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This morning I dropped TC off, went to Starbucks, and then came home to drink my coffee, eat my granola-yogurt parfait, and screw around online. While doing that, I saw that The Grey had been released, and we all know how much I love Liam Neeson (THIS MUCH), so I decided to go to the 11:40 am showing.

spoilers )

So anyway, I left the theater going "Fuck me, life has no meaning," and then went home and cheered myself up with this photo of Martin Freeman walking his miniature wire-haired dachshund, which was adorable and made me wish I could put them both in my pocket. Small, cute men and their even smaller, cuter dogs are a good antidote for the bleak desolation of death and hopelessness in the snow, it seems. :-P
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I just recced this Sherlock story to someone on my flist (hi Beth!), but I liked it so much that I want to share it with everyone else too.

The World on His Wrist

I followed a link to this last night and ended up reading for the next two hours, I was that hooked. The basic premise is that during the first series, John is living in four different realities, including the canon one; they're a little bit out of sync in terms of timeline, so he keeps trying to use his knowledge of coming events gained in this universe to help the AU!Sherlocks - who don't know him - and stop people from getting killed. It sounds crazy, but it totally works, plus if you (like me) are not normally a fan of AUs, it has enough non-AU in it to make it feel firmly grounded in canon. I kind of want to go back and watch the first series through the lens of this idea now, if that tells you anything. :)

Anyway, it's quite a long story - six parts plus prologue and epilogue, all of which you can find through the link above - but well worth the time. Mostly gen, but with a strong element of John realizing that he's not as straight as he thinks.
alchemine: (sherlock bars)
I didn't think I had any urge to write something for Sherlock, but somehow last night I found myself doing it anyway. And here it is:

Title: Memento
Summary: One thing is not enough to remember your best friend. But one thing will have to do.
Words: 1,335
Spoilers: Post-Reichenbach Fall

It's been weeks now, Sherlock. When are you coming back? )
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Pick up the nearest book to you. Turn to page 45. The first sentence describes your sex life in 2012.

"At the next peg the Queen turned again, and this time she said 'Speak in French when you can't think of the English for a thing - turn out your toes as you walk - and remember who you are!"

- Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There

Well, considering that I'm about as likely to go to France in 2012 as I am to have any sort of sex life that involves another person, I'll believe that. :-P Maybe if I did go to France there would be a hot French guy waiting for me in the airport with a sign. Maybe I'd be extra lucky and it would be this guy!
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We ended up staying home from work/school today because not only was TC coughing almost nonstop, but she woke up at five a.m. with a severely upset stomach from all the phlegm and goo. Someone suggested Mucinex and I'm thinking about trying it, even though she gets stressed out about taking medicine. I feel bad that I missed work again after Friday's refrigerator incident, but there's only one of me and only so much I can do. Anyway, I can keep up pretty well from here via email, at least with the urgent stuff.

In other news, I started watching Sherlock 2x02 last night, but had to finish today because the site had an annoying 72-minute limit per session and I didn't want to stay up for another hour until I could restart. Bah.

Spoilers )

Wheeeee!

Jan. 1st, 2012 10:31 pm
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Time to watch Sherlock!
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Santa the postman knocked on my door this morning, bearing the BBC Sherlock S1 box set I'd ordered as a Christmas present for myself. (Also bought for myself, but not yet received: this ring.) Merry Christmas, me!

So I watched the making-of documentary this morning and while Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss were waxing lyrical about how much they'd always loved Sherlock Holmes and how excited they were to get to do their own version of him, it struck me that everything they were saying was the exact same reason that people write fanfiction. I mean, that is why, isn't it: you love characters and the world they live in, and you want a chance to explore that world for yourself and share your vision of it. So why is it that fanfiction writers are reviled and mocked and accused of being thieves and plagiarists with no imagination, while Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss can go on TV and talk about how much fun they had making a show that is, essentially, a great big AU fanfic remix? It baffles me.

