Merlin 5.01

Oct. 6th, 2012 09:05 pm
janne_d: (merlinforest)
The fifth series of Merlin started tonight and so I duly watched. Is it just me, though, or is the plotting getting repetitive? Stop me if this list sounds familiar...

Cryptic threat to Arthur: check
Merlin worries: check
Arthur dismisses Merlin's worries: check
Arthur and Merlin insult each other: check
Arthur is noble: check
Arthur and Merlin have a moment of affirming mutual loyalty at night: check
Merlin summons Dragon: check
Merlin is Arthur's only hope of safety: check
Knights get their shirts off: check
Morgana plots: check

I had an enormous sense of deja vu all through the episode. The traitor was obvious almost on first appearance, nothing got said in dialogue that I hadn't heard from the characters before (apart for the one exception of Gwen being brilliantly ruthless that was the only bit that felt like it wasn't a retread)... It feels like it's stuck in stasis, and nothing feels more like that than the relationship between Merlin and Arthur who have been dancing the same steps in it for about the last 3 series. I don't know - I feel like Uther dying last series should have been this huge game changer, but instead it's more like it just changed the details around the edges and the centre stayed exactly the same.

Come on, Merlin writers! Shake it up a bit - do something different! (And that does not mean fart jokes, you already did those.)
janne_d: (ffshiny)
So, when I logged into my AO3 account (for the first time in a while), I realised I have an open invite still hanging around, which I probably knew about but then forgot to do anything with.

I'm assuming it is still good, even with the current huge queue, so if there are any of you who want one it's first comment, first served. I've screened comments for this, so if you want to put your email there I'll fire it over through the AO3 automated thing, otherwise I'll work out how to copy it.
janne_d: (ffehwash)
1) Anyone else getting comments lately that are just a link to youtube? I've had 2 and I'm curious (though not curious enough to click the link).

2) Why are people writing "uh" (denoting hesitation in speech) as "ugh" all of a sudden? It's very distracting and keeps making me think all the characters have turned into grunting cavepeople. I don't think that is what the writers are actually trying to portray.

3) I am right in thinking the phrase is "if that's what you think, you've got another think coming", amn't I? I've seen it so many times as "you've got another thing coming" I'm starting to doubt... (The first one makes sense! The second one doesn't!)
janne_d: (interpretivedance)
...to be inspired by.

I have an internal interview on Monday and apparently one of the interviewers likes to ask who you are inspired by. And while I am perfectly happy to tell friends that I'm inspired by (among others) Buffy, Eowyn, Steve Rogers and Natasha Romanova, I suspect they are looking for someone a little less fictional!

Any suggestions, oh mighty flist? Who would you answer if faced with that question?
janne_d: (bfohdear)
Why is it that there are some fic where I know they are OOC, and about as interestingly plotted as a dictionary, and with as much realism in people's actions as a chicken has teeth, but I feel compelled to keep reading anyway?

Why?

(This question brought to you by the fact I read a couple of hundred thousand words of a particular series at the weekend, and I have absolutely no idea what the reason was.)
janne_d: (lakeserak)
Staples has a reading speed test you can take:

ereader test
Source: Staples eReader Department



According to this, I read 1036 words a minute and that makes me 314% faster at reading than the national average (for the US I take it since it seems to be the US site).

Now, I'll give them that I do read very fast. But I simply can't believe that I read 314% faster than average. The way they calculate it has got to be off.

Avengers!

Apr. 28th, 2012 03:39 pm
janne_d: (beautiful day)
Thoughts in response to the superhero mashup

- Natasha Romanov is coolest of the cool
- Fury runs a close second, and not just because he's being played by Samuel L Jackson
- SHIELD clearly has the best hiring policy in the history of the world to get people like Natasha and Phil Coulson and Agent Hill on the payroll. That is just way too much competence for one organisation, seriously. I think my competence kink actually overloaded.
- OMG, Captain America is adorable (have not yet seen his debut film, but clearly I will have to now)
- Tony Stark got most of the best lines, except for "puny god" which, combined with the rest of that scene, still has me grinning (that bit was so Joss, I loved it)
- I loved the space invaders sight gag too
- Thor did not hug enough people in this film (he actually didn't hug anyone I can think of and this is a shame as I have decided he is probably the best hugger available and that he should hug Bruce Banner a lot because the dude clearly needs affection)
- Enver Gjokaj had a cameo! This made me happy
- Alexis Denisof apparently was also involved as someone called The Other who I assume was one of the bad guys?
- appropriately, one of the makeup artists was called Heba Thorisdottir
- the whole thing was seriously enjoyable
- now I want fic.
janne_d: (cautionsign)
Reading 3 different BDSM fics in a day, one immediately before going to bed, leads to very strange dreams.

