You are viewing kaffyr

Dept. of Friending Meme

Vermeer Girl
Well, this is a first ....


  { visit my post } { visit the thread }

I decided I would try this. I don't believe I've ever done this before, because I have lots of lovely LJ friends and many here at/over at Dreamwidth. But it couldn't hurt, she said with admirable disregard for Murphy-ish reality. 

Maybe I'll see you there; I intend ti go through a lot of the posts over there.

Communication! What a concept; it's a gas!

This entry was originally posted at http://kaffyr.dreamwidth.org/316637.html?mode=reply, where there are currently comment count unavailable comments. You can comment there or here; I watch both.

Dept. of Birthdays

Fezzes are cool
 Happy Birthday!

Many happy returns of the day to 
[personal profile] janie_aire , who writes some thoughtful, beautiful commentaries and meta about Doctor Who; I'm very glad I have had the chance to "meet" you through those wonderful words, and I hope, selfishly, to read more  of them in the coming year! This entry was originally posted at http://kaffyr.dreamwidth.org/316348.html?mode=reply, where there are currently comment count unavailable comments. You can comment there or here; I watch both.

Dept. of Who Review

Mel's on Fire
I Saw It And It Was Good

I saw Deep Breath on Saturday night, and I thought that it was good. I saw it again tonight, and I liked it even better. I got a better feel for why Clara acted as she did (and the true and quite logical reason was right in front of me, and had nothing to do with her being young and shallow) and I saw once again that Moffat has tweaked us yet again: this Doctor is as tuned in to humans and as tied to them as ever his younger selves were. Silly of me to have thought that would be different and glad I am that I was mistaken.

This is a very good Doctor.

I don't, however, have any more brain to talk about it. I got up early and traveled 45 miles each way to an absolutely wonderful wedding at the Bristol Renaissance Faire, wandered around in the heat after the wedding, drove back, then cleaned up and set up an evening of light munchies for the folks who came to watch Deep Breath with us, and I have to get up early tomorrow to give testimony to an attorney, and it's deadline day, and I'm covered in dried sweat and ... well, I'm not at my best right now.

More, tomorrow?

Oh, and ...





If you haven't seen it yet, SPOILERY, sort of. BewareCollapse ) This entry was originally posted at http://kaffyr.dreamwidth.org/316077.html?mode=reply, where there are currently comment count unavailable comments. You can comment there or here; I watch both.

Dept, of Whooooooooooeeeeeoooooo

TARDIS at Giverny
Only a Few More Hours

At last it's only a few more hours for us; I'm rushing around trying to make the place a little neater, and dashing off for jammie dodgers and such (hush; I know they were Eleventy's, and I have no idea whether the Twelfth Doctor will like them at all, but still ... traditions!)

Two more S07 episodes rewatchedCollapse )
All of this means that if I can get one or two more episodes in before we have the premier of S08, I'll be lucky. But that's OK; I can watch the others later. I'll focus on meeting a new Doctor at this point. Yes. I'm rather excited.

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee ....

This entry was originally posted at http://kaffyr.dreamwidth.org/315769.html?mode=reply, where there are currently comment count unavailable comments. You can comment there or here; I watch both.

Dept.of Birthday Wishes

Rose smiles
A Very Quick Happy Birthday ...

... to larielromeniel, who is not around much these days, but whose DW fic was funny, heartfelt, and high quality - her work welcomed me into the online fannish fanfic community, and it is something for which I shall always be grateful. I also salute her for her love of libraries, and for her wry wit. Wherever you are, have an excellent day!

This entry was originally posted at http://kaffyr.dreamwidth.org/315616.html?mode=reply, where there are currently comment count unavailable comments. You can comment there or here; I watch both.

Dept. of Short Notices

Laputa land
I Am Tired and Going to Bed

But I feel obligated to point out that I learned a new word, of which I think I shall become irrationally fond: singultus (thank you, dictionary.com!) It is the Latin word for hiccups, and I must find a way to use it as often as possible.

I did watch The Bells of St. John tonight, with BB, FB and Emily, but I'm really too knackered to comment intelligently on it. Also, I managed to jam my own eyeglasses into my left eye, and it is somewhat the worse for wear. Perhaps tomorrow?




This entry was originally posted at http://kaffyr.dreamwidth.org/315029.html?mode=reply, where there are currently comment count unavailable comments. You can comment there or here; I watch both.

