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If you're here looking for fannish things (fic, recs, meta, general squee or ranting, etc.), those are mostly posted publicly.  Posts about my personal life are pretty much always friendslocked.  You can feel free to add me or unfriend at will.  A comment introducing yourself would be a nice gesture, but don't feel obligated if you're shy.  I may or may not add you back depending on how I'm feeling that day on the social vs. crotchety scale and whether we have interests in common.  It's not a personal judgement.

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Occasionally, I write fanfic. You can check out my author pages on AO3 or A Teaspoon and an Open Mind (for Doctor Who fic).  Here's the complete list, organized by fandom, then series, then chronologically (oldest to most recent).

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Link dump and notes on pelicans

Time for a short link dump!

First, a fic rec!  I loved the Leverage/Marvel Cinematic Universe crossover Nerds of the Earth, Take Note! by Betty and Emeraldwoman.  SHIELD needs some hacking done by someone outside not connected to their organization, so they kidnap Hardison and get him to do it.  Features some high quality banter (Hardison and Tony Stark conversing is a thing of beauty), Coulson getting all the credit, a rogue AI, lots of orange soda, and answers to the questions you might have about what might happen if the Leverage gang and SHIELD went up against each other.  No particular spoilers for either universe.  Written back in 2010, so has been jossed by more recent canon, but not in an especially distracting way.

Next, for those who like judging other people by the contents of their bookshelves (I certainly do!), I took pictures of my bookshelves for a meme over on tumblr.

From the realm of cool news, scientists have discovered a beautifully preserved fossil of an ancestral snake with four legs!

Finally, here is a video of actor Ian Somerhalder (The Vampire Diaries, Lost) holding a rehabbed pelican prior to its release. I saw a photo of this occasion someone had brought into the wildlife rehabilitation center where I volunteer.  I hope your day will also be improved by footage of an attractive man holding a pelican!  Some further information about pelican holding (disclaimer that I am a fairly casual wildlife rehab volunteer, so errors are possible):

-If you hold a pelican that has only recently come in from the wild, you are probably going to get feather lice running up your arms since many pelicans have nasty infestations of them.  Feather lice don’t bite mammals, but they feel and look super creepy.  The pelican in this video is almost ready for release, so it may have been treated with anti-parasitics to get rid of the feather lice.

-Unlike most birds, pelicans need to be able to breathe through their beaks, so if you hold their beaks closed you choke them.  You need to hold on to the bill so it doesn’t gouge someone’s eye out but keep a finger in between the jaws so it can breathe, as Ian is demonstrating here.

-During handling, keeping a sheet or towel over them when possible keeps them calmer and more under control.

-Keeping control of both of a pelican’s wings and the beak and preferably the feet too often feels like it requires several more arms than the average human possesses.  Those things are friggin’ huge.

-If a pelican needs to be given medicine or force-fed, you have to stick your arm WAY DEEP into the pouch to squirt the meds/meal replacement down the bird’s throat.  The inside of a pelican’s pouch and throat is covered with thick goop known among wildlife rehabbers as “peli-cheese.”  That stuff is rather hard to scrub off your skin.  Working with wildlife:  so glamorous!

-If you or someone you know goes fishing in an area where there are pelicans, please make sure to never feed fish waste to the local pelicans.  (Really don't feed your fish waste to any local wildlife, but pelicans seem especially prone to getting into trouble from it.)  They develop the habit of hanging around fish cleaning stations instead of foraging for themselves, and often end up either getting coated in fish oil that wrecks their feathers (requiring washing much as if they got contaminated in an oil spill) or trying to eat a partial fish carcass with bones or spines sticking out that can get stuck in the pouch or rip up their throat.
in honor of the United States of America's Independence Day, I suggest that everyone celebrate by repeated viewings of "Freedom Ride," an extremely serious and important Captain America fanvid about Steve Rogers, fandom bicycle.

(Here it is on AO3 if you want to comment to the vidder.)

This is the most patriotic thing I've ever seen.  America, fuck yeah!  ;)

Alternatively, I suppose you could stick to celebrating the actual history of how America's founding fathers talked about liberty a lot while still perpetuating the oppression of everyone who wasn't a white dude considered the difficult question of whether to declare independence from Britain and/or open up a window to cope with the heat...all while breaking into song.

