Farm update

Aug. 18th, 2017 07:08 pm
sasha_feather: horses grazing on a hill with thunderheads (horses and lightning)
[personal profile] sasha_feather
I love the farm. I just love how quiet and peaceful and gorgeous it is.

The adolescent guineas and pheasants in the shed get meal worms as a treat. Meal worms are the BEST, according to them. The internet says that pheasants are wild and won't tame down, but apparently these sites don't know about meal worms. Anyways, today I picked up the bucket where they are stored, and one of the guineas was so excited that she Flew At Me, hit my chest, bounced off and ran away.

Abbie had a couple of good sprints down to the barn and back.

Today I saw:
A hummingbird feeding off the cannas
A Monarch butterfly
A female cardinal
A woodpecker (I just heard this)

My DWversary!

Aug. 16th, 2017 03:12 pm
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[personal profile] ride_4ever
This is my sixth DWversary! \Dreamwidth/

fan_flashworks badge

Aug. 16th, 2017 12:44 am
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[personal profile] ride_4ever
I can haz fan_flashworks badge!

heresluck: (vidding: freaking out)
[personal profile] heresluck
I am currently in the process of transferring the biggest, best-quality versions I have of all my vids to an archive on a portable hard drive (which means pulling the really old files off DVDs) and OH MY LORD I had forgotten how many of these are terrible quality and tiny frame size. Like, I remember what a big deal it was to work with shiny DVD source when I made "Come On" and "Superstar" (though I also remember how stressful it was because my computer could JUST BARELY handle those files and kept crashing all the time), but I had forgotten just HOW bad the horrible downloads I was using before were. Squinty-vision! Tiny pixellated frames! It's good that I no longer care very much about those early vids. I am kind of tempted to delete them, but on days when I feel like a hack who will never make anything interesting again, it's good to have them out there to remind me that a) I have gotten better at this stupid hobby, and b) I got better mostly by showing up and doing it; making what amounts to the same vid five times may seem ridiculous now, even to me, but it was an important part of that showing-up-and-doing-it process.

In other not-very-surprising news, I kind of want to remake "Cat Scan Hist'ry" with Bluray source. I don't need to, but I want to. It was my watershed vid! It should be shiny! I think I am too lazy to actually do it, though, which is probably a good thing.

In conclusion, YAY FOR ACCESS TO SHINY SOURCE. My last four vids have all been made with fantastic high-def source, and my computer has never once choked on it. We're living in the future and I LOVE IT.
fairestcat: Bobbi Morse, a blonde woman standing in the rain, with a mask-like pair of glasses pushed up on her head (Bobbi Morse)
[personal profile] fairestcat
I'm really excited about this. I stepped outside my comfort zone and volunteered to write a monthly Column about Marvel comics over at Women Write About Comics.

My first post went up today and you can read it here.

This is my first time in a long time writing for an audience that isn't people I already know and I'm both nervous and excited about it. Mostly excited, I think. Ask me again when I have to put together my August post.
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[personal profile] heresluck
This poem is my reminder to myself that when there is so much to push against we need the little victories too.

I Have This Way of Being

I have this, and this isn’t a mouth
          full of the names of odd flowers

I’ve grown in secret.
          I know none of these by name

but have this garden now,
          and pastel somethings bloom

near the others and others.
          I have this trowel, these overalls,

this ridiculous hat now.
          This isn’t a lung full of air.

Not a fist full of weeds that rise
          yellow then white then windswept.

This is little more than a way
          to kneel and fill gloves with sweat,

so that the trowel in my hand
          will have something to push against,

rather, something to push
          against that it knows will bend

and give and return as sprout
          and petal and sepal and bloom.

— Jamaal May
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Good things

Aug. 13th, 2017 09:48 pm
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[personal profile] sasha_feather
I slept most of the day (I think I had a mild vaccine reaction). Abbie gave this gentle, polite woof of a bark to wake me up at precisely 4:30 pm, meaning, it's time to go to the dog park. She is good at telling time.

Lately it's calming for me to describe things on Tumblr:

I try to keep it positive. (There is some NSFW stuff but it's tagged.)