Dept. of Life Changes

Alak and Stahma
Sons and Re-Runs

Family stuff about, yes, a sonCollapse )

In other news: A Town Called Mercy was several degrees better than I recall it having been when I first saw it. Somehow the moral arguments seemed less obvious and forced than I thought they were the first time I saw it. The Kahlar doctor was, again, a strong point in the story, with a valid, if awful, point of view. The Gunslinger could still have benefited from being more of a character and less of a plot point, but, all in all, yeah, definitely a B. That's better than the grade I gave it the first time I watched it.

The Power of Three had an initially clever and ultimately risible central conceit, but all the messages and themes that provided its superstructure - time and patience and how humans learn from, grow because of, and are affected by both, and the the intersection of excitement and mundane life as mirrored in the damned cubes - all of that was wonderful. As were Kate Stewart, Rory and Amy. So was Brian, although I wish they'd not made him quite so much of a pleasant-to-laugh-at-as-well-as-love caricature. The final scene still pisses me off, because the writer didn't take the slight extra effort to needed, as the writer, to either get the helpless human victims off the spaceship or, at the least, have the Doctor express at least notice that, while he saved millions of heart attack victims on Earth, he couldn't save the original victims. A little irk, but mine own.

Won't watch The Angels Take Manhattan because I only have one heart, and getting it broken again is not what I want so soon before S08. So it's on to The Bells of Saint John tomorrow night.

This entry was originally posted at http://kaffyr.dreamwidth.org/314653.html?mode=reply, where there are currently comment count unavailable comments. You can comment there or here; I watch both.

Dept. of Who Review

It's called marriage
Because I'm Always Late to the Party

Everyone else has already long been embarked on their particular rewatches, but I've only decided in the last day or so that I wanted to try one of my own. I decided (with less than a week to go) that I'd at least rewatch S07, and started that late tonight with Asylum of the Daleks.

Boy, when you can have some interesting ideas, (Daleks of which even other Daleks are frightened), and some downright fascinating ideas (dead people who remain human, live people who aren't, the nature of humanity and the lack of it, and when and how that lack appears and disappears), and do as little with them as this episode did, you're really, really doing it wrong. Moff, I love you, but this one was saved by the actors, who sold even the most horrible scenes. I really got more out of Oswin this time, and she felt real to me in a way that she never did the first time, so I will add that to the plus side of the ledger. And once again, the reason that Moffat gave for Amy deciding she needed to "free" Rory are deeply problematic for me from a Doylist perspective, and pretty risible from a Watsonian perspective as well. Still, the ideas, and the solid acting gave it at least a C. Well, maybe a C-.

I decided to skip Dinosaurs on a Spaceship, because it's the one episode in S07 I've seen more than once (thrice, I believe.) I really, really like it, but all the dinosaurs and the fate of the Silurians make me deeply sad, and besides, I'm uncomfortable with liking a Chibnall episode. Well, no, that one's more or less a joke. More or less.

So tomorrow night, after the meeting I have to cover, I'll watch A Town Called Mercy, then gird my loins for The Power of Three.




This entry was originally posted at http://kaffyr.dreamwidth.org/314610.html?mode=reply, where there are currently comment count unavailable comments. You can comment there or here; I watch both.

Dept. of Good Damn Advice

Gaeta
With a Hat Tip to [personal profile] supergee ...

... who pointed out this excellent and rightly angry piece by Mia McKenzie, talking about what you shouldn't get distracted by when a black teenager is murdered. Damn. Why does this even have to be written? And why do we - and I include me in the sorry list - have to be reminded?








This entry was originally posted at http://kaffyr.dreamwidth.org/313957.html?mode=reply, where there are currently comment count unavailable comments. You can comment there or here; I watch both.
Stocking OT3
Title: Hearts and Moons Recall the Truth
Author: [personal profile] kaffyr 
Chapter: Twenty-three
Previous Chapter: Twenty-two
Characters: Rose Tyler/Jack Harkness/The Ninth Doctor
Rating: PG-13
Summary: A cold and beautiful world, a market, a bolt of silk, and three people walking through the doors of their memories into their future.
Edited by: My irreplaceable Best Beloved, [personal profile] buckaroobob , aka dr_whuh, and given a necessary read through by the wonderful [personal profile] a_phoenixdragon .
Author's Note: In which a necessary accomplice reaches a fork in the road, and the road now leads to our team as it rebuilds.
Disclaimer: As much as I wish it were otherwise, No Whoniverse characters are mine. They belong solely to the BBC and their respective creators. I do, however, love them, and thank the BBC for letting me play in its sandbox.
_______________________________________


There were two ways to goCollapse )
This entry was originally posted at http://kaffyr.dreamwidth.org/313635.html?mode=reply, where there are currently comment count unavailable comments. You can comment there or here; I watch both.

