I have the Yuletide fanfic back from a beta reader, and I've spent a few hours here (five hours today, thanks to the length of the story) and there fixing up all the smaller issues. I only need to tweak something major at the beginning now, and add one extra line at the end. After I do that tomorrow, then I should be ready to upload it to the archive.
( cut for whinging about my health )
I am driving the crack_van one last time for The X-Files. You can view all of my recs, in every fandom, using the wendelah1 filter.
I am surprisingly emotional about this community closing its doors. Fanfiction recs--that's a large part of what I do here.
My husband aspirated
Edit: He was fine. I was worried we might miss The Magic Flute. But we went. It was not as amusing a production as the LA Times reviewer would have you believe but it was...different. The thing about being a reviewer is you've seen and heard and read it all, so different wins you automatic points.
We, meaning Kyle and I, are doing a Fringe rewatch together. He hates The X-Files but likes Fringe. "It's like The X-Files, only it's good." Go figure. I would say it's like The X-Files, only without Mulder and Scully, and with better continuity, at least for the first three seasons. He calls the fourth season "disappointing overall." That's an understatement, imho. We're both pretending the fifth season never happened. Lucky for us, it circles around right back to the end of the fourth season so it's easy to ignore.
We're not exactly going in order. Because of my fringe_exchange fic, we watched the third season first, then the first season. I have misplaced (or loaned out?) the second season, so we started on the fourth season. Confused yet? We just finished "And Those We've Left Behind," which I think is one of the best episodes of the entire series. It would make my top ten, for sure.
RAYMOND GREEN: I can't go on without you. I don't want this for us. Kate, when you got sick, it happened so fast. And all the things that you were for me and all the things that you did for me... I didn't have a chance to be that for you. I thought we'd have more time.
KATE GREEN: (resigned) This isn't living, Raymond. Living is what's beyond this room, beyond this house, out there in the world where you're supposed to be.
RAYMOND GREEN: Then if not this, how? How do I repay you? I mean, what... what better thing can I do for you than this? You say that you shouldn't change fate, but you don't know. You don't know what's waiting for you, how terrible it is.
Yep. I don't think there's a person alive who can't relate to that feeling. Because life is wonderful, but it's also terrifying. I'd write depressing fanfic for the episode but I already did, in a way. The theme is similar to my Fringe/The X-Files fic, "Reason." Summary: She'd build a time machine if that's what it took to get him back. I wrote mine first.
Not really? I mean, I've never tried to vid a pairing I didn't like. As I said yesterday, sometimes I've had bunnies for pairings I didn't love but I at least liked those. One time, as an auction request I was asked to vid Angel/Spike, which is a pairing I'm pretty meh about, but I don't actively dislike it, and I certainly understand textually where it comes from - i.e., among other things, there are actually lines that canonically suggest they've had some kind of sexual relationship. So, vidding that wasn't really hard even though it's not a pairing I "feel" (except to the extent that I don't know photoshop or any special effects, really, so that vid is an exercise in making do).
As for the pairings I do like, there are some vids that didn't come out as well as I'd hoped, but I don't think that's a case of the pairing not working or not being viddable - that's usually a case of me having a pretty high concept for the vid itself that didn't pan out. There are several of these and it's kind of embarrassing to list them, but one example would be Nancy Boy, which is Duncan/Methos and I think my first and only attempt at anything like constructed reality, but not really (also, a pretty early vid of mine), and One Foot Boy (Merlin/Arthur), which I'm not sure how well it came across and never lived up to my ideal. (Also, I think the show itself moved pretty far from my characterization in the vid, but it felt right at the time.) Anyhoo, neither of these are pairings that are unviddable - it's just that I had a very particular idea I was trying to convey, and wasn't as successful as I'd have liked in doing so.
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced the arrest of the alleged owner and operator of a revenge porn website who facilitated the posting of more than 10,000 sexually explicit photos and extorted victims for as much as $350 each to remove the illicit content.The "I guess" is because both the press release, and this WaPo story, coyly refer to these sites as places where "explicit images of people are posted online without their consent," often by the "photographer" as part of a prior relationship. You have to work really, really consciously with your phrasing, I think, to avoid specifying that the "people" are always women, and the "photographers" are men. These are sites for men to harass women, but that's basically been written out of the press release and the WaPo report.