I enjoyed this Dorian/Iron Bull fanfic
Come Forth into the Storm by zythepsary
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[personal profile] heresluck
This is the first time since 2009 that I premiered a vid in an odd-numbered year OR finished a vid for Club Vivid. It's a miracle!

She Said
fandom: Supergirl
music: Farah, "What She Said"
summary: We can handle anything you wanna throw our way.
AO3 | Tumblr

Download: She Said mp4 (147 MB)

password: supergirl

Yay, Kara! Yay, ladies! This was actually going to be much more of an ensemble-y vid than it turned out to be, but Kara kept being adorable and determined all over the place and I could not resist her. Thanks to [personal profile] renenet for beta (and for keeping the comparisons to [personal profile] sisabet's delightful Supergirl vid to a minimum).

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Live in This City
fandom: Ghostbusters (2016)
music: Dragonette
summary: This city can't live without me us.
AO3 | Tumblr

Download: Live in This City mp4 (150 MB)

password: team

To the surprise of absolutely nobody, I made a Ghostbusters ensemble vid. :D :D :D   Big thanks to [personal profile] grammarwoman for beta!

All comments and feedback are welcome.

NOTE: If you want to know when I post new vids, you can track the "vids: announcements" tag on this journal or subscribe to faviconheresluck at the AO3.

Dark Angel Rewatch: 1x04 and 1x05

Aug. 12th, 2017 03:40 am
sasha_feather: Black, white, and red image of woman with futuristic helmet (Sci Fi Woman)
[personal profile] sasha_feather
These two episodes are kind of boring compared to the first three, but there are some notable points.

Read more... )

Vividcon 2017 Con Report

Aug. 10th, 2017 01:33 pm
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[personal profile] anoel
I'm back from Vividcon 2017 and I had a wonderful time! I was worried earlier in the year that this VVC would be really sad but thankfully I'm in a great mental state right now where pre-con I've been feeling super happy each day and that carried into the con where I tried to enjoy every moment of the con and savor all the good memories instead of being disappointed when things didn't go my way. It really helped make the con extra awesome and I had a great time getting to connect to my friends, watch vids, talk about vids and have a lot of fun.

I tried remembering everything as best I can but if I made any mistakes, feel free to correct me!

Vividcon 2017 Con Report )

Thank you to everyone who made my Vividcon so special! To me, Vividcon is a beautiful place where vidding is everything just like it is to me and where I can enjoy talking about vidding wherever I go as well and have amazing discussions about the craft. There is nothing that compares to watching premiering vids on the big screen in a crowd of people who *get* and *love* it and it brings an emotional high that is never replicated by watching on a smaller screen alone. I am SO happy to have Vividcon as a part of my life and this year I tried to appreciate each and every moment. I can't wait for next year and I look forward to a year filled with vidding growth as a vidder and as a community. Vividcon <3 Forever!

Comrade Detective

Aug. 9th, 2017 10:43 am
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[personal profile] brainwane
So there's a six-part miniseries on Amazon Video right now called Comrade Detective. It purports to be a rediscovered buddy cop show from mid-eighties Romania, Eastern Bloc propaganda/entertainment. It isn't; it was filmed in Romania in 2017, with Romanian actors, and then dubbed into English by actors like Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Nick Offerman, and occasionally guest stars like Debra Winger and Daniel Craig.

Leonard heard about it on Twitter and suggested we try it. I thought it was going to be sort of a longform SNL skit. And then I thought it was going to be kind of a nostalgic buddy cop show with a few jokey swipes at Cold War anti-American propaganda. And now we've watched all but the last episode and I think the show is doing, or trying to do, something much more interesting, and is using and critiquing the copshow form better than Life on Mars did.

It's useful to me to think of Comrade Detective as having four audiences (1 & 2 being Watsonian and 3 & 4 being Doylist):

1. the in-universe Romanian political censors
2. the in-universe Romanian citizenry (purportedly the main audience for the show)
3. the actual main audience, mostly middle-class US residents
4. Amazon corporate & media critics

Audiences 2 & 3, plus some of 1, are reasons that people do or say things in Comrade Detective (e.g., claiming that the Romanian healthcare system is the best in the world, or arguing that health care is more of a fundamental human right than freedom of religion); audiences 1 & 4 are reasons people don't.

