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Infinity War

Dear people posting fix-its on A03: could you please word your summaries in ways that are not spoilery for everyone who hasn't seen the film yet? (I.e. saying who lives is a spoiler just as much as who dies!)

I think even emotional reactions are probably spoilery at this point, so assume everything behind the cut will spoil you massively for Infinity War.

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Technology meme

It's been 100 years or so since I last posted, so have a technology meme:

Did you have a cell phone prior to your thirties?
Nope. Officially bought my first flip-phone the year I turned 40.

Did they exist?
Yes.

Did you have cable when you were a little kid?
No. It started existing when I was a tween, but my parents were too cheap—they didn’t get cable themselves until about 8 years ago.

Do you know what 8-track tapes are?
Yes. I owned a few in my day.

How about cassette tapes?
That was the primary way I listened to music until about 2000.

When did you get your first DVD player?
2003, or so? Before that it was VHS all the way.

Did you learn to type on a typewriter?
Yes. In fact, in the early 80s, I was junior high student council secretary and had to type minutes on a mimeograph sheet.

What was the first computer you owned?
Some kind of Epson. This was 1986, and the college had it built into the tuition—which at the time was super progressive of them.

What age were you when you first got e-mail?
1986, at college.

Was the Internet around when you were a kid?
Not really. I mean, I guess for early adopters in high school (I remember watching War Games seeing Matthew Broderick log in, but I didn’t know anyone who could afford a personal computer at the time). Before I started college my dad took me to his office so he could show me how to use a computer.

What age were you when Facebook, Twitter, Livejournal, and Dreamwidth started?
30s. And I lurked on LJ for several years before getting my own.

What was the first printer you owned like?
Dot matrix, baby!

Collegiate papers: typewriter or computer?
Computer, but just because I got one for free. In high school I typed all my formal papers, though— thank god for whiteout!

How old were you when streaming came into being?
Umm, 40s, I guess? Maybe late 30s. I had dial-up for the longest time, though, so even when streaming started happening I didn’t have it.

What age were you when you got your first MP3 player?
Never owned one.

Did you own a record player, cassette player, CD player, or MP3 player as a teen?
Record player/tape player stereo.

At what age did you start blogging on the Internet?
Blogging, not until mid-30s, but I started discussion boards and usenet in my early 20s.

What age were you when the e-readers came out?
Umm, 30s I guess? Though I was at least 40 before I bought one.

How do you listen to music?
These days, off my computer or youtube, but I loaded most of my CD collection into iTunes. I only use my phone to listen to music when I’m working out or travelling since it eats battery life so quickly.

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Thor: Ragnarok

Without getting spoilery, let me just say, this was a complete blast! I did miss the characters from previous films who weren't in it, but the addition of Cate Blanchett and Tessa Thompson and Karl Urban more than compensated, and I loved Idris Elba's somewhat expanded role in this one, and Mark Ruffalo was fantastic. And the Loki-Thor stuff was really everything I wanted. Plus, it's definitely one of the funniest Marvel films. Altogether highly recommended.

P.S. Have I really not posted since July? Yikes.

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Happy Holidays

Many thanks to [personal profile] talitha78, [personal profile] tasabian, and [profile] roxymissrose for the lovely holiday cards that are now adorning my wall!

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Louisiana Senate race

There's still a chance in Louisiana to make the Senate 49-51 (instead of 48-52, which in the long run could be a huge difference; flipping one Republican senator v. two on certain legislation could be crucial). Here's more information: Supporting Foster Campbell in the Louisiana runoff. Maybe a longshot, but for people who are donating things to try to ameliorate the Trump presidency, this seems like a good cause to donate to.

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Arrival

I've been trying to save money lately so I haven't been going to the movies much, but after this week I really needed distraction, so I went to see "Arrival" largely on the basis of its rotten tomatoes score (as late as Monday it was at 100%, so I was curious), and wow, those critics were not wrong. It is absolutely fantastic--probably the most psychologically realistic alien encounter film I've ever seen, and it really just plops you down into Amy Adams (um, I mean Louise Banks') perspective and lets you feel what she's feeling the whole way through. It is not in any way the typical blockbuster alien-encounter film; it's very slow and quiet and unbelievably moving, and even things that might make you think you're being given a standard and somewhat trite emotional arc get completely reimagined by the end of the film.

It's all about the possibility of understanding the other (and ourselves), and about the nature of time and grief and memory and hope, and honestly I felt like it was the absolute perfect film to be watching in this week of despair. I highly recommend it.

I'm not up for really critically analyzing it yet--I'm still processing my emotional responses--but some spoilery comments on the ending after the cut. Read more...Collapse )

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Supergirl

I know I haven't been posting about this, but seriously this season of Supergirl is SO good. I really feel like te move to the CW has just given them license to do great new things and steal some of the best parts of the Smallville formula as well (*cough* like slash with Luthors). Read more...Collapse )

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Stranger Things

I finally got around to watching this, and now I want all the meta. Anyone written anything (or seen anything good)?

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Imzy invitation, anyone?

Imzy is a new threaded discussion board--I haven't really done much exploring there, but someone on ffa was offering free invitations and I thought I would namesquat in the event that fandom happens to move in that direction. I now have ten nine (they keep adding more as you give them out, apparently) invitations, if anyone wants one. [Please leave the email address I should direct it to if you want one!]

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Chuck Tingle is a gift to humanity

I have been reading all about him since the Hugo awards thing (mostly via ffa) and have actually been tempted to purchase some of his oeuvre, especially this most recent one:

Pounded By The Pound: Turned Gay By The Socioeconomic Implications Of Britain Leaving The European Union

"When Alex learns that Britain has decided to leave the European Union, he’s shocked by just how normal everything seems. But the calm doesn’t last as Alex is suddenly accosted by a giant living coin from the not so distant future.

In this horrific future where Britain has left the EU, four story busses lie strewn about the streets of London after a failed plan to cut costs, the Queen’s Guard have been replaced by flying reptiles with machine guns and the River Thames runs red with molten lava.

Now Alex and his handsome sentient pound must travel back to the past and sway the vote for European solidarity, by proving that all you need is love."

I'm actively rooting for him to win that Hugo now.

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