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Wednesday, August 24th, 2016
5:21 pm
Finished watching Flash season 1
Aaaand I am not excited right now.
I'm actually kind of ugh.

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This show did not choose the best things.

I disliked the ending.
And felt it didn't make entire sense.
Even emotionally.

It was creepy and inadequate about disability, and not even because of the source text, just, because it felt like it.

Spending a whole season lying to Iris is creeptastic and got worse and worse and made less and less sense as it went along.

Waiting until the next to last episode to point out the legal and moral problems of locking people up in your basement was rather ducking the problem. And again, that whole thing happened because their solution was secrecy, and far more secrecy than even made sense. If knowledge was keeping the mundanes alive within the team then it really should have been useful to the police in general, you know?

And I kind of don't care about the characters. I mean, they don't actively suck, but they didn't click with me. Some of this is being very bored of love triangles, and some is the ages of characters, and some is just... *shrug*, it isn't working for me.

So now I'm kind of cranky and want to do something different with the pieces.
Which is how I feel about most DC adjacent media, lately.

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Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016
9:11 pm
Painkillers are awesome.

In related news, the later part of my birthday was a bit not awesome.
But that's okay, I watched a bunch more Flash anyway.

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10:39 am
Happy Birthday to Me :-)
It's my birthday :-)

So far I have woken up serenaded by road drills and the weird vibration of our whole building.
So, omens... good?

It's also the annual day I have to figure out how to make Facebook work or all my relatives think I'm ignoring them. Which effectively I am, but only because Facebook never feels like working.

My employee dropped off a birthday card yesterday, and I'm getting an Avengers card on Thursday, and I ordered a whole bunch of presents that will arrive some time this week, so, going to be doing pretty good.

But first today is cleaner day, so, very happy birthday to me...

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Monday, August 22nd, 2016
10:35 pm
The Flash: Ongoing thoughts
It is really awkward fancying Captain Cold, of all people.
Like, just, really. Awkward.

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2:37 pm
A wolf, a reverend, and an estate agent walk into a Fae bar...
Today's dream started with house hunting. Which was mostly frustration and ugh. But then the estate agent showed us this place that at first I thought was the worst, because okay, two bedroom flat on the unthank, sounds fine, but it's over what looked like a butchers shop. And smelled, from the car park out front, like a butchers shop. With the windows all papered over from the inside, so possibly not a shop right at that minute, but that would just mean you wouldn't know who your neighbours were. Plus, have you ever tried getting somewhere to stop smelling like a butchers shop? So I was like *raised eyebrow* at the estate agent, and they explained that the price? The in my price range price? Was for the flat and the shop, with tenant. At which point the place became both more interesting and much more likely to be woeful.

... I have seen a lot of houses. In my price range on the unthank? Has problems.

So we went inside... and the smell magically cut off when the door closed. It was... nice. Dark, but nice. And out the side there was an archway to a conservatory, which had the side windows papered but the roof merely dirty, so it was getting a bunch of sun. There was a table in there, suitable for half a dozen people to sit around playing RPGs. And in the dark shop part there was an old counter, with scars like for butchers knives, but behind it there were a few taps, like a pub. But it didn't smell like a pub either. It just smelled, like, nice and clean and with wooden furniture. That seldom happens. (Very. Seldom.)

I looked through the archway beside the counter, and behind it was a little corridor with doors at both ends to the outside, and across the corridor were a couple of little rooms, so back there was a kitchen and some storage. And the doors led to stairs, so getting to my place would mean going through the same door as the downstairs people, but it was just nice and white and cool back there, tiled floor but nothing nasty looking about it. I kept wondering what the catch was.

And then when I wandered back into the not-bar I saw Oz. Werewolf Oz. Who, in my dreams, was my ex from High School. And also didn't appreciate being called Oz, it was Michael now. And me recognising him made the pattern of who was tense and relaxed change across the half dozen people there, including the guy behind the counter, who I realised was wearing a really interesting hat which seemed maybe to have bumps underneath?

And long story short, I was being shown around a Fae bar, on the Unthank, in Norwich.

Which explained the price they were asking, I mean, they'd probably paid off the mortgage a hundred years ago, and keeping up with the latest market prices wouldn't seem that urgent.

