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Title: dreaming, but not sleeping

Series: Neil Gaiman's The Sandman, Inception
Character/Pairing: Dominic Cobb, Death, Dream, Daniel Hall
Genre: General
Rating: PG-R
Spoilers/Warnings: Spoilers for The Kindly Ones, warnings for character death and assisted suicide.
Wordcount: 1112
Summary:Dominic Cobb is old and dying. He slips into one last dream before he stops breathing - but his death is not the last of his dreaming.

Read at either forever_verdant or AO3.
grassangel: (ehh what)

31 fandoms that are, somehow, in my head, linked to each other.

To read:

- Fandoms with white inner rings are central fandoms in any of the other maps.
- Any fandom overlapping or residing another fandom operate by the same/similar rules or have thematic links.
- Striped backgrounds are purely for decoration. Outlined fandom names are for readability.
- A few fandoms appear twice. This is due to limits of space being what they are/the proximity of other fandoms connecting them to their other related fandoms would've required the bending of space/overlapping fandoms which they shouldn't.
-  Sandman and His Dark Materials, as well as a handful of other fandoms not represented, should in theory be all encompassing. I have not done this as it would give me a headache.

This is subject to change, as fandoms will be added and shifted, but it is nice to have a nice set of images to refer people to.

grassangel: (semi-serious icon)

Reading the five-minute submission page on the MMP review submissions always makes me terribly anxious because there are people asking for ridiculous thresholds (10 percent!) and that the only representation that should be in Parliament is electorate. It's all overrun by (apparent) FPP supporters, with a smattering of balanced viewpoints and few that support more diversity in Parliament.
The full submission page is slightly better though. 

There is a horrible amount of people espousing that the threshold should be raised to 7.5% or even 10% to "keep minority parties holding all the power" and that a strong government needs decisive power not hampered by the opinions of smaller parties in order to act in the best interests of New Zealand.
No, no, no, no, no. I hate when John Key says he acts 'on behalf of the country' because 'New Zealand voted for him' whenever he makes a decision, as, in last year's election, the National party got 47% of the vote. 47% of half of the voting population voted for National. Only ~25% of the voting public actually elected him to act for New Zealand. Sure, one million people is a heck of a lot of people, but there are three million who didn't. No matter how you try to spin it three million is still vastly more than one million.
And yet that three million are the ~minority~.

No. As Voltaire, someone from the Bible and Spiderman said: With great power comes great responsibility.
And the responsibility of a representative, democratic government is to represent its people and to listen to them. Not swan off and do their own thing once the keys are handed to them.

Everyone is entitled to representation. You have yours, now let me have mine. )

So the amount of responses that do advocate a higher threshold and less list MPs is rather alarming for me. )

And now to decide if I want to badger the Greens party about their stance on other non-heterosexual, non-monogamous identities, and if 'potential parents' applies to everyone capable of having children in any capacity being allowed access to birth control. There is a policy point about infertility on their population policy, but nothing about reproductive health on the Women's policy page. Which really should be cross-referenced with the Health policy page.
Now it's really bothering me they don't have a statement along the lines of "endorsing the World Health Organisation's statement that a women has a right to safe and legal abortion". Really bothering me. Even if it is a case of "Please update your policy pages!".

grassangel: (Yuuko)

...and now ship Vili, Vé, Odin and Frigg all together in one happy brothers & wife family.

Although considering the context I'm basing this on is in Loki's rap battle against the other gods, who is not the most reliable of narrators, the canon's pretty shaky.

But Norse mythology and prose is the best ever. If only for the fabulous verses like these:

Contains such great lines as 'My mighty hammer, Mjöllnir, shall stop thy prating.' )

And then I'm also reading about Homosexuality in Viking Scandinavia, realising that the description of Hel being "half black and half flesh-coloured," could just mean she's dark skinned as the Vikings were trading with the Middle East, and that there were ravens? (ornithology is not a strong point of mine) flapping around in the Avenger's movie when Thor chewed out Loki.
I like Hel as a goddess. She's the most 'normal' out of Loki's kids by Angrboda and gets the cushy job of presiding over all those who died of old age or outside of battle, rather than being chained up or made to encircle the world. Then there's the fact that Queens of the underworld are always cool and willing to let people live again if you can melt their hearts. (See Persephone)

Mini link dumpery relating to Norse myth and the Marvel adaptation and the Avengers movie )

I kind of love that it's so easy for me to slip back into Norse mythology geek mode. Now I'm going to go see what fabulous crossovers I can manage to find...
grassangel: (yeah...)

