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Jan. 1st, 2016

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Updates come somewhat sporadically. I'm more regularly found posting links and fic recommendations on my Pinboard and now on Tumblr.

State of current ficrecs (2932):

798 Supernatural - 431 gen - 184 Wincest - 124 slash - 86 het
299 Stargate: Atlantis - 225 gen - 58 slash - 18 het
311 Avengers - 162 gen - 56 het - 127 slash
205 Doctor Who - 149 gen - 34 het - 24 slash
167 Teen Wolf (TV) - 37 gen - 13 het - 128 slash
127 Star Trek (Reboot) - 79 gen - 16 het - 31 slash
120 Stargate: SG-1 - 69 gen - 39 slash - 19 het
95 Buffy the Vampire Slayer - 69 gen - 17 het - 16 slash
80 Torchwood - 45 gen - 31 slash - 7 het
67 Angel - 48 gen - 16 slash - 11 het
Farscape - Firefly - Highlander - PotC - X-Men - Chronicles of Narnia - Lord of the Rings - White Collar - Merlin - Hawaii 5-0

alternate universes - crack!fic - RPF - horror - PWP - crossovers - vids

Nov. 11th, 2010

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To you from failing hands we throw / The torch; be yours to hold it high.

Songs for those for whom Veterans' Day was established:

Clancy Brothers - Willie McBride
June Tabor - No Man's Land

June Tabor - And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda
Ted Egan - And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda

Soldiers' Angels annual VALOUR-IT fundraiser. In short, it provides much-needed technologies for injured servicemembers, aiding in recovery and rehabilitation. miss_porcupine provides a more detailed write-up.

Charity Navigator (very handy tool) provides listing & guidance to more organizations benefitting veterans, active servicemembers, and their families.

Crossposted at Dreamwidth: http://casapazzo.dreamwidth.org/215320.html
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Oct. 8th, 2010

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Jayne, the hero of Russian "rock-a-paddy"

In a bright spot in an otherwise long and draining week -- which preceeds another week of the same, only perhaps worse -- last.fm gave me a little gift last night.

In their free downloads section (need a last.fm account to access), among the other English-language files was one in Cyrillic: Белфаст - Герой кантона.

I can't read Cyrillic (or Russian in the Roman alphabet either, for that matter), but the 5-second preview was catchy, so while it was downloading, I turned to the old Google translate. And what to my wondering eyes should appear, but "Belfast - Hero of Canton."

Yes, my friends, it's Jayne's song, "The Hero of Canton," from Firefly, in Russian Irish punk-rock style. (Hence, "rockapaddy," which is a new term to me.)

Belfast is the band. (This is their site in Russian - its English-language version doesn't appear to be working.)

So to share the joy, here it is: Белфаст - Герой кантона.

Crossposted at Dreamwidth: http://casapazzo.dreamwidth.org/215153.html
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Oct. 1st, 2010

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They say, best men are often molded out of faults

And, for the most, become much more the better
For being a little bad

-- Shakespeare, "Measure for Measure"

6.02 "Two and a Half Men"Collapse )

I had let my paid Dreamwidth account lapse, since I've hardly used it (or LJ) in the past several months, but clearly this season is inspiring me to pull it out at least once a week (and I even had a point this time. coherent, and coming full circle and everything! that never happens.), so perhaps I should re-up it.

Renaissance Faire tomorrow and apple-picking on Sunday --- must be October. (How did that happen?)

Crossposted at Dreamwidth: http://casapazzo.dreamwidth.org/214910.html

Sep. 24th, 2010

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SPN 6.01 -- Exile on Main Street

in which I am mostly ragey at Sam, so Sam-lovers, steer clearCollapse )

non-ragey partsCollapse )

Crossposted at Dreamwidth: http://casapazzo.dreamwidth.org/214562.html

Jul. 13th, 2010

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Signalboost: LJ stalker

Resurfacing to signalboost emigree's warnings about a serial stalker on LJ. (And a few other platforms as well.)

It's a few days off the original posting, but I figure maybe some of you haven't seen it.

Hat tip to copperbadge.

Crossposted at Dreamwidth: http://casapazzo.dreamwidth.org/214466.html

May. 13th, 2010

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SPN 5x22 "Swan Song" and season 5 in general

I'm honestly not sure what I think of tonight's finale. I'm ...whelmed, I guess.

I haven"t written all season about SPN. So...yes, this is long.Collapse )

In life being weirdly synchronous, what other activity am I engaged in tonight? Baking pie. Lattice-top strawberry rhubarb. Somewhere, I like to think, Dean is approving.

Crossposted at Dreamwidth: http://casapazzo.dreamwidth.org/214113.html

Sep. 3rd, 2009

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Random thoughts from ungodly o'clock this morning

Well, there's nothing like a brisk two-mile walk before 5:30 in the morning to start your day.

Coffee is a beautiful creation. (Especially with dates. Mmmmmmmmmm, dates.)

I warned co-workers that it was not unlikely that they'd find me napping somewhere. I only have a limited number of "awake" hours in a day.