Ah, 1776. How fortunate that some clerk made note of the actual melodies sung during debate in the Continental Congress so this historically accurate reenactment could be made.
Some people in tumblr fandom have declared July 1 polyshipping day, a celebration of all sorts of ships involving more than two people.  I wrote some meta to post over there, but I thought I'd post it here too to take advantage of LJ's ability to have a conversation in the comments.

My favorite underutilized polyshipping trope: sedoretu marriage!Collapse )

Not Dead! Also happy news and recs!

I haven't been on livejournal much lately and haven't made a post of my own in far longer, which is a crying shame.  So I suppose I should start by saying:  Not Dead.  Just lazy and distracted by tumblr and without much to say.

Last week was one of those very rare weeks with multiple really good things in the news.  The subsidies for Obamacare remained legal (meaning I can continue to afford health insurance that only sorta sucks) and MARRIAGE EQUALITY IS THE LAW ACROSS THE US!!!!!! I am so damn happy.  Of course this isn't the end of the journey towards equality, but it's a pretty huge step.  I spent most of the day Friday liking all the happy posts on social media and playing the corniest love songs in my music library.

I finally finished watching Leverage, and damn I am so in love with that show!  I'd slowed down my viewing a lot when I got to season 5, mostly because I didn't want it to be over, but I finally realized there was no point in putting off the ending further.  While S5 had been a teensy bit uneven in quality, that was one of my favorite series finales of any show ever.  It was true to the characters and the spirit of the show, exciting, delivered satisfying closure while making it clear that the story went on, and most of all full of FEELS. [Slightly spoilery?]Also, I am pretty sure that my Parker/Hardison/Eliot OT3 is about as close to canon as any OT3 I've ever shipped.  Until my dying day, oh my goodness.
The whole show was just so great.  If you like found families, heists with exciting twisty plots (but rarely annoying gotcha gimmicks), complex and lovable characters, relationships that take a long time to develop in a way that feels natural to the characters, a willingness to shine a light on the way corporate power hurts ordinary people, lots of humor that is almost never mean, geeky references, and all-in-all quality television, I highly recommend Leverage.  It's all on Netflix.

After I finished the finale I found this amazing Parker/Hardison/Eliot vid, which I honestly watched at least four times in the first 24 hours after I found it and several times since then.  Spoilers for the whole show.

"Parachute" by thingswithwings.  Here's the vidder's dreamwidth post if you want to leave a comment or download.

Meanwhile in Marvel cinematic universe fandom, I have a fic rec!  A Long Winter by dropdeaddream and WhatAreFears is a Steve/Peggy and Steve/Bucky canon divergence AU where Steve doesn't "die" in the plane crash but instead lives on and marries Peggy.  In the 60s, someone finds Bucky's unsent love letters to Steve and leaks them to the press.  This fic is amazing!  The authors have clearly done a ton of research and tied the events of Steve's life to historical events and moods.  This is the bisexual Captain America that all decent Americans hope for; he truly, deeply loves Peggy but will also never stop loving Bucky and mourning his death.  Of course, we readers know that death is not actually what happened to Bucky.  The writing is lovely and packs an emotional whallop.  There's a sequel that I haven't read yet.  In fact, I think that's what I'm going to go do now.

What's up with y'all?  Are you also not dead?  What fanworks or tv/books/comics/movies have been making you happy? 

It's that time of year again, fandom

The time is upon us once more.  Get yourselves over to f_march_madness right now to support your favorite characters in a cross-fandom battle royale!

Sources of entertainment include:

-Campain for your darlings with gifs, meta, vote trading, desperate pleas, or whatever else might convince someone to vote for them.

-Fill out an office poll to attempt to predict the whims of the community and possibly be rewarded with GLORY.

-Read the passionate comment section to giggle at out of context jokes and be introduced to shows that you might want to watch.

-Stare in shocked horror or throw popcorn when a wankfest develops.  It's war out there.

-Grumble about the mods' totally inexplicable choices of which characters to include from each fandom.  (Mary Morstan left out of Sherlock voting FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW, despite the inclusion of characters with much less screen time like Sarah Sawyer or Anderson?  Is this an anti-Mary plot or just negligence?) (See, the previous source of entertainment is already operating.)

