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Oct. 27th, 2016 12:15 am
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"I Waited 96 Years! Born Before the 19th Amendment, We’re Electing a Woman President".

On YouTube: "THE AMAZING TRIPLE SPIRAL (15,000 DOMINOES)". (~2 min. 30 seconds) "I spent 25 hours spread over 8 days building this massive triple spiral structure with 15,000 dominoes."

"Russian Artist Creates Fantasy Animal Sculptures From Velvet Clay".

"I Baked Every Technical Challenge From “The Great British Bake Off” And It Was A Fucking Disaster: TL;DR: Just go to the shops and buy a cake instead". [Buzzfeed]

"EMiO Releasing NES Advantage-Style Joystick For The NES Classic Edition".

"Tom Hanks Is Totally Up for Wooing Channing Tatum in the Splash Remake". [io9]

"How Sondheim and Lapine Made a Masterpiece with Sunday in the Park with George". [Playbill]

"Return of incandescent light bulbs as MIT makes them more efficient than LEDs". [January 2016]

"If Women Wrote Men the Way Men Write Women". [McSweeney's]

"Two Women On ‘The Bachelor’ Started Dating and I Am Finally Vindicated". [Autostraddle] "Also, you know what? I deserve this. With the hours I’ve logged into this show, my reward shouldn’t just be a feeling of gratitude that I’m not straight. I watched Bachelor in Paradise: After Paradise – I deserve to know that two women on The Bachelor probably shot a confessional being upset about something Kyle/Ben/Jamie/Geoff said and then went where the cameras couldn’t see them while stifling laughter and then made out."

On Atlas Obscura:

--"Y’all, You’uns, Yinz, Youse: How Regional Dialects Are Fixing Standard English".

--"Sex, Drugs, and Broomsticks: The Origins of the Iconic Witch". [October 2014]

--"The Lesbian Vampire Story That Came Before Dracula". (Spoiler: it's Carmilla.)

On Mental Floss:

--"11 Authors Who Hated the Movie Versions of Their Books".

--"Restaurant Serves Food Prepared by Grandmothers From Different Cultures".
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I caved and updated Firefox the other day (going from something like 44.something to 49.0), mostly in hopes that YouTube would start working properly for me again. Alas, YouTube continues to behave oddly (and I'm too tired to try describing it), and on top of that, the browser is now all laggy. I even have only about half as many tabs open, since Tab Groups has been turfed and the tabs not in my main group were automatically tucked into a Bookmarks folder during the update. (I've installed the equivalent add-on, but haven't actually started making use of it yet.)

Aaargh. >.<

In other grumpy news, I was exhausted and badly zonked most of the day at work. I slept badly and inadequately last night, but not enough so to justify the degree of sleepiness while I was at work, IMO. At least it was only an 11.5 hour day. (I say "only" out of habit, but so far the days at Casual Job have mostly been quite reasonable; whether/how much that'll change remains to be seen and likely depends on how long this round lasts.)

In better tech news, Tweetcaster updated for the first time in ages and I finally got the update a few days after Ginny did, so I finally (finally, finally) have the quote-tweets option on my phone. Tweetcaster had an interim update that had the feature, but my old phone's Android version was too outdated to support that update, and the current phone was (we think) too new to be supported until now. Or something.

[dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose texted while I was at work and said, "Claud would like everyone to know she is not pleased about the ceiling in my den being patched", and when I asked if she was yelling at him again, he said, "Not yelling, quite, but she's Very Disappointed and not hesitating to tell me about it. (With pointed demonstrations--trying to push the patch open while perched on the bookcase...)"

Note that the hole in question (the one she climbed through on the weekend) isn't even directly above the bookcase--which is one thing when she was launching into it and catching hold of something inside with her front claws, but the mental picture of her reaching up and pushing on the patch while on the bookcase seems a bit...precarious.

Pre-Code resources

Oct. 24th, 2016 05:12 pm
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(For personal reference and for anyone else considering diving in.)

Mick LaSalle's two books on the subject:

Complicated Women: Sex and Power in Pre-Code Hollywood

Dangerous Men: Pre-Code Hollywood and the Birth of the Modern Man

Both are very readable and (IMHO) deeply fannish, in the sense of combining deep analysis with utterly geeky enthusiasm and biased love for the topics being discussed. Full of great recommendations, too -- I've found wonderful films via LaSalle's recs that I've never heard of in any other context.

