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Apr. 3rd, 2013 07:25 pm
spatz: Finch peering into air duct (POI Finch peer)
Originally found this through Avengers fandom, but I figured POI people could use it too:
Manhattan does not have suburban-style malls or supermarkets

Relatedly, I've been having a lot of feelings lately about Harold Finch and New York City.

Read more... )
spatz: Reese smiling with camera (Reese happy lurker)
I've been bookmarking a lot of POI fic lately in hopes of doing some old-school recs, but the past few days have seen some awesome posts from the non-fic areas of the fandom, so you're getting that instead.

No Man's Woman by [personal profile] giandujakiss
This Reese/Finch vid is as adorable as its song choice is hilarious, and the editing is superbly funny and feels-inducing. ♥

Reese's Identity Crisis by [personal profile] esteefee
A nice piece of meta collecting moments from S1 where people ask John, "Who are you?", and how he answers. (I really want to do this with all the times John feeds people, now.)

The Man in The Suit by hellotailor
Hellotailor takes on the costume design for the show with her usual insight. Ahaha, another convert. I should have known the suits would get her.



And, two profiles of real life people who saved lives:

Fred Rogers: Can you say 'hero'?

Chiune Sugihara: The Hero Who Didn’t Walk Away
spatz: Natasha looking over her shoulder in 3/4 profile (Natasha profile)
Over on Tumblr, This discussion of Natasha and what it means to be a superhero got me thinking tangentially about Natasha and her relationship to the organizations and people she feels a duty towards.

For me, it leads back to a story I've been trying to write for awhile now, which is that there's a difference between being a superhero and identifying as one. Those six people who fought in New York are the Avengers now in the public's eye and in ours, but who among them actually thinks of themselves that way, as heroes or as a team? Tony, I think, is the only one: planning apartments for everyone, challenging Bruce, dragging everyone to schwarma. But he is also at the end of a three-movie heroic arc that got him there. He chose to be Iron Man, chose again to be a hero instead of letting his ego rule, and chose to fight with (and name) Earth's Mightiest Heroes.

Thor )

Steve )

Natasha )

Bruce )

Clint )

Aaaaand, now it's 4 AM, so I have to sleep, but please come talk about these ridiculous people with me.
spatz: Thor in silhouette inside whirlwind (Thor storm)
I'm happy that Avengers fandom has finally hit the point when it starts backlashing against its own fanon - at least, the this-characterization-is-completely-unrecognizable stuff. I've linked Things That Would Surprise Captain America before, and a tiny Coulson/paperwork rant (seriously, I have nothing against paperwork, but there are so many other things he can do).

Anyway: Why Thor is Not A Fucking Idiot (A Comprehensive Post)

Amazing, funny, and includes this hysterical and completely accurate digression about Steve Rogers:
Here’s what Steve probably remembers from the 1940’s: His desegregated military squad. His squad in the midst of an escape picking up Tesseract-charged weapons and being all LOL WHAT DOES THIS DO and IDK BRO TRY SHOOTING IT and OH WOW THAT WORKS I GUESS and not a single one of them standing around clutching at their pearls and crying OH MY LAWD, I DON’T RECOGNIZE THIS ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY.
IDK BRO TRY SHOOTING IT. *dies* I can never watch that scene again with a straight face.

But yes, can we all remember that Thor is a semi-competent dude and a grownup superhero, not a frat boy moron? Please and thank you. Just because Loki tricked him along with EVERYONE ELSE does not mean he thinks gullible is written on the ceiling.

(...actually, he probably would fall for that. But only once, and it would be hilarious.)
spatz: caption "Keep Calm and Call Coulson", with SHIELD logo (keep calm)
A quick clarification.

Things we see Phil Coulson do in the Marvel Movie Universe:
-strategically ambush Tony Stark: Master of Evasion into an appointment
-blow open an armored door
-threaten to taze Tony
-con a US Army General
-eat pancakes
-take out two gas station robbers while unarmed and carrying donuts
-confiscate wormhole research and equipment
-attempt to debrief a god
-evacuate a research facility shortly before it implodes
-fanboy Captain America
-taunt and shoot a god with an experimental energy gun while stabbed through the chest

Things we never see Phil Coulson do:
-PAPERWORK

He does not appear to have an office, nor can I recall him even *holding* a pen, paper, or any related office supplies.

That is all.
spatz: Tony manipulating Tesseract hologram (Tony cube hologram)
Work is incredibly slow today, so I just spent 6 um, 8 hours amassing a truly huge amount of research and links surrounding The Avengers.

