Oct. 16th, 2017

  • 3:19 PM
This is an actual start to a phone conversation I just had:

Me: [calls my grandmother]
Grandma: Hello?
Me: Hi!
Grandma: Hello?
Me: This is [my name].
Grandma: No, this is [grandmother's name].

Maybe I should call more often. Oops.

Oct. 14th, 2017

  • 12:01 PM
So, very annoyingly, there's a set of spambots hitting AO3. All for a streaming sports site. (It is streamonline247 (dot com), and it also has an AO3 account by that name with nothing posted.) I know it took someone I know about 10 days between applying for and getting an AO3 account, this is also rather worrying that they're willing to put a bunch of emails in queue to register and hit all at once.

(I feel sorry for Abuse; I have IFTTT giving me all stories that come up just for Tokusatsu fandoms and got three of the spambots. One spammed a lot of fandoms that had "ghost" in the name, therefore hitting Kamen Rider Ghost and Ghost Soup Infidel Blue.)

Blade Runner 2049

  • Oct. 9th, 2017 at 4:28 PM
So I saw it. I didn't even realize that I had that many Blade Runner feelings until I saw the first trailer for this movie, because while I appreciate it, I don't think there's a lot of there there. As I have mentioned to other people, I think the first Blade Runner is about 90% mood and 10% content. The mood is amazing stuff, and the content isn't terrible, but I feel like it gets more credit than it deserves. I saw a comment to the effect that the first Blade Runner movie is both the most overrated and underrated film of all time.

My expectations were set pretty low, and they were met. It's another movie that's 90% mood and 10% content, and that mood is amazing and the content isn't entirely terrible. The sound design was kind of a mess at times, intrusive when it shouldn't be. The punches sounded faker than usual. It's a movie that does silence well, though. The pacing is slow and deliberate in a way that I appreciated.

If you do go watch it, I hope you enjoy staring at Ryan Gosling's face, because there's a lot of that. It's pushing 3 hours.


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Dear Yuletide author

  • Oct. 6th, 2017 at 4:04 PM
Dear Yuletide author,

First of all, thank you very much for writing for me! I look forward to whatever you produce.

Second, don't get too nervous--I love participating in exchanges.

I've made three requests this year from very different fandoms. Whichever one you decide to write for, here are some things I enjoy:
  • Humor, mixed with seriousness or not
  • Particularly odd romantic or sexual situations (if you want to go that way)
  • Character exploration

I don't care too much about specific canon details for the stories I've requested. I know that the canons in question--Marvel Comics, Lovecraft's mythos, and Final Fantasy--can play pretty fast and loose with the rules themselves sometimes.

I'll repeat my requests here for convenience.

#1: Black Widow (Comics)
  • In Nathan Edmondson's recent run on Black Widow, Natasha grudgingly adopted a black cat named Liho (an old-fashioned Russian word for "evil" or "bad luck" or "the devil"). I'd like to see a story exploring that side of her character--the reluctantly vulnerable side of her that takes care of small vulnerable creatures while still being tough as nails in her own way. If you're not familiar with that particular run, it doesn't have to be about Liho in particular, of course! But I do love cats.
  • I'm a Bucky/Natasha fan, but I have no problems with the story just being about Natasha, or about her relationships with other characters.

#2: The Cthulhu Mythos
  • I'm not picky about this one: I'd just like to see a more whimsical and positive take on all these eldritch abominations. Is there any way a relationship (of any kind) between a mortal human being and some kind of unfathomable elder god could actually work?
  • I've picked characters, but I don't really have specific attachments to them--any Lovecraftian or Cthulhu-esque horror you want to work with, I'm fine with.

#3: Final Fantasy IV
  • Final Fantasy IV is a pretty bare-bones game as plot and characterization goes, considering its era--but I've always been curious how the relationship between spoiled prince Edge and mysterious troubled summoner Rydia would have developed if it had been expanded beyond jokes and hints.
  • I don't necessarily want to see them hook up and have babies ever after, but I'd like to see some exploration of the brief dynamic between them in canon where he flirts and she brushes him off awkwardly but shows some kind of interest at the end.
  • I still haven't played the After Years, so I'd prefer not to get too deep into that.

Once again, thank you, and I hope you enjoy writing for me!

--Eastling

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Oct. 4th, 2017

  • 11:36 AM
The thing I always forget about working on a blanket for my mindless knitting is that it's almost impossible to tell if I've made any progress after several hours of dedicated needle-clacking. I know I've used lots of yarn, but the blanket looks to be the same size as it was yesterday morning.

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