dragojustine: (feminism)
So one of my main guilty pleasures in the last four or five months has been My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. I'm pretty much convinced it's one of the better things going right now. It's also basically everything a feminist could possibly want out of a kids cartoon.

But I just watched Dragon Quest, and I gotta say... I think they fucked up. Gender-based analysis of this episode plz? Where am I to find such a thing?

Ep under cut.

Dragon Quest )

(I just realized that my current "feminism" icon is completely inapropos for "I think this may be perpetuating some really terrible stereotypes of masculinity," but I don't think I have one for that...)
dragojustine: (Science fiction)
I left fandom for a couple months (because of my AMAZING SUMMER JOB OMG) so of course I missed Space Girl by [personal profile] charmax until now. It is, of course, an amazing vid. It's basically the entire history of televised science fiction as seen through the lens of female characters, with all the kitch and tropes and awesomeness and awe that suggests. Amazing.

Speaking of which.

On Friday, this happened for the last time.

in which I am sentimental, also tl;dr )

Everyone -- EVEYONE -- who feels even the smallest fraction of what I do about this needs to go watch To Touch the Face of God by [livejournal.com profile] destina, and good luck to the Atlantis crew for their safe return home.
dragojustine: (Book stack)
If you read George RR Martin's Game of Thrones, or if you watched the first episode of the miniseries, or if you have even contemplated doing either one, [personal profile] hth's meta is absolutely non-optional required reading. It's long but articulate and amazing, and includes an explanation of the consistent ethical stance and worldview of the series, meta on the characters of Drogo, Daenerys, and Cersei, the society of Westeros vs. the Dothraki, issues of institutionalized rape and consent, and (obviously), That Scene.

It's really really good.
dragojustine: (Reality ruins my life)
My procrastination is becoming a Problem in my life. I remember I had techniques, back in undergrad, but I can't seem to remember what they are. There must be practical anti-procrastination advice on the internet, but if I spend hours reading it... I'm pretty sure that sort of thing is part of the problem.

The law school workload kept me away from NY Comic-Con this year, and I just realized I missed the signups for Muskrat Jamboree. And I barely knew about the [livejournal.com profile] jd_ficathon until stuff had already posted. Dammit, I refuse to let law school take my hobbies. Partly because, you know, hobbies keep you sane, but partly because I've met so many of the people I value most this way, and I just can't lose that. So... I'll have to figure something out.

Edited for linkspam: I realize that I am in danger of just linking to everything Abigail Nussbaum ever writes, but I wanted to point out her really amazing articulation of just what is wrong with SGU and, now, her take on what exactly is the difference between Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit. It's a compelling argument that the difference is not, in fact, maturity or complexity. Very good read.

Plus, she tosses off the observation that Bilbo Baggins and Arthur Dent have more in common than is apparent at first glance, which made me giggle. Oh, so true!

Hi!

Mar. 17th, 2009 02:49 pm
dragojustine: (Priestly)
1. Thank you so much to the gremlin who nominated Second Chances and Hell of a Sight for the Stargate Fan Awards. It seems there are a lot of fan award sites in this fandom, none of which I knew about (because they all seem to happen off-lj). Thank you!

2. The premiere of Kings is beautiful. Transcendental, I swear. If you didn't watch it, go watch it. This is Slings&Arrows beautiful. The good seasons of West Wing beautiful. Deadwood season 1 beautiful. Rome season 1 beautiful. It might be too good to spawn a fandom, but you should watch it. Just saying.

3. Speaking of, Ian McShane is on the Daily Show tonight talking about it. Ian McShane is fucking brilliant. He also makes me swear compulsively whenever I think about him, which is a drawback, but.

4. Abigail Nussbaum meditates on the future of serialized television. Thought-provoking.

5. Happy Paddy's day! I use my Priestly icon solely because it is the greenest icon I have. Everybody kiss an Irish lass today.
dragojustine: (Clever)
The news coverage of CPAC was so fun to watch over these last few days )

Another thank you to everybody who sent birthday wishes!

Those of you who are having some of the same problems I am these days might want to read Seven Tried and True Ways to Stifle Your Creativity.

Why I would not have greenlit Dollhouse does the best job I have seen of dissecting exactly why Dollhouse is so very very disappointing. Those of you who know me know that I hate disliking something without being able to articulate why, so. This is why.

