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Okay - that meme is going around again! The one where you comment on a post and get given five things the poster associates with you, then you get to talk about those five things on your LJ, and invite other people to comment on your post and ask for five things you associate with them!

So yes, [ profile] chaila43 gave me the following five things! Comment on this post and I will give YOU five things! An endless cycle of things!

#1 - Vidding


I vid sometimes. If you have ever been on this LJ before, you probably know that I make vids. They are all here!

I'm actually suffering from a slight amount of existential vidder angst at the moment because I'm just not vidding all that much and I have been trying to motivate myself to finish the 85% done vid that's sat on my harddrive for weeks now but the end just doesn't work and it's almost stopped being fun. Which sucks because I both want to finish something and want the vid to exist.

I think my slower vidding pace is partially because I'm just watching fewer shows right now, and that's been the case for about 18 months, and the shows I am watching I'm less passionate about and the new areas I've found to direct my fannishness aren't necessarily visual.

However, that's starting to reverse a little now as I'm finding a couple more shows that may be vidworthy and...yeah. I'm now moving into a phase where I have more hypothetical vids I want to exist. Although somehow, either because I don't know the shows as well or I don't listen to enough music or something? But I used to vid by having visual associations for all the lyrics, or at least enough of them, but now I tend to have a much less defined storyboard than I used to, even in fluid form in my head (because I stopped actually writing them out after my first couple of vids). I don't know, I just find myself with less defined ideas as I start, like I said, I think partly because I'm less familiar with the shows but also because I don't wait as long before I start? And there are benefits to working that fluidly and that readily, but also sometimes it can make it feel overwhelming and too undefined and that's where I am right now:

Lots of vague ideas for vids, none that seem easy to start. But hey, that's better than a month or two ago when I just didn't have many ideas.

Bottom line, I can't seem me stopping vidding. But I would like my muse to kick in now, please. ;) END ANGST!

#2 - Project CAPSLOCK - a.k.a. Hands Away, the Sarah/Olivia vid



This is a vid that me and [ profile] chaila43 made. We didn't have an actual title for it for the longest time, so we still tend to refer to it by our working title of Project CAPSLOCK. Because, you know, dude, Sarah Connor/Olivia Dunham. It's awesome.

I really love this vid more than I can possibly express, which is possibly a little arrogant since I helped make it, but really, you know how sometimes you look back on stuff you made and only see the flaws? But sometimes you're like, shit, how the fuck did I manage to do that cus that's actually pretty awesome? Yeah, the second one.

So since I'm sposed to be talking about it here, I will indulge and talk a little about the part of this that I made. Essentially I created extra footage for [ profile] chaila43 to use while doing the actual vidding part, and we both brainstormed parallels, sequences, storyboards, etc. It was awesome and I honestly can no longer remember which bits were whose idea in places. The awesome song choice was all [ profile] chaila43's though.

I actually did a lot in here that I wonder, sometimes, if people will ever notice? Which isn't to say I necessarily want them to because a lot of the stuff I did I was trying to make a seamless as possible - short moments designed to be almost overlooked but subtly add to the sense of verisimilitude.

I feel like probably people would be more interested in how to make the actual snogging manips and more obvious stuff, but honestly, that would be longer and take more effort than is reasonable for a short meme-based babble, so instead of getting anything approaching an actual commentary, here are half a dozenish pieces of trivia about some of the parts I made! :D

- 0:43, most of the bar sequence is just intercutting, but here you can actually see Sarah walking up to Olivia at the bar for half a second. I can't remember who I masked her over, but I hope it was some dude in a trucker hat.

- All the night-tinted shots of Sarah and Olivia making out/in bed talking, weren't actually made using Terminator, they're Lena Headey from 300. Equal opportunities homoeroticism!

- 0:47, the three dots on the paper that Olivia's holding are actually a manip rather than a cut away, even though her face isn't visible and it looks totally generic. I just couldn't find anything I could cut to or mask in from TSCC that would look right, so I actually made the "three dots on lined paper" image myself, then masked the .png image into the shot over Peter's exploding prophecy face.

- 2:07, I think Sarah smashing the screen on Olivia's laptop is one of my favourite images that I contributed - it's so striking, but so small and in the corner. The trivia though, is that I'm absurdly pleased with myself for matching the same amount of blur that was on the original screen, even though no one will ever notice because, um, you can't see what was originally on the screen, and if I'd left it unblurred it might have been clearer to viewers (but I think subconsciously it would also have looked more fake).

