I have also strained my wrist and am lumbering about in a giant wrist brace, and forgetting and typing/lifting/living life with both hands periodically and then swearing a lot. So between modding, writing, and that I probably won't be around much for a little bit. But I am reading! I can scroll a reading page one handed at least!
Basically, good workout music. :D
The actual choreography is a little awkward in places but it's really the attitudes of the actors that sell it at all. China Anne McLain is SUCH a joy, and such perfect foil for Dove Cameron that I almost wouldn't have thought it possible after Dove's heavy lifting in the first Descendants. (Although, why do they make Dove and Sofia do action/dance sequences in such chunky heels??? At least Dianne gets flats.)
Also I.... probably shouldn't find Harry menacing Ben to be as hot as I do. >.>
I think a lot of people who don't generally read comics are mostly just thrilled that Steve won't be Hydra and that Nick Spencer is off the book. And I think people who do generally read comics are thrilled because it's Waid and Samnee. They had what were apparently good Daredevil and Black Widow runs recently (I've never read them) and Waid is currently on Avengers (which is decent but not spectacular) and Champions (which is mediocre)... but everyone really likes his Cap.
I have never read Waid's actual Cap run -- although I guess I could, because it's shorter than I thought (v1 #444-454 and v3 #1-23) -- but I have read the Cap/IM '98 Annual (as have all 616 Steve/Tony fans), Sentinel of Liberty (a fun miniseries), Cap #600 (the story about Tony buying Steve's ID card), the Avengers x.1 mini recently (Kooky Quartet! so much fun!), and of course the Man Out of Time mini that obviously everyone loves and that I think we have all decided to rec to everyone as a great place to start reading Steve & Tony comics. So, I mean, he's got a good grasp on Steve's character (and especially, I think, on classic Steve), so I am... optimistic. (I know, I know, we were all optimistic about Bendis taking over IM and now Tony's dead and his characterization has gone in weird MCU directions, but... I am somehow more optimistic? They're BRINGING THE HEADWINGS BACK.)
In MCU news, I am mostly just thrilled that my fave JANET VAN DYNE is going to be in the universe (even if I am eh about the casting and still sad she'll never be a founding Avenger now) and also that the Captain Marvel movie will be Carol fighting Skrulls in the '90s. (I like how fandom is already taking bets as to who has secretly been a Skrull.) I thought MCU didn't have Skrull rights but maybe that's just the Super-Skrull. Maybe it'll be the Kree/Skrull War? I guess we'll find out.
Fannishly related to the above comics news, now that it's officially open I guess I should mention that kiyaar started a Discord chat server for 616 Steve/Tony, membership 18+ only. There are a lot of dick emoji. And a weekly book club -- we're kicking things off with Man Out of Time in honor of the Cap announcement. More information (and the server link) is available here.
I owe a bunch of people comment replies/emails (sorry!), but I should probably just say that if you liked the story I posted yesterday, Caz drew some art for it and it is BEAUTIFUL. EEEEEEE.
(Now I just have to finish my Anniversary Zine story ASAP. *deep breaths*)
Bitch | Out of Control | Everybody's Moon | One More Time to Live | I'm Going to Go Back There Someday | Cloudy | No Rain | Live to Tell | Kiss Off | It Just Won't Quit
( I bought this one when it was on the charts; still have the album on vinyl. )
There is absolutely nothing to do in Fontana. There is not a decent sit-down restaurant in the entire city. Their highly rated Mexican hole-in-the-wall doesn't hold a candle to the one in my neighborhood. There is a pool at the hotel. There's a movie theater right down the street so we might go see the latest Spiderman reboot. (Good grief. How many more times will they reboot that movie franchise?) Or maybe we should see Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets instead. Basic cable is basic. I'll bring my computer but WiFi is spotty.
I didn't get a chance to finish, let alone post this before it turned into old news.
My husband just aspirated again. The hotel is cancelled. The surgery center doesn't open until 7:00 a.m. tomorrow so informing them will have to wait.
I see a trip to Urgent Care in the near future, as soon as I can talk him into it. He's really scared. This could be bad, like our last December vacation in Hawaii kind of bad. At least this time we're at home.
The Senate health care repeal FAILS the Byrd Rule, according to the parliamentarian. In its current form, to misquote Gandalf, it shall not pass.
Trump's infamous Voter Fraud Commission asked for public comment. They got it.
There's this exhibit of what is purported to be a replica of Noah's Ark in Kentucky. According to the people running it, it's a nonprofit ministry. But it's run now by a for-profit group, in order to get tax incentives from the state. So the Ark project is
now no longer eligible for the tax rebates. How much are we talking? $18 million over the next 10 years.
Stop erasing women's presence in SFF.
The public editor's club at the NY Times, as told by the six people who were public editors. The job no longer exists.
Jeff Sessions authorizes highway robbery by police.