Pre-Code.com: Celebrating Pre-Code Hollywood Cinema, 1930-1934

A website with vast numbers of reviews and useful starting points, e.g. What is Pre-Code Hollywood? and My List of Essential Pre-Code Hollywood Films.

The Toast: Pre-Code Movies Worth Watching (previously linked)

The Nitrate Diva: Pre-Code A to Z: 26 Favorites:

I decided to do a pre-Code A to Z, with a different title for each letter in the alphabet, because I wanted to feature a weird, slightly arbitrary collection of pre-Codes instead of a traditional top ten.

(Great as a sampler of the sheer range, glories and oddities of pre-Code films.)

TV Tropes: The Pre-Code Era (warning for the rabbit hole that is TV Tropes) (includes films from 1928 and '29, whereas a lot of guides count "pre-Code" as starting properly in 1930, when the Code was officially adopted but roundly ignored)

TV Tropes: The Hays Code

Cinematically Insane: Screening Report: The 1933 Pre-Code Festival

Not pre-Code-specific, but relevant to film history interests:

You Must Remember This

Podcast, available on iTunes or your podcatcher of choice, about "the secret and/or forgotten histories of Hollywood's first century" (and skewing fairly heavily towards the first half of that century).

Generally thoughtful and well-researched, with a deliberate focus on telling the stories of women, LGBT people, POC, and others dis-privileged within the Hollywood system -- but that makes it sound dry; instead, as the Guardian puts it, it "sounds like a dreamy mix of film noir voiceover, 1940s gossip column and Pathe news broadcast." Writer/performer Karina Longworth says: "I wanted the show to feel like something spooky that you would hear late at night on a drive through the middle of nowhere."

Assorted articles about it:

The Guardian: You Must Remember This: the woman spilling Hollywood's long-held secrets
Jezebel: A Chat With the Creator of Can't-Miss Classic Hollywood Podcast You Must Remember This
KQED: Karina Longworth Talks ‘You Must Remember This’ Before Going on Hiatus

If you've got links (or recommendations of your own) to add, please add 'em!

Dear Festividder

Oct. 24th, 2016 10:35 pm
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As reported on Twitter yesterday, a bit of purely fannish happiness: as of yesterday, at least three people I know were actively reading Deadline. Interestingly, none of the three are among the several people I know who've read Feed at some point in the last few years and either consciously opted not to keep going or just haven't gotten to it yet; in two cases (the two who're in a position to see this post), I didn't even know they were reading Feed until they were already into it or finished.

With any luck, we'll have a new transcriber in the office tomorrow! (A guy who has another job, and so is only available intermittently, but every bit helps.) If so, I'll probably do more flipping back and forth between transcribing and proofreading; last week was mostly the former, as we have a new proofreader this session (and I really like her, which is a perk).

[redacted: boring logistics of how we juggle the workload when we're understaffed]

Today I hit the bare-minimum point I wanted to reach in my freelance work for the second script that's due Friday, so now I have to polish and tweak both, and then, if I have any time around Casual Job, I can look at pushing into the second half of this volume (which is my next deadline). I'm also waiting on answers from the translator of the due-Friday script I got a draft on a couple days ago. *fidgets*

I never get over how much work some Hakusensha titles are. Do they pay their manga-ka by the word?! (I have zero idea how manga creators are paid in Japan. But the sheer wordiness of some titles is eyebrow-raising. And hair-raising. Meep.)

My other ambition today, other than doing laundry (done!), was getting some reading done. But when I finished working and went downstairs, Claudia wanted some blanket time as soon as I settled on the sofa, and after that I fell asleep before I even made it to opening the book I'm reading. >.> And then slept for two hours. Oops.

And now we've finally seen the extended Ghostbusters cut! Which, in addition to the extra 15+ minutes of footage (see this article I linked a couple days ago for an overview), has multiple places where different cuts were slipped in to replace lines and jokes from the theatrical cut. I knew that the "salty parabolas" line had been replaced from someone ([twitter.com profile] twwings?) live-tweeting their viewing, and had a theory about why, but now that I've actually seen this version, my impression is just that the cast did so much ad-libbing and playing around that the director/whoever just swapped in alternate versions for fun/to shake it up, not because they thought these takes were inherently better than the ones in the theatrical cut.

