A Little Unsteady

Mar. 25th, 2017 11:17 am
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Posted by <a href="/users/nagi_schwarz/pseuds/nagi_schwarz" rel="author">nagi_schwarz</a>


Written for the comment_fic prompt: "Stargate Atlantis, John Sheppard/Rodney McKay,
Hold on
Hold on to me
'Cause I'm a little unsteady
A little unsteady
(X Ambassadors)"

Major Naomi Cartwright witnesses Hurricane McKay up close and firsthand - and the aftermath, when all is said and done.

Words: 1360, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

Series: Part 75 of The Oppenheimer Effect

Happy Downfall of Sauron Day 2017!

Mar. 25th, 2017 08:26 am
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Happy Downfall of Sauron Day! I'm off to California (sans kids), so I will have 9 hours in the car to think about the downfall of Sauron but no time to write about it. Wishing you a fannishly happy day!

The Philadelphia Story

Mar. 25th, 2017 10:57 am
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I first saw The Philadelphia Story back when I was in high school and it totally blew me away. Katherine Hepburn! Cary Grant! Jimmy Stewart! The actress who plays Tracy Lord’s (Hepburn) little sister Dinah, I don’t know who she is but she is hilarious and I love her. The entire scene where she’s putting on a show for the newspaper people who have come to cover her sister’s wedding, acting the part of the obnoxiously precocious show-off child: comedy gold.

I saw it again last night at the ArtCraft theater, and Dinah is still wonderful as are all the main characters - but boy howdy does a lot of this film consist of various men telling Tracy Lord everything that’s wrong with her. She’s more like a goddess than a woman: so unsympathetic and judgmental! Convinced that she never makes mistakes and disdainful of mistakes in others!

Now there is something to be said for seeing oneself as part of the great mass of people who make mistakes and recognizing that we all have feet of clay. But I’m not at all convinced that Tracy does believe that she never makes mistakes - she’s got a divorce under her belt, for goodness’ sake! - and even if she did, why should she be sympathetically nonjudgmental about her father the philanderer or her ex-husband the abusive alcoholic?

(“I thought all writers drank to excess and beat their wives,” Tracy’s ex-husband C. K. Dexter Haven tells Mike Connor, the newspaper writer. “You know, at one time I think I secretly wanted to be a writer.” And he and Tracy glance at each other disdainfully.)

C. K. Dexter Haven has quit drinking by the time the movie begins, and because he’s played by Cary Grant he’s 100% sold me on the idea that he’ll be a better husband the second time round, but as a general rule I think there are times when it’s a good idea to be “judgmental and unsympathetic” - or, you know, just to hold your own well-being in higher esteem than that of the person who is treating you badly.

...I still think Tracy Lord, Mike Connor, and C. K. Dexter Haven would make a fabulously tempestuous OT3, though (and I suppose we’ll have to send Elizabeth Imbrie off to Europe as a war reporter; I love her but I’m just not seeing the OT4). Mike’s got a chip on his shoulder, and Tracy and Dex are never really going to understand why because they were both born with an entire silverware drawer in their cribs, and he’s terribly prickly about taking any monetary support from them and probably continues to feel it even after he’s become successful as a writer and doesn’t need it anymore.

So sometimes he walks out and then shows up at the door again weeks or months or years later, probably drunk and definitely bedraggled by the rain, and C. K. Dexter Haven lets him in and listens to his drunken ramblings and covers him with a blanket when he falls asleep on the couch with his hat still on, and when he wakes up, there’s Tracy with a glass of orange juice, waiting to see him as if he’d never been gone.
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'We were a 10-year opposition party where being against things was easy to do,' House Speaker Paul Ryan said Friday. 'And now ... we have to actually get ... people to agree with each other in how we do things.'

Vividcon vidder auction is underway

Mar. 25th, 2017 10:34 am
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This year's Vividcon vidder auction is now open--details at http://vividcon.dreamwidth.org/415659.html or http://vividcon.livejournal.com/394336.html .

So many sources. Soooo many. You can look at an individual vidder's offers by clicking their name on the auction page, or a whole list of all the vidders is here or here.

Seems like there's something for everyone...give it a look!

VVC 2017 Auction is live!

Mar. 25th, 2017 10:09 am
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This year’s VividCon Auction is now open! Please go here to bid on the vidder of your dreams!

Click on an individual vidder's name to see all their details.

PLEASE NOTE!: for security reasons, the software requires people to create an account on the website before they bid. Very simple--just a username and email, and it'll auto-send you a login password.

The auction ends at 11:59pm US eastern time on Saturday, April 1. (Though please remember that we’re not set up to handle a huge crunch of last-minute bids.)

The sources our vidders are offering include, but are definitely not limited to…

Agent Carter, American Gods, Angel, The Bletchley Circle, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Drunk History, Due South, Fingersmith, Glee, Hannibal, Killjoys, The Losers, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Person of Interest, Spartacus, Star Trek TOS, Star Trek DS9, Stargate SG-1, Stargate: Atlantis, Teen Wolf, Tipping the Velvet, Wild Wild West --and so much more!

PLUS anything with Oscar Isaac or Paul McGann in it!