1) Law and the Multiverse
This is a blog that discusses fictional legal issues that might exist in the universe of superheroes and comics: awesome. They put together a number of posts about the movie listed here in order of how interesting I found them: )

I have not yet read their article Death and Taxes and Zombies, but I am linking to it for [personal profile] celli. :D

2) Character Dialogue Analysis
Written by [personal profile] grey_bard, these are some neat, incisive breakdowns of how various Avengers speak in the movieverse, with relevant quotations:
Natasha Romanoff
Steve Rogers
Bruce Banner
ETA: Clint Barton

I found this *incredibly* helpful for Bruce, personally, but all of them are fantastic. I'm hoping she does everyone, but she's already explicitly said she's *not* doing Tony, so we'll see.

3) Things That Would Surprise Captain America
(link goes to roundup post)
Speaks to my personal pet peeve of OMG PEOPLE, Steve served in the Army and was best friends with Bucky, he is not going to blush when people talk about sex!, but there are tons of interesting historical details contributed in the comments.

Some thoughts from my own comment on the post )

4) Shiny Movie is Shiny

Avengers art design interview/article
I found all of this interesting, but the Stark Tower and Helicarrier sections are particularly relevant for fic purposes.

VFX Roundup
Okay, a lot of this is special effects technobabble, but there's also dozens of high-res images of various locations and technology (Helicarrier displays and Tony's HUD), plus a discussion of where the battle took place in New York. What we see in the movie takes place in a 4x10 block area around Stark Tower & Grand Central Station. I am also amused at how even the FX people think Joss was awesome.

Gorgeous hi-res images of the Helicarrier displays, Tony's holographics desk, and the Iron Man HUD
The HUD is particularly fascinating to me - the original Iron Man team put a huge amount of thought into how it worked because they are nerds like that, and did multiple versions of the display as Tony evolved the suit. This is a whole new level of detail, and it's a important character note for Tony that he sees and processes all of that information during a fight.

So help me, I think I'm going to do a followup post about Stark Tower's layout and the geography of the Battle of Manhattan because that's not even all of the stuff I have, I just have to close up the office now.
spatz: Nikita manacled and crouching, ready to use her chains as weapons (Nikita with our arms unbound)
THIS SHOW, YA'LL.

Seriously, all the people who are over in Avengers for badass spy ladies and found-family teams and redemption ~feels~ need to get their asses over to this fandom RIGHT NOW.

spoilers: that was awesome )

On a less spoilery note: I was looking at the IMDB page for this show, and the gender equality is stunning. If we just look at the recurring characters that get character development (excluding long-dead people, generic muscle, and nameless techs), the female/male split is almost even at 9 to 10. In the main cast, i.e. the characters who appear in almost every episode, the split is EXACTLY even at 3:3. I honestly can't think of another show that has those numbers, and Nikita does it with consistent depth, complexity, and Bechdel-passing, with characters that kick ass and characters that win fights with their minds, characters that are flawed and strong, sometimes wrong and sometimes wise, with complex networks of relationships to everyone around them.

Seriously, check my math. warning: some mild spoilers for the series in terms of characters that are important )

This show does ensemble cast *right*.
spatz: caption "And he was amazed to discover that when he was saying 'Book 'em, Danno,' what he meant was, 'I love you.'" (H50 book 'em Danno)
I have been noticing a lot of characters named Daniel who end up dead on the shows I watch. To wit:

LIVING
1) Daniel Meade (Ugly Betty)
2) Danny Williams (H50)
3) Daniel Jackson (Stargate) (ETA)

DEAD
1) Danny (Alias)
2) Daniel Monroe (Nikita)
3) Daniel Jackson (Stargate)

....The final example is going to screw the stats on this one, huh.
spatz: Amy tackle-hugging Eleven in front of a beautiful vista of stars (DW Eleven Amy stars)
I was excited about watching Fringe live, but work called me in to close after my massage internship. *sigh* I would really like a day off that doesn't involve a) being sick or b) Labor Day.

So now I'm killing time waiting to *ahem* Fringe by reading all about Inspector Spacetime! (I blame my classmates - somehow, the only three people in the kitchen this afternoon all loved it and therefore we had to have a long discussion about New Who vs Old Who and how Tom Baker was also Puddleglum.)

*laughs endlessly* Oh, fandom. We will probably have turned a 20-second parody clip into a completely recapped canon by Christmas. Inspector Spacetime is a totally-ripped-off-by-Doctor-Who! imaginary TV show that appeared briefly in an episode of Community, and now has the following:

-a TV Tropes page

-a theme song (classic and eighties)

-t-shirts (....I kinda want one.)