No advertising for the second series of Sherlock? I almost missed it if it weren't for my friend and her mother. And I really hope you don't have the US cut. 

And Avengers blather, because I can't be bothered opening another tab to ramble. )

Read more... )
grassangel: (a teacup filled with flowers)
Title: Unique

Series: Original
Genre: Speculative fiction, second person
Rating: G
Theme/Prompt: This picture
Wordcount: 121

a fairy running, late for their bus; a knight clanks down the street with a laptop bag slung over their chestplate )
grassangel: (I choose you!)

Filling out the New Zealand election review submission form like it's an exam. Because I'm awkward like that and with questions phrased like "Should the 5% threshold be kept or changed? Why? If you recommend change, what should it be and why?" it's really hard not to. Although some questions are poorly worded, such as "Is this a problem, and what should be done to fix it?", as that invites people who don't think it's a problem to not even answer and thus makes it a question where there would be informal opinions/votes.

I love democracy though. It allows me to do such a thing as tell the electoral comission that I'd really like a lower threshold and that publicly alterable party lists would be rather nice. 

Even if almost all the names on both the five-minute and full submissions pages seem to be men. :/

And yes, I'm not dead. Mostly because I am in an ongoing battle to clear my Chrome tabs out, and I log into LJ on Sleipnir. Also, all the fandom noise seems to have moved elsewhere/Tumblr, which makes me sad. Because Tumblr definitely has pretty, but it's so... noisy.
There is a link post burgeoning with links in the works though and several well overdue media-response posts. 

But in the meantime, if you are a New Zealand person, go say something in the MMP review. Also, my tumblr is csgcreative. Note that I will only follow you if you reblog/post interesting things, so uh... yes. Please tell me if you have a tumblr anyway!

grassangel: (shut up - I'm reading)
Title: A Scientific Proposal

Series: Portal
Character/Pairing: Cave Johnson/Caroline
Genre: Romance, speculative
Rating: PG
Spoilers/Warnings: The backstory of Aperture Science, Portal 2; implied historical sexism
Wordcount: 531
Summary: Cave Johnson pauses between tests to ask Caroline something. She thinks he's gotten into one of the more psychotropic substances they've been testing.

Read either at forever_verdant or AO3
grassangel: (black&white)

So, as I have been reading far too much X-men fanfiction recently and I don’t follow X-men at all outside of the movies (of which I’ve only seen three, First Class included) and the second animated series I decided to look at Wikipedia to inform me. Also, I wanted to check whether the fact Nightcrawler’s hair is grounds for a Sandman crossover. (X-men is Marvel, Sandman is DC so er… in-universe is out, BUT IT’S SO CURLY and exactly like Desire’s hair and now I want to read something that involves the two of them.)
Which lead to me looking at Magneto’s timeline and… holy crap. I don’t think I’ve got enough suspension of belief for the comic canon. I’ll just stick to movie/cartoon canon and fanon. It’s er… kind of more believable. Though the House of M storyline does seem kind of cool. Also, Magneto has a case of twins in the family tree. Both his kids and his grandkids have pairs of twins in them. His grandkids seem the coolest out of the lot though, with a fan favourite – Wiccan – and the cutie Luna (whose mother is called Polaris and eee, geeky celestial name love!) being two of them. It almost makes me sad that in my headcanon (which is pretty much hybrid genetics) that they wouldn’t have children. Although… yeah, if there are great-grandkids in a storyline the story’s been going on far too long. Especially if the great-grandparents are still alive. And er… comics shouldn’t HAVE complex family trees.

And I found out more stuff about Magneto, including how Ian McKellen ALSO wishes that Magneto and Professor X got together )

I then talk about Moira, beards, history and how I REALLY want a crossover featuring Canton the III )

Followed by Raven, yet more rambling about how horrible comic book family trees are as well as more wishing for a Doctor Who crossover. )

Suddenly a distraction! Or a demon named Azazel who has a kid in New Zealand and is played by an actor who did a remake of a British sci-fi pioneer and worked with David Tennant, thus proving that every English actor ever has worked with every other English actor. )

Also, Mark Gatiss is awesome. And there should be a Doctor Who and Haruhi Suzumiya crossover of a kind. )

And that pretty much sums up my exciting adventure through Wikipedia. If you find such things as interesting. I know I found it interesting, even though I went on tangents galore and isn’t it such a pretty thing to see how my mind works.
//shutting up now

But wait, there's footnotes! )

grassangel: (reading)
So… I’m reading this series mostly because it had an entry on the Incompatible Sexuality page on TVTropes which convinced me. And because I knew [ profile] shadowsinfire had copies, so I knew I had access to it. Also, she likes them and kept rambling on about them at me and so that plus the TVTropes entry made me read them.
But this post has still been a long time coming…

Anyway, Inda.
I did have a whole bunch of bookmarks in the book, but then an opportune time came for me to return it before I got to write this. But most of them were mostly squee type stuff, so you probably aren’t missing out on much. Even if they were important, they generally fell under the following points.