-Wail and gnash your teeth at being forced to choose between amazing characters.

The prelims, which select the champion for each fandom, are going on from now until Friday at ~1 pm Eastern/10 am Pacific.  Head on over now, and may the best character* win!

*Clearly, that's Peggy Carter

Holmes and Watson (Mrs. Watson, that is)

Sherlock is filming.  I dislike spoilers, so I've thus far avoided looking at the setlock photos and speculation.  However, I did end up clicking on an article on The Mary Sue that shows two of the costumes.  I have some thoughts about the costumes themselves (no information or speculation on the plot.)

[Spoilers for some costumes from the upcoming Sherlock special. If you live under a large Sherlock-related rock, the costumes raise a lot of questions. Those questions are not addressed here.]

LOOK AT MARY'S BOOTS!  I have a might craving for those gorgeous boots.  Really I covet her whole look (including her face and her choice of walking companion).  That jacket!  The waistcoat!  The jaunty hat!  The trousers, as if she's dressed to go riding or to be a wild and stylish velocipedestrienne! Well played, wardrobe department.  The boots are definitely the best though.  I would wear the hell out of those.

Uh, I guess Sherlock is actually wearing an inverness cape.  That's cool.  But right now I am all about my girl Mary and her outstanding ensemble.

For anyone commenting, I'm really not looking for further spoilers or to go down the rabbit hole of intense speculation .  This is an entirely shallow clothing appreciation post.  (Light pondering and analysis of the outfits are okay.)

Four things make a post!

Various tv, movie, and fandom things that have been pleasing me lately:

-As expected, I am utterly besotted with Agent Carter.  Everything about it is glorious.  I love every Bechdel-passing, smashing-men-with-hefty-objects, magnificently costumed moment of it.

-I have also watched the first two episodes of Leverage, a show I've been meaning to watch for a while.  After seeing that Mark Watches had just started the show, I decided that the time was ripe.  I am already smitten with all of the characters.  (Lead white dude--Nate?--less than everyone else, but whatever.)  Hardison is so great.  I am impressed by how much has been crammed into each of the first two episodes and will be interested to see how well they keep that up.  I appreciate that it takes a critical stance towards corporations.

-On a heavier note, I saw Selma over the weekend.  It was really powerful and well made.  It was both inspiring to consider how much courageous people changed society and upsetting to consider that parts still felt far too relevant.  It is also worth taking the time to recall that the events of the civil rights movement really weren't that long ago in the arc of history.  John Lewis, who is portrayed in the film as a young leader within the movement, is still going strong as the congressman for the district in Atlanta where I grew up.

-Gallifrey One is less than a month away!  Among the many, many excellent guests, John Barrowman will be there.  I've seen him before at DragonCon, but he's always hilarious, and the smaller setting should be nice. I really need to figure out what I want to put on ribbons this year and order them.
I have yet to watch Agent Carter because I wanted to finally catch up with Agents of SHIELD first.  Now that I'm caught up on AOS, I have these things to say:

[SPOILERS for Agents of SHIELD through 2x10, "What They Become"]-By the time I saw the finale, I'd already been spoiled that there was a #Tripplives campaign, so I knew that he had to be at least potentially dead.  Knowing it was coming did not keep me from being pissed off and saddened. I know the actor has another show, but couldn't they have written him off by having him go deep undercover or something?  I really liked Tripp even if he hadn't been given enough to do this season.

-Meanwhile, I am unclear as to the state of Mac at the end.  Is he still possessed by the buried alien city?  Can he pretty please get un-possessed?  (Dispossessed?)  Will Fitz save him with the power of love?  I am hoping with all my heart that the answer to the last question is YES, because I am shipping those two so much.  They are great together.

-I was so excited to see Dichen Lachman (I hadn't known she was going to be on the show, so it was a nice surprise to see another Dollhouse alum), but then they gave her literally nothing to do other than be terrified and tortured.  Could somebody please hire this actress for some role where she doesn't have to be horrifically violated?  At a minimum, I hope her role as Skye's mother gets some flashbacks here that aren't about the period where she's being held by HYDRA.