Speaking of shows that are AU fanfic by Steven Moffat, I've also been watching Jekyll, which is quite a bit scarier than I expected. I've only just finished the second episode, and I'm kind of thinking that I would have liked to see more of Dr Jackman and Hyde as separate people before they started merging, and also that I'm not sure about all this government conspiracy stuff. But I'm hooked enough to want to see the rest, if only to find out how it all ends up. I might have to re-watch some of Sherlock first, though. Every time I see Martin Freeman, I'm more charmed by him; he makes Watson an incredibly interesting character who is also completely disarming in his ordinariness. *snuggles*

And finally, I'm continuing to read my way through as much of Yuletide as I can - I have some more recs piled up, but will have to save them for tomorrow. My own story has gotten a few nice comments; I'd invite people to play the "guess which one I wrote" game, but with almost 2,600 stories in the archive, I think that's a nearly impossible task. (But if you want to try, I will give you the following hints: it's in a literary fandom, in the middle of the alphabet; it's not a fandom I've ever written in before; it's fewer than 1,500 words; and at least one of you has read it.) I've read a lot more and also made a conscious effort to leave more comments or at least kudos this year than in previous years; I sort of feel as if there's less general enthusiasm for Yuletide right now, despite the huge number of stories, and want to do my part to combat that if I can. It's really the only time I write fanfic anymore - except for what I write for my own amusement and will never post - so I've got to make the most of it!
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I got a Yuletide treat for the first time ever!

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Movie
What if Wallace Stevens had been an Alex Cox fan? (Revengers Tragedy)

I can't even choose a favorite stanza to quote--I love them all! So awesome.

Between this and my equally awesome main story, my Yuletide is more than complete. <3
alchemine: (justin_revengers)
I've only read a bit of [livejournal.com profile] yuletide so far, but here are a few recs:

Don't Try This At Home
Fandom: Revengers Tragedy (2003)
This is the story written for me, and it's fabulous - power plays, amorality, post-apocalyptic grunge, boys in makeup, yay! Thank you again, mystery author!

Opposite Polarities (Will Bring You Around)
Fandom: A Tale of Time City - Diana Wynne Jones
Really captures DWJ's tone and feels like a continuation of the book. I can completely see the characters maturing this way, and I love that Vivian and Jonathan still get on each others' nerves even as a couple.

Spaceman Spiff and the Alien Conspiracy
Fandom: Calvin and Hobbes
I can't say too much about this one without spoiling it, so suffice to say that it explains A LOT about Calvin's world.

So We All Are Growing Young
Fandom: Adventure Time
Great backstory for Princess Bubblegum, and insight into her character, Marceline's character, and their relationship. Bubblegum annoys me in the show, but here I actually liked her.

Alternate Ending
Fandom: 16th Century CE RPF
Espionage and snark with Kit Marlowe, Thomas Kyd and others. Marlowe is That Guy everyone knows - the one who's self-destructive and infuriating and a pain in the neck, but somehow you still keep giving him a ride home when he's drunk and letting him sleep it off on your sofa.

Hey Diddle Diddle
Fandom: Mary Poppins - P.L. Travers
Really charming and written perfectly in the tone of the books. (And Mr. Banks owns a copy of My Secret Life - tee hee!)
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Just a note to say that I have a Dreamwidth account with the same username as this one, so please add me over there if you're moving and want to stay in touch. I won't be moving at this time - the new comment box doesn't affect me because I have one of the journal styles that doesn't support it, plus I've never been able to get my nine years' worth of LJ entries to import over there - but I do understand why other people are. *hugs you all*
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A new iPod to replace the one I got for Christmas 2005 (!)

A copy of Snuff

The Sherlock series 1 boxset

A steampunk ring

A really nice lined journal/notebook that is spiral-bound and lies open flat.

That's about it.
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http://uglyrenaissancebabies.tumblr.com/

"Madonna of the Cabbage Patch Doll" almost killed me!
alchemine: (justin_heartless)
Your job is now your Time Lord name. The last digit of your phone number is the current regeneration you are in. The nearest clothing item to your right is now the most notable item in your current wardrobe. The last person you texted is your current companion. Your favorite word is now your catchphrase.

