December 21: saw the movie; feelings could only be expressed in gif form; screeched about my shiny new agonizing otp
December 22: the other otp; started dreaming up fix-fic AUs; assembled my thoughts about Jyn's arc; descended into more babbling; progressed to Vader relief; came to terms with Lucasfilm ignoring their own actors' ages to stick to the mandated 20-something leads; more screaming; God bless fandom; seriously, Jyn/Cassian shippers are amazing
December 23: explained Vader's murder puns; was corrected about literary terminology and sneered back. Representative excerpt:
The wordplay is entirely based on the multiple potential meanings of choke and of aspiration, not on any word serving multiple syntactic functions.
December 24: started grumping about extracanonical shit I find unconvincing and inconsistent; cringed over Cassian fics treating Spanish like Sindarin
December 25 (today!): accurately represented the filmmakers' interactions with our corporate overlord; helpfully assembled my favourite anguished author's notes from fellow shippers on AO3
There are a couple more (not counting my howling in the tags of various reblogged gifsets and manips and whatnot), but they're more substantial, so I'll probably do full crossposts.
Short version: I think a couple of the criticisms in terms of structure are legit, and also OH MY GOD I LOVE LOVE I LOVE THIS IS PROBABLY MY FAVOURITE SW SINCE EMPIRE OH GODDDDD ALSO TWO OTPS OUT OF ONE MOVIE WHAT A FILM A+++++
An anon asked me for a review, so my longer and more coherent review:
( Read more... )
If, theoretically, I were to try and finish a segment of one of my projects, would you want it to be:
If I were to finish a segment of one of my projects, which would you want it to be?
The Jedi and the Sith Lord (Star Wars | f!Luke AU)
we get dark, only to shine (The Borgias | Cesare/Lucrezia S1 AU)
tolerably well acquainted (P&P | Darcy/Elizabeth, canon-compliant | E's feelings at Pemberley onwards)
pro patria (Guild Wars 2 | mostly canon-compliant Ascalonian fic)
each new arrival (The Borgias | Vanozza gen)
Lady of the City (LOTR | f!Faramir AU)
- tolerably well acquainted
- pro patria
- each new arrival
- Other: recent projects here, general fic discussion here
It doesn't matter if Vader is redeemed "to you."
It. does. not. matter.
If you don't find Vader's redemption convincing, fine. If you don't find it satisfying, fine. If you don't find it well-developed, fine. If it doesn't fit into your moral vision, fine.
Disliking an element is not the same as denying it exists. Vader was redeemed in ROTJ. It happened. That's what his death scene is about. That's what the smiling glowy blue ghost is about. Dislike Vader's redemption all you want, but you cannot reasonably deny that it occurred.
Moreover, translating "I don't personally find Vader's redemption convincing" into "Kylo is unlikely to be given a redemption arc, and if he does, it will be bad" is just baffling. "I don't like a thing that happened in canon, therefore it's improbable that the canon will do that thing" = ???????????
Whether Ben claws his way to redemption or becomes the cackling one-dimensional villain of Kylo antis' dreams, this is a shitty, shitty argument.
Because the objects of the vitriol from the left, dirtbag and otherwise, are the hardworking heart of the Democratic Party, now the resistance: the grandmothers who left their houses every morning to get out the vote; the people who took buses and carloads of volunteers to knock on doors and ring buzzers and make endless phone calls; the Black Lives Matter activists who protest the killing of their children and targeting of their communities; the women and men who provide reproductive-health access, even as the government works to roll back that access; the abortion rights and gay rights and criminal justice reform advocates who didn’t write off Hillary Clinton, but instead asked her to be better.
All of these people are facing very dark and scary days, and instead of blaming them, I want to thank them. I’ll also thank Clinton herself, now an old woman, who worked her ass off for decades to do something no woman has ever done before; and President Barack Obama, who for eight years showed us a different picture of what leadership could look like in America. Neither of their careers would have been possible without the struggles of generations of “identity politics” activists that came before them.
I got 670, which they say is better than 88% of people who take it. It's not amazing, but Harvard, Berkeley, etc are like "there's no minimum... but 650 is in a good ballpark." SO. OKAY.
I have an MA and went to backwater-ish schools, so ... ideally it'd be better, I think, but is a good score. And in the general GRE, my verbal score was in the 99th percentile, and my master's GPA was a 3.98 ... but my undergrad was terrible and
UGH I DON'T KNOW SEND HELP
They're not a Trump supporter, just apparently that offended that an article somewhere didn't Tell Both Sides. Because if there's one thing we haven't gotten enough of, it's that.