Dept. of Birthdays

Donna Three
Wow - Another Birthday!

Happy birthday,nate_bucklin! May the coming year be free from pain, stress and at least some sorrow, and may you have good friends, music and peace. I'm glad I know you.

This entry was originally posted at http://kaffyr.dreamwidth.org/313584.html?mode=reply, where there are currently comment count unavailable comments. You can comment there or here; I watch both.

Dept. of I Hate Zeno

Brit Baby Bugger
Two paragraphs. Maybe three. Gah.

Yup. That close to the end of the paragraph. And yes, I'm still trying for more than one or two chapters per year. And it's so close, so close. But I have to go to bed. It's the right thing to do. No. Really.

I do not write correctly, people. Do not ever, ever write like me.




This entry was originally posted at http://kaffyr.dreamwidth.org/313235.html?mode=reply, where there are currently comment count unavailable comments. You can comment there or here; I watch both.

Dept. of Birthdays

TARDIS at Giverny
Happy Birthdays are Happy

Many, many happy returns of the day to [personal profile] sahiya . I trust that friends and family are celebrating your birthday with you, that everyone else is doing the cooking and providing you with excellent birthday libations as well. May this year be an extra special one for you; may you avoid the landmines and frustrations of academic life, may you travel to places you want to see, may you have plenty of time to unwind and enjoy fannish things and friends,(and continue writing your wonderful fic) and here's to another year of seeing you around These Here Intarwebz!

I'm also taking a slightly belated moment to send birthday wishes to hawkmoth, an excellent and talented fan, one who I've recently had the pleasure of meeting. Her natal anniversary was Aug. 9 (so you share it with my BB, an excellent birthday buddy!)  Here's hoping the coming year brings you loads of fannish things to appreciate, happy times with your family, and continued success in your writing!
This entry was originally posted at http://kaffyr.dreamwidth.org/312896.html?mode=reply, where there are currently comment count unavailable comments. You can comment there or here; I watch both.

Dept. of Beautiful

Iblard Jikan, she floats
The One I Love

Today is my Best Beloved's birthday. He is wonderful. He is kind and loving, he is intelligent, inventive, creative, careful, and unrelenting when there's a problem to be solved.

His sense of humor is frightening, alluring, off-putting, wondrous, sophisticated, sophomoric, and sideways. If people get his humor, I know we will be friends.

He is one of the most intelligent men I've ever had the pleasure of knowing. He re-reads Godel Escher Bach regularly; he re-reads Cordwainer Smith once a year or so. Both of those things he does because he finds something new in the books every time he does it.He forces me to think hard when we're debating, and he likes exercising his own mind when we get into conversations.

He is musical. He introduced me to jazz and taught me that there is no musical genre that does not have music worth listening to and treasuring. When I think of him, I always think of music.

He is handsome, knows how to fill out a suit most impressively, still looks good in a tee and jeans, and is the only man I know who looks good even in a beard.

He is unbelievably strong, even though I don't think he believes he is; he's weathered ailments, heartbreak, bad craziness, the unknown and the terrifyingly known, and come out on the other side.

There is no one on this earth to who I am as happy to wish a happy birthday. Happy birthday, [personal profile] buckaroobob ; happy birthday, dr_whuh!

Happy, happy birthday, my beloved BB.


This entry was originally posted at http://kaffyr.dreamwidth.org/312591.html?mode=reply, where there are currently comment count unavailable comments. You can comment there or here; I watch both.

Dept. of Defiance!

yewlyay
So ... Defiance

This morning, I was going through my Twitter feed, as one does (and believe me, the idea today that I have a Twitter feed, and that I've been on it for almost precisely one year, is simultaneously amusing and horrifying), and I ran across a tweet that referenced a podcast from ... Slate? Yeah, I think it was Slate. And in the summary for the podcast was a comment that one of the podcasting bloggers wanted to talk about Defiance. And she mentioned her belief that, with the second season of Defiance, she was now watching a show of as high a quality as Battlestar Galactica.