There are pointy things following. )

And now… The Fox, which took far longer to read, because I did that abominable thing where I skip ahead and then have to forget about most of it before I read through it solid. That and during my skimming ahead, all that I saw was boring pirate ship sequences. And that all the interesting bits were all short and didn’t contribute much to the overall plot except to placefill as “this is what happened to these characters in these seven months”.
Aside from all that though, I kind of liked it more than Inda, mostly because the timelines made sense and there were cases where you were actually told how long had passed rather than just guessing at times. (No, there really was a line which went along the lines of “And seven months passed” which I was SO grateful to see.)

General things of interest that were the exciting and/or interesting bits: the coup resulting in Evered ascending to the throne, pretty much any scene with Hadand, Fox's epic burn and escape rescue thing, Tdor and Evered being mopey over Inda, the plot to help Evered survive his brother and Uncle and Tau and Jeje being awesome.
Things that were interesting but were a little boring at the same time: the Dag conspiracy, the Venn political conspiracy-ings, Ramis and Tau’s politicking.

I have bookmarks, a lot of them. Let me go through them all. Some are reiterations of the points above. )

grassangel: (team tardis)

Or what I thought of the last three episodes in the first part of Doctor Who’s season six. Yes I am a week late and I have perfectly good reasons for being so.

The Rebel Flesh and The Almost People were a bit… less interesting. Exciting sure, especially seing Matt Smith act with himself, but for the most part Issac Asimov’s Clone of My Own filk was running through my head. And yes, I was wondering why the obvious solution wasn’t being explored. (Hint: It’s referenced in that song. Yes, I am a little hedonistic.)
However, it was nice seeing what circumstances prompted a theory about the Doctor's death at the start of the series )

A Good Man Goes to War however, was much more satisfying. )

As to reason why I'm late? Well, there's that Red Nose Day special which distracted me for a bit and there's a Inda/The Fox post being written and a VERY long chronicle about an adventure I had browsing Wikipedia one night. I may or may not also be trying to finish some fic off. Anyone want to beta for me?

My tweets

Jul. 7th, 2011 12:15 pm
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My tweets

Jul. 6th, 2011 12:15 pm
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  • Tue, 21:39: It endlessly amuses me that Oamaru is apparently the steampunk capital of the world. I thought the title belonged to Seattle...

My tweets

Jul. 5th, 2011 12:15 pm
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  • Mon, 15:31: RT @DavidBrin1: The sacred sentence of science: "I might be wrong: let's find out."
  • Mon, 16:53: Oooh! Some collated research!
  • Mon, 22:17: #ebz The Sterveling Cat! The Sterveling Cat! What does it think of that extraordinary hat?
  • Tue, 02:13: ... the codes for Doctor Who season 6 are all muddled up! Well, muddled up if you view them in broadcast order.
  • Tue, 02:14: Two words spring to mind when I see this: Haruhi Suzimiya. (Which is an anime, which broadcast its episodes out of sequential order.)
  • Tue, 02:16: Or it may simply mean that a couple of episodes got swapped around due to various reasons. I like the idea of it being on purpose though.
  • Tue, 02:17: IT'S PROPERLY TIMEYWIMEY. Also, I am always slightly saddened that we always see the adventures in order from the Doctor's perspective.
  • Tue, 02:19: Wouldn't it be more awesome to see his adventures in a disjointed from-a-person-taking-the-slow-path way?
  • Tue, 02:20: There could be references to past adventures we haven't seen yet but then, a couple of episodes later, context would appear!
  • Tue, 02:22: Also, @maxgay, you were right about it starting up again in September. :)
Read more... )

My tweets

Jul. 2nd, 2011 12:15 pm
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My tweets