- 2:40, hardest color-correcting shot EVAR. We were really fortunate with a lot of the colouring in the scenes in that they looked very similar (THESE SHOWS, MAN), but in this shot, with Sarah walking through the door, the flowers behind her were so distractingly red, and it was really hard to bleach that out a bit without losing the tiny amount of colour that was in the rest of the shot and making it look weird. So now I notice it every single time.

- 2:44, the composite shot of Sarah and Olivia driving was the first time I ever had to learn to use the motion tracker in Cinelerra (to keep them steady and counteract the motion in the original shots). I HOPE TO NEVER DO SO AGAIN.

- 2:44, the shot of the car driving away was originally in the daytime (from TSCC 1x01 actually), so I fiddled with it til it was night. Making things night is easy, it's keeping the tail lights bright that's fiddly.

- 2:50, Sarah waking up was also originally a daytime shot, but much easy to colour-correct to night time as there were no light sources.

#3 - Olivia Dunham

OH OLIVIA. I love her. On a serious level, I love her determination, her lack of melodrama, I love her understatement, I love her conviction. I love watching her face when she has to deal with Emotional Stuff, because how she feels is all there, in such subtlety, even as she does not allow herself to express it in any other way - to anyone not bothering to pay attention.

I love how Anna Torv manages to differentiate between so many different characters. I'm even starting to be able to tell the difference between Blue Olivia and New Timeline Blue Olivia (I refuse to believe Peter's apparent theory that this is actually someplace else).

I also have a dilemma whereby I have developed a kink for terrible stuff happening to Olivia and her just sucking it up and continuing to try and love the world and trust in people anyway, very quietly. But I absolutely hate that I don't think that's the response I'm supposed to be having to the Peter/Olivia relationship. I just...I really wish I was supposed to see that as Peter fundamentally not understanding her, even though he loves her, and that being tragic. But I don't believe that's the case, so it's just more objectively sad for me.

Like how sometimes people complain that the show is too much about her and not enough about BOYS. Which no one would complain about if she were the top-billed lead and a dude. They really wouldn't.

Mostly I guess I just love how competent and practical and unmelodramatic she is while not being characterised as heartless or as having a lack of compassion. Like, even when they are characterising her as someone who has been damaged by her childhood and does now have an actual block to connecting with people, or responding the way most do to irrational events, they never start acting like that means she has to be taught how to love someone or how to care for someone or how to be a decent human being. She's withdrawn, not cold and that's a difference I love the show for adhering to strictly even as I might whine about a billion other things they do, particularly with her love life.

At which point, I'm out of things to say. FOR NOW.

#4 - Wonder Woman

Okay, so I wrote my SRS LOVE LETTER to her, and posted me SRS PICSPAM of her, and made my SRS VID BECAUSE I NEEDED A HERO of her, so I kind of feel the only thing left is to post is this:


You're welcome, internet, your life is now complete.

#5 - Wales

In this case, the non-shoe-stealing kind!

Right, Wales! I am from there. Most of you probably know this, but for those who may not, it's part of the United Kingdom, but isn't actually part of England. England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales all make up the UK. I suppose the easiest conceptual way to describe it is that if the USA has fifty states, the UK has four. Except the devolution of power is not the same as it is in the USA, nor is it standard across the four nations, nor do we view it in quite the same way, culturally.

Anyway, you might have seen me ranting about this in my LJ before as I'm something of a Welsh politics dork. Which it's kind of fun to be right now since the last 12ish years have been pretty interesting because we finally got a National Assembly and devolved political power that's been slowly increasing throughout my adult life. It's been interesting, at times inspiring and at times depressing, to see.

The thing other than the Welsh Assembly that I occasionally rant about on my LJ is Welsh, the language, which I speak fluently on account of having been sent to Welsh language school as a very small child (we were all fluent in English and did things like English Lit in English but everything else, til I left high school, was in Welsh). This is another thing I have Feelings about, though largely they are expressed here through screaming about how no one on Torchwood (or Wales-based Who episodes) ever speaks Welsh, even when I know damn well the actors can. RARGH.