So obviously I was going to try and buy the place, even without seeing the flat, and with the stairs, because wow was this the most interesting place I was likely to find.

... awake me would prioritise insisting on a good survey first. And checking it got deep cleaned. It's no bother to me what Fae were eating in there, I just don't want it squelching or stinking up the place after.

So after that there was a whole chased by bears sequence that honestly I could have lived without, but then there was the part where Fae were asked to vote on me becoming Fae, and only 36% voted to agree I could, so I figured that was All Done, but then only 36% voted for me to stay human, and the others either didn't care or wanted to see what would happen. So that added up to a vote to make me half? Fae? Which I hadn't thought was an option. But I'd be short lived but awesome, or long lived but pretty much human. And different people were, like, trying to influence things one way or the other, with offering me weird eats, or just with the kisses offering themselves. And I was not at all keen on the one guy, tall blonde and uptight, who wanted me upgraded so I'd be suitable for him. Because no? Not how it works? How about he tries to get me to like him first? He does not get to design me to order just because he's uncomfortable fancying someone my species. But I was pretty keen on Oz, whatever he was calling himself now, and he was way more relaxed about the whole thing. Like, he's a shapeshifter, even if I became a shifter I might be any kind of shifter, it's all cool by him. But it wasn't up to either of them, it was up to the designer.

Yes, Fae had a designer.

I'd spent a whole bunch of the dream complaining about the design flaws of various Fae, and how I'd like to give Ruper of Wales a piece of my mind, and then he was going to turn up and I'd get a chance to, but only if I wanted him to be really annoyed while he was designing me.

But then of course he turned out to be Giles, whose Fyarl form was pretty much his natural form, but he could usually switch more smoothly and not be locked in such a bad mood. His Int and Strength stats pretty much swapped when he shifted, so he usually found his squishier human self more versatile.

But he was like a genetic engineer, only for Fae, so they were using magic and had only recently become acquainted with the underlying principles at the base pair level, and had in fact found Fae genetics not explicable by existing human science, so they were quite excited. And he was going to be using his new upgraded understanding to design me.

So that... that's a setup with possibilities.

Like, I always dislike the vaguely aristo logic of the born-different settings, but if they're actually just really advanced genegineers, well, then it gets fun.

Plus the different courts would, like, court you, and try and persuade you to upgrade into the specific styles they'd find useful. And there'd be people thinking up new ways to combine old packages. And of course you could be the violet eyed shapeshifter faerie queen of your dreams, if you fancied... and live with the consequences.

So now I totally want to play with this one.

... also, I totally want that self funding flat on the unthank. That would be awesome. Especially with the no alcohol pub downstairs.


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Sunday, August 21st, 2016
6:15 pm
Sunday worked
We had a food, but mum can't eat anything from the cafe any more so that's less fun.

We did a shoppings, and I think I remembered the things I wanted.

And we went home and watched Avengers Assemble.

... I'm not really feeling it any more. I mean, I like the characters, and there's some great whoosh boom once they're actually fighting the bad guys, but the parts where they're fighting each other? Ugh. So tired of that. They keep doing that. Over and over and over. So many films, so many episodes, so many hero on hero fights. Writers need to be better than that.

... yeah, that's honestly all I have to say about Avengers any more. Let them fight bad guys and I might get back on board.

But aside from that, yaay Sunday.

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Saturday, August 20th, 2016
10:53 pm
The Flash
Have watched more of The Flash.

The problem is that Flash is darker than Supergirl, and Arrow is darker than Flash, and I like Supergirl, so it's just not wearing off that I keep noticing all the ways this is markedly inferior.

Also the whole concept that the Flash and Arrow have their own prisons? That... that makes them the villain. Right there. That is a line, and they cross it blithely and with confidence.

Granted the Arrow also shoots people, but the show at least has noticed that's a morally problematic act.

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Actually this just annoyed me enough I went and looked up some spoilers, and some stuff they will poke later, but ... ugh.

Also? Secret identities - ugh. But the thing is in this show the secret identity is only a secret from, like, one person. For some reason they're not telling the girl. Because she is special precious flower who must be protected? That's suck.