-Agent Dale Cooper from Twin Peaks is wonderfully over-the-top creepy/crazy as Skye's dad.  However, even after everything that just happened I am still just not that invested in Skye's whole plotline.  I like her a lot better this season than last season, but I still regard screentime with Skye as inferior to screentime with just about any of the other characters on the side of good on the show.  (I hate to say it, but I just don't think Chloe Bennet is all that great of an actress, at least compared to everyone around her.)  That said, the way Skye just fucking shot Ward was awesome.

-I really enjoy Simmons's friendship with Bobbi Morse.  Really I enjoy everything either of these fantastic ladies does, but bonding with each other is perhaps my favorite.

-So brainwashed Agent 33 is still around and still wearing a (somewhat mangled) version of May's face.  More Ming-Na Wen is a good thing.

-Everybody got to go film in Puerto Rico, hooray!  I love it when tv shows manage to go to different places rather than claiming they're all over the place when they are clearly surrounded by the ecosystem of southern California (or Cardiff, or Vancouver, or wherever a show normally films).

And now for a meme.  This is via luckweaver.

You can tell a lot about someone by the music they listen to. Hit shuffle on your music device and list the first 20 songs.

RULES: no skipping. be honest. pass it on to 10 people consider yourself all tagged.

My results:  geez, shuffle was not in its best form.  We have a lot of my less preferred tracks from various albums, though there are a few songs I really love in here.  Also, there's a disproportionate amount of Lady Gaga.

1. “A Pretty Girl Is Like…”, The Magnetic Fields
2. “Rattling Locks,” Josh Ritter
3.  “Get Over It,” OK Go
4.  “King and Lionheart,” Of Monsters and Men
5.  “Keep on the Sunny Side,” The Whites
6.  “He Came to Meet Me,” Hem
7.  “Farewell,” Greg Laswell
8.  “Overlap,” Ani DiFranco
9.  “Dover Pier,” Bare Necessities
10.  “Able to Sing,” Indigo Girls
11.  “Hello,” Evanescence
12.  “The World’s Not Falling Apart,” Dar Williams
13.  “Love Love Love [Demo Version],” Of Monsters and Men
14.  “The ‘Disarm’ Suite,” Sarah Slean
15.  “Judas (DJ White Shadow Remix),” Lady Gaga
16.  “Oh No!”, Marina & the Diamonds
17.  “A Widow’s Toast,” Neko Case
18.  “Simple Life,” Doria Roberts
19.  “Marry the Night (Zedd Remix),” Lady Gaga
20.  “Loom,” Ani DiFranco

Shipping Songs

Meme time!  This one is swiped from luckweaverat the moment, what songs remind you of your OTPs? Since usually one of the first signs that I'm going to intensely ship a couple is that I start mentally compiling a playlist, I couldn't resist this meme.  I'm forcing myself to stick to one song per ship.  Links go to some way to listen to the song, either on YouTube or a website with streaming player.  For each, I'm including some lyrics that exemplify why I think this song suits this ship.

Doctor Who

Doctor/Rose/Jack-"Forces of the Unseen," Cloud Cult.  (This song is begging for a "Parting of the Ways"-centric fanvid.)
It's not impossible, you'll see.
You've never been inside my head:
Ten billion burning suns and belief in a strength that can raise the dead.
It's the warmth when you're next to me.
It's the bright white light of a fevered dream.
It's the storm in your eyes.
It's in the roots of the tree:
The underestimated power of the forces of the unseen.

Doctor/Rose- "Run," Snow Patrol (This was so hard to choose!  I have approximately a zillon songs that make me think of Doctor/Rose, some specific to Nine or Ten or TenToo, some associated with particular fics.  "Run" is perhaps my favorite for their relationship as a whole.)
Louder, louder
And we'll run for our lives
I can hardly speak I understand
Why you can't raise your voice to say...

Doctor/Jack- "The Mercy of the Fallen," Dar Williams (Yeah, I wrote a Doctor/Jack fic that shares this song's title.)

There's the weak and the strong
And the many stars that guide us
We have some of them inside us

Sherlock/John/Mary- "Little Talks," Of Monsters and Men (This song even mentions an empty house.)