As a piece of trivia that a lot of people don't know, the number of fluent Welsh-speakers in Wales is actually rising due to the popularity of the Welsh-language immersion education system. This produces lots of kids like me - fluent, unaccented speakers, who are nonetheless second language, which produces a range of social anxieties tied to expectation, ability, opportunities to exercise vocabulary as adults, assumptions about our abilities (yes, thank you, I know my accent is "brilliant"; I struggle to remember a time when I wasn't fluent), and assimilation into the first-language culture that we don't quite fit in. Which isn't intended to denigrate the experiences of first-language speakers who have a whole different set of no less painful social and practical issues to deal with in terms of not feeling marginalised and, indeed, the survival of a culture, nor that of non-speakers and/or learners being made to feel that they are somehow less "Welsh" because of their linguistic skills. It's kind of a giant fucking mess, not helped by the lack of clarity of who's even in what group. I kind of wish we would have a national discussion about it like...ever, because it's brutal, it hurts us, and we pretend it doesn't, and huddle and get angry in isolation rather than addressing it nationally. I feel. Sometimes.

Finally, I shall put away my tiny violin, because Wales is awesome and rainy and tiny and kind of poor and doesn't have almost any coal mines left thanks to Maggie Thatcher and was one of the first places in the country to ban smoking in public indoor places, and the first to eliminate prescription charges (err, since they were introduced way back, I mean), and is one of the only places in the world where the minority language isn't dying, and was the first place in the world to elect a legislative body (though not a full government - it was the national assembly) that was 50% female (in fairness we were all very surprised), and is currently paying for me to go to some kind of secretary school thing because I lost my job. And it's boring as fuck, but at least I can afford it, because I live in Wales. Also, one day, MARK MY WORDS, we will totally win back some of that "wild, mysterious, romantic Celt" credibility and stop being the ones that only ever get sheep jokes made about them! MARK MY WORDS!

Yay, Wales!

And I'm done. Who wants five things from me?!

Date: 2011-11-26 12:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You're totally not getting that 'wild mysterious celt' thing back, sorry. ;)

Date: 2011-11-26 12:32 am (UTC)
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Date: 2011-11-26 12:33 am (UTC)
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Date: 2011-11-26 11:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

I could trade you an extra hour or so of overcast, gloomy daylight in the winter months? :D?

I'm not sure if you wanted five things, so here they are and you may meme or not as you choose! In no order!

1. Scotland
2. Amazing pencil art
3. Boobies (either the word or the concept, really...)
4. Politics
5. Looking Like Jesus

Date: 2011-11-26 03:24 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]


Date: 2011-11-26 12:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hi Becca! I would totally associate you with these things too. Except I'd add Jesus Walks. Whenever I think BSG + rap music, I'll think of you. :-)

She's withdrawn, not cold and that's a difference I love the show for adhering to strictly even as I might whine about a billion other things they do, particularly with her love life.
I discovered my Olivia love, mostly due to your vids. :-) But I can finally see it on my own now and it's great because she can be so warm sometimes. I love to watch her be that way with Walter. So gentle and kind. :-)

Date: 2011-11-26 11:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Rap music is the BEST for vidding! I need to do more of that...

I'm also really, really thrilled that you understand the Awesome of Olivia now, and also glad I got to help you see that part of her. It's when she's with Walter or young kids that it's easiest to see her being that gentle and kind, which is so interesting since Walter is also the character that hurts her most and makes her angry and withdrawn too.

I'm not sure whether you wanted five things or not, so here they are and you can play if you want to, but please feel no obligation! In no particular order:

1. Felix Gaeta
2. Small adorable fictional children
3. Vidding
4. Books
5. Fringe, actually - I think because of all the shows you're watching currently that's the one I know best and recall your opinions on clearest.

Date: 2011-11-26 01:21 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
.... you're right, my life is complete now.

Date: 2011-11-26 12:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I KNOW, RIGHT? You are very welcome.

I wasn't sure if you wanted five things or not, so have five things and then feel free to play the meme if you want to! :)

In no order:

1. Wonder Woman
2. Stormwatch (eta: err, well, I mean, The Authority, but it came out wrong!/eta)
3. Ladies Being Friends In Comics
4. Narnia
5. Doctor Who, subcategory Amy/Rory (cus of that vidlet I made you OMFG A YEAR AGO NOW, awesome, I feel I have known you for ages!)
Edited Date: 2011-11-26 12:02 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-11-26 01:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes well, from an half irish jewish atheist englishman: Yaki dah. My north London pronunciation maybe terrible though so please forgive me.