I'm the Editor, which is perfect because Time Lords do sort of go around editing time and history and events. I'm in my third regeneration, my notable item of clothing is a sage-green zip-up hoodie, my companion is my friend K (who would be pretty handy as he's good at making things), and my catchphrase is "Verisimilitude!"


(That was fun!)
alchemine: (gothic)
Thank you for taking me on this year! Most of my requests were pretty detailed, and I don't want to handcuff you by getting too much more specific than that about individual fandoms. So, I'll just offer a few tips on things I generally like to read about--none are required, but any and all are welcome.

Likes )

Just for reference, my original requests )
alchemine: (gothic)
TC: Can I use your laptop? I want to Sim (play the Sims Medieval).
Me: Is your homework finished?
TC: Well...all I really have to do is this one thing for history.
Me: Great. Do that one thing and then you can use the laptop.
TC: Oh my God! You are so mean!
Me: You know once you start playing, you never want to stop.
TC: I'll stop!
Me: No you won't.
TC: I will! You never believe me!
Me: It's not that I don't believe you, it's that I know you have a hard time stopping, so I'm making it easier for you by not letting you start.
TC: I'll stop after two quests!
Me (laughing): You're like a smoker. "I can quit any time, I swear."
TC: Youuuuu are sooooo meeeeean!
Me: Also, I happen to know you have a C-plus in history right now, so I think you should be more worried about your homework than your Simming.
TC: That's just because I messed up on one or two quizzes.
Me: Well, all the more reason to earn as many points you can on this assignment.
TC: *runs away wailing*
alchemine: (justin_revengers)
After years and years of hating to talk on the phone, this morning I managed to explain to someone exactly what it is I don't like about it. Partly it's the intrusiveness factor, but the bigger problem is that I'm a visual learner, and I need to see the person who's talking to me. On a conference call or a dial-in presentation, I have a hard time following along and absorbing whatever information is being communicated, and in a one-on-one phone call, the absence of visual cues from the other person makes it impossible for me to "read" how the conversation is going or tell when it's my turn to talk. It's like my brain needs visual input to organize and make sense out of auditory input (which is probably why I love music, but not podcasts or audio books). I can't tell you what a relief it is to finally understand this about myself! Maybe I should look into Skype.
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Every once in a while I see that this meme I created on a whim one evening NINE YEARS AGO is still making the rounds. It's true--nothing on the Internet ever really goes away!

Why did you get detention at Hogwarts?
by Alchemine
Username
House
You got detention from:McGonagall
For:Graffiti on Hagrid's hut
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Tumblr meme borrowed from [livejournal.com profile] featherxquill:

You restart the world. It's a merging of the last three fictional worlds you experienced.

The Walking Dead, Iron Man and Thor? That would be badass! Between Thor's hammer and Tony Stark's ability to build any weapon you can imagine, the group's collective zombie-fighting power would be unstoppable. Pretty soon they'd be waiting out the apocalypse in a heavily armed fortress with security cameras, electricity, hot running water and a direct underground tunnel to the nearest 7-11.
alchemine: (dead inside)
Watched the rebroadcast of The Walking Dead premiere last night, and then was so full of adrenaline afterward that I didn't fall asleep until after one in the morning. As a result, I feel very much like one of the walking dead myself today. UhhHHHhhgggRRRghhh *stumble*

Overall I liked it quite a bit, thought there were some good, tense moments (plus one incredibly gross one that rivaled last year's draped-in-body-parts zombie walk) but I have to say that spoilers )

Also, I'm happy to report that Andrew Lincoln has managed to improve his accent; he still has a slip here and there, but he's much more consistent with it than last year. Yay Andrew.
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OK, this cracked me up - someone has taken screenshots from p0rn movies that have classroom scenes and then analyzed the level and quality of the "lessons" presented on the blackboards. It's totally worksafe, BTW, except perhaps for having the word "Porn" in the title.

Blackboards In Porn

ETA: This has caused me to go and look up the history of porn movies on Wikipedia. I love that the first one was made almost immediately after motion picture technology was invented - I can just imagine some guy watching a demonstration and thinking We can totally film naked ladies with that! People never change. :)

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