Happy birthday to black_regalia and happy belated birthday to exsequar!

Oh look, a President who cares about and respects other people's cultures. What a rare and wonderful thing.

HBO seems to be having a sale on Amazon - Deadwood, Rome, True Blood, Generation Kill, everything. I may have to treat myself to either all three seasons of Deadwood or both Carnivale seasons. Or Rome. Damn obsessions, there's too many of them. celticlullaby will have to get Rome so I can get the others.

Meanwhile, BBC's best headline of the week: Jail threat for donkey bloggers. Oh, Azerbaijian. Even your government repression comes with wacky fun times.

Cool astronomy shit: Galaxy's 'cannibalism' revealed -- The vast Andromeda galaxy appears to have expanded by digesting stars from other galaxies, research has shown.
(Though I'd argue with Dr. Chapman quoted there that it's not at all ironic for galaxy destruction and galaxy formation to go hand-in-hand. The two always go together - just ask Shiva.)

How am I getting stuff done in the office and it's only 7:30? This is so weird.

Crossposted at Dreamwidth: http://casapazzo.dreamwidth.org/213656.html

Aug. 7th, 2009

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I am only as strong as the coffee I drink

Finally over on DW now - yay for DW's import feature - and trying to get back into the swing of journaling. I still hate how long it takes my brain to laboriously lay down one word after the other to make a sentence, but it's never going to get better if I don't make the effort.

Two very happy-making things today:

For the past few years I've been staying at my current job mostly because it's here and doesn't suck, while occasionally looking for new work in my usual lazy and haphazard way. Then yesterday, a co-worker gave our boss one week's notice - and as of today, I'm getting a title bump, a nice-sized raise, and new responsibilities, some of which aren't much different than I'm doing now, and so will be comfortably familiar, and some of which are just the right amount of new learning experience. So, yay, lethargy pays off in the end! (Probably not the lesson I should be learning from this experience, but what the hell.)

Spotted on the 930 Club mailing list, Lucero is coming to 930 in October - and tickets are only $15. *glees* So excited. Don't know who I can find to come with me (who will want to be down in the first couple rows on the floor), but I am bloody well going, even if I end up on my own.

I miss going out -- most of my friends are old married couples now (or very nearly so), and I've been spending way too many lovely summer evenings (and weekend afternoons) at home in front of the TV. So, my resolution for the summer is to find more things to do -- it's not like there's any shortage of music or new exhibits or Things To Do in this town -- and get my ass out of the house. I needn't be sedate-homebody-by-proxy.

Now for 10 days of house-sitting kittens!

This entry was originally posted at http://casapazzo.dreamwidth.org/213281.html. Please comment there using OpenID.

Jul. 12th, 2009

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CoE, or three bourbon-and-cokes before 3:00 on a Sunday

Oh, Torchwood. I can only deal with one show (SPN) that drives me to drink, thanks. I had to text Carmen (off at some baby shower) "when you come home and I'm drunk, this is why: *traumatic spoiler*" (azriona, now I see why you talked lordofthechaos' ear off on the way over last night.)

What I'm really interested in (besides sticking my fingers in my ears and going "la la la where is the happy written-pre-CoE fic?") is the political fallout all over the world. I can't imagine there not being a great many revolutions or sharp political swings in the aftermath of all that. Yikes.

Excellent meta here, and I very much agree with the analogy (seen elsewhere) that Torchwood is the Angel to Doctor Who's BtVS.


In another fandom -- Star Trek: Reboot -- I've never enjoyed the fanfiction trope that Winona Kirk is a self-absorbed Bad Mother for leaving Jim to be raised by a stepfather who he doesn't get along with (which of course in fanfic turns into a series of stepfathers, because of course any woman who would ABANDON her child is a HOOR). (And there's fanfic trope number two which irritates me: Frank the criminally abusive stepfather -- all we've got canonically is him threatening to tan Jim's hide for stealing the antique car, which is not a horribly inappropriate reaction, IMO.) So I'm rather pleased to have come up with a good TOS canon-based reason for her to rely on an imperfect Earth-based parent: Tarsus IV.

What if Winona tried raising Jim alongside her career as a Starfleet officer, until being posted to Tarsus IV and surviving Kodos' massacre? That'd be pretty good incentive for sending him back to Earth, and it'd add even more fuel to Jim's authority issues and acting-out-at-Frank-because-Frank-isn't-his-mom issues. I'm not sure if the dates work out perfectly, but that's my prize little piece of personal canon.


So how's that for content for not being around for six months or whatever? Here, have some music:
Excellent country artist Ryan Bingham. Deliciously worn & scratchy voice for being all of twenty-odd, and good mix of song-types: foot-stomping & hand-clapping rhythmic guitar - Bread & Water; "lonely cowboy" - Don't Wait for Me; world weary & wise old-timer Hard Times

And for those of you who like Things Wot Smell Nice, online retailer JoJoelle is having a big sale to clear out their stock for the summer.

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