And for those of you who, like me, are watching Dollhouse in the vain hopes that it will improve, or who, also like me, watched Merlin and hoped forlornly that the Next Big Fandom would be something with a little less cheese and a lot more weight, I feel the need to remind you that NBC's new show, Kings, premieres on March 15th.

It's a re-working of the story of David, as in "David and Goliath," as in "David and Jonathan." It stars Ian McShane, so right there you know at least one character will fucking rock, and I saw the first twenty minutes of it at Comic-con, so I can tell you that the look of it, visually, is just phenomenal. No cheesy campy CGI dragons here- this is a pseudo-modern AU setting with utterly gorgeous outdoors location shoots and lush sets and beautiful camera work and the whole thing is just nice to look at in a way that goes well beyond the (admittedly in some cases very pretty) pretty people. And it has the advantage of both being a story that I would watch even if there were no slash potential at all- because the story of David is a good story and the potential for action plus political intrigue plus intense emotional portrayals of psychologically fascinating people plus really interesting worldbuilding is enough to make me sit up and pay attention- but also having slash potential out the wazoo- because, you know David and Jonathan.

I know I cannot wave my wand and make this the Next Big Fandom, especially given the crappy job NBC is doing promoting it, but I would if I could, and I'm begging you all to check it out.
dragojustine: (Obama)
Oh, New Hampshire, never change.

Oh my GOD. Only about six hours till the polls start closing, and I have a job interview to do and I don't know how I can endure it! *bites nails*

If you live in California, PLEASE remember to help defeat Proposition 8. Wherever you are, and no matter how excited you are about the presidential contest, please remember that the race keeps going all the way down the ballot!

Edit I ♥ John Barrowman. Yes, I have been wearing that tshirt out and about town all day today.

Edit 2: Electric Boogaloo! Rachel Maddow's biography on Twitter reads, "i see political people..."

*crush intensifies*

Edit 3: Yes, I am doing it this way so my flist doesn't strangle me for making a bajillion updates. I Didn't Vote for Obama Today. This made me cry.

Here's the thing: this feels like a hugely important election. )

And one day they will ask, "Did you know, while it was happening? Could you feel it in the air, this thing you were a part of?"

We will remember that there is something happening in America, that we are not as divided as our politics suggest, that we are one people, we are one nation.

And, together, we will begin the next great chapter in the American story, with three words that will ring from coast to coast, from sea to shining sea: Yes, we can.
dragojustine: (Reading is sexy)
Awesome day with [livejournal.com profile] wendy yesterday. Gymnastic superstars tour thing! About one-third high-energy exhibition, one-third amateurish Cirque-du-Soliel knock off, one-third truly crappy concert, yet somehow combined for way more entertainment value than I anticipated. Also, much better ratio of barely pubescent girls to hot hunks without shirts than I was expecting. It is good to be pandered to!

Cut for politics )

All I am saying, really, is this:
-That there are conservatives and Republicans who do not identify in these ways because they're uninformed, or reactionary, or xenophobic, or religious wackjobs, or stupid, or evil.
-That there are some that share my basic worldview, my thought processes, my way of thinking about the world, who I would find intellectual equals and valuable conversation partners and admirable antagonists... and that while I obviously know that, I perhaps do not really hear it as often or sincerely as I should.
-That party labels are not inherently tied to rightness or wrongness of ideas or policies, or even to basic worldviews or values.
-That I sincerely hope that if political labels slip from my original conception as radically as they have for him, I will have the same courage he does to step back and consider with intellectual honesty and clarity.

Passage, Connie Willis )
dragojustine: (Hath made me mad)
On being told to smile by Random Guy )

Hello, I am an INTJ, and I just want people to do three things: make rational sense, say what they mean, and leave me alone.

Oh God, I'm a horrible person.

Uh, the other thing was going to be a little essay on McCain's "Senator Obama doesn't understand the difference between strategy and tactics," and what the difference is between strategy and tactics, and how McCain doesn't actually seem to be able to tell them apart, and how Obama's calm insistence on the Surge as a tactic in service of strategic priorities he thinks need to be re-examined in the face of McCain's repeated squawking of "The Surge is a strategy and it worked!" is basically everything I need to know about their relative critical-thinking capacities and which one I want as president.

Except I think everyone on my flist both 1. understands the concepts involved and 2. agrees with me. So, hell with that. Instead, have linkage:

A fascinating description of the bailout negotiations, if you like the sausage-making perspective (Washington Post)

A good article on "strategy and tactics" as it relates to campaign style (The Atlantic)
dragojustine: (Clever)
I kind of adore character meta that comes from different ways of organizing/categorizing characters, by whatever psychological classification you use. I could eat that type of meta up with a spoon.

