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Scattered Thoughts

I haven't been around for several days, largely because I've been trying to keep up with my work day story minimums. Since I actually haven't been able to do that very well (I will not be surprised if I get hauled in for a disciplinary meeting sometime in the next month or so, but I'm not overly fussed about it) I figured I'd just do a bullet point list on miscellanea, just to keep my oar in.

  • I got my back X-rayed, checking for possible spinal causes for my back spasms. The upshot; nothing but some unsurprising age-related erosion; I didn't actually expect my spine to be related to the spasms, but at least we can definitely rule it out. I'm dealing with a (so far) mild back spasm right now, and am reminded again that it's a muscular thing.

  • We said goodbye today to our old clunker of a 1996 Taurus; not in the way I wanted to say goodbye to it, but at least we gave it to a charity. I hope said charity can make use of it.

  • I've had no difficulty avoiding the very large spoilers about S8 of Who, and I'm rather pleased that I haven't had the urge to click on dangerous links. I'm perfectly happy to wait for next month. Well, I say perfectly happy, and that's not quite true. I'd like next month to be NOW, kthnxbai, but having attained some painful measure of maturity, I can at least maintain some tattered sense of dignity about the whole thing.

  • I've been reading Captain America fanfic and enjoying it. I don't know what this says about me. Probably it says that I really, really want to see The Winter Soldier again, largely because I want to see Natasha again. And Bucky. And Sam. And Cap. Yeah, bit of a fan, here.

  • I have discovered how much of a fan of Kill la Kill I am. Maybe more about that at a later date. Maybe more about some of the other anime series I'm enjoying, like Barakamon, at a later date as well.

  • I've been thinking a lot about Who, and whose Who I like, and whether I'm in the minority of fans who likes both recent showrunners, for different reasons, and gets uncomfortable when either showrunner gets slagged off (although I confess that I get really irritated when I have to read through "OMG Moffat is Saaataaaaaan" crap, and slightly less aggravated - but only slightly - when I read people being flippant about RTD.)

  • And with that, I'm going to toddle off to bed while my back is relatively pain-free.

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Jul. 17th, 2014 04:02 am (UTC)
Oh, bless, honey..those minimums are ridiculous and I am ever so sorry...


Thank goodness it's not the spine! Not that it helps make it better, but I am so, so glad it is not spinal injuries!

I hope that charity makes that car run like a dream again. I'm sure it quite deserves a good home!

Gods, yes!! I am a touch of a spoiler-phobe (which is damned near impossible in Who Fandom, lol!!) but I am DEFINITELY ready for S8!! Nao. Plz. Yes. Nao.

YAY!! Still need to see Winter Soldier. Hopefully it will be soon!!

I've heard nothing but good things about that anime! I love some of the music, lol!!

Mmmm...I admit, I'm likely bitchier about RTD than I should be. But I think it is mostly the man himself that gets me. I love his Eras, though admittedly, I do love Moffat's more. I totally love that RTD gave Moffat the reins and knew he could pull off some awesomeness - and I love that RTD launched Torchwood. T'was a good show with a lot of potential. I have a few nitpicks with Moffat's Who as well (one of his main storylines gets me), but other than that, I'm here to enjoyed the Doctor in all of his incarnations!! So...there's that, lol!!

Get some rest, honey. Love you!!

Jul. 17th, 2014 08:50 pm (UTC)
speaking of the music
Here's another good track from the series soundtrack.

Though I will warn- that if anybody else wants to click on the link, and is watching the show for the 1st time- there's screenshots used during it that are major MAJOR spoilers for the middle to the later episodes of the series.
Jul. 17th, 2014 09:09 pm (UTC)
Re: speaking of the music
Ohh, that is severely Epic!! Whoot!!

Jul. 19th, 2014 07:08 pm (UTC)
Re: speaking of the music
Yup - the music was great and I avoided the spoilers by simply not watching the vid, just listening to it. Looking forward to more!
Jul. 19th, 2014 07:03 pm (UTC)
Hi, my dear; took too long in responding. It's Saturday now, and I have a little time and space (not enough of a blue box, though), so ... Yup, we are going to see Winter Soldier again this weekend because of Shady Acquirement and I am very happy, yes I am.

Kill la Kill has all of what I think are the best things in anime: batshit crazy, amazing art (not beautiful - amazing, which is different. It's actually pretty brutal art, full of slashes and color and motion, which is, in itself a commentary), plus incessantly intelligent self examination and commentary on Japanese anime and cultural tropes. People who yowl about its sexism and objectification of women aren't seeing the reason for it, and that's sad.

But I think it is mostly the man himself that gets me. I

Oh, I love Uncle Rusty; he's just as much of a trickster as The Moff, and they understand each other very well. But you're right about loving the Moff Era more. (I give Rusty Nu Who S01, though; still tears my heart out every time I watch.) My favorite seasons of Nu Who have actually been S01 and S06 (and I know the latter is a distinctly minority opinion.)
Jul. 19th, 2014 07:10 pm (UTC)
LOL!! Enjoy, sweetie! You have definitely earned it!

Ahhh, you always see the best in everything. And you get the subtleties, which is...refreshing and lovely.

Well, considering they were friends, I shouldn't be surprised, lol! I do like that he has a good poke at himself, though. That is rather awesome, really.

S06 is a definite fav of mine!! So I will happily sit in the minority with you, lol!! (And who doesn't love Nine's Era?!)

Jul. 19th, 2014 07:33 pm (UTC)
People who yowl about its sexism and objectification of women aren't seeing the reason for it,

Hoo- boy. Pfffft- they clearly don't see how the women are pretty much the major characters in the entire series- while all the dudes are there as supporting roles. And yeah- it does have a bit of objectification fanservice in it, but the outfits stop feeling blatant fanservice in like- the 5th episode.