Date: 2011-11-26 12:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ahaha! Yes, I know what you're saying, but unfortunately, your pronunciation is indeed terrible. ;) The "k" needs to be a germanic-style "ch" and there should be a "d" on the end of the first word too. But good health to you too!

And now that I know you're half-Irish, I WILL BE GUNNING FOR THAT ROMANTIC CELTIC AURA! The atheism, we can share though. :p

Okay, I don't know if you wanted 5 things or not, but I'll give them to you and then you can play if you like. In no particular order:

1. EDDIE IZZARD (yes, because of your default icon!)
2. Actually, probably, being British is one of the things - cus I know you as one of my flisters who will probably know what I'm talking about when I rant about UK stuff. But let's say, being a half Irish Jewish Atheist Englishman, for completeness! :D
3. Speaking of, UK politics!
4. Battlestar Galactica (cus that's how we first met)
5. Doctor Who

Date: 2011-11-26 02:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I had one of the more depressing moments of my pedagogical life the other day. We're reading a book set in Northern Ireland, and it's about the Troubles and such, so I was doing my quick and dirty history of Northern Ireland spiel.

Student: So Northern Ireland is part of England?
Me: No, it's part of Great Britain. England is also part of Great Britain, but it's not the whole country, even though it acts like it. Scotland and Wales are also part of Great Britain but not part of England.
Student: What's Wales?
Me: *cries*

And okay, I sort of get that if you're an 18-year-old, none-too-bright Canadian, you might struggle with the whole four-nations-in-one-country thing, but how do you manage to get into university without ever having heard that there's such a place as Wales??? In any event, I was quite offended on your behalf.

And I've been swamped this week and haven't been replying to this meme, but it's the weekend now, so maybe I'll bite!

Date: 2011-11-26 12:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Awww, okay, yes, that is slightly frustrating, although like you say, it's a long way away, there are probably a depressing number of people in Wales who don't know something as basic as the fact that Canada is bilingual, but I I find it adorable that you were indignant on my behalf! And also, yay, EDUCATE THE MASSES ABOUT WALES, it's the first step on my plan to reclaim our Romantic Celt Cool. :p


Okay, in no particular order:

1. Meta
2. Living in Canada
3. Laura Roslin and all the complications of bringing that up, because you understand.
4. Being delightfully easy to tempt (at least on a casual basis) into new fandoms. (i.e. a stand-in for all the fandoms I would LIKE to list here: Attolia, River Song, Babylon 5, Farscape, TSCC, Once Upon A Time, Damages, etc.!)
5. Universities!

You're lucky, I very nearly put "Being top of my list of Vidding Recruits" on there just to make you talk about THAT. ;) (But srsly, try it sometime...)


Date: 2011-11-26 03:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I very nearly put "Being top of my list of Vidding Recruits" on there just to make you talk about THAT.

Ha! Excuses, excuses, I know. And I DO still want that vid to exist. But I was already getting a bit discouraged by all the pre-vidding work, and then my computer died, taking with it all my vidding clips (and my, ahem, vidding software). Computer is restored, and I may actually have some free time with which to do things like this after Christmas, but I'm not sure whether I have it in me to start absolutely from scratch. We'll see, perhaps...

Date: 2011-11-26 04:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah, I understand that - I recall seeing that on your LJ and I get the disheartening nature of the whole thing so I wouldn't blame you if you never went back, but OMFG VIDDINGSES! But also, this is why I don't clip. ;) Maybe start with a smaller, more source-specific idea? But then, you also really need to start with the idea you are most excited about. Like you said, maybe later. I shall hope! :)

Date: 2011-11-26 03:30 pm (UTC)
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Erm, feel free to hate me for mentioning this pedantry cos, honestly, there's no reason for you to know this at all, but some Northern Irish people get a bit upset about it so...

UK = Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and England (and Cornwall if you're a Cornish nationalist).

GB = Wales, Scotland, England (and Cornwall if you're a Cornish nationalist).

Brittany (in France) means "Little Britain" (hence "Great Britain) and both are relics from the time when what is now Britain had more political interests in what is now France than anywhere in Ireland.

