( Don't believe me? PICS. IT HAPPENED. )
In conclusion: we make our own fun. ^_^
(The Dreamwidth icon comes from a fortuitous bit of timing which resulted in ( pandas cuddling on conjoined griffons: )Sadly, now I can't find the exact screenshot I used.)
- "So You Want to Read YA?", a guest post by Amy Stern at Stacked. Everything she says there is completely worth reading, except for how I think Rob Thomas' later statements about his work have poisoned everything he wrote earlier in his career, to the extent that I find it impossible to talk about his earlier work in any non-negative fashion.
- "Specimens: Figurines, fishers, bugs and bats – how things in the world become sacred objects in a museum":
I want to understand how things come to take their place — especially in museums and collections — as embodiments of knowledge, artefacts out of time and nature, provoking curiosity and wonder. How they become objectified.
- "Fist-clenchingly poor science":
But every time such fist-clenchingly poor science as the current paper is published, the prejudice is reinforced and the cause of open access publishing undermined. Thus, while I’m sure everyone involved is dedicated and scrupulous, it is paramount that PLOS works harder to increase its editorial standards to reduce the chances of such embarrassingly weak science being published.
- "Colleges Leaving Low-Income Students Behind":
Schools have gone from helping to make college more affordable for those with the greatest financial need to strategically awarding merit aid to students who can increase their standings in rankings like U.S. News & World Report and bring in more revenue.
1. But then, I'm still capable of saying positive things about Ender's Gamer and Speaker for the Dead, and I'm sure plenty of other smart people feel the way about Orson Scott Card that I feel about Rob Thomas. Apparently I draw the line somewhere after "gay marriage is destroying my family" and before "women who make rape accusations are lying liars who lie." Or possibly I think Ender and Speaker are good enough books to get me past my anger at their creator; certainly I can no longer read lesser Card with any pleasure. And the highest quality Rob Thomas surpasses the quality of the worst OSC, but doesn't even come close to the best. [back]
What Hugo seems to be trying to say in these chapters, as best I can tell (in that he says it outright over and over in slightly different words, although this being Hugo he also says many other things some of which are contradictory) is that the outcome of the battle was due, not to one general being better than another or one army being stronger, but due to the fact that Fate had turned against Napoleon (fate/destiny/luck/the will of God/natural law/the Force/narrative causality/the balance of the universe/whatever you want to call it.)
And ignoring if I can the question of actual reality - which apparently has only a loose relationship to Hugo's Waterloo anyway - I am fascinated by this argument, ( and especially the way we get it right after Valjean's desperate ride to Arras. )
Anyway! I have many thoughts on Waterloo! Does anyone have any thoughts on Waterloo to share?
(Also other people should post other stuff to this comm or else it'll just be me going on about Waterloo until I'm worse than Victor Hugo! I can post on Waterloo all week if you make me. I HAVE THE MATERIAL.)
Saw Star Trek into Darkness today. Except for spending almost all of the movie wishing Benny Cumberwhatsit was not in the movie, and a few pacing issues towards the end, I enjoyed it immensely. Would see again.
Meme from a couple of people: I have 65 works archived at AO3. Pick a number from 1 (the most recent) to 65 (the first thing I posted there), and I'll tell you three things I currently feel about it.
I have seen Star Trek: Into Darkness and Iron Man 3. I need to go see IM3 again because I have so many Tony Stark feelings, you guys, and I'm just not done kicking my feet and making meeping noises.
I must now acquire Orphan Black and Broadchurch, because I liked the episodes I saw in the cave. Certain people will be very disappointed in me if I don't go watch season one of Elementary from the beginning. And somebody remind me to buy the new Cabin Pressure, because I'm behind. Oh, and Call the Midwife! That's going in my Netflix queue.
And just a reminder: I'm over on tumblr now, mostly posting pretty pictures.
"But I'm saving it for a rainy day," I said, and promptly resumed the sniffling I'd suppressed for the duration of one sentence.
"This is a day you save shows for," he said, "we are going to watch it even if we have to look at it through a cloud of your disgusting germs." When someone implicitly offers to stuff his own nose just to make you watch things, you should cooperate. You can't turn down someone who offers you their slow motion asphyxiation. (I'm so sorry, ikel89!)
If you haven't seen this series and have even the remotest glimmering thought of ever doing so, please don't read spoilers. Given that the maximum total of magical girl anime I've watched is one, and Utena is widely described as a deconstruction of the genre (watch me feebly avoid having an opinion on its deconstructiveness, but jsyk, I recommend watching all 39 episodes of Utena), I could not be more unqualified to judge whether Madoka is a deconstruction and whether familiarity with associated tropes has any impact (watch me avoid describing what kind of impact). Nonetheless, my strongest impression of Madoka is that I would have enjoyed it much more if I hadn't been able to sketch you almost every reveal, and in the order each came, before I ever convinced Crunchyroll to stop spitting advertisements at me; in this case fannish osmosis really was godlike, omniscient and omnipotent and capable of crushing the poor show under a finger. Idle lurking is dangerous!
( Spoilers follow. )
( ... a disjointed list of things I do like, still spoilery )
Short: Madoka is not my cup of tea, but I suspect a lot of people love it for Madam Not Appearing In This Reaction Post, and more people for precisely the things that leave me cold.
And now to go find fic and meta, because I wish I could love it too. ;__;
2. Not ignoring-because-offended-or-bored anything, I promise-- still chasing down a thought (or fifteen splinters of a thought) that seemed interesting at the time, and was something I very much wanted to discuss with you, and has now retreated into hibernation mode again.
Because of a family emergency, cynthia1960 and I cannot attend WisCon this year. We have a room in the Governors' Club reserved in my name for Thursday evening through Wednesday morning. If you have been looking for a Governors' Club room, please contact me through firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a transfer.