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Hello, and a place for questions [Jan. 1st, 2037|12:00 am]
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Have fun!
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Here come the namespace squatters [May. 26th, 2015|08:42 pm]
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So