Overall (and AFAIK this is the consensus from [dreamwidth.org profile] wildpear and Ginny, too) I think it's worth seeing, very short + no real spoilers, but cut for some pros and cons )

And overall, IMO the theatrical cut is just plain better paced. I imagine I'll stick to that in future viewings.
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"Meet Amybeth McNulty, star of new Anne of Green Gables series for CBC, Netflix". [CBC]

"“A Honeypot For Assholes”: Inside Twitter’s 10-Year Failure To Stop Harassment: For nearly its entire existence, Twitter has not just tolerated abuse and hate speech, it’s virtually been optimized to accommodate it. With public backlash at an all-time high and growth stagnating, what is the platform that declared itself “the free speech wing of the free speech party” to do? BuzzFeed News talks to the people who’ve been trying to figure this out for a decade".

"Google Has Quietly Dropped Ban on Personally Identifiable Web Tracking".

"The story behind Michelle Obama's state dinner dress makes it even more stunning".

"Nasty women have much work to do". "The nasty women gather on the heath just after midnight. It is Nasty Women’s Sabbath, Election Eve, and they must make haste."

"E Is For Empathy: Sesame Workshop Takes A Crack At Kindness". [NPR] (Disclaimer: I read the article but didn't watch any of the video.)

"Dapper Crip: Queercrip Encounters with Fashion and Community". [Autostraddle]

"Surfing Under the Northern Lights: There’s a thriving surf scene in Norway’s Lofoten Islands, where the waves are cold and the air is colder". [New York Times]

Via Boing Boing, "How the Truth Set Snopes Free: For over 20 years, Webby Winner Snopes.com has debunked just-so tales and urban folklore. In today’s age of (dis)information on the Internet, we need Snopes more than ever. Esteemed journalist Rob Walker profiles the man behind the Web’s most trusted source".

"Why Black Cat Myths Are So Bogus". [Front Page Meews]

"19 Things You Need To Know About Bubble Tea". [Buzzfeed]

"A Man’s ABCs of Miscarriage". [The Rumpus]

"The hideous, diabolical truth about Hillary Clinton". [Washington Post] "Before Time, Before the Earth Was Made, Before Matter and Being and History: Hillary Clinton (Lucifer, Beelzebub, Lord of the Flies, Prince of Darkness, Satan, She Whose Many Names the Cats Scream in the Night) is cast out of heaven for overweening hubris. She is condemned to lie in eternal torment in a lake of fire surrounded by her fallen angels, or, alternatively, to run for a major office while female. For thousands of years she lies outside time, smelling of sulfur, before deciding to undertake the second option.

Oct. 26, 1947: Hillary Clinton, a robot, is constructed by Saul Alinsky, then slipped into a bassinet and delivered to the Rodham house, where it stores its Six Human, Relatable Memories of squeegeeing, family life and honest toil..."

"Dame Again - Early ‘lost’ Maggie Smith appearance painstakingly restored". [BBC]

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] alisanne, "17 Times The Internet Called Out The English Language". [Buzzfeed]

"The Racist and Sexist History of Keeping Birth Control Side Effects Secret".

"Trump has exposed the rot at the core of the Republican Party".

"The Stranger's Endorsements for the November 2016 General Election".
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Fannish/Geeky Things

Toby Daye fans! Priscilla Spencer, who did the map of the Kingdoms of the Westlands for the newest book, is selling copies here.

"The Extended Ghostbusters Cut Fixes the Film's Biggest Plot Hole". [io9]

"The United Federation of 'hold my beer, I got this'" compiles a bunch of marvelous Star Trek Tumblr headcanon about humans and humans' relations with other species.

"Hot Topic's New DC-Based Jackets Look Sort of Great". (To be honest, I only particularly like the Supergirl hoodie, but it's adorable.)

"Wonder Woman, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Princess Leia Have the Same Birthday Because Obviously They Do". [Tor.com]

Social Justice (all from The Establishment)

"What Is The Role Of Autism in Art?" [Sarah Kurchak writes about The Accountant] "Neurotypical reviewers—whose expertise ranges from having an autistic child to talking to the parent of an autistic child to having interacted with an autistic person at some point—are taking it upon themselves to decide what is and isn’t realistic and/or offensive about the film’s portrayal of autism. Outside of a few allies amplifying our views on Twitter, every single thing about The Accountant has been by and for neurotypicals, as if we don’t also go to movies, write about movies, and maybe even write our own movies—as though we can’t watch, read, and listen to what the rest of you are saying and thinking about us."