PLUS many other TV shows we didn't even mention!

PLUS many other movies ditto, including Alien, Aliens, Bound, Crimson Peak, Mad Max: Fury Road, the Man from U.N.C.L.E., Silence of the Lambs, Manhunter, and entire franchises like all the Star Wars movies, the Star Trek originals, the Star Trek reboots, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Harry Potter series including Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the Batman movies (live action and animated), the Matrix movies, the Lara Croft: Tomb Raider movies, as well as so many others!

PLUS sources you might think up and ask if the vidders agree to!

Someone wants to help make your vid dreams come true! You can head over to the VividCon auction page to see what each vidder has on offer.

Please spread this announcement far and wide, and feel free to get together with friends to pool your bidding funds for the vids you’d love to see!

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Posted by Mike Smithson

In happier times – Farage with his CON defector in 2014

But no by-election, he’ll remain in Commons as an independent

This lunchtime’s announcement from Douglas Carswell, the MP for Clacton, that he’s to leave UKIP is hardly a surprise. He had been largely detached from the party for months and and it really became a question of not if he would leave the purples but when.

He always appeared uncomfortable with UKIP’s emphasis on immigration and campaigned in the referendum with Vote Leave.

But he is not as some had expected re-joining the Conservatives. He said that he will remain as an MP as an independent. I guess is that he might well join the blues again possibly before the general election.

Given that he resigned and fought a by-election two and a half years ago after he defected to UKIP he would have found it difficult to go directly to the Conservatives and not do the same. Becoming an independent is less of an issue.

    All of this highlights what has become Ukip’s bugbear – its abject failure to be able to secure seats under first past the post. Almost the only elections where it has been successful have been there’s does a proportional element – for the European Parliament and, of course, the list seats for the Welsh Assembly.

The UK leaving the EU in 2019 will put an end to its MEP representation and the next Welsh elections are not till 2021. That’s a long time for the party to go through.

So Britain’s most dysfunctional party becomes even more dysfunctional.

Mike Smithson

Stay Alive. Your Job is to Stay Alive

Mar. 25th, 2017 10:12 am
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Okay, so last night I wrote this: If I Die Young. It’s a seriously non-canon what-if, read the content warnings.

Then Cal wrote back, Don’t Just Survive,

So what could I do but write the next scene?

Still seriously non-canon. Lots of angst.

Read more... )

On a certain prince...

Mar. 25th, 2017 10:03 am
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[personal profile] kalloway *was dreaming about Xander at some point*

[personal profile] kalloway Obviously he wants attention.

[personal profile] taichara probably shouldn't want it from me at any point, I'm in fine form atm

[personal profile] taichara *has been contemplating things to do to him while on the interminable rounds*

[personal profile] kalloway He'll just get questionable porn out of me. ^^;;

[personal profile] kalloway FLIP A COIN, XANDER

[personal profile] kalloway HEADS WE WIN, TALES YOU LOSE

This looks familiar, vaguely familiar

Mar. 25th, 2017 09:13 am
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A number of months ago at a Parent’s Meeting for this year’s Middle School play, I said, “If you want, I’ll operate sound.”

This week, as they say, “The Bill comes due.”

Sound was one of my fall back jobs when I couldn’t find stage management work. I am good at it too. I have a good ear and very long fingers. There was one project I operated sound on that the designer made me swear that I would show up unless I was dead because the soundscape that she created could only be run by me. At that point she couldn’t figure out how I could get everything running and timing out perfectly. It’s a knack and I had it.

So I find myself behind a soundboard for the first time in a long time.

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(For the VI: This is a soundboard with a script on the right half.)

Parts of the job are like riding a bike and other parts felt very rusty. So I have been spending the week getting to know the show and my board.

There was a first for me in all this. First time I put a wireless mic on my daughter.

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(for the VI: This is a photo of Caroline in profile. She has a wireless microphone taped to her face. She is wearing a brown shirt and her brown hair is up in a bun)

We had our final dress on Thursday. This is my view of the show. My microphone plot is on the left and my script on the right. We had a couple of mics that had to be passed around a bit which made sound even more interesting.

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(for the VI:the sound board with the mic tracking sheet on the left and script on the right. The kids are on stage in the far background)

After three months of work on the casts part and a week of work for me, we finally get to opening night.

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(For the VI: This is a photo from the back of the room showing the stage with the red curtains closed.)

Curtain Call. Caroline is the blob to the far left.

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(for the VI: This is the cast of Footloose on stage during the bows. They are dressed in either church clothes or prom wear.)

So we did it. We got through the opening night. We have two shows today and then Footloose will become a memory. I have to say that I am very proud of these children and the dedication they have shown to this show. Special shout out to my assistant Kevin who has been on top of things from the beginning so I know that if I tell him I need ‘x’ done, it will get done.

I am grateful I could share this experience with my daughter.


Mar. 25th, 2017 09:08 pm
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There is a song that roughly goes 'tell them I remember, tell them I remember, tell them I remember you-oooo'. (at the end, I think). I don't remember most of the song, but I found myself singing

I remember now-ow
all the things I meant to do before
I ran out of time

i remember now-ow, i remember now-ow, now that it is far tooooo late. 


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