spatz: overhead shot of Steve surrounded by unconscious men in an elevator (Cap 2 elevator)
I've been terribly distractible lately, and keep dumping myself into new fandoms despite it being a really unwise idea. I did fail to do my usual SXSW marathon -- I only saw 3 films this year, being sadly curtailed by me starting a new job (yay) + not being able to take any more time off after my surgery (boo).

So far this month, I have spent way too much mental energy bouncing between:
Check, Please! (this is the closest I am ever getting to hockey fandom, though)
The 100 - EVERYTHING IS TERRIBLE and I love it
World War Z (wow the book is nothing like the movie, the zombies don't even work the same. glad I read the book second, so I didn't have any expectations for the film, which a totally solid and completely unrelated Hollywood zombie thrillfest)
Foxglove Summer/rereading the series via Kobna Holbrook-Smith's magical audiobook readings (re-listening?)
return of The Walking Dead -- CAROL OMG

Also, I can't believe I didn't realize that 616 Bucky Barnes has the same birthday as me and [livejournal.com profile] inmyriadbits. Like, 91 years apart, but who's counting?

Coming not-very-soon-but-eventually by popular request: a photo documentation of my healing incision. And by 'popular request', I mean [livejournal.com profile] katieupsidedown. :D
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: red dirt road stretching to vanishing point, bordered by trees (red dirt road)
Memes. They're like a sickness, I can't stop. *hums Don't Stop Me Now* This one's via [personal profile] musesfool:

The Works In Progress meme: Open your WIP file and post the names of all your documents, regardless of how non-descriptive or ridiculous. Feel free to ask about anything and I'll tell you the premise or paste you a tidbit for any of these.

Croatia
Ethan-Brandt
sketching in CP
amends
water
job history (series folder, contains the following:)
background check
terms of employment
communication
exit interview
brawl
red room
musesfool's bakery AU
dancers
little assassin girls
the things underneath our hearts

Aaaaand that's just the ones on my desktop. Also in Google Docs:

webface
not happening
breathe
Bartons
bread and circus
loop
spatz: Clint from behind with quiver, backlit (Hawkeye quiver)
So yeah. This happened. Let no one say my devotion to Renner's ass is not profound. It took a ridiculous amount of time to find a photo that was not a GIF from that angle.

...My life, so hard.

here without context, for posterity )
spatz: Pepper smiling, warm and amused (at Tony) (Pepper smiling)
I went to see Avengers (again), which prompted me to upload even more shiny icons. I don't think I've ever had this many from a single fandom uploaded at once before - I'm usually much more multifannish. I, in fact, went back to a paid account for LJ just so I could put up all the ones I wanted. *facepalm*

Anyway, the movie about superheroic friends with very nice butts is still my favorite. Some observations from Round 3 )

I...have not run out of things to say about this movie, actually. I may never run out of things to say about this movie. I just need to sleep at some point.
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: 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.

quick beta

May. 2nd, 2012 04:33 am
spatz: cartoon bunnies on stilts with caption "dramatic character-driven stories... or stilts?" (Bunnies stories or stilts?)
Anybody interested in doing a fast beta on a gen how-Clint-met-Coulson fic? I'm trying get it up by this evening, since I'll be attending an Avengers marathon tomorrow and want to post this thing before it gets Jossed for me.
spatz: Toph friend-punching Zuko (Avatar Zuko-Toph affection)
Hey, all you people who have finished grad school: what would have cheered you up/helped you be less stressed around your thesis due date? I'm trying to put together a care package for an friend of mine.

*****

I'm feeling a bit old-fashioned today (let's blame having to mail a letter and getting a package of books), so let's have some old-fashioned recs:

Two Sleepy People by [livejournal.com profile] icepixie (Thin Man movies)
A fanvid for Nick & Nora from the Thin Man movies. If you like them, run don't walk because it's a delightful, sweet celebration of how goofily in love they are with each other. If you don't know who they are: OMG, go watch because they are adorable, and then you can go watch the movies, where they are adorable *and* have amazing banter. William Powell and Myrna Loy's ridiculous faces are not to be missed.

A Partial Dictionary Of The 21st Century by [personal profile] sam_storyteller (Avengers)
I admit, I've been on a Clint/Coulson kick lately, and they are my temporary favorites, but only until I read something like this and remember why Steve Rogers is my forever favorite in this fandom. The story's eventually Steve/Tony, but it's mostly an incredible exploration of how Steve views the new world he finds himself in, how he adapts in some ways and creates his own rituals and areas of comfort in others, and how his friendships develop with the team, with some awesome attention to historical changes and the details of culture shock. AND STEEEVE.

Sand Trap by [livejournal.com profile] xparrot (Man From UNCLE)
"Injured and pursued by THRUSH, Illya and Napoleon must survive a trek through the Sahara to get vital information to U.N.C.L.E. in time." Classic h/c action-adventure, AND HOW. If you cannot appreciate Illya being a stubborn, crazy badass and Napoleon being equally insane and loyal, I don't think we can be friends.
spatz: Lex holding birthday cake and laughing maniacally, caption "Even Lex Luthor has birthdays" (Lex birthday crack)
FUCK YEAH ALL MY USER NAMES MATCH NOW. (It only took nine years for LJ to purge that never-used journal, sheesh.)

I was going to post a long thing about February still being my least favorite month and how I have now moved out of my parents's house at long last, but [personal profile] drunkoffthestars is a magical slavedriver who somehow broke my writer's block by sitting at a table and fixing her harddrive while [livejournal.com profile] katieupsidedown mocked me from the couch and now I am verrah tired.

BUT FUCK YEAH USERNAMES.
spatz: woman's lower face with fan of golden hair laced with tiny math equations (Fringe Olivia math hair)
I should so very much be asleep, but I'm mourning the delay of Fringe so I just spent like 2 hours on Tumblr and watching the Novation promos over and over again. Have some links! (images spoilery for individual moments/scenes, but not plot arcs)

Olivia: researching, grinning, getting blown up, floating in an immersion tank, post-coital, grieving, angry and ethereal - and that's just the pilot!

Olivia's idea of dressing up

Their jobs are so weird

Walter ships Olivia/Peter

Remember that time they spoiled the Star Trek reboot 3 whole days before it was out in theaters and no one noticed? Good times.


And now for something completely different: pumpkin Appa! All he needs now is a little Aang figurine on his head and a little recording saying "yip yip!"
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: green bird perched on a hand (Default)
Hey everyone, I invented a new emoticon:

\oo/!

It's two-headed Paul Gross arms! For those occasions where just one head isn't enough!

....Yeah, I'm going to bed now. Promise.

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