"The Disturbing Science Behind Subconscious Gender Bias".

"What Being A Phone Sex Operator Taught Me About Sexism And Racism".

"The Remarkable Privilege Of Running".

"Not Like Other Girls: Reflections On Hair And Queer Identity".

"Why I’m Scared Of White Women".

Cute Stuff

Via [livejournal.com profile] lnhammer, "15+ Tiny Animals In Tiny Sweaters That Will Make You Go Aww".

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] jimhines, "15+ Unbearably Cute Sloth Pics To Celebrate The International Sloth Day".

Also via [dreamwidth.org profile] jimhines, "24 Cats That Have Failed Adorably".

"Shop Cats: Photographer captures charming felines living in Hong Kong's shops".

"Photographer captures what kittens look like mid-pounce".
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A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall (1169 words) by thedeadparrot
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: X-Men (Alternate Timeline Movies)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Erik Lehnsherr/Charles Xavier
Additional Tags: Reunion, Darkest Timeline, Community: trope_bingo

Charles and Erik after the Sentinel program is announced in the darker future of Days of Future Past.

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All else about The Vampire Diaries aside (and if I have anything else to say it'll be inherently spoilery, so it's not going in this post), I remain both amused and grumpy that Allison Scagliotti is playing a character named Georgie. The universe is fucking with me, y'all.

Dewey's Readathon is going on this weekend. I've never participated and probably never will, since AFAIK it's always in October and April, when I'm either at Casual Job or trying to pack in as much freelance work as possible before work starts up for the fall. (A Twitter acquaintance has pretty much literally just sat down with Deadline as part of the readathon. *wriggles*)

This weekend involves a lot of work, as all weekends during Casual Job do, but tomorrow night is Ghostbusters (extended edition) night at Chez Ginny-and-Kas, and I am veryvery excited. I believe Chinese takeout will be involved. (Here: "This Video of Kate McKinnon's Ghostbusters Outtakes Is the Lone Bright Spot of 2016". [io9])

(We'll have to have another viewing sometime soonish, too, because a couple of local friends who still haven't seen the movie at all aren't able to make it tomorrow. But I've had the Blu-ray since release week and it's burning a metaphorical hole in my bookcase.)

The Logan trailer dropped a few days ago, and I don't know what to do with myself. I think the kindest thing I had to say about the first Wolverine movie was "well, it was better than X-Men 3" (possibly the single most-loathed movie of my life; I saw it opening weekend in theatres, haven't seen it since, and am still furious at what an unfathomable, horrific embarrassment it was), and the second Wolverine movie had its moments but annoyed me in places and overall I didn't bond.

So having FEELINGS about this trailer is very, very weird for me. I don't understand. Found-family bonding! Wolverine being (as I am FAR from the first to say) the best he is at what he does, that being MENTORING BADASS YOUNG GIRLS in a non-creepy, supportive capacity! And despite my mixed-to-negative feelings on Wolvie's solo movies (and the fact that I never bonded with the character all that much in the comics), I've always love Hugh Jackman's performance.

So. I'm excited for a Wolverine movie. That is a thing that's happening.

I hope I don't regret it too much.

I haven't delved into what info may be out there about the context; I haven't seen Apocalypse yet (!), and don't know how Logan connects to the original movie timeline or the altered one or anything. And while I do know who the girl in the trailer is, I've never read any of the comics that include her. (Before this week, I knew a character with that code name existed. I now know exactly as much as is contained in this io9 article.)

(Sidenote: Johnny Cash's "Hurt" cover? A+ music choice, IMO.)

Claudia's Ceiling Adventure

Oct. 22nd, 2016 11:11 pm
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Not that long before midnight last night, while I was talking to [twitter.com profile] xicanti about some key events from the last three seasons of The Vampire Diaries (in preparation for my watching the season 8 premiere tonight [ETA: since it's been about three years since I stopped watching, to be clear]), [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose came to my office to tell me we had a problem:

Claudia had been on top of a bookcase in his office that was about a foot below one of the several ceiling holes throughout the house (there's been a lot of rewiring over the years, and patching the holes has just never been much of a priority), and then she'd leaped up into the ceiling and disappeared.