'Cause though the truth may vary
This ship will carry
our bodies safe to shore

Sherlock/John- "Save Me," Aimee Mann
But can you save me?
Come on and save me...
If you could save me,
From the ranks of the freaks,
Who suspect they could never love anyone.
Marvel Cinematic Universe

Steve/Bucky- "Feel Again," OneRepublic
I'm feeling better ever since you know me
I was a lonely soul but that's the old me
It's been a long time coming since I've seen your face
I've been everywhere and back trying to replace
Everything that I broke 'til my feet went numb
Praying like a fool just shot the gun
So kiss me now
This whiskey on my breath
Feel the lives that I have taken
What little soul that I have left.
And oh, my god
I'll take you to the grave
The only love I've ever known
The only soul I've ever saved.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Buffy/Spike- "Ghost," Indigo Girls
And I guess that's how you started
Like a pinprick to my heart
But at this point you rush right through me
And I start to drown
And there's not enough room
In this world for my pain
Signals cross and love gets lost
And time passed makes it plain
Of all my demon spirits
I need you the most

Willow/Tara- "Blood and Fire," Indigo Girls (This is a S6 Willow/Tara song.  Also, it's amusing that the peaks of my obsessions with BtVS and the Indigo Girls happened at the same period of high school and early college, so that I have a lot of Indigo Girls songs mentally associated with various characters and plotlines of this show.)
You have spent nights, thinking of me
Missing my arms, but you needed to leave.
Leaving the cuts, leaving my burns,
Hoping I'd learn.
Blood and Fire
Are too much for these restless arms to hold.
And my nights of desire are calling me,
Back to your fold.
Mulder/Scully -
"Head Over Feet," Alanis Morissette (Ah, my first OTP!  Back in high school I made an actual casette mixed tape to express my feelings about their UST and ultimate true love.  This is one of the songs that was on there.)
You're the best listener that I've ever met
You're my best friend
Best friend with benefits
What took me so long?

I was in a coffee shop downtown trying to get some writing done as the vendors started setting up for the big weekly farmers market on the street outside.  In honor of Halloween some downtown businesses, including the coffee shop I was writing in, were giving out candy to trick-or-treating children on farmers market night, so once that started there was a steady stream of small children in costume. After watching for a while I started to get curious about exactly how prevalent princess costumes were among the girls, so I started writing down the costumes for all the girls who came in for maybe an hour and a half.

Obviously these data are not representative of the country or even my little city, just the location I happened to be.  I counted only children, not older teens or adults (those who looked under 13 or so), who were presenting as female (not including children in hoods and masks or other costumes that made gender impossible to guess).  I didn't ask the kids or parents what they were supposed to be, so there was a certain amount of guesswork in figuring out what to call the costumes.  Here are some figures from the results.

Total girls: 92
Princesses (both identifiable Disney princess characters and fancy princess-style dresses): 38 (41.3% of total).
Most popular costume: Elsa from Frozen by a mile, 14 girls (15.2% of all the girls)
Superheroines: 10 (10.8%).  Includes four each of Wonder Woman and Supergirl, one Batgirl, and one Captain America in a tutu.
Animals: 5
Specific characters other than princesses and superheros: 4
Cultural/Historical: 8
Offensive cultural appropriation (a subcategory of cultural/historical): 2 white girls dressed as Native Americans (note that the parents are the ones who should know better here).  The only Day of the Dead facepainting I saw was on people who appeared to be Latina.
Mythical/Supernatural: 12
Occupations: 5  (2 pirates, one each of astronaut, boxer, and police officer)
Objects: 5
Quirky dress/Unidentifiable: 5
My personal favorite costumes: Wednesday Addams (on a wee toddler), an Astronaut, the TARDIS, the aforementioned Captain America in a tutu.

There is nothing wrong with liking princesses.  However, I do think there is a problem in the messages our culture is sending little girls when over 41% of them are being dressed as or choosing to be princesses, far more than any other category of costumes.  There are so many other things to want to be beyond the princess attributes of beautiful and kinda spunky, yet that is overwhelmingly the narrative pushed on little girls.  