I think the one thing that actually pisses me off is when there's criticism of a umm.. certain 'scene' towards the latter half of the series where- something very bad takes place- and the person labels it as a scene that was just put in for nothing but fanservice, (there's one other criticism of the scene that I'm hoping I just imagined having read).

hahahaaaaa- I tend to blow a gasket over those comments- while making an expression similar to Ryuko's:
Jul. 17th, 2014 04:20 am (UTC)
I like RTD and Moff both, too, although I have my issues with both of them. Running Who is a huge job, and nobody is going to do it perfectly.

I'm staying spoiler free for season 8, too. I was pretty much unspoiled for Day of the Doctor, and I must say I was very happy that everything was a surprise.

Winter Soldier is AWESOME! Really wonderful; I saw it three times in the theater.

I hope your back feels better soon. If it's muscular, have you tried physical therapy?
Jul. 18th, 2014 08:40 pm (UTC)
Running Who is a huge job, and nobody is going to do it perfectly.

This is truth, and should be engraved on the side of a mountain somewhere. Preferably by River.

We have now acquired Winter Soldier (ahem, but I did pay for it in the theater when it first came out) and I intend to watch it again. And possibly again.

I'm pretty sure the back is muscular and I will be looking into some sort of exercise I can do at home, if not full physical therapy.
Aug. 19th, 2014 05:26 pm (UTC)
Cleaning out my inbox and realized I never responded to this. D'oh!

The funny thing I remember was how people on-line, mostly over at the TWOP forums, would complain about how RTD was running the show, his writing choices, etc. Then when Moff came on board, suddenly he was Public Enemy #1, and RTD was made a saint retroactively. It made my head spin, in a LOLing kind of way.

One of the things I love about the MCU movies is that, for the most part, they've been so good that as soon as you get one, you want the next one. It's going to be a long wait to Avengers 2 next summer. : )
Aug. 19th, 2014 06:05 pm (UTC)
Oh, my lord, the TWoP forums! They're what brought me into online fandom, and I miss them so!

But yeah, the one constant in Who is that the last showrunner/producer will be wonderful and the current one will be awful. I'm told that's the sort of thing that happened in Classic Who as well. And in this particular case, I think the two of them must giggle, partly in frustration, because they're friends and they have such respect for each others' work.

The MCU movies, man, they are top quality crack.
Aug. 20th, 2014 04:18 pm (UTC)
I never posted on the TWOP forums, but I always enjoyed reading them, and I gleaned a lot of insights, thought of things I wouldn't necessarily though of on my own (or someone would post something very succinct that summed up my own incoherent thoughts so perfectly it was like we shared a brain. In particular Shanna Marie (?) was like my brain-twin; it was almost creepy).

The MCU movies have been amazing. I didn't see either Hulk movie; I didn't care for the second Iron Man movie, but all the rest have been well above average, and two or three of them have been really stellar. The big thing for me is they give you characters you can care about; fingers crossed that this continues.
Aug. 20th, 2014 04:54 pm (UTC)
Yup - Shanna is incredibly well spoken; not surprising, since she's a published author of multiple novels. Isn't it fun/creepy when you find someone echoing your thoughts? Heh. The meet markets for Dr. Who and BSG were my hangout (the former more than the latter), and of course story threads.

I saw the very first Hulk movie, the Ang Lee one that everyone hated, and was surprisingly impressed by it. The second one, I completely missed. I'm very happy with the Ruffalo version of the Hulk, so I don't mind missing the one in-between. I was rather fond of Iron Man 2, mostly because I found myself making up head canon/fanon about the relationship between the bad guy and his father. Daddy issues - which were a big part of the movie - always intrigue me, possibly because as a child of divorce I didn't grow up with my own (and I know that comes across as far more emo than it should; I had a great childhood; it's just that the whole concept of "dad", as opposed to "grandad", which I had, was distant and more of intellectual interest to me than anything else.)

Wow, ramble much, woman?
Jul. 17th, 2014 06:29 am (UTC)
I'm sorry about work being tough, and about your back problem :/ I hope they can figure out what's wrong exactly, and help fixing it.

Been avoiding the spoilers as well—and I completely agree with you regarding the appreciation of both showrunners. Personally, I have stronger love for Moffat, but I'm also more critical of him—I feel rather passionately about his stuff, in positives and negatives alike ;) I have a more peaceful relationship with RTD's stuff. (I'm completely sounding like I'm a relationship with Doctor Who. Send help.) It has bad sides too, but differently… Moffat's flaws feel more like recurring patterns and can really grate me, but he still does/did some great things, and he gives me feels like no other. I can understand why some people are really pissed off with Moffat, but hardcore bashing and getting personal like it so often does… That's always just saddening :(
Jul. 19th, 2014 07:07 pm (UTC)
Personally, I have stronger love for Moffat, but I'm also more critical of him—I feel rather passionately about his stuff, in positives and negatives alike ;)

I'm more hopeless. I love Moff so much that I'm blind to the cracks in the facade and the inherent structural flaws. I've become so attuned to them that I think of the recycling of stories as simply the retelling of archetypical legends that the world tells itself in cycles. So I'm kind of the world's cheapest date for the Moff. With Uncle Rusty, yeah, more peaceful, although he can tear my heart out and show me some transcendentally wonderful scenes.

(I'm completely sounding like I'm a relationship with Doctor Who. Send help.)

Heh. Me too. Don't send help. I like it.
Jul. 19th, 2014 07:10 pm (UTC)
It's great you can embrace his stuff so much, though! :)

I changed my mind, I don't want help either :D
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