(This after months of Claud showing interest in the ceiling hole in my office and getting held up so she could peer into the one by the light switch, and my vague worries about the largest hole in the house, semi-above the kitchen island. For some reason the hole she finally vanished into never occurred to us as a problem. *so much facepalm*)

I'm not entirely clear on how long it took us to get her down. We tried summoning her with treats and the noise of a crinklepuff toy and cracking open a can of food, and she sometimes came back to the hole she'd gone into, and other times peered down in the garage, but she seemed to be happy as a clam up there. We focused on a garage hole, since it was the largest one in the ground-level ceiling, and eventually [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose was able to get hold of her after we tried opening the can of food.

Except then she freaked out and tried to flee deeper into the ceiling. And she's an escape artist, so she slid right out of his grip, and he caught her by a hind leg before she could quite disappear, and then he had to get as far into the ceiling space as possible to slowly drag her out. Emphasis on SLOWLY, because she was terrified and wriggling and latching onto everything she could with her front claws, and [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose was balanced semi-precariously up off the floor while all this was going on. O_O

He did finally get her down (as you might guess from the fact that this post isn't incoherent textual shrieking). Over her protests and lashing tail, we brushed her a little and wiped her paws (and rubbed a damp cloth over her) in case anything nasty had gotten on her, and she ate a hefty portion of the food we'd opened, and accepted some treats. She's fine.

Through all of that, even when [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose was pulling her down and she was scared and unhappy, she didn't leave him with a single scratch; the same was true when I was toting her upstairs and getting thwacked repeatedly with a very anxious (and grumpy) tail.

She was much less happy to find that [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose kept the door of his office closed until after he went to the market today, and that he immediately sealed up that ceiling hole and several others; as soon as he opened the office back up she bolted in there and stared up at where "her" hole had been with great annoyance. She clearly made no connection between her grand adventure and its distressing conclusion.

Oh, my most excellent, overly-intrepid kitty.

Yes excellent

Oct. 22nd, 2016 04:30 pm
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Via [personal profile] sovay: here is a gif of Miriam Hopkins kissing Fredric March and Gary Cooper at the end of Design for Living.

In case anyone might need it for Tumbling purposes, or find it useful to have a taster to indicate whether this film would be relevant to their interests.

Der Hund von Baskerville (1937)

Oct. 19th, 2016 09:11 am
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(I watched and wrote this in mid-September -- I meant to do a chunk of HOUN liveblogs alongside [livejournal.com profile] okapi1895 -- but I got swamped, ugh, and am only now getting around to posting. SORRY OKAPI.)

Der Hund von Baskerville (1937), Bruno Güttner and Fritz Odemar

So, I scrubbed (video-speak for “skimmed”) the first chunk back when I was making the vid, but I don't otherwise know much about this one. However, scrubbing was enough to learn that:
  1. it’s a non-standard treatment of HOUN,
  2. it’s filmed in modern dress (as everything was in this era),
  3. Holmes wears a turtleneck as a matter of course (!!!), and
  4. Watson lies far enough outside the general run of Watsons that he’s difficult to recognize.

That was all mildly intriguing, but I didn’t investigate further: the film was made in Nazi Germany and I had neither the time, the background, nor the German to discover how much trouble I would be letting myself in for if I tried putting it into the vid.

But now I have subtitles, time, and nothing at stake: it’s not like this thing going to get ick all over a year’s work if this turns out to be Nazi propaganda made by war-criminals. So let’s do this.

Read more... )

…so there was definitely some stuff I missed along the way (who was in the shrubbery with Beryl near the end? what was the urgent phone call about back at the beginning? who is Schmidt?) but that was a fascinating take on the Holmes-Watson partnership. There were at least two Deutsche Hunde before this film (1914 and 1929), and more generally, a solid nexus of Deutsche Holmes adaptations made before WWII. (You know how over the last half-century, there's been a solid Russian fanbase, enough to fund a body of Russian-language productions? From what I can tell, that same thing was happening in Germany before WWII.) Anyway, I am now hugely curious about that body of German adaptations look like. Is this one an outlier from the rest in how it portrays Holmes and Watson, or is this what Holmes and Watson looked like to pre-WWII Germans?


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