-a forum

-a Post Secret-esque tumblr

-fanfiction

-people wanting to request it for Yuletide

For a more coherent explaination of the phenomenon fandom, go here. For extra laughs, check out the TV Tropes recap page, which has a complete listing of episode titles which bear a suspicious and occasionally snarky connection to DW titles (like "Good Lamb" and "Return of the Revenge of the Blorgons" and, of course, "Stare")
spatz: green bird perched on a hand (Default)
I ran across this blog post comparing Dollhouse and Fringe back in S1 (warning: link contains major spoilers for the S1 finale), and started howling with laughter at this bit:
2. Clear-cut good and evil
Mind you, I'm not saying we'll have any idea who the various factions in Fringe's world are working for, or what ends they ultimately serve -- not until the end of the third season, at least. But we're pretty sure that the hot blonde FBI lady, her hunky brooding surrogate brother-slash-love-interest-and-all-of-a-sudden-this-just-got-a-little-freaky, and his wacky lovable weirdo genius dad are the good guys. (Maybe not so much the wacky weirdo genius, but we're constantly reassured that he means well.) Meanwhile, the slyly evasive lady with the robot arm? And that freaky English dude with the bandaged-up face and the one creepy eye? Yeah, they're pretty much evil.

Ahahahahaha, bless his heart. The lady with the robot arm is not so cut-and-dried, nor are our heroes so, heh, one-dimensional.
spatz: caption "And he was amazed to discover that when he was saying 'Book 'em, Danno,' what he meant was, 'I love you.'" (H50 book 'em Danno)
I'm rewatching all of Hawaii Five-0 for fic purposes, and to amuse myself I have decided to count all the times the main characters get unclothed. Sadly, no one's gotten naked yet, but there's been plenty of partials!

Since I now have a paid DW account, this clearly calls for a poll. It's the scientific method: hypothesis first, then research and data, then conclusions.

Poll #5502 H50 Partial Nudity Contest
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 4


Who will place first in the partial nudity contest?

View Answers

Chin
0 (0.0%)

Danny
0 (0.0%)

Kono
0 (0.0%)

Steve
4 (100.0%)

Who will place last in the partial nudity contest?

View Answers

Chin
2 (50.0%)

Danny
2 (50.0%)

Kono
0 (0.0%)

Steve
0 (0.0%)



Data to follow!
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: green bird perched on a hand (DC Lex ideas)
Oh my god. Evan Lysacek is the Ryan Ross of skating RPS.

First, you get sucked in by Johnny Weir being sparkly and charming, and everyone being svelte and athletic and pretty. Then you're all, "Oh, that Evan Lysacek, he's so weird and orange, and kind of a robotic douchebag" and then you find his robot douchebaggery hilarious, and then you find it *endearing*, and then you start loving him unironically and it's all over.

Everything makes so much more sense now.

That's it, though, I have to cut myself off. I've already edging into the finding-him-endearing phase, and I refuse to do another RPF fandom. No more ridiculous skating fic for me!
spatz: darkfield photograph of a nematode, caption "Unleash the nematodes of war!" (nematodes of war)
AHAHAHA. I've been bookmarking some saved fic to Delicious, and I tagged a few Tim/Kon stories (the third Robin & Superboy, for those of you less familiar with DC Comics) and noticed something bizarre: ALL of them had my "fakerelationship" tag, which I use when characters are pretending to be involved when they're not, or are in a relationship under false pretenses (i.e., undercover, fake identity, lying, etc). Three in a row! Hilariously, this is *not* a coincidence, because it's just *such* a Tim thing to do.

I'm not really surprised, it just makes me go: AHAHAHAHA TIM DRAKE. Warped from a young age by Batman, that one. Devious, canonically voyeuristic, and faily at human interaction when he's not undercover as someone else.

I love him so. ♥
spatz: green bird perched on a hand (Life title sun)
I don't develop "personal canon" the way I've seen many writers do - all the little details like favorite color, first kiss, number of pets, etc., that are interesting and fun but never come to light. I usually start with core principles and canon details and go from there, reinventing the personal details to suit my purposes (for fic or meta or whatever).

But there's an exception: character sexuality.

When I develop an opinion about a character's sexuality, I will stick to it. I supposed a dramatic event in canon could theoretically change my mind, but it hasn't happened yet. It's weirdly opposite to my approach in real life, where I usually don't try to figure people out unless I'm deciding if I want to flirt with them. For many characters, I don't have a *conscious* idea of their orientation, but odds are I can give you an answer if you give me 30 seconds to consider it. For some, I've got very strong opinions.

Take Charlie Crews, for example. My fanon evaluation of him: straight. I used to read (and still enjoy) Charlie/Ted, but by the end of S1 I was convinced that Charlie just *loves* women, platonically and romantically. Any homosexual activity in his past was situational (i.e., prison) [and possibly not consensual], and while he's not going to have a freak out about it, he's not going to seek out male partners now that he's free.