But I want to watch the final episode before I make strong claims. Anyone else here watching?

Movie notes - 3 recs

Aug. 8th, 2017 10:20 pm
sasha_feather: Black, white, and red image of woman with futuristic helmet (Sci Fi Woman)
[personal profile] sasha_feather
The Wave - Netflix, Norwegian with English subtitles

I watched this a few weeks back on a rec from ladyjax. It is firmly in the "natural disaster" genre, and is recommended if you like this genre. It focuses on a geologist and his family, and what happens when a mountain falls into the ocean, causing a tsunami. I liked the characters and enjoyed the slow build of tension. Content notes: people dying in various ways

The Shallows

A tense, thrilling shark movie. This film focuses on a young woman, Nancy, who is surfing at a secluded beach somewhere in Mexico. A shark attacks her and she must try to survive. It's got beautiful land/seascapes, and tight writing. I liked that there was no romance, and that Nancy is smart and brave and compassionate. content notes: blood, death, a bit of self-surgery


A goofball comedy from the creators of Key and Peele, this story focuses on Rell (Peele) and his cousin Clarence (Key) trying to rescue a kitten from drug dealers. Rell and Cameron are nerdy guys and they pose as dangerous gangland assassins to try and infiltrate the drug dealers and get Keanu back. It's brilliant. Content note: gun violence, death, drugs

more fanvid recs

Aug. 8th, 2017 10:49 am
laurel: Picture of Laurel with Garibaldi cardboard standup (Default)
[personal profile] laurel
I don't know how many people pay attention to my fanvid recs or if there's interest but I like talking about them and having them handy for my own reference and so on.

Anyway. A couple more excellent fanvids that premiered during Vividcon this past weekend.

In my previous post, I recommended the vid that opened the Premieres show this year ("Battleflag"); oddly enough my next rec is for the vid that was the last one of the Premieres show. It's "Carry That Weight" by [personal profile] anoel and it's amazing and totally made me cry when I watched it for the first time last night.

It's a Star Wars vid focused on Leia and Rey, though the scope broadens a bit later in the vid. My heart. It's a bit like an extended play version of that hug between Leia and Rey at the end of The Force Awakens, but then it broadens and is about the women of the Star Wars universe and the fans of them and seriously people, my heart.

I think I wrote a bit about The Force Awakens after I saw it; was an emotional experience, of course. I saw the first Star Wars movie when I was six and I fell in love with the universe and characters then. Most of my daydreams as a kid were about Star Wars; I wasn't Leia or any other character in them, I was usually a new female character who kicked butt and was awesome and pals with Leia and the rest.

The scene in The Force Awakens that brought the most tears to my eyes was when Leia hugged Rey near the end, even though they hadn't met before. Even though some wondered why Leia wasn't hugging Chewbacca then (J.J. Abrams regrets that Chewbacca was visible at all in that scene because it is a distraction). It was a shock to me how much that hug moved me, though, and I realized it was because they were both women and they'd both gone through a lot and had a fair bit in common. I'd never actually thought much about why there were so few female characters in Star Wars, not until so much was made about Rey. Weird, right? But it'd been a part of my life since I was a little kid and it just was what it was.

Here's the Dreamwidth post about the vid; here it is on AO3; and here it is on YouTube. The Dreamwidth post has a download link; there's a Tumblr link still to come.

[FWIW this is a slower vid than many so if you're someone that struggles with fanvids with a lot of quick cuts or flashing lights it might be okay for you. Maybe? I'm assuming people who need to exhibit caution with vids are checking the posts I link to for content warnings when they're available but feel free to ask me if you need more details on a vid as far as content goes before viewing.]

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"Obliviate (6 Underground)" by [personal profile] bradcpu is a Harry Potter fanvid about Hermione Granger. Gorgeous vid, I love the mood of it and the darkness (at times) and how it shows Hermione being strong and smart even as dark things happen all around her (and sometimes to her).

Here it is on AO3 (which includes a download link) and on YouTube: