I wrote this scene of Dean unpacking his duffel bag at Lisa's right after the S5 finale, and then never a) posted it or b) watched the S6 premiere. So, you know, caveat lector. Prettty sure it's been jossed.

I literally just titled the draft 'coda'. Original of me. )
spatz: miniseries Alice approaches a vial of red liquid (Alice curiosity killed the cat)
I've seen that movie meme going around:

Anyone who feels like it should post their ten most CRUCIAL CRUCIAL CRUCIAL-ASS movies, like the movies that explain everything about yourselves in your current incarnations (not necessarily your ten favorite movies but the ten movies that you, as a person existing currently, feel would help people get to know you) (they can change later on obviously).

I actually did this on Tumblr first, but on reflection (and since it's no longer 3AM)(just 1AM), I have revised it thusly:

1) The Philadelphia Story
2) District B-13
3) The Shawshank Redemption
4) The Sting
5) Spider-Man 2
6) Trash Dance Aliens
7) Matilda
8) Bull Durham
9) Apollo 13 The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking (my go-to rent-this-for-me-when-sick movie at age 6)
10) Anastasia

Technically, if these are supposed to be formative/representative films, this should *also* include the *other* movie I watched a million times when sick as a child -- but for the life of me, I cannot remember the title. I vaguely remember that it was about a fairy who granted those "Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight" wishes. She was lonely and overloaded, so she ended up recruiting a team to help her, and then there was something involving a villain who attacked their castle and took the original fairy captive and the team had to rescue her. I wish I remember what it was called, because clearly I imprinted on it with regards to someone being lonely and unloved, teams becoming found families, wish fulfillment, and h/c rescues. And groups of awesome ladies.


In other news, everything is Bucky feels and therefore everything hurts.

If you are looking for a WIP to read for your daily dose of emotional agony, check out Out of the Dead Land, written for the prompt:

Sam and Steve find the Winter Soldier and begin the process of deprogramming him. At first his progress seems to be astounding -- it's like having Bucky back again. But there's little cracks in the facade, and Steve catches on that Winter Soldier doesn't have his memories back. He's just studied up on how to be Bucky. He's memorized facts about the Howling Commandos, their old neighborhood in Brooklyn, even personal details about Steve himself, but it's not *perfect* and it's not truly *Bucky*, it's the Winter Soldier playing at being Bucky. He wants to be Bucky very badly.

SO GOOD. It's gorgeously written Bucky POV, and hitting every 'Bucky is emotionally broken but still uber-competent, yet doesn't know how to handle his Steve love' button that I have. Plus, there's a cool plot that I won't spoil, and her Natasha may be the best Natasha I've found post-movie.

The author-anon says it's two-thirds done, so you could wait, but man, sometimes I just like torturing myself in this fandom.
spatz: cartoon bunnies on stilts with caption "dramatic character-driven stories... or stilts?" (Bunnies stories or stilts?)
So I pulled an all-nighter last night finishing the draft of my Bucky post-movie fic. I...haven't ever done that.

Well. I did take a break and write a mini-essay on Mary Pickford, so it was sort of like film school.

I also had a thought about Steve and Natasha: Read more... )
spatz: Tony Stark working on machinery (Tony mechanic)
I was googling "Captain America: Living Legend & Symbol of Courage" to see if I'd remembered the name of Steve's Smithsonian exhibit correctly, and discovered a) I was right and b) they apparently put the exhibit at Disneyland.

Don't get too excited: the internal content is not really the same, but they must have donated a few of the props from the movie because the entry sign is the same IIRC, and they have the skinny Steve/serum Steve holographic display.

OMG, NERDS. Film people are the best.

ETA: Wow, also just realized spoilers )
spatz: darkfield photograph of a nematode, caption "Unleash the nematodes of war!" (nematodes of war)
I feel like March has lasted forever, I've been so busy -- and it's not even over yet. Here, have some random links as I clean up my inbox and my life:

The Indian sanitary pad revolution

A rural Indian man invented a cheap, simple machine to make sanitary pads, and the fallout has been awesome. I've heard of this man before, but it was a while ago -- when he won that contest for his invention, IIRC. Apparently in the years since, he's taken his invention, refused to commercialize, and instead started to spread them through impoverished areas: creating jobs, improving hygiene, and makes it easier for girls to stay in school after they hit puberty. And now he wants to go international. *hearteyes* There's a documentary about the full story available streaming here for $4. I'm documentary'd out after SXSW, but I'll have to check it out.

Researcher reveals how “Computer Geeks” replaced “Computer Girls”
Asked to picture a computer programmer, most of us describe the archetypal computer geek, a brilliant but socially-awkward male. [...] It may be surprising, then, to learn that the earliest computer programmers were women and that the programming field was once stereotyped as female.
5 Truths About Sexual Fetishes

Interesting and funny read, but man, is almost as dangerous as TvTropes once you get going.
spatz: Finch peering into air duct (POI Finch peer)
[personal profile] inmyriadbits and I are finally catching up on POI, and saw 3x03-3x05 tonight. Since I'm quite tired, my primary reaction was a) disappointment over the ladies night episode, which was expected given the reaction of my flist, and b) profound amusement that they titled 3x05 'Razgovor', which means 'talk', 'conversation' or 'job interview' in Serbo-Croatian. Which makes it both a nerdy classic film reference AND a nod to Shaw & Finch's arc in the episode.

Well-played, POI writers. Your legacy of excellent nerdery continues promisingly.
spatz: cartoon bunnies on stilts with caption "dramatic character-driven stories... or stilts?" (Bunnies stories or stilts?)
Yuletide reveals are up, yay! I wrote gimel for [ profile] donutsweeper, a quiet little Arrow team story about Oliver and Diggle crashing Felicity's Hanukkah celebration. Many, many thanks to [personal profile] inmyriadbits for the beta job of awesome, and to [ profile] arsenicjade for doing a last-minute Judaism-pick for me. ♥

I got three awesome stories this year, which was a new and delightful experience!!!

gifts: Lockout, B13 )

I also beta'd three fics this year, all of which were awesome.

betas: Bletchley Circle, Arrow, & Curse of Chalion )
spatz: Dr Erskine flicking microphone to get attention (Erskine microphone)
As some of you might have guessed from my last post, I fell face-first back into Avengers fandom recently (hahaha, typoed that as 'feel face-first', also accurate). Partially, this is an attempt to finish a WIP that's been sitting around since May 2012 and partially because I was getting a little crazy about Person of Interest. (I broke down in insane tears of frustration over something very stupid involving codecs, and decided to take a break. Basically.)

Tonight, I spent literally an hour trawling through Samuel L. Jackson's IMDB page to play six degrees of separation with the Avengers cast and every other comics movie ever. I was having so much fun that I did not even realize it was taking that long until I looked at the clock.


....But for the record, Samuel L. Jackson is totally in the lead in that game.
spatz: Leito crouched on the hood of a car, grinning (B13 Leito grin)
Dear Yuletide Author,

First of all, I am SO sorry it took so long to write this for you. I have two people and a whippet camped out in my living room, and none of them are fannish, so finding space to write this has been difficult. :D

Secondly, hi! Yuletide is here, and I am so happy you're writing for me! Clearly, you have awesome taste in fandoms :) I'm incredibly easy-going, so if prompts are not something you find useful or inspiring, feel free to ignore any and all of the rambling below or my prompts in the sign-up. My only hardline request is that you not write incest. It's my one cast-iron squick, and I would not be able to read the story.

An incomplete list of things I do like )

Banlieue 13 )

Lockout )

The Wolverine )

Books of the Raksura )

Fast and the Furious series )

Temeraire )
spatz: Reese smiling with camera (Reese happy lurker)
After reaching page 56 on my dashboard and passing 4 AM, I made a thing comparing Person of Interest and North By Northwest. (spoilers for 2x21)

I think that makes this three posts in 5 hours. And I didn't even post the fic I wrote. ALREADY MOST PRODUCTIVE MONDAY EVER. (...goddammit, POI, stop eating my brain.)

Now I am going to sleep.
spatz: Gene Kelly pantomiming ridiculously in period dress, caption "OH NOES!" (SITR oh noes)
Apparently Greg Grunberg is in a movie called Big Ass Spider! in the Midnighters group. I must go to this. Oh, god, it looks so terrible. *glee* (for those unfamiliar with SX, Midnighters are usually genre scifi/horror/slasher films. Attack the Block was a Midnighter two years ago.)

Also, there's a sequel to Before Sunrise and Before Sunset premiering tomorrow, which I am going to try for, but since this is a Linklater film in Austin, I'm not super optimistic about my chances, even at the Paramount. Cross your fingers for me.

This sounds kind of annoying, but I am tempted to go see it just because it supposedly includes the Drafthouse's Air Sex competition.

ETA: Also, if the SX schedule could stop crashing on me and losing my bookmarks, that would be awesome. *sigh*
spatz: closeup of Ray's hand revealing detective badge hidden under his jacket, caption "Duty" (Due South RayK badge)
I should really stop saying I don't like things, because then I inevitably end up wearing pink, or reading RPF, or writing fic where two characters played by Jeremy Renner are actually the same person. *facepalm*

I don't even LIKE this movie, wtf. I just got pissed that they killed off the only likeable and intelligent character in the movie, and, combined with my firm belief that Coulson would never let a zombie apocalypse happen on his watch, wound up writing fix-it fic.

(Jeremy Renner in tactical gear had absolutely nothing to do with that decison. Noooo.)

...Um, anyone interested in doing a beta? Preferably someone who has seen 28 Weeks Later recently?
spatz: green bird perched on a hand (books)
Yuletide is here! I got an amazing story for the film Weekend, which about a man named Russell having a one-night stand with a man named Glen, that turns into something more. It's a stunning little film, far and away my favorite of the twelve movies I saw at SXSW this year - now available on Netflix streaming, thank goodness, because it doesn't have DVD distribution in the US yet.

My gift was you cannot conquer time and it is GORGEOUS post-movie fix-it fic that somehow perfectly captures the characters and the tone of the movie (which I can barely believe the *movie* did, sometimes). Basically: 15,000 words of exactly what I wanted. *g* Yuletide Author, you are the best!