On the other hand, Dean Winchester = bisexual, though he skews way more to the hetero end of the spectrum. I've considered him bi since well before Castiel ever showed his pretty face. If he wants to get laid, he'll usually pick up a woman, but sometimes he goes for guys - like the difference between craving a bacon cheeseburger and a double decker. Dean may be the type of guy who's very concerned with the trappings of masculinity, but I figure sex is sex is sex to him. (Falling in love, though -- that's a whole different barrel of monkeys, regardless of gender.)

Emily Prentiss: prefers women. I don't have much evidence for my opinion, and I don't think she's been in many relationships (if any) because repression thy name is Emily, but it's very clear in my mind. Hotch and Reid are both firmly heterosexual, though Reid doubtless knows reams of studies about sexuality and would be suprised-but-chill if he were ever attracted to a man.

Neal Caffrey: so very bisexual. He has strong tendencies towards clever people and committed-but-open relationships - the 'open' part being a necessary condition of his profession, where being able to seduce anyone is an advantage. If he met any aliens, he'd definitely pull a Jack Harkness and give it a try, and he's cool with polyamory.

Parker: bisexual. Obviously not shy about her sexuality, considering she hit on Nate's ex-wife in front of him, though she's as unlikely to talk about it as give away money.

Sherlock Holmes: nearly asexual, a state reinforced by his (self)conscious pursuit of logic, but he's got a weakness for people who admire him and who he considers an equal. However, in such rare events, he would only start a relationship with someone he trusts (*cough*Watson*cough*), and then only after overcoming his own self-imposed "love is a danger to logic" principles. After jumping all those hurdles, a metropolitan student of humanity like Holmes is not going to be concerned with something minor like gender.

Do any of y'all have this sort of personal canon? Want to test my opinions by throwing characters at me, or just argue with me about one of the above characters? Bring it!
spatz: green bird perched on a hand (Southland Lydia shotgun)
Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] marinarusalka! You have the same birthday as my grandmother, which is awesome, although she is 89 and you are considerably younger ;)

[livejournal.com profile] inmyriadbits posted a funny(/awful) story from our granny's birthday lunch before I could beat her to it.

*****

Via [livejournal.com profile] dotfic, I learned that a minor DC comics character that I was fond of got fridged. (warning: TV Tropes link!) cut for spoilers as I think it's a recent issue )

ARGH.
spatz: sundial with fall leaves (sundial)
After musing on the subject, I have come to a Very Important Conclusion.

Ensemble shows are like poker hands.

Most of the time, you have one or two cards that aren't so good. Maybe you shuffle things around, hide the bad cards in back, and the hand looks a little stronger. If you're not too good at the game, you stick with what you have and your wimpy hand gets its ass kicked, or you fold. Maybe you ditch the weak cards and pick up a replacement or two. Sometimes that works out well (NCIS), sometimes not (SG-1). Sometimes you ditch a card that you REALLY wish you hadn't (House, from what I've heard).

And then there are the hands that you pick up and everything is lined up perfectly: four of a kind, royal flush, full house, straight. Shows like Firefly, Criminal Minds, The West Wing, Bones, Sports Night. What's *really* impressive is when they manage to replace a member of one of those casts and make it even better - kinda like dropping a card from a full house to draw four of a kind.

I have no real deep thoughts here. Except that I am debating whether to get a paid account because I crave icons, or see if anyone has Dreamwidth invite codes.

(The secretly funny thing about this post is that I don't even play poker. But bridge is not exactly metaphorically rich.)
spatz: green bird perched on a hand (heroine addict wondy)
It's always terribly disconcerting to find that favorite fictional characters are younger than you.

For instance, Elizabeth Bennett was 20 in Pride and Prejudice. Miles Vorkosigan was 23 in Brothers in Arms when he managed to talk his clone out of 17 years of assassin training (bless his heart). Veronica Mars was 16/17 when her best friend was murdered, Aang is 12 and expected to save the world in less than a year with almost no training, Smallville's Clark Kent started out as a 14 year-old who just found out he was a super-powered alien, reboot Jim Kirk is barely 25 and captain of a starship with hundreds of people in his care, Buffy was 16 and knew she was going to die, Harry Potter willingly sacrifices himself at 17.

When you're a teenager, all this seems quite natural and fun, and it's often not unbelievable as an adult, but it takes on certain wistful, heartbreaking aspect when you're 22 and comparing life stories.
spatz: green bird perched on a hand (Sundown)
[livejournal.com profile] inmyriadbits posted a great bit of meta about the influences of the Western genre on Supernatural. I helped out with some of the background, but she did all the hard thinky stuff herself. Go read! (no spoilers for S3)
spatz: green bird perched on a hand (Supernatural promote Jared)
Dean & Sam = Calvin & Hobbes: Y/N?

Supporting evidence )

Dude, now I want fic where Dean eats Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs and drives John up the wall....

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