Take, for example, Harry Potter Hogwarts houses - Torchwood, Dr Who, SPN, SGA, SG1 )

Or Myers-Briggs, for instance )

But I just read another categorization framework I found interesting )

So let's apply it to Jack and Daniel )

Why I find this interesting: )

Jesus, I will SHUT UP now.
dragojustine: (Reject your reality)
- The Feminist Carnival of Sexual Freedom and Autonomy is back, with tons and tons of really good links to thinky thoughts.

- Why This Queer Isn't Celebrating is also good in the thinky-thoughts department.

- Sexism at the Home Depot, part God-knows-what in a series: I walk in to the hardware department to ask the guy- a charming grandfatherly type of gentleman- some questions about changing locks. He says to me (I quote) "Do you have a husband? I can just show you what to buy, and he can take care of it real easy."

*facepalm*

He went on to be really really nice to me, including grabbing a screwdriver and unscrewing one of their display models to show me. Which was interesting and helpful even if it was patronizing ("Now, you'll just have to borrow a Philips screwdriver- that's one like this, see, with a cross on it?" OH GOD), and I'm glad he did it.

I am always amused by the allowances we make for generational differences. I mean, if he had been under 30, I would have been really sorely tempted to punch him in the nose, and I would have walked out fuming. Instead, the guy was over 65 and I'm just shaking my head ruefully and going "oh, bless his heart."
dragojustine: (Obama)
Apparently I only like weddings when they are socially subversive.

Except that is completely and totally the wrong word since the entire point is to become NOT subversive anymore, but I am wiped today and incapable of phrasing myself correctly.

Overlong political ranting )

That embarrassing outburst of emotion was at least half caused by PMS, plus the frustration of living in Texas surrounded by trucks with McCain bumper stickers. Or at least, the overuse of italics was. Pay me no mind, I'll be calm and rational again in two days.

Other random awesomeness, related to fandom: I googled for that SGA story, "take clothes off as directed," and stumbled on this: I'm In Ur Bookmarks, Stealin' Ur Tags!: Closed Communities and Their Influence On Consistent Vocabularies In User Developed Folksonomies. (pdf warning, html here) Which is really totally awesome, in a "fandom is so sociologically fascinating" kind of way, even I could have *told* her all those things about consistent community vocabularies.
dragojustine: (made of awesome)
First of all: [livejournal.com profile] desertport wrote this thing. Which I didn't link to before because I was busy having my crisis, but it's a SPN poem. And it hits me HARD square in the epic-heroic-tradition kink, but beyond that it's just lyrical and gorgeous and... God. Amazing.

Second: SG1 just gave me CANON BODYSWAP. Yes. CANON. BODYSWAP. Jack-in-Teal'c's-body being sarcastic! Jack-in-Daniel's-body and Daniel-in-Jack's body interacting and being all confused! CANON BODYSWAP. I just... *flappy hands* Oh, show &hearts

Now, I need bodyswap porn. Because there is never enough bodyswap porn in the world.

link to some Doctor Who meta )
dragojustine: (Science fiction)
Successful days in the "write a little bit every day" post-Thanksgiving-sloth resolution: 3

Earth Abides, George R. Stewart

This book is stunning. It is brilliant and... I am having trouble processing it, to be honest. And when I have trouble processing what I read, I tend to write too much.

dragojustine: (Going mad feels like)
This stuff is SO FUNNY. I am dying of laughter over here. )
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I just watched 8 episodes straight of Dexter. )
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[livejournal.com profile] fleshflutter's Mini-nano has me on the edge of my seat. I am TERRIFIED for both of the boys right now. This is the most gripping WIP I've ever read, and I just can't stop thinking about it. Is it tomorrow yet?
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Prisoners in Camp Kim in the American Conservative. First-hand accounts of North Korea utterly fascinate me. It's just... a truly, inconceivably bizarre situation, one of those things that it's almost impossible to conceive of as existing in the same world as yourself, you know?
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Don't forget to let me send you a card.
dragojustine: (Land war in asia)
So I bought far too much candy (and had only one trick-or-treater. One sad lonely Mutant Ninja Turtle. Feel cheated). And watched the Princess Bride and The Shining. FINALLY.