As of tonight, having watched last week's Defiance, I'm thinking ... almost.

It's not there yet. It's got a football field's worth of way to go yet, as a matter of fact.

But.

But.

Damn me if it isn't getting there, surprisingly fast.

Also? Can I be the founding member of two new clubs? The Doc Yewl fan club, and the Datak and Rafe Road Show Appreciation Society? I can? Eeeexcellent.



This entry was originally posted at http://kaffyr.dreamwidth.org/312345.html?mode=reply, where there are currently comment count unavailable comments. You can comment there or here; I watch both.

Department of Nataldalia

Rose smiles
Many Happy Returns of the Day!

First, to shanna_s, who celebrated on Aug. 6; may this year have wonderful opportunities to sing, very few disruptive children in choir practice, no aches and pains, well organized work days, filled with both creativity and productivity, and some great trips as well.

Second, to someone who hasn't been around for a while, but who was a definitely pleasure to know, and would be great fun to see again, [personal profile] the_arc5 , with whom I've shared fandom love, and whose thoughts about fandom I've been impressed by more than once. Wherever you are, may your day today be wonderful, and your year be fantastic!

This entry was originally posted at http://kaffyr.dreamwidth.org/312081.html?mode=reply, where there are currently comment count unavailable comments. You can comment there or here; I watch both.

Dept. of Delight

Kiki laughs
Hey, [personal profile] lost_spook !

Guess whose son watched the first half of Assignment One on YouTube while visiting us tonight?

Guess whose son was rapt, and terrified, and enthralled, and immediately hooked on Sapphire and Steel?

*fist pump*





This entry was originally posted at http://kaffyr.dreamwidth.org/311924.html?mode=reply, where there are currently comment count unavailable comments. You can comment there or here; I watch both.

Dept. of Nostalgia

Adorable dalek
I Am In Mourning. Sort Of.

My lava lamp has died.

I'm not kidding, you guys.


No, really. It was better than soporifics or tranks to chill me out. BB says he's going to check to see if it's just a dead bulb. If it is, he'll find another one. If the whole thing is dead, he says he's going to get me another one. I love that man of man.



This entry was originally posted at http://kaffyr.dreamwidth.org/311694.html?mode=reply, where there are currently comment count unavailable comments. You can comment there or here; I watch both.

Dept. of Tuesday

Good Day for Writing
Work, Workity, Work

What I really want to do is fool around on DW/LJ and finish Chapter 23 of Hearts and Moons, because it's finally, finally coming together.

Or perhaps start re-reading the epic ASOIAF fanfic "The North Remembers" by Silverblood. It's the best long-form fanfic I can remember reading, and I greeted every new AO3 alert of a new chapter with glee I normally reserve for Christmas presents. The writer did an incredible job in more than 600,000 words and 113 chapters, completed over two-plus years, of finishing the story GRRM has not yet finished. When I consider that she did it without an editor, whilst finishing grad school, I am not surprised in the least that she now has a historical fiction of her own published in e-format.

If you are at all a fan of Martin's universe, and don't mind (as he apparently does, sadly), the idea of good fanfic built within that universe; if you are afraid or convinced that GRRM will never ever complete his masterpiece and want some sort of quality conclusion; if you're willing to have your heart broken and thrilled at the same time by some fantastic writing (and, to be fair, if you're willing to understand that lack of a good editor - not a beta reader, but an editor - can trip up even the best writer), then go read this.

I'll read it later. Because right now what I really have to do is get three stories done before I switch off work-mode today. Then I can write, do some reading, watch the last episode of Defiance, and maybe see a couple more episodes of Avatar: The Last Airbender, which BB and I have finally started watching.

But now? Work. Work, workity, work.


This entry was originally posted at http://kaffyr.dreamwidth.org/311536.html?mode=reply, where there are currently comment count unavailable comments. You can comment there or here; I watch both.

Dept. of Media Skiffy

Sapphire and Steel
Good, Challenging, and Confusing

It's about time, and inhuman personages of great but fluctuating powers, battling against incomprehensible dangers that are, again, largely time-connected, and about the results on humans caught in the wash of the battles, even when they are sometimes the cause of the battles.