/annoying pedantry, sorry

Date: 2011-11-26 03:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ack, of course you're right, and I knew this (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, duh), and now it's driving me nuts because I can't remember if I got it right or wrong in that conversation with the student. Because we talked about the full title of the country, and I'm much more accustomed to saying "the UK" anyway. Not that students manage to grasp a lot of nuance anyway (so glad I'm not judged too much on what students think I said), but I, too, am pedantic enough that I want to make sure it was right--more so in class than in LJ comments, apparently! :)

Date: 2011-11-26 04:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah, basically the way I remember it is that Great Britain is a geographical term rather than a political one, cus technically it also doesn't include things like the Isle of White, Anglesey off the top of Wales, the Hebrides, on. Which is easyish to remember given the full title of the country separates the two geographic places, so you probably got it right?

Just make your students watch this!


Date: 2011-11-26 05:25 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
I still like the Great British Venn Diagram (although it might be a Euler diagram?):

Date: 2011-11-26 05:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
See! PERFECTLY SIMPLE! I really don't know how anyone could ever get confused!

Date: 2011-11-26 05:49 pm (UTC)
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Although I note that these days England and Wales should also each have a separate circle inside the England + Wales one, heh. ;-)

Date: 2011-11-26 06:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Or...maybe a dotted circle? Because some stuff is devolved to Wales but not as much as Scotland? So the "England & Wales" legal designation still applies in some cases? But not in others?



*head explodes*

Date: 2011-11-26 06:18 pm (UTC)
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I HAVE MORE IMPORTANT PHILOSOPHICAL QUESTIONS TO PONDER, such as: when does the under-arch of a rly wide bridge become a tunnel?? What about two narrower bridges rly close together?!?

Date: 2011-11-26 07:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
1. After 15 and a half feet.

Date: 2011-11-26 05:18 pm (UTC)
ext_939: Sheep wearing an eyepatch (spiralsheep Ram Raider mpfc)
From: [identity profile]
more so in class than in LJ comments, apparently! :)

Hee! ;-)

Date: 2011-11-26 02:20 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ghanimasun
I just want to say I love reading your Olivia thoughts. &hearts

Date: 2011-11-26 04:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Aww, yay, thank you. I love your Olivia braid icon!

I'm not sure if you wanted five things, so, in no particular order, here they are and you can play if you are so inclined!

2. The fact I have always meant to ask you if you are also a Dune & Farscape fan based on your LJ handle and never have (I love both!)
3. OLIVIA DUNHAM I mean, the rest of Fringe.
4. P!nk
5. Battlestar Galactica

Date: 2011-11-28 03:38 am (UTC)
ghanimasun: (olivia - badge)
From: [personal profile] ghanimasun
Thanks for this. Hopefully I'll actually put the effort into coming up with stuff for these soon!

Date: 2011-11-26 02:35 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
I have not ever spent much time thinking about Wales one way or another (though I have some distant Welsh ancestry of some sort), but your post here makes me love it. Go Wales! :)

Date: 2011-11-26 04:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Awww, yay, and thank you! :D

I'm not sure if you want five things, but I'll give you some and then you can use them if you like! In no particular order:

1. Carter from Stargate (or possibly just Stargate in general!)
2. Leverage
3. Climbing
4. The Midwest
5. Battlestar Galactica

Date: 2011-11-26 02:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Soooo I could say lots here, I think, except we've already talked about all of these things lots of times! I will say, OH LOOK, CAPSLOCK *watches it two more times*

I really wish I was supposed to see that as Peter fundamentally not understanding her, even though he loves her, and that being tragic.

RIGHT? I was looking at a gif on Tumblr the other day (oh Tumblr) of the scene when Olivia first acknowledges to Walter and Peter that she may have been treated with cortexiphan. And Peter's *immediate* response is "Olivia was never treated with cortexiphan," like he *knows* and how could he know, and that made me remember the time Olivia bonded with the other cortexikid and Peter was like, "you're nothing like him," and Olivia's face was like, "I disagree." And that would be SUCH A GOOD STORY, WHY DON'T THEY TELL IT TO ME. That story makes me interested in Peter too, and I really, really wish they were telling it. But I agree, I don't think they are, but it's a fairly persistent theme that makes me think they are having him say things like that on purpose. And I'm worried that it's supposed to be, like, him believing that she can't be "not like other people" or whatever is a positive thing, like he sees her best self or some bullshit, but idk. Maybe those are just some lines they didn't put too much thought into.