Exhibit A: the dream where John Watson made a sex toy out of a grey, cuddly dinosaur robot (yeah, I don't get it either, but that's what it was) by basically disecting it and then rebuilding it into something very abstract because dom!Sherlock told John to impress him with his ingenuity.

Exhibit B: the dream where I had to clear the garden of the house I (don't actually) live in, but be absolutely sure to get back inside and lock all the doors before sunset because I'd been ordered to host the annual werewolf orgy. That one got... a little disturbing. (Yes, more disturbing than the one above.)

Exhibit C: the dream where Moriarty had a nephew who broke his orders that started with the nephew tied to a chair and delaying his torture by getting Moriarty to critique all his life choices, followed by him somehow escaping the chair, braining Moriarty on the door frame and then shooting himself as the only way out. (Yes, technically that doesn't involve BDSM, but I'm blaming the fic for it anyway because it was really, really unpleasant and I had been reading Sherlock fic.)

The fact that I was coming down with a cold yesterday may also have contributed to (a) the weirdness and (b) my waking often enough to remember all these messedup things from my subconscious. Gah.
janne_d: (canadianmanual)
They have called this day the Eleventh of March! And whomsoever of you gets through this day, unless you are shot in the head or somehow slain, you will stand at tiptoe when e'er you hear the name again, and you will get excited at the name March the Eleventh!

We happy few, we few, we band of brothers. Our names will be as like household names. And those who are not here, be they sleeping or doing something else, they will feel themselves...sort of crappy. Because they are not here to...to join the fight, on this day, the Eleventh of March!

~~

:-D Yeah. It's that day. ♥
janne_d: (elevenmadman)
and fans' eagle eyes.

Check out the apparent canonical crossover between the Moff's two shows...

I think I'll go watch "A Study in Time" again now!
janne_d: (Default)
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] obstinatrix at To UK Flisties
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] de_nugis at To UK Flisties
Originally posted by[livejournal.com profile] amber1960 (Taken most recently from [livejournal.com profile] thisissirius)

If you're from the UK and you believe in freedom of speech and an uncensored interenet, you really need to sign this petition. There are others floating about, but that particular one is the best way to ensure that your voice gets heard. It's hosted on the directgov website and addresses parliament directly. If it gets more than 100,000 signatures, it becomes eligible for discussion in the House of Commons.

Everyone's been getting so worked up over SOPA -- and rightly so -- that ACTA seems to have slipped under the radar. This is hugely problematic, because ACTA is a similar bill, but it has the potential to be far more damaging than SOPA ever could be.

Some people seem to have this misconception that ACTA is the 'European SOPA', but that simply isn't true. It's a global treaty, and it's already been signed by eight countries, including the US, Japan, New Zealand and Singapore. Europe votes on Thursday. If they vote 'no', the bill will have to be taken back to the drawing board and reformulated, which should buy us some time at the very least.

If you think this doesn't affect you, you're wrong. If ACTA passes, it could well signal the end of the internet as we know it, and that isn't an exaggeration. It's not just about watching movies and television online. If ACTA passes, sites like YouTube, Livejournal, Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook and even Google and Wikipedia could become impossible to maintain. ACTA would allow ISPs to monitor your net activity and cut off internet access for your entire household if one person is suspected of breaching copyright. Think Big Brother is Watching. I don't think I need to emphasise just how damaging it can be to be without internet access in this day and age, when we rely so heavily on technology.

It's not only bloggers and fandom that would be affected, either. Small businesses, independent film-makers and unsigned musicians who have previously found their niche online would also suffer hugely, and would be at risk of being bullied into submission by Hollywood and multinational corporations under accusations of copyright infringement. All those artists who found fame by uploading covers of songs to YouTube would never have had the opportunity to do so under ACTA, as those cover versions would be prohibited.

I know the internet has its problems, but to my mind it's the single greatest invention to come out of modern times, and it would be an absolute travesty if we were to lose that now. From a personal point of view, I can't even put into words how important this is to me. I've met some of my closest friends through the internet and online fandom, people whom I would likely never have met without it, and it's given me this amazing social support system. I don't want that to end here, and I want to preserve it for future generations so that they can have the same experience and opportunities I've been given through my online interactions.

I know that opinions on the seriousness of copyright infringement and online piracy vary wildly, but that isn't really the point. Internet giants such as Google are opposed to this bill, and it's pretty safe to say that they're not in favour of copyright infringment, as anyone who's ever had a fanvid taken down from YouTube will be painfully aware. Whatever your stance on copyright, this isn't the way to go about dealing with it. This is dangerous legislation that impeaches on some of our most basic human rights, such as the right to privacy and freedom of speech.