Nope. Not Doctor Who.

Weird television show, ahoy!Collapse )

On abysses of understanding in TV skiffyCollapse )

This entry was originally posted at http://kaffyr.dreamwidth.org/311174.html?mode=reply, where there are currently comment count unavailable comments. You can comment there or here; I watch both.

Dept. of Birthdays

Luminous donna
One Day Late, but Heartfelt

Happy, happy birthday, [personal profile] tardis_stowaway ! What a pleasure it is to know you, and how glad I am that I share fandoms with you! I hope the coming year is filled with friendship, love, creativity, challenges and success, and that we can have many more conversations about the Whoniverse!




This entry was originally posted at http://kaffyr.dreamwidth.org/310896.html?mode=reply, where there are currently comment count unavailable comments. You can comment there or here; I watch both.

Dept. of Weather

RenjiRukia WTF
Hail, and How!

Yup. August 1 and out of relatively calm day, the clouds gathered, the skies opened, (like, "can't see half way up the street" opened,) the wind kicked up, and we got hail.

Hail.

It's going to be interesting going out tonight to see "Guardians of the Galaxy," methinks.

ETA: And thunder. Forgot the thunder. And it's all still going on.




This entry was originally posted at http://kaffyr.dreamwidth.org/310705.html?mode=reply, where there are currently comment count unavailable comments. You can comment there or here; I watch both.

Dept. of Wake the Frak Up

Lida and Gaius
For Your Monday Morning Listening Pleasure

For various skewed powers of pleasure, I suppose, but I found it an excellent way to start the week.





This entry was originally posted at http://kaffyr.dreamwidth.org/310111.html?mode=reply, where there are currently comment count unavailable comments. You can comment there or here; I watch both.

Dept. of Thinky Thoughts, Lazy Edition

Adorable dalek
Alrighty, then!

Lazy post, not a poll, asking folks one thing - answer short or long, profane or transcendentally, pictures or words;

What does fandom mean to you? And what (I lied about it being one thing) do you mean when you say "I am a fan"?

Go!

Edited to say: thanks to [personal profile] ljgeoff  over on LJ, I have one of the two definitions I'm really liking so far: "Of course there are disagreements, wank-fests, calcification of thought and culture -- because we are people. But we talk about it, hey? We're like the Unitarians of sub-cultures" (Italics mine because that is pretty genius, although I'd add, we're the crazy Unitarians of sub-cultures.)

And this, from a mysterious and poetic exemplar of the latest iteration of fandom, via the near-numinous [personal profile] promethia_tenk , on Dreamwidth; an excellent definition of just that marvelous latest iteration of fandoms: "I'm in love with a show and all the songs are about us."

And yet another great definition, from the most estimable betawho on LJ: Fandom is involved enthusiasm (as opposed to detached observation.)


Edited again (and I really have to stop adding to this, but so many people have wonderful things to say) to add the words of [personal profile] supergee , who, like me, was a denizen of traditional skiffy fandom before coming to Teh Intarwebz:   "Source of my greatest achievements and my family of choice."

Of course, that leads to a further question that I shall, perhaps put into a different post ....

This entry was originally posted at http://kaffyr.dreamwidth.org/309816.html?mode=reply, where there are currently comment count unavailable comments. You can comment there or here; I watch both.

Tags:

Dept. of Wonk

Coles Philips
I Live for Zoning Journalism



Long ago I said I would know when to leave my job; it would be when municipal zoning became interesting to me. 

Zoning has been interesting to me for many years now; if not always the painful minutia, then the equally arcane thought processes that go into creating those bits of pilpul and the resulting community evolution that proceed therefrom. Did I, however, take my own advice, and get the hell out of reportorial Dodge once I realized how fascinating this all had become to me? 

Of course not. 

And so I have spent much of this week doing zoning stories.  And I am disheartened to discover that the thrill is gone. 

What???!!??

Long paragraph that you still might want to readCollapse )



Huh. Guess it's still thrilling for me. 

I. Am. Pathetic.

But at least I got the thrill back. 


This entry was originally posted at http://kaffyr.dreamwidth.org/309564.html?mode=reply, where there are currently comment count unavailable comments. You can comment there or here; I watch both.

Latest Month

August 2014
S M T W T F S
     12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
31      

Syndicate

RSS Atom
Powered by LiveJournal.com
Designed by Akiko Kurono