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22 November 2014 @ 11:42 pm
I've been catching up on reality dancing TV and had planned to make a post of videos of two of my favourite ever US Dancing With The Stars seasons: 4 with Joey Fatone and 7 with Lance Bass. Sadly, between the time I watched and decided on the dances I wanted and starting the post, the OP has taken them all down. Can you imagine my sad face?

2007 was the first year I watched Dancing With The Stars. Well, I say watched but really I just downloaded Joey and Kym's dances. Early 2007 was pretty all round miserable. Work was epicly shit, thamiris died. Joey being a splendid showman and fabulous dancer was the bright spot of every week. Of course, when Lance did it the following year, in 2008, I had to d/l his dances as well.

I pretty much forgot about the show after that until I heard that Amber Riley was competing in 17. What a splendid season. What a star! And since then, I've been glued. Last year was exceptionally rewarding because I was deeply in love with Meryl, OMG. This year has delicious, delightful Janel Parrish who is perfect in every way and doing a super job.

Anyone else want to boggle at the differences between US DWTS and Strictly Come Dancing?

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16 November 2014 @ 01:01 pm
"fanfiction does not need the approval of anyone associated with the original text, because it’s not about them."

Such an important point and well worth reiterating. Though I would say fanworks because it is not just writing, but vidding and other visual art, podficcing and filking, and anything else I've left out.

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14 November 2014 @ 10:55 am
Seriously, best new US show. Read this spoilery article about why you should watch it: It’s just a different kind of conflict than the snowballing avalanche of deception that we’re used to seeing.

If you don't want to be spoiled, here is the news:
1. Conflict arises out of being honest, not keeping secrets. SO MUCH LESS FRUSTRATING THAN ANY OTHER SHOW YOU WATCH.
2. Jane's is not TV's stereotype of the sexless terrified of intimacy virgin.
3. Women having relationships all over the place. The three-generation trio of Jane, Alba and Xiomara are just, omg all the family love.
4. There are also queer ladies.
5. Bridget Regan has a recurring role.

In summary, do not be afraid of the premise. Remember when you didn't want to watch Brooklyn Nine-Nine because of Andy Samberg and you were so, so wrong? Exactly.

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09 November 2014 @ 07:04 pm
Someone, somewhere linked to this 2011 article from which I quote: Fellow novelist Martin Amis defended Roth saying he was a worthy winner asking: “If Philip Roth doesn’t deserve to win then who does?”

Awww, Marty, did you imagine that was a rhetorical question? LOLARIOUS! Everyone. The answer to your question, Marty, is everyone.

Caught up with current season Grimm today. Tell Wu, dammit, show. If you get through this season with no-one telling Wu there'll be great sadness at Chez Vera. But I judge it a good season so far. Interesting that as the seasons progress, Grimm gets better and better at female characters and adds them in interesting roles and somewhat at varied ages, while Once Upon A Time, its season mate, cannot shake off Rumplestilskin. I so very much do not like it when shows retcon significant character choices, rendering them pointless. It meant so much that Rumple overcame his cowardice and evil to sacrifice himself for Neal. That he's now back and pretty much unchanged is tedious and boring.

On the other hand this season has delivered some epic SwanQueen and some lovely Emma and Regina enemies becoming friends and co-parents. This show could be Emma and Regina snarkily fight crime and or make science or train a soccer team or be theatre critics. I would watch them all.

I am desolate that Selfie has been cancelled. The wrongness cannot be quantified.

Doctor Who S8 has been and gone. It's so full of fan service but the only fan served is Moffat. Capaldi was splendid. I have mixed feelings about the rest.

Talking about mixed feelings: I rate Disney princesses and Disney princes differently. When someone posts say, on Tumblr, Lupita Nyong'o in that dazzling Cinderella dress and calls her a Disney princess I think, hell yeah, keep on kicking arse, Lupita Nyong'o. But when someone posts a picture of a beautiful smiling boy, say adorable Tyler Hoechlin with his wavy dark hair and sparkling smile and superior dress sense and calls him a Disney prince I kind of think, yeah, whatever. Because a Disney prince is pretty but ultimately just a hanger on, a dance partner, the guy who trails around after the heroine to provide comic relief and kisses, or turns up at the end to toss his darling hair and provide kisses. And for that I say, thanks, Disney, thanks, my sisters, thanks, queertacular array of princesses, thanks, little girls who princessify superheroes and villains! Because, as we also know from She-Ra, Diana of Themyscira and Xena, princess, goddammit, is just another word for awesome girl.

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06 November 2014 @ 11:00 pm
Am I overlooking something or has Winterfox's savaging of Cindy Pon on 50books_poc been deleted? I could find the policy discussion post that resulted - with very many deleted comments, but not the "criticism" that was designed to disrupt and harass the comm.

At any rate, this is worth linking to: To those who were targeted and hurt, I say: you are not alone. Others know about the bullying and lies that almost broke you.

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01 November 2014 @ 12:53 am
I do love the season of seasonal exchange letters. I do not love the season that brings images of the unspeakable every damn where. Fellow arachnophobes, particularly those of you who live in the Halloween-infested North Americas, how do you bear it?

In other news, it is the weekend. Social occasions are planned, sleeping in will be achieved, books will be read. I'm currently reading Elizabeth David's French Provincial Cooking. Her style is so briskly, crustily sexy, vibrant and bossy.

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16 October 2014 @ 11:26 pm
I was trying to remember why Winterfox was a familiar name and then I recalled that they were the reviewer/commenter who made 50 Books POC a much, much, much quieter place.

People, Strange Empire trailer makes it look like wall to wall violence against women, a real 'how many ways can we abjectify this bunch of actresses' show. Actually looks worse, by trailer, than Stalker. And that's a show about stalking. Are you watching it, circle? Is the trailer a massive lie? Is it a show I'd enjoy watching?

Selfie: Karen Gillam and John Cho's chemistry OMG. Please spend the rest of your careers making shows together, particularly since your portmanteau choices are Go and Chill.

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06 October 2014 @ 08:03 pm
For the first time in a hundred thousand years I have changed the title of my DW and deleted an icon. Adam Baldwin, I eschew you. I can't do this to my LJ until I close all the tabs, restart the browser with protective business turned off so I can actually do something on LJ. I can't comment with Ghostery on. I imagine Ghostery works very well because it guts LJ's usability.

And now for Brooklyn Nine-nine i.e. today's happiness.

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28 September 2014 @ 11:17 pm
Thought some non-Tumblr or Tumblr-lite people might find this interesting:

A Tumblr user, bisexualamy, explains how they are making an invite only community. Though being Tumblr, other users will be able to read, like and reblog. This structure is fascinating because Tumblr doesn't have communities like LJ and DW has or like mailing lists were. The rest of this post is text I originally posted on Tumblr.

So, 1. totally support conversations about River, Amy, Molly, Clara, Jane, Susan and the greatest Moffat-written woman of all, Lynda*, but 2. Wow. Is this how tumblr fandom organises itself? Tumblr really forces the structure, baring the fragility of our connection to each other. You can't make a 'community' journal, as you would on DW/LJ, you have to find the people and connect them to each other one to one, a cat's cradle of communication.



*For a hysterical old misogynist he's responsible for giving some great actresses a starting point for many very much loved by me characters.

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27 September 2014 @ 11:15 pm
No  
Broke up with Hawaii Five-0 completely. A little speech justifying use of armed drones against non-US citizens was the straw.

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