Red state North Dakota is trying an experiment in humane imprisonment for its prisons, based on the way Norwegian prisons are run. I will be very interested to see how this goes. One item in the article caught my eye:
...By 2015, Bertsch was ready to ship excess prisoners to a private facility in Colorado. In Norway, though, she learned that the farther a prisoner is removed from his home community, the less likely he is to have visitors. And that’s a problem, because multiple studies suggest that inmates who have regular visitors are less likely to reoffend later...
It makes me wonder if anyone was paying attention to the NYS prison system's stupidity in sending New York City felons to Dannemora, above the Adirondacks, or Attica. Each of those is hundreds of miles from where the violators' families are in the City. But when I look at the photo of the women in charge, it seems to me they're not old enough to remember the violence at either place -- though I have to say that much of the violence at Attica came from the police and National Guard sent to quell their requests for better food and medical care. I was living perhaps 10 miles from Attica; I noticed, and I remember it.
Now, you go speak truth to power, in regard to this:
From Democracy Now, a transcript of an Amy Goodman interview: Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand are supporting a bill that would criminalize criticism of Israel or Israeli political/military actions. Further info ( behind cut )
More info here on how boycotting Israel would be considered a felony.
On free speech grounds alone this should not pass. Please write your Senators to oppose it. Here's the contact list for every Senator, with email, phones and more.
Teenaged girls in Austin, Texas, staged a wonderful quinceanera protest at the state capitol -- in their fancy gowns -- to protest the vile anti-immigrant law. And yes, they met with their elected reps afterward, to deliver the message in person. In case you don't know, a quinceanera is a big formal party on a girl's 15th birthday, to signify she is now an adult and no longer a child in Hispanic cultures.
Speaking of a different form of vile, the attempt to create a narrative of shame and regret for women who choose to exercise their own control over their bodies and futures, someone has come up with an abortion-pill reversal drug.
And damn right, tampons should be free for women in prison.
Tending tenderness and disrupting the myth of academic rock stars.
Six types of essays you should know.
When did we begin to fear those around us? When did we begin to fear the government? When did we begin to fear our Law Enforcement? When did we begin to fear ourselves? Where did it come from? When did it begin to change our society? When did the fear of what might happen, become a good enough reason to act on it? When did fear become a way of life? When did we let it start to control our actions?
Fear of offending someone. Fear of being seen as a hateful person. Fear of being seen as greedy. Fear of being seen as different. Fear of being seen as a threat. Fear of being seen as ... what? When did we let fear control our actions, our words, our deeds? When did we let our fear become a part of who we are?
When? It's always been there in the back of our mind? In the front of our mind?
A couple weeks ago, I saw a story on the news in passing. It was about law enforcement responding to a call of a crime being committed. In the process they ran across a black man. The first respondents recognized him as one of their own, and asked him to come slowly towards them. In the meantime another officer arrives, and somehow ends up shooting this off duty officer in the arm, because he felt threatened. What?
When did law enforcement start seeing us as a potential threat? When did it happen? Has it always been there hidden under the surface? When did our society start seeing each other with such fear and aggression?
About a week ago we had a police shooting here in Minneapolis. A young woman had called 911 to report a possible assault in her alley. The respondent officers were in the process of patrolling the alley when she had approached the vehicle, and ended up some how shot through the abdomen, and died at the scene. We don't know quite what happened. The officer that shot her isn't talking, their body cams were not on, neither was the vehicle cam, the last we've heard they are looking for a bicyclist that had rode past.
We had another police shooting last year I believe a young man driving in a car, who was shot multiple times, and died of his wounds. The officer was let go, and put on trial for murder, and the verdict was not guilty.
How many police shootings are a result of an officers fear for their life and safety? How many deaths at an officer of the law's hands can be attributed to their fear response? When did it become acceptable in our society to kill as easily?
We've had mass shootings, and we say that they are unacceptable, but we eat them up and show the News organization that this is news, and we want more. We've demanded that our law enforcement step up to the plate and protect us. Is this a consequence of that decision?
Sometimes I can't help but think that the news is part of the problem. Everybody watches, reads, and listens to the news. The news reports the bad, the ugly, the deadly, the horrible every day, multiple times, repeatedly, day in and out, all day and all night, and people watch it, listen to it, and read it all day, everyday, and all night long. Is it a wonder we fear our neighbors? Is it a wonder why we fear law enforcement, and they respond to that fear?
How do you propose we change this?
Look at the women you have named as heroes -- not at their actions, but at the qualities of character that propelled them to do these actions. What are the core -- deeply held -- values behind what they did?
Why do these resonate with you? What in you responds to them?
You are a hero also. Your life may not be as dramatic as theirs, but it contains heroism. Which of your own core values match those of your heroes?
(I'd love to read your comments; you need not address all of this in them.)
So this morning is Sunday, and here in Minneapolis the Farmer's Market Season is in full swing. I spend good money on good food there. On the way back from the market I scented wood. I'm not sure if it was cedar or pine, but it's that new wood kinda smell that fills the house when you get some thing that has the unfinished smell of it. It was spectacular. Then as I turned and went up another road, some was cooking bacon. yum!
I am grateful for and love myself.
I am grateful for and love the opportunities that life presents.
