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As a number of people know I am a life member of JAFWA, partly for my efforts in filing off the serial numbers of the WASFF constitution when they were incorporating.

Without going into too many details yet I'm starting on a somewhat similar exercise to assist [ profile] dalekboy  with something.

Star Trek

May. 19th, 2009 09:56 pm
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And here's a completely spoiler free set of reasons why... )
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This time [ profile] stephen_dedman  has provided the questions (and question 4 rocks!):

No, really, question 4 was good. More people should ask that one... )
1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me!"
2. I will respond by asking you five questions. I get to pick the questions.
3. You will post the answers to the questions (and the questions themselves) on your blog or journal.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5.When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.
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[Error: unknown template qotd]Oddly enough I've been on a bit of a crossover fanfic binge recently. Obviously this is an area where personal mileage varies (a lot) but I have to say that some of the shipping that goes on makes me go "ewwww". I've seen enough of this recently to have a personal rule: stop reading as soon as it goes beyond the ratings level of any contributing universe.

Another problem for me with shipping is that the fandoms I might be interested in reading about usually have well visualised relationships that are firmly grounded in the characters. So messing with those relationships tends to trigger a "No, no, no! X would never do that! And Y would run away!" reaction. This tends to kill my interest in that story stone cold dead.

I did run across a fabulous, if regrettably unfinished, BtVS/Firefly crossover that made better use of Xander than much of the original material did. It didn't seem to be shipping Xander with anyone though.

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No riding other than a groceries run but good company on Saturday and a relaxing solitude today.

WARNING: Links after the cut lead to spoilery wikipedia pages!
People interested in bad news should go away now. Only pleasantries after this point. )


Sep. 28th, 2008 07:11 pm
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Once again Pixar have demonstrated that putting the story first results in an entertaining movie. Oh, and the animation/effects are cool too. Highly recommended.

What? You were expecting an essay? Bwahahahaha! :)

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I just read Steven Brust's Jhegaala  (spoilers at this link) and while not the best of the Vlad Taltos series it is still quite amusing. As usual he's been jumping around the sequencing again and this one fits just after Phoenix.

However for a non-spoilery amusing coincidence check out the cover art here and [ profile] leecetheartist 's userpics here.

And since it is talk like a pirate day: Arrrr!
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Firefly. First seasons often contain stumbles and misfires before second seasons settle down to some serious story telling.

I'd like to see that second season of Firefly.
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I've been rather fond of Mercedes Lackey's Elemental Masters series - the last outing Phoenix and Ashes  (ie Cinderella) was heaps of fun.

The Wizard of London... less so (mild spoilers) )

A Weekend!

Jun. 28th, 2008 05:09 pm
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Have to say its nice to have a weekend at the end of a twelve day week, and a long weekend at that.

Basically did nothing today which was nice but I found a collection of Larry Niven's Draco Tavern stories which is even nicer.

More Stuff

Feb. 29th, 2008 12:58 pm
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Walking across the Commonwealth Ave bridge today I was for a moment quite disconcerted by the lack of rear vision...

John Scalzi's The Android's Dream is well worth chasing down, much fun to read.


Feb. 28th, 2008 11:38 am
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Not riding to work feels odd. Quite liked Empire of Ivory (the latest in the Temeraire series), just starting in on Scalzi's The Android's Dream with its very P K Dick tribute cover.

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As in "flat as a pancake" when I checked it today.

I'll change it tomorrow. I received a largish collection of books and manga* from Slow Glass Books which kind of kept me occupied for most of the day and will do for a couple of weeks. Scalzi's The Last Colony rocked and...

Brief but somewhat cryptic spoiler )

*Including ARIA V1, and AQUA V2 is on order. Yay!
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First the bad: I have officially lost interest in Bionic Woman. Frankly, I was about to watch it tonight and just couldn't be bothered. Maybe someone I know will buy it and I'll borrow it later to watch without ads but I'm not holding my breath. In many ways Bionic Woman is one of those 80percenters (to borrow a phrase I picked up from [ profile] rdmasters IIRC) that could have been great and are frustrating when they miss the mark.

The kawaii: So I watched Card Captor Sakura instead. And I would just like to state for the record that Tomoyo-chan is disturbing... :)

The good: Heroes. It has taken a while this season, and I was beginning to wonder if Heroes was going to be a one series wonder but tonight's episode nailed it. Looking forward to next week.
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 OK, so we've seen the third episode of 2nd season Heroes and I now have a possible explanation for the aspects of the 1st season that I've ranted about previously.

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Despite the interesting start to the day, today at work was fairly productive so I thought that the fun was over.

Little did I know - there was a brief power cut this evening followed by my continued re-watching of series 1 of Heroes.

Oh well, tomorrow is another day. :)
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 I blame Battlestar Galactica.
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To get started the plot for 28 Days Later depends on a group of animal rights activists who are, frankly, evidence of evolution in action. 

This irritated me at the time that I saw 28 Days Later, but I got over it and enjoyed the rest of the film.

But it is a plot device that, for me at least, only works once. Unfortunately Black Sheep uses it too so I walked out about half an hour in - it completely shattered the suspension of disbelief for me.


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As you may have guessed from the title I saw Transformers this evening.

As a colleague at work noted this is a movie aimed at 11 year old boys. Judging by some of the costumes they had the female lead (almost) wearing I'd move the target more towards 13 year olds.

It is also a blatant recruiting film for the US military (although I note with some amusement that the product placement adviser beat out the military advisor in the credits. Just).

But having said that, there are some refreshing elements to this movie. The female lead Mikaela Barnes (played by Megan Fox) is skilled, intelligent, loyal, and courageous (a word I chose very carefully, she has her moment of fear but faces it and conquers it).

Given the target audience, I think that this is at least slightly subversive scripting and I thoroughly approve.

As for the male lead Sam Witwicky (played by Shia LaBeouf) ? Well to quote the friend I saw it with, he achieves acceptable levels of mediocrity by the end and does get a few things right. 

Bad, but watchably so on an $8 ticket. I wouldn't have paid more.

I'm still undecided as to whether this will eventually qualify for the ranks of the gloriously bad.

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This morning I was in the gym for less than an hour... and the fairing frosted over. 

Oh, and this was while the sun was up.

In other news [personal profile] lilyseahas written a wonderful post for mutual friends about our ballooning yesterday with [profile] willowgypsy.

Tonight I'll try to write up a review of the National Capital Orchestra concert I went to yesterday afternoon. For the moment, very enjoyable. Mind you its getting to the point where I don't care what the NCO plays, I know I'm going to enjoy it anyway. :)

The drive train is still being problematic towards the top end of the middle ring but seems to be settling down outside of that range.

Oh, and I've read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and may post some thoughts about it later.

It was a busy weekend.