The shining freaked me right the hell out )

The Princess Bride gave me thinky thoughts )

BUT, right after I finished the Princess Bride, I got a rec for a Princess Bride/PotC Xover fic. The Revenge, PG Sparrow/Montoya. This makes me SCREAM with joy. Pirates, people! Jack Sparrow! And Inigo! And flamboyance and swishiness and swordplay and repartee and rum! Pirates! I want endless sequels of Jack and Inigo sailing about being pirates together! *dies from Pirate love* Has there ever been anything as cool as pirates?
dragojustine: (cons)
kay, so, I went to Wincon and I had the best time of my entire life. For serious, bar absolutley nothing. And I came out of Wincon with thousands and thousands of meta thinky thoughts and plot bunnies, and dozens of people who were so cool to meet who I really really want to meet again, and I discussed things with people that I just don't discuss with Real Life Non Fandom people, and it was intelligent and interesting and engaging and a complete and total relief in that "things that I find worth devoting headspace to are being validated rather than mocked, and my porn habits disgust no one" sort of way. Which? WINS.

And it's funny, because I had a choice between going to Wincon last weekend or going to that actual big commercial Supernatural convention next weekend, with Nathan Filion and Jared Padalecki and other cool people and... I'm really glad I made the choice I did. Because as cool as it would be to just stand next to Jared (and seriously, there are not enough men that tall in the world) what I really really NEED right now in my life are friends, not celebrity autographs. And I rarely actually make friends, in that, while I am fine at a little bit of chit-chat about the weather or whatever, I almost never feel like I have crossed that nebulous line from "awkward performance of social small talk ritual" to "really enjoying someone's company and wanting to be their friend" and that was happening all over the damn place at Wincon and it makes me happy. Happy in a way that might somewhat indicate my social patheticness and need for validation at this particular moment in my life, but whatever because it was FUN! Also? This will sound weird and melodramatic but there was this lovely fresh "out of the closet" sort of breeze about it, in that I devote TONS of headspace to things that I basically admit to nobody, so being friends with fangirls? Is a huge relief of that particular little neurosis.

So I met really really cool people and had fun )

And there were panels that were awesome )

and I kept getting these thinky thoughts )

And this weekend might have made me slightly more sex-obsessed than even before )

So in short, I had a BLAST. And in the week since Wincon I have been applying for (and not being contacted for, or turned down for) jobs at a fairly steady rate, and have just been devouring lj- back archives of fics and recs and meta from all these people I met at the con and I've been leaving comments like whoah which I never used to do and it's been so much fun I haven't even written anything of my own, either journal-wise or fic wise.

Except that I did drabble (prompt: any X-over, "You've just been out-geeked!"). Is it weird that my first fic ever posted online is such a random drabble? It just BIT me, and now there's this huge X-over fic idea in my head. And of course, I proofread poorly, so now the only peice of my writing that exists on the internet contains Offenses Against Verb Tense the like of which people rant about in badfic conversations. It's fun, hitting "post" and then promptly feeling like Exhibit A in The Need for Betas, isn't it?

Episode reactions to come, as well as other stuff. Maybe, at some point, I will actually write fic? I want to, now.
dragojustine: (Butter side up)
Things that make me happy:

I got my motherboard back! And I think my computer still has minor Issues, but it WORKS! And I'm sitting in front of my Really Big Monitor, which doesn't give me posture issues, typing on a fullsize keyboard, saving Prison Break episodes to a hard drive that has like 100 gigs of room left, and yes little laptop you have served me faithfully I know but Yaay!

Random:

The South Korean military discharged a female pilot for lacking breasts, after a double masectomy, on the grounds that "army regulations require soldiers who are missing body parts to be discharged." This news story makes me go huh.

Thinky Thoughts:

This article from Reason magazine caught my interest )

Wincon:

Wincon is now four days away and counting down fast, and I am SO EXCITED and SO FREAKING OUT. I need to start leaving comments for a few people about how they don't know me from Eve but I really really want to buy them a drink at Wincon. EEEEE!

Life:

This xkcd strip basically sums up my life for the last week. I need to get a job, obviously. I have started researching temp places, because that's a quick fix and I have very temp-place-oriented skills. I want to start advertising for tutoring but I am lacking a lot of the safety net here that I had in Seattle and it makes me nervous and I keep putting it off until I have a printer and local phone number, which will be awhile so maybe I need to step up, no?

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