I am grateful for and love the Nature around me.
I am grateful for and love my abundance and prosperity.
I am grateful for and love the cats.
I am grateful for and love the people in my life.
I am grateful for and love the scents of a new morning.
I am grateful for and love the new possibilities of a new day.
I am grateful for and love my bed.
I am grateful for and love my new charcoal burner.
Yesterday was a really warm day. It was a wonderful day. I was booked solid at work, and it was abundant and prosperous. I got to play with the cats. I was able to do an evening meditation. I was able to meet some random people. It was a good day.
All is well in my world.
This comic doesn't try to fully explain away paradox, which is good, because there is no way you can. BttF's idea of time travel is plot-elastic, and that's fine. Instead it explores the characters' headspaces regarding it -- mainly Marty's (oh my heart), with Doc, Jennifer and George giving in their two cents. It's such a wonderful, self-reflective and occasionally heartwrenching story where Marty struggles with the realization that he may have usurped another Marty's place in the universe, i.e. that our Marty might be the "wrong one". THIS IS THE GOOD STUFF.
( Marty and George talking about theoretical alternate timelines. )
( Marty's nightmare about Other Marty coming to take back his rightful place. )
Basically this volume cuts down to the emotional core of Marty McFly -- he talks a big game but he's a dork with insecurities and it's not like he was all that assured of his place in the world BEFORE he started time-travelling. I forgot to mention that the first story in the collection is a flashback thing of how Marty and Needles met, which was another bit that had my heart swelling three sizes because Marty's a Good Kid, y'all. Doc isn't as critical a part to this story but he's right there to give Marty the support he needs plus to remind him that hey, he isn't alone in having questions in feeling out of step in the new timeline.
Plus there's also this bit, more easy dialogue between Marty and Doc which I was really missing in the last collection:
( It's not exactly banter... )
Good stuff, I'm most pleased.
But okay; I do actually have a playlist of "early childhood" songs, so I can grab a few from there. Even though several of them are TV show theme songs.
...omg, there's a whole generation who doesn't understand how nerve-wracking it was to watch them never get off that damn island.
Tom Dooley | I Wish I Was a Teddy Bear | Ballad of Gilligan's Island | Seasons in the Sun | Welcome Back | Queen of the Silver Dollar | The Aba Daba Honeymoon | Keep Your Eye on the Sparrow
( Manah Manah was not my favorite back then. )
A tale in Stage of Fools, perhaps as practice
For the Yuletide gifting, perhaps to try
To write more now and write more easily.
I am out of practice; all that I wrote
For long months was the acts of foolish men
Enamoured of power, ignoring all else
But their wealth, their women, their greedy lust
For more, and more, and more. I hope this change
Will give me pause to think and dream again
Of a kinder life with gentler rulers
Than well-fattened boors despoiling the land,
Discouraging the people -- there, see? I need
To write something joyous or funny now,
Polish up my pentameter, employ
Wit, and play with sweet William's stories.
Where's my pen? where's the prompt? Lead me onward!
I am grateful for and love my home.
I am grateful for and love my bed.
I am grateful for and love my days off.
I am grateful for and love retail therapy.
I am grateful for and love the people in my life.
I am grateful for and love the Nature around me.
I am grateful for and love my Calendar.
I am grateful for and love diva cups.
I am grateful for and love thermal curtains.
Yesterday was a pretty cool day. I practiced some retail therapy and bought some oracle decks and adult coloring books from amazon, did some grocery shopping, and went to blick arts for some colored pencils. It's was a really productive and fun day.
Fandom: Marvel (Comics), Marvel 616, Avengers (Comics)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Steve Rogers/Tony Stark
Characters: Steve Rogers, Tony Stark
Additional Tags: Artist Steve Rogers, Secret Identity, Conventions, Fluff, Avengers Vol. 3 (1998), Community: cap_ironman, Cap-Ironman Bingo
Summary: "I'm interested in commissioning a sketch," Iron Man said. He leaned forward, edging into Steve's personal space, splaying his gauntleted hands on the table. "I'd like you to draw me wearing only a tiny thong, with Captain America staring at my nearly-naked body in horror." (Or: Steve Rogers, former artist for the Captain America comics, is signing autographs at a comics convention when he meets his biggest fan. Not an AU.)
IT IS SUPER FLUFFY.
Yay! Last square ("occupational hazards") for a line in Cap-IM Bingo! Hooray! I can now write like the wind and try to finish my Steve/Tony Anniversary Zine story as fast as I can! (And then Cap-IM Big Bang and Magic's FTH story and my STH story, yes yes.)
Had to stop and think about this one, because "love the voice" is not high on my priority lists for songs I enjoy most. But for a long time, I listed my favorite type of music as "anything with a baritone voice and acoustic guitar."
What You Need | Dance Magic | I'm on Fire | Love Is Chemical | Holly Holy | Wherefore and Why | Stay Young | The Warrior | Rainy Days & Mondays | Delta Dawn | It's So Easy
( And one where the vocals are so pretty, I almost forget that I love the lyrics, too )