So if you're from the UK, please, please sign the petition. If you hail from elsewhere in the world, there may well be similar movements in your own country, but I think the most effective thing anybody can do right now is to keep talking about this. Talk about it on Livejournal, on Twitter, on Tumblr, on Facebook, and anywhere else you can think of. Make sure this issue is never far from people's minds. The internet is an amazingly powerful tool: let's utilise it while we still have the chance.

Please repost and spread the word :)

SAY NO TO ACTA!

Please consider reposting this, especially if you have a large proportion of UK flisties. And please consider spreading the word via other platforms: Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, your own personal network.

janne_d: (tennantstill)
So there is a download of David Tennant and Cathering Tate in Much Ado About Nothing available (not yet DVD sadly, though there was a release date that seems to have now vanished) at Digital Theatre. It took running 4 different Microsoft installations to get it to work, but it was totally worth it (and if you have Adobe AIR already it won't be an issue).

Anyway, I watched the whole thing yesterday afternoon, and it was So. Much. Fun. I love Beatrice and Benedick anyway, but with DT and CT playing them they are the most adorable characters ever - the way they portrayed the scenes after they fall in love were just hysterical because there was this... joyous incredulity that this was actually happening to them, and they're laughing at themselves for being romantic even while they mean it, and it made me grin like a fool with delight. And when they were serious it was beautiful.

I am also completely in awe of how natural DT sounds doing Shakespeare - it's gorgeous. And his Benedick is charming and delightful (and Scottish!) and so hilarious I have a deep desire to see him do slapstick comedy for ever more. The scene where the Prince, Leonato and Claudio are manipulating him while he eavesdrops made me laugh so hard I had to pause the playback to recover, and his soliloquy afterwards melted me into a gooey puddle.

Catherine Tate is a fabulously spiky Beatrice too - the scene where she rejects the Prince was funny and awkward all at once, and her reactions in Beatrice's eavesdropping were just as funny as DT. And her grief and anger at the interrupted wedding are amazing - the "Kill Claudio" line is heartstopping.

Not that the play is just about them - the rest of the cast were great too (and the Watch were genuinely funny instead of annoying which is an achievement in itself). They did the set up of Benedick in a way I hadn't seen before - a lot less smooth and planned and a lot more scrambling to say the right thing with frantic gestures between the conspirators that they all played beautifully. A lot of the way things were played seemed quite fresh to me, actually, though I've only seen a couple of other versions. It was all warm and mischievous and I loved it.

The one thing I don't like (and it is something that can't be fixed as it is part of the play) is that I always want Hero to tell Claudio where to go at the end and stay single! This production at least managed to supply reasons that make it understandable that he acts like such a dick, but I still ended up going "why do you still want to marry him?" at Hero. Ah well. It's the Beatrice and Benedick plot that I watch it for, and that part of it was glorious.
janne_d: (ooh I say)
Seen pretty much everywhere on my flist:

"Find the nearest book to you, turn to page 45, and read the first sentence: this describes your sex life in 2012."

When I told the operator what was going on she breathed in sharply and asked how many people were with me and whether anyone was hurt.

OMG. *dies laughing*

(Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde, if you were wondering.)
janne_d: (lochbennevis)
I have wrapped my presents and can't be bothered writing cards yet, so have a Christmas meme by was of [livejournal.com profile] trobadora:

25 Christmassy questions below )
janne_d: (elevenmadman)
All this series of Doctor Who I've been wishing for the Moff to just lay out River's timeline for us, in a DVD extra, or in my more ambitious wishes a special box set that does her episodes in the order she lived them.

And tonight, in Doctor Who Confidential, I got my wish! With narration by River even, which was better than I actually expected - if I seriously thought they would ever do it I could only envision Stephen Moffat rattling the events off in a big run-on sentence, possibly with stills added. This was so much cooler.

Oh, and there was a finale episode on too, or something...

Spoilers, sweetie )
janne_d: (searocks)
Mostly I like reading books I loved as a child again as an adult - it's that happy glow of nostalgia, and a lot of the classics are really good reads even now. But this time when I was back home I dug out my (abridged) copy of The Three Musketeers because I've been seeing the adverts for the new film and wanted to remind myself what the actual plot was.

And on rereading I've come to the unsettling conclusion that the the Musketeers and particularly d'Artagnan are total dicks. Which makes me sad, because that is not how I remembered them at all!

Rant below - contains plot spoilers )

I expect I'll still go and see the film though - I think the versions I've seen before are usually less annoying than the book was and I do like a bit of swashbuckling. (Especially with Matthew McFadyen.)

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