“This website published intimate photos of unsuspecting victims and turned their public humiliation and betrayal into a commodity with the potential to devastate lives,” Attorney General Harris said. “Online predators that profit from the extortion of private photos will be investigated and prosecuted for this reprehensible and illegal internet activity.”
Kevin Christopher Bollaert, 27, of San Diego, was arrested today in San Diego by California Department of Justice agents and is being held in San Diego County jail on $50,000 bail. According to documents filed in San Diego County Superior Court, Bollaert has been charged with 31 felony counts of conspiracy, identity theft and extortion and is facing possible jail time and fines.
Court documents allege that, in December 2012, Bollaert created the website ugotposted.com, which allows the anonymous, public posting of private photographs containing nude and explicit images of individuals without their permission. Commonly knows as revenge porn, the photos are typically obtained consensually by the poster during a prior relationship or are stolen or hacked. Unlike many other revenge porn websites where the subject of the photos is anonymous, ugotposted.com required that the poster include the subject’s full name, location, age and facebook profile link.
Rep. Steve Stockman’s moment as a viable Senate candidate lasted exactly 13 hours 47 minutes.
At 7 p.m. Monday, the far-right Stockman (R-Toxicity) announced via the right-wing Web site WND that he would challenge incumbent John Cornyn in the Texas Republican Senate primary. And for a brief period, it appeared that Stockman could pose a credible threat; his decision was immediately praised by the Tea Party Patriots and the Senate Conservatives Fund, founded by the Heritage Foundation’s Jim DeMint.
But then something unexpected happened: Sanity prevailed.
The Club for Growth, which started the trend of conservative primary challenges to incumbent Republicans, issued a statement just before 9 a.m. Tuesday saying that it was not on board with Stockman, the flamboyant lawmaker who distributed articles of impeachment against President Obama this fall and who tweets messages such as “Obamacare is less popular than chlamydia.”
“While Congressman Stockman has a pro-economic growth record, so does Senator Cornyn, as witnessed by his 87% lifetime Club for Growth score,” the group said, adding that “we do not expect to be involved in the Texas Senate race.”
It was one of many signs that the tea-party-driven purge of the GOP has begun to subside. Conservative activists still dominate the party and its processes, but their reign of terror may be easing.
At the same time, Senate Republicans are stepping up their efforts to help each other beat back primary challenges. The National Republican Senatorial Committee is going to battle against the Club for Growth and other conservative groups over a primary challenge to veteran Sen. Thad Cochran (Miss.). Roll Call reported that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has a primary challenger in Kentucky backed by some of the same groups, is holding a fundraiser this week for Cochran.
Cornyn, a former Texas attorney general, is no liberal; he notes with pride that National Journal ranked him the second-most conservative senator last year. The difference between incumbent and challenger is character: Cornyn has it, Stockman is one. That the Club for Growth can recognize the difference is reason for hope.
Honestly, my favorite pairing to vid is whoever my existing OTP is.
I mean, I've done 'shipper vids even when I wasn't particularly obsessed with the pairing. Like, Peter/Neal from White Collar, or Kirk/Spock/Uhura from Star Trek Reboot, or Remington/Laura from Remington Steele. I made the vids even though I wasn't obsessed, because I happened to have vid bunny (or, in Remington/Laura's case, a Festivid to make - I was once obsessed with them, but not at the time I made the vid).
But most of the time, when I vid a pairing, it's because I'm deeply in love with the pairing at the time, and that means I'm pouring all of my lurve into the vid, and just seeing their faces and the way they gaze at each other is enough to make my heart go pitter-pat.
I'd probably say that Duncan/Methos is among my least favorite, simply because of the limited and overused footage - I always wonder if non-Highlander fans understand that even though Duncan/Methos is, like, the supercouple of the fandom, Methos actually only appears in very few episodes - he wasn't even introduced as a character until the end of S3, and after that was just more of a recurring guest star than anything else. So Duncan/Methos is actually kind of tough to vid.
Beyond that, they've all been my favorite, you know, at the time.
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