Jun. 30th, 2011 12:15 pm
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  • Wed, 22:53: I now have a Bengal Tigress. I am happy. I now also have only a few pennies to my name, but I have a Tigeress! #ebz
  • Wed, 23:50: Reading arguments about theism or atheism always inspires me to rage. And make me want to refer to myself as "Scientist" because science is-
  • Wed, 23:50: -pretty and "Doctorist" (after the Doctor, duh) doesn't sound quite as amusing.
  • Wed, 23:51: It's the same with wanting to refer to myself as homosexual, because I'm attracted to homo sapiens (sapiens, if you want to get technical).
  • Wed, 23:53: ... Maybe I should just define myself as "puny" because I like amusing puns like those.
  • Thu, 00:00: And sometimes I think that atheists believe in atheism, just like Christians believe in Christ and God.
  • Thu, 00:02: Blech, I even hate having to capitalise God in that, and this, sentence because I kind of like adhering to the rules of grammar.
  • Thu, 00:04: And since god to me is not a proper noun, and titles need a second name/a particle to really work, the capitalisation bothers me.
  • Thu, 00:05: Unless I'm being polite of course. But only then will I break all the rules of grammar for someone. Either that or it's a dog's name.
  • Thu, 00:11: Clarification: If I do capitalise 'god' it's either because I'm being polite, or because it's the actual name of someone or something.
Read more... )
grassangel: (thoughtful)
In response to this:

Every mid-year cinematic season feels like it's filled with comic book adaptations. And are mostly superhero ones at that, which is generally why I don't watch them. Thor is really the only one I was curious this time around in seeing that I hadn't already seen others of. Mostly because eeee! Norse Mythology! Also, Australian actor who vaguely kinda looks like this Wellingtonian cosplayer and thus makes me do a double take. But eeee! Norse Mythology! Even if people do confuse Thor for Odin more times than I can count... (And a friend will probably force me to watch Iron Man at some point. But that showed ages ago and thus doesn't count for this mid-year season.)

Anyway, that list is nice though. There's interesting back story and graphic novels and plain old interesting characters. (I would've liked to have seen more graphic novels personally, but that's mostly because I don't read many regular comics outside of webcomics.)

I do vaguely wish that the list composer hadn't dismissed manga and anime out of hand. )

I still want a 3D animated Pokemon film though. )
grassangel: (yeah...)
So a week ago I watched the new X-men movie.
Which is supposedly bad if you follow the comics at all, but I've only really seen the first and third movies and a sizeable chunk of the animated series in 2005. So to me as a person not too invested in the series, it was fairly shiny and explody but not BAD even though there wasn't quite enough focus on the parts I wanted.

I still tightened my slash goggles though, you know, just in case it was bad as people had been screaming on the internet and I needed some hilarity.

As a result, I kinda ship Darwin/Havoc and of course Erik/Xavier. The latter of which had a similar amount of subtext supertext the level of the Doctor/the Master.
I assume you don't want a whole lot of rambling about their subtext clogging your flists. And me going on about other stuff in the movie too. )

Go into a movie expecting it to be crap and with your slash goggles strapped on very firmly and a movie will be HILARIOUS. Even when it isn't bad and actually kind of fun because you don't care too much about the canon anyway.
grassangel: (team tardis)
Whoo! My bi-yearly icon change around. I still need a few more I think. Something slashy, switch around the Pokemon one, another cute thing and maybe either something shiny and sciency.

ANYWAY. The episode.

Which had gloriously Neil Gaiman-y music even. )

Things that I am glad for from this episode. )

As a consequence of the TARDIS being put into a human, I now kind of ship... well, what I said in the title. Also, my hair can do crazy. We all know what that means. )

Tangentally, if I were to have a ride in the TARDIS... )

The unrelated bits at the end:
I keep hearing dubstep in TV programs. This is somewhat disconcerting, as it's a very NOT mainstream kind of genre. Except it kind of is, but not... it's somewhere between popular and obscure and bits of it float through and those floating through bits mystify me. Especially because they're original bits of dubstep, not dubstep mixes of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory songs or the lines the turrets say or Nyancat.

There should be a "I Want You Gone" and a "The Humans are Dead" mashup. I keep listening to the former and partway through singing "Binary solo! Zero zero one." during an instrumental bit.
grassangel: (DouWataHima)
It was mostly disappointing. Mostly because I had spoiled myself more than a little, but also because it just couldn't compare to the fast paced action and mystery of the first two episodes.
It also doesn't quite compare to the PotC movie. Which has more awesome mermaids, although Spoilers, maybe. But probably not though I feel obliged to anyway. )


Why isn't LJ auto-posting my tweets? I don't want to back these up by hand AGAIN.

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