But, God, heartbroken for Hillary. And particularly, for those of you outside that cushion. Take care. And in the immortal words of birdsrights activist:
THE SUN CAME UP TODAY AND I AM STILL A BIRB
Elect me, and you get “two for the price of one,” Mr Clinton says of his lawyer-spouse. And what—and what does Hillary believe?
[…]Friends—friends, this—this, my friends—this is radical feminism. The agenda that Clinton & Clinton would impose on America: abortion on demand, a litmus test for the Supreme Court, homosexual rights, discrimination against religious schools, women in combat units. That’s change, all right. But that’s not the kind of change America needs. It’s not the kind of change America wants. And it’s not the kind of change we can abide in a nation we still call “God’s country.”
—Republican National Convention, 1992
( Read more... )
No, really. I literally do not remember a time before this; my (five-years-older) aunt handed her collection and her fangirling down to me when I was a toddler. I've never read ANY fic for it. And now!!!
BY THE HONOUR OF GREYSKULL~~~
She spent relatively little time marking out the ways she claims Trump is unfit to be president, or even comparing herself with him, and she delved happily into discussions of technical education, student debt, infrastructure spending and economic growth.
Live the dream, Hillary :)
No, actually, a lawyer named Hillary RODHAM.
She used her maiden name, alone, for years after her marriage and Bill's first term as governor, then gave in at the realization that it was probably contributing to the wreckage of their political prospects. For a Rodham -> Rodham Clinton value of "gave in." Even this year, the tax returns she revealed list them as "Clinton, William" and "Rodham Clinton, Hillary." She'll be President Rodham Clinton to me.
So, for some unknown and unknowable reason, I had enormous anxiety about reminding a prof of the letter of recommendation that she had offered—offered, I might add, without my even asking her for it. I knew she had some sort of thing going on in the autumn, so by mid-September, I'd probably put it off too long. But it was then that I finally screwed myself up to sending off a "hi, hope you're doing well, hope the letter's still on, I'll be applying for my PhD programs in two months—no pressure, just a heads-up" e-mail.
Then, I got an automated message from the department that she was on sabbatical for THREE MONTHS and would be inaccessible until January. I'd worried she might be, but hadn't quite figured something that drastic. So I, you know, withered into a ball of anxiety and desperately tried to figure out other options, but didn't quite give up hope.
( Read more... )
- On Hillary's legal work in the 70s.
- LA TImes endorses Hillary.
- Cincinnati Enquirer endorses Hillary.
- The Between Two Ferns interview. Where's our outer space librarian AU?
- Twitter thread on Hillary's irl history.
- Yes, the idea that Hillary is unfairly beloved of the media (???) is bullshit.
- Rolling Stone: Hillary vs. the Hate Machine: How Clinton Became a Vessel for America's Fury. Pretty much exactly what it says on the tin—a good long article on how, while there are genuine criticisms to be made of her, the sheer vitriol towards her is so incredibly disproportionate.
THESE ARE THE STARS I WAS TALKING ABOUT.
Cool red stars like Proxima Centauri are by far the most common, but of course also difficult to see. And it turns out that they tend to have planets!!
It’s awesome, because—okay, since our sample of life-supporting planets = 1, we’ve had to sort of fumble around with “well, this is what we have, and it works, soooo.” So we’ve tended to look for hulking stars like our sun, which is a pretty rare type. People thought for awhile that red dwarfs would be too cold and weird (aka not weird enough), but it’s turned out that they do have habitable zones and might be the best place to look for Earth-like planets. And they’re E V E R Y W H E R E. Proxima b is in the habitable zone around Proxima Centauri :D
Ofc, that habitable zone requires an orbit much nearer to its chilly star (apparently Proxima b orbits at 5% of the distance that the Earth does), which makes lots of things very different. It completes its much shorter orbit at ~11 days, is tide-locked, and probably gets blasted by radiation (red dwarfs tend to be tempestuous, but Proxima Centauri is pretty chill by M-type standards). On average the temperature would be ~-40 F (brr) but not if it has a good atmosphere with water, which it may or may not. It’s in a kind of odd location without much materials for formation (esp as it’s at least a bit more massive than Earth), so if it formed further out, it probably would have water, but if it formed where it is, it’s likely very dry.
And all of this is right here—I mean, Proxima is still too far to actually travel to, but it is literally the nearest star in the UNIVERSE. What are the odds??
(Maybe pretty good, idk. BUT IT’S AWESOME.)