And it's really fucking sad that Prime Suspect is already canceled, but reading what you say about Olivia (<3 always) I think you would like Jane Timoney quite a lot. Well, except there's no space, so take that with a grain of salt. She's like Olivia Dunham with EVEN LESS objectification EVEN MORE disregard for being likeable and 15 or so more years and no special superhero powers. Use that to evaluate!

Yay Wales!

in fairness we were all very surprise

That is shockingly adorable.

And now I will take five things! :D Though I may just respond here, we shall see.

Date: 2011-11-26 05:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Annnnnnd I just watched CAPSLOCK like eight more times, not even kidding. Okay maybe four. But still, I STILL LIKE IT A LOT. The point of this comment though is to say that Sarah hitting the screen on Olivia's laptop (which I also love but still wished I'd edited better, but alas alack) is even more awesome once I noticed that it is followed a few seconds later by Sarah smashing the mirror. THIS SHOW TOTALLY EXISTS, WHY CAN'T I JUST WATCH IT. MAYBE IT IS ON NETFLIX.

Date: 2011-11-26 05:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
CAPSLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOCK. God I love that vid. It really is indecently self-indulgent to love one's own vid this much but I just. don't. care. Re: your comment below (and I think that four times is an acceptable number of rewatches, but eight might have been better for your soul) - you edited it GREAT shut up. And YES OMFG MIRROR. I really don't understand why Sarah doesn't metaphorically break through the walls of reality/timelines more often. Like, you know, to make the show exist, for instance. IF YOU FIND IT ON NETFLIX, LET ME KNOW, OKAY?

Gah, everything you say about Fringe is so spot on. Because it's so freaking consistent, the way it's treated, I can't see how it's not on some level intentional. And yes, absolutely yes to the example of the first time Olivia admits to having possibly been treated with Cortexiphan. I can't help it, I feel like he wants her to be "normal" rather than wanting to reassure her that she can be normal, and even if it were the latter, I don't think that's what Olivia is looking for. The scene with her and Walter towards the end of season three when he's trying to help her unlock her abilities is just so much more moving for the way it embraces both truths - that Olivia is extraordinary and heroic and competent, and that Olivia is, in some ways, broken. That's something I've never, ever seen Peter articulate directly. His broad-strokes, "I've never met anyone like you," praise always seems at odds with his unwillingness to acknowledge that any part of that came from the parts of her that make her like the more visibly "broken" Cortexikids.

But...even though I can read that consistently throughout the show, until it ends, I do not think I will ever trust it. It's just too clear to me that it's probably not what the writers mean, and I've been burned by consistent readings it turns out the writers don't share before *cough*BSG*cough*

I think I probably would really like Prime Suspect, given that I also enjoyed the original. I think the disregard for being likable might not entirely be my thing, because I'd appreciate it, but also I like that Olivia isn't deliberately unlikable to any degree, it's just others' assumptions, and she's actually really pretty friendly, if in a way that is a little subdued. But everything else sounds pretty awesome. I might put it on my "mainline this at some point" list?

Five things!

1. Vidding (including mandatory talking about Project CAPSLOCK!)
2. LESLIE KNOPE (I am currently obsessively preoccupied, excuse me)
3. Sarah Connor(/James Ellison)
4. Patty Hewes
5. Feminism

Wildcard: I really wanted to fit Idris Elba in there someplace. But I figured Patty Hewes was probably more relevant. But, feel free to talk about this dude too! Cus, I'm still half thinking I ought to watch Luther even if it is horribly stressful...

Date: 2011-11-26 03:35 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
I honestly don't know how I've never seen that Wonder Woman panel before. Dear scans_daily, you have failed me!

One of my sort-of-"god"sons is a native bilingual Welsh/English speaker. He speaks English with a London accent cos he mostly only speaks Welsh when he's at home in North Wales. So when he's speaking English people who don't know him assume he's a Londoner (and sometimes say terrible things in front of him in Welsh... much to his glee generally).

I have five things from shaggydogstail that I still haven't posted but you can give me five more if you want cos you'll probably pick the same things anyway (Doctor Who!), heh.