Other awesome stories so far:

Taking The Stairs (Life)
Charlie, Ted, and Tidwell get stuck in an elevator together. I mean - the concept *alone*, right? But it's also a hilarious combination of Charlie in full-on Zen babble mode and some lovely character moments. ♥

The Team Player (Sports Night)
In which Kim is a PR ninja and everyone should worship her in awe. Why are there not already a million fics of this? It's basically canon.

A Madcap Proposal (Lost in Austen)
Post-miniseries, Caroline Bingley and Wickham team up and have Heyer-esque shenanigans in London. All the hysterically catty comments and engagement-of-convenience a girl could want!

In Uniform (B13)
Leito has feelings about Damian in his police uniform. JFC, awesome study of how violence and passion are intricately intertwined in their relationship. And fucking hot.

give me courage not to fear no one (Attack the Block)
Four weapons Moses used, and one he didn't. Why hello there, pitch-perfect Moses voice.


Hey internet, can you recommend some good scifi books of the more lyrical/attention-to-prose/well-written vein? My sister [ profile] ersatzemma was asking for recs for her boyfriend, but we basically came up with Ursula LeGuin. :| Ya'll can do better than that, I'm sure! He likes the beat poets, if that helps narrow it down any.

SXSW 2011

Mar. 20th, 2011 02:34 am
spatz: concert crowd doing rock hands (rock out)
18 shows
+8 days
+7 documentaries
+5 feature films
+4 band members who recognized my face by the end of the week (whoops)
+3 blisters
+2-day trip to Vegas for free
+1 sunburn
+large quantities of booze and tangelos

=an awesome week.
spatz: green bird perched on a hand (DC Lex ideas)
I went to see Inception for the second time - just as enjoyable as the first time, and I absorbed a lot more of the universe rules this time around.

Unfortunately, *that* meant discovering that Inception Math timescale thing that has been linked in every pimp post and picspam I've seen so far, which I have been basing all of my mental math on?

It's wrong! At least, wrong during the Fischer job. And during any dream sharing that isn't Ariadne's training.

Warning: basic arithmetic and anal-retentiveness )
spatz: darkfield photograph of a nematode, caption "Unleash the nematodes of war!" (nematodes of war)
Happy San Jacinto Day, Texans! Here, have some miscellaneous links that have been piling up in my notes:

The Broccoli Test returns
A revival of the classic meme (an explanation is linked if you're unfamiliar) with analysis of three newer slash couples - Dean/Castiel, Neal Caffrey/Peter Burke, and Arthur/Merlin.

conversation I had with Lindsey about Damien Lewis and Doctor Who

Tomorrow When the War Began trailer
OMFG I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS MOVIE. (Basically: Australia is invaded and a group of teenagers who were camping at the time fight a guerilla campaign against the invaders.) And fandom should be excited, too! If the filmmakers even *vaguely* follow the books, they'll star an intelligent, brave, unbelievably (but believably) tough girl who blows shit up in creative ways, falls in love and lust in the middle of fighting a guerrilla war, and manages to keep her friends together and fighting through it all. Ellie is a fucking badass, y'all.

Speaking of awesome ladies, a gorgeous, sweeping female character picspam
The ladies herein are amazing - not just kickass, but flawed, intelligent, complex, cheerful, strong, funny, sexy, ambitious, kind. I recognized most of them, but ended up wanting to meet the ones I didn't. Let's just say my Netflix queue grew a bit the day I saw this post ;)
spatz: green bird perched on a hand (lamppost)
First off, I made myself an icon! It's from that recent XKCD strip, and I needed to trade out my fall icon for a winter one anyway.


I have fangirled Zoic Studios, the special effects people who did Firefly, for awhile now. I knew they were my kind of people when I saw the Battlestar Galactica miniseries and a little Firefly-class ship flew by in the background of an early scene. So when I heard they'd started a blog, rather creepily named I Design Your Eyes (apparently a Blade Runner reference?), I went over to explore.

I was scrolling past a fundraiser notice for an LA theater group, and went, "Hey, is that Wendell from Bones?" In tights and hilarious plaid shoes? And indeed it was! LOLtastic, right?

But even BETTER, there were pictures from *another* production last year that apparently had the scorchingly hot combo of Chris Pine and Jamie Rae Newman.

Barefoot. Bedheaded. Shirtless.

Don't say I never did nothin' for ya. :D
spatz: line art of golden sun with stylized rays (Sunrise)
This week's [ profile] fannish5:
Name 5 characters whose wardrobe you would love to have.

1) Penelope Garcia: Do I really need to justify this? *pervs on Kristen Vangsness*
2) Morgana: Rowr, gowns with pretty bodices and clean lines. (Though I expect Gwen's wardrobe would fit me better)
3) Sydney Bristow: All the wigs and stilettos I never knew I wanted to wear.
4) The Doctor: Fashion from across time and space, enough to fill a spiral staircase storage area. *wistful sigh*
5) Grace Kelly in To Catch A Thief

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