I'm having trouble playing along with the bits that are supposed to be fun because there's all these problems just lying around. It's annoying.

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7:40 pm
I know superheroes, as a genre, are basically ‘let’s solve problems with violence!’

But Batman as a fantasy of justice specifically works against his context: he’s in the most violent and corrupt version of America’s nightmares, fighting crime without a gun and with a specific commitment not to kill, and he isn’t interested in making money out of it.

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Friday, August 19th, 2016
8:09 pm
Now my arm hurts
which I guess makes sense
since in the last few days I have lifted, moved, opened, lifted, moved, and reshelved, a couple hundred books, both singly and in batches.



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4:35 pm
My books: The Final Count!
2032 books :-D

I have catalogued 2032 books :-D

And there is a very good chance that that is all the books :-D

... I mean, lets face it, it's never all the books
but it is all the boxes, all the bookcases, all the shelves
gone through at least once and put into LibraryThing.


... is there a way to back up LibraryThing?
... not that I'm paranoid, it's just the first time in my life the catalog is a near approximation of reality...

There's still all the magazines, the Analog, F&SF, Galaxy, IF, Asimov's and Venture
and those will go in the LibraryThing, probably, but I may have to type them all in manually, which was the case for far too many of the last couple of shelves and takes half way to forever. The idea of adding manually a whole bookcase of magazines, which are skinny and very numerous... oooooh, that's going to take a run up.

So for a while the number of books in the catalogue maybe might go down instead of up.
I mean, that seems fundamentally unnatural, but I've given away several feet of books by now, on account of them being actually rather boring.
Since everything is in the catalogue from now on if I decide anything else is boring the count might go down.

... but it's entirely possible for me to go to a book shop once a week if I feel like it, so let's face it, that number is unlikely to shrink much.

I am doing a happy dance
and I texted my mum
because this is a momentous occasion.

All! The! Books!

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3:36 pm
I thought I only had 7 books left to go
then I found 3 uncatalogued books
on a catalogued shelf

so now I don't even know

I'm just going to have to check every single book over again
*big sigh*

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Thursday, August 18th, 2016
6:38 pm
The Flash
Today I bought season 1 of the Flash, because it was in ASDA for reasonable moneys.
So far I have watched two episodes, and it's pretty okay.

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Hmmm, that actually covers quite a lot of stuff so far.

But it has ethnic diversity, and superpowers, and that's a nice start.

It is yet another show that makes me (a) notice how long it has been since last time I saw that guy (b) feel like past a certain point one does not get to be the protagonist and (c) feel old when I realise the young and theoretically attractive people are only seeming young to me.

... it's my birthday next week, I'm not keen on this whole time passing bit, it's a thing.

Also it's nice how Barry has that little speech to the guy that raised him about how doing all that work makes him kind of like his dad, but then that leaves him having romantic feelings for his kind of like a sister, and that part seems not cool to me. Seems like a weird setup.

I guess this is why I didn't watch this show before, I bounced off the not-quite.

But I have run out of Supergirl and this has costumes.

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2:57 pm
I did a shoppings
and threw things away at the recycle centre, which is Difficult.

I now own three more books, with £10 off because voucher,
and two new tabletop games.

That is all the games I'm buying until I actually acquire friends to play them with.
... it seems like a reasonable hope, so...

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Wednesday, August 17th, 2016
11:12 pm
Norwich Science Fiction Group
went to SF group, did a talking
pretty successful

there has been many weeks it is just the one other person lately
maybe needing to find more people?

but as long as I keep watching and reading new things then I'll have new things to say every couple of weeks, so that should work out...

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6:24 pm
How do you even find a new people to follow these days?
... the pervasive feeling all the people gone away aside.

I tried finding stuff on tumblr and it's like epic no use.

But I watched Supergirl and now want to find people who will also squee about my happy place
but it turns out to be difficult.

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5:15 pm
Big Finish Audio: Doctor Who: The Entropy Plague
Pretty good story, told in a pretty rubbish way.
It was told in flashback with a framing story. It was like the whole story flinched and it got told in the most distant possible way. It's difficult to have a feels about it when it's both trying not to have them and detailing at some length exactly which variety of sentiments one should have by the end, in voiceover, as a letter to someone who will never get it (awwww)(:eyeroll:).