Date: 2011-11-26 05:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
IS IT NOT A GLORIOUS IMAGE? I think it's from some children's book, so I'm not sure that scans_daily does that? But clearly for this they should have made an exception...

I think you've told me abotu your "god"son before, and he sounds awesome, and while less familiar since I live in a largely English-speaking area, I've had that experience, yeah. Good for him for finding it funny and challenging accent assumptions! :D

Okay, five things, to be completed whenever you feel like and in no particular order:

1. Doctor Who :p
2. Politics
3. Linguistic geekery (not limited to weird vocabulary, grammatical oddities and terrible puns!)
4. Awesome Ancient Pictures of Stuff
5. Being resilient.

Date: 2011-11-26 05:28 pm (UTC)
ext_939: Sheep wearing an eyepatch (spiralsheep Ram Raider mpfc)
From: [identity profile]
old-old-scans-daily loved the DC a-z picture book but I don't remember a picture dictionary, which is what that scan looks like to me.

M is for MAYHEM!

Date: 2011-11-26 06:16 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
That Wonder Woman picture is from the 70s DC Super Dictionary

Wacky and wonderful!

Other WW Madness

Id like to think if Wonder Woman was my willing slave that extracting gold from sea water would be my first desire too :P

Date: 2011-12-04 07:13 am (UTC)
damalur: (Default)
From: [personal profile] damalur
Didn't want to just randomly friend you without saying anything! I really like your Wonder Woman reviews and though your entries would be a fun and thoughtful addition to my flist. :)

Date: 2011-12-06 07:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hi! And thank you! I hope I provide entertainment and look forward to chatting with you! Comments are always welcome. :)

Date: 2011-12-16 03:39 am (UTC)
goodbyebird: Sarah Connor and Olivia Dunham side by side. (X now that's twice the awesome)
From: [personal profile] goodbyebird
Loving your long and more than capslock worthy write up on that vid from that show I'm pretty sure I have someplace, gee I must have misplaced it but sure it will turn up.

I didn't notice you'd put Lean from 300 in there! And I've watched in more than once, I can tell you that.

Still haven't gotten to Wonder Woman yet, stuck in a bog of blerg and dilly-dallying that I am. Maybe massive amounts of sugar Christmas cheer will give me just the boost I need.

And no more playing catch up, cuz I just created a feed for you on dw. Mwhahaha *pinky*

Date: 2011-12-18 11:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I know, right? I REALLY need to find where I stashed that show...

Yay for enjoying my rambling though! Also 300, as well as being entertainingly, if vaguely, subversive (in my brain, dammit!) to use because most of it's about naked homoerotic boys, was totally invaluable since in the entirety of the show, Sarah only ever kisses two guys - Charlie in the pilot, and Kyle in her head, and the actual kiss there is shown in a really long distance shot so you mostly just get her leaning in. So like, I totally used both of those moments as best I could, but it was nice to be able to squeeze a few more moments of cuddling and snogging out of them. OH GIRLS.

Wonder Woman is TOTALLY FUCKING AWESOME, but also, not going anywhere. ;) Let me know what you think once you've read it though! I recommend pretty much anything by Simone, Rucka or Azzarello (the latest writer, though he's only got 4 issues out as of next week). Mostly just...avoid the series by J Michael Straczynski. That thing was...not good.

Aww, and yay, thanks for making me a feed! ♥ If I were less lazy I'd start cross-posting from the totally empty dw I'm name-squatting at but somehow I feel it's untidy or something to have all my comments in multiple places, etc., which is crazy, but there you have it. D:

Date: 2011-12-20 02:00 am (UTC)
goodbyebird: Batman returns: Catwoman seen through a glass window. (Fringe by any other name)
From: [personal profile] goodbyebird
As for not wanting comments all over the place, you can a) transfer your lj comments with the rest of the journal, and b) turn off commenting on dw and leave the link(it's automatic, if you choose) for the crosspost at the bottom(or vice versa). That way, more content for Dreamwidth yay :D

I want a Welsh Doctor Who ep now.

Date: 2012-02-09 04:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Fully Welsh, that is. With subtitles, like the Elvish bits of The Lord of the Rings.

Like *really* WANT.

(So much for my life being complete with that WW panel!)

... WTF why can I edit comments here???

(Good thing I can edit comments here, though, because there was a stupid typo in this one.)
Edited Date: 2012-02-09 11:36 pm (UTC)

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