I do find it interesting and perhaps encouraging that the overwhelmingly most popular princess right now, Elsa, has no romance plotline.  She may wear beautiful dresses and live in a castle, but it occurs to me that her story is almost more like a superhero story than the stories of many of the other Disney girls.  Elsa's story is about feeling different and isolated, trying to hide a true identity behind a public persona, finding one's power, screwing up monumentally with that power, and finally taking responsibility and finding acceptance as the unique, powerful person she is.  In contrast, her sister Anna, who is made out to be the audience POV character most of the movie and has romantic plotlines in addition to her sisterly love plotline, is much less popular.  I saw four girls as Anna, but they were all in the company of an Elsa.  Either only girls with a sister (or perhaps certain close friends) identify as Anna, or nobody wants to be Anna and they only get persuaded to be her as part of a set after losing the argument about who can be Elsa.

I don't really know where I'm going with this, except that I hope that in 2018 a massive surge of Captain Marvels makes Princess Sparklefists the princess of choice. Little girls deserve to fly.
Huge news, y'all!  Marvel just released news about titles for a bunch of their upcoming films.  There is one that I'm not pleased about, but several more that fill me SO MUCH JOY.

Let's start with the amazing news.  First the one I'm damn excited about, then the one I'm so far beyond excited about that I squeed so loudly I scared the cat.

  • November 2017:  Black Panther!!!  So awesome that we're getting a black MCU superhero!!  They even announced casting for this one.  It's going to be Chadwick Boseman, who I have somehow managed not to see in anything, but he's got a good resume and people seem pleased.  I don't actually know much about the character of Black Panther/T'Challa but I'm very much looking forwad to finding out.

  • July 2018: CAPTAIN MARVEL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Do the dance of joy!!!

I literally started shaking with excitement when I saw the news.  (I use literally to mean literally, not just as an intensifier.) A Captain Marvel movie is all I have wanted from Marvel Studios, and really Hollywood as a whole, ever since I started reading her comics.  It's not just that we're getting a female Marvel superhero heading her own film, although that is a HUGE part of it.  Carol Danvers in particular is amazing, and a great choice for the MCU's first female-led film.  She is an aspirational character, someone that little girls can and should want to grow up to be.  Much as I wholeheartedly adore Natasha Romanoff and wish we were also getting a Black Widow movie, you don't really want to tell your eight year-old to emulate her life.  (Unless your eight year-old is already deeply damaged, in which case Natasha's story might be what she needs.)  And yes, if anyone was wondering, they confirmed that this will be about Carol, not Mar-Vell or any of the other people who have used that name.

I hope that the movie preserves the things I love about Kelly Sue Deconnick's Captain Marvel comics:  frequent Bechdel Test passes with lots of interesting female side characters (especially the theme of role models), Carol looking good without being even a tiny bit objectified, space, cats (Flerkens!), beautiful writing (like Helen's "the Lord put us here to punch holes in the sky" letter), a sense of joy as well as duty, etc.

Here's the full lineup that Marvel announced (via The Mary Sue):

  • Captain America: Civil War - May 6, 2016.

  • Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016

  • Guardians of the Galaxy 2 - May 5, 2017

  • Thor: Ragnarok – July 28, 2017

  • Black Panther – November 3, 2017

  • Captain Marvel – July 6, 2018

  • Inhumans – November 2, 2018

  • Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018

  • Avengers: Infinity War Part 2- May 3, 2019

The one I'm not so happy about is that Captain America 3 is going to be Captain America: Civil War.  I haven't actually read anything of the Civl War comics, but many comics fans whose opinions I trust hate this storyline.  Also, my personal preference is for Cap 3 to focus heavily on Bucky, and that would seem harder to do if they're doing Civil War.  But I guess Captain America:  Steve and Bucky Cuddle A Lot While Sam and Natasha Kick Bad Guys' Butts was never realistically going to be made.

About the rest of it (some of this is stuff we knew before, but I'm sharing my thoughts now):  I like Thor's franchise and the first GotG movie, so those are both things to look forward to. I have no opinion about Doctor Strange, other than that if it would get Black Panther or Captain Marvel pushed a few months closer I'd be perfectly happy if they tabled it.  I only know that character from fanfic, so I really have no hopes/opinions beyond hoping it doesn't suck.  And also hoping they cast Pedro Pascal, because he deserves to be in more things with a higher survival rate than Game of Thrones, but that's looking pretty unlikely.