On the other hand, these three stories together are all about trade offs, sacrifice, saving the many by losing the few. They poke at it a lot, which ways are heroic and voluntary and which are, well, stupid, and which are actually evil. It's an interesting theme set with a theoretically good conclusion, it's just told really poorly this one time.

My face is mostly puzzled face right now, because why did they do that the rubbish way?

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Tuesday, August 16th, 2016
7:58 pm
Doctor Who audios
Listened to two today

Mistfall I didn't find very interesting, but I was concentrating on LibraryThing and accidentally replayed 8 minutes of it because I couldn't find the more precise controls for the CD player, which obviously would impact my feelings about the pace rather. Even so it seemed like an average adventure, so it's doing okay.

I liked Equilibrium better. It's about a society in a closed system, where the arrival of 4 new travellers must lead to 4 deaths. But being Doctor Who the Doctor just rejects the premise, and gets away with it eventually. Which seems a bit like ducking the answer. I mean, they're on an ice place where the food is really skimpy, they'd be run right up against the limits of their resources at some point. Making the solution just pressing some buttons seems like ducking. But they could live at a much higher tech level and make better use of resources and have more people survive, so it's not cheating. And I liked the characters and how they were cold and sympathetic by turns. Also Nyssa had her moment of connection to the story and themes and stuff, and the Doctor had a moment of self doubt, and those are nice character moments. I gave it 4/5 stars.

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5:51 pm
1995 books :-)

I added 50 books while listening to Doctor Who.

Now there's only two shelf lengths left of books, so less than 100, I think :-)

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12:46 pm
This morning started kind of poorly, with a nightmare where Superman got shot Read more...Collapse )

So once I woke up I had to write that in my head until things were much better than that. Like, clearly Kryptonians have healing nanotech, Clark would be fine, obviously, he's always fine. But that was really upsetting.

So then my day started late, which wasn't cool.

but I'm up, I'm clean, I'm dressed, I started Cleaner Day appropriately, and I remembered to clean out the fridge and put all the new cutlery in the dishwasher before I started it. So that's working.

It's weirdly annoying having nightmare feelings hangover. Like, I know full well it's all imaginary stuff that isn't even wrong, but feelings just had a really bad thing happen in front of them and are kind of ... like bad smell, trying to stick around.

Last night I went looking for Supergirl fanfic, but found despite an actual strong presence of f/f that none of it is my happy place. I haven't figured what my happy place would be.

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Mostly I'm just having a feelings and some of them are not nice
but I liked Supergirl so there's nice feelings around as well
so that's nice.

Cleaner is here, I can stop rambling and go do something useful.

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Monday, August 15th, 2016
9:19 pm
Yaay Supergirl!
I need some Supergirl icons :-)

I finished watching Supergirl season 1 :-)

... wait, I finished watching :-(

But, Supergirl!

*happy eee noises*

See, I know it's not perfect, but I really like the stuff it does well, so it is a happy place, and all about hope and love and stronger together :-)

Also sometimes there's a moment where they're either going to do a really bad thing or a really good one, and they choose the good one! :-)

... yes, that was indeed the ! of happy surprise. I have watched so many thing that did not acknowledge the plausible possibility of the good ones. So many.

So Supergirl is a happy place and I am all *happy eee*

Except for the thing where I have finished it and must now wait for any more.

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So the series before this one that I watched through was Lost Girl, so now I'm imagining a show with as many women as Supergirl and as much bi kissing as Lost Girl.

... I may imagine that at some length, later.

... *blinks*

But I'm still just *happy eee* about Supergirl.

The only thing I noticed though is I keep reading everyone as so young except for, like, Cat and Eliza and Alex. ... I may be possibly a lot <3 about Alex. Which is weirdly awkward if I think about it too hard because I have longstanding appreciation of both of her character's parents actors / other characters, so that's, like... *blinks* *a lot*

... like, basically, it is making me think about my age, in the weeks running up to my birthday.

... aaaaand I just paused to blink a lot and look up a lot of ages.

But! Basically! Everyone is pretty and their characters are nice and I like everyone and this is such a fun playground and *happy bouncing yaays*


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