I haven't read the Inhumans title, but Kamala Khan is classified as an Inhuman, so the possibility that we might get our magnificent fangirl Ms. Marvel onscreen has me very intrigued by this.  Avengers 3 will actually be two parts?  Did we know this already?  More Avengers is certainly good by me, although whether this works will depend on the script.

Anyway!  I am not yet done giddily squeeing about Captain Marvel.  Behold, many gifs of celebration and feelings!  Please feel free to add your own in the comments.

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Sleepy Hollow, I love you so very much, but we need to talk.

I will happily suspend my disbelief about the fact that Ichabod seems to have known every single Founding Father and been involved in about 90% of the significant events of the Revolutionary War prior to his big sleep.  I don't usually mind the often overly convenient sources of exposition.  I love your ridiculous plot elements like Franklinstein's Monster.  (And thank you SO MUCH for actually making that pun.)  The workings of the Sleepy Hollow justice system don't seem to bear much resemblance to what happens in the real world, but few tv shows with cops do.  I see zero need to make an issue of it here.

But you have got to draw the line somewhere.  And that somewhere is biogeography.

The thing is, I wouldn't mind so much if we hadn't already had this talk once.  In the very first episode, you had an appearance by a Harris's Hawk, a species native to the southwestern US and Latin America, never anywhere near New York state.  At least that bird had the excuse of being a mystical omen.  This week in "Go Where I Send Thee" you had no such excuse.

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Animal linkdump!

Hi friends!  Would your day be improved by some animal-related links?  Of course!  Luckily, I am here to help.

-First, were you aware that there was a prehistoric reptile that was able to glide with membranes not on its forelimbs like a normal flying/gliding creature but its REAR LEGS?  It's called Sharovipteryx.  You really should click on the link to see the artist's rendition, because it is ridiculous.  This species isn't newly discovered, but through a catastrophic failure of our educational and news systems, I was somehow not made aware of its existence until last night.  It lived in the Triassic period.  Screw cloning dinosaurs, I want flocks of these.

-Second, here are two kangaroos having a brawl in a suburban street:

I would have gone with a more epic soundtrack for the video, but this is still so very cool to watch.  Look at how they stand on their tails to deliver double-footed kicks!

-Third, some sad and strange news.  A woman walking her dog in New York's Central Park discovered the corpse of a black bear cub.  Nobody knows how it got there.  My reaction to this is approximately two parts "oh no! poor little bear!!!!"  and one part "how? why? this is a fascinating mystery." I suspect that some asshole chose to dispose of their ill-advised pet, because there is an awful lot of city that the bear would have had to walk through unseen in order to get their on its own, not to mention the fact that Manhattan is an island.  However, the part of my brain that refuses to admit to the rules of the real world suspects that this tragic and weirdly out of place bear may be due to magic and/or shapeshifters.  Possibly a moment was involved that went like this:

you made a bear undo it

RIP, little lost bear.

-On the subject of living animals, meet Garfi, a cat with a face that makes Grumpy Cat look positively perky.  See him furiously sitting in a box!  Look at him angrily sticking his tongue out!  This is great.

-Finally, this isn't an animal link, but there are still plenty of mystery lyrics over at my lyrics guessing meme, including at least one well-known retro pop song I suspect somebody out there can figure out.


Lyrics guessing meme

I was digging throught the archives of my LJ looking for something else when I came across a lyrics guessing meme I did a few years ago that I thought might be fun to resurrect.  Here's how it works:

1. Open up your music player. Hit shuffle.
2. Record the first few lines of the first 25 songs that come up. Skip instrumentals, but don't skip the embarrassing ones.
3. Make hapless LJ/DW denizens guess the song names and artists. Google is cheating. For musical songs, the name of the musical is acceptable in place of the artist.
4. Cross out the songs that have been guessed.
5. Pass it along.

A couple of these should be pretty easy.  Some should be challenging but guessable for people who share some tastes in common with me, while several I am pretty sure won't be guessed.  For one very well known song I have redacted a line that contains the title to keep at least a bit of challenge.  There are other less universally-known lyrics that contain their song's title that I've left as is.  Also, in addition to the instrumentals I skipped one song with lyrics in Gaelic.  You're welcome.

Okay, let's play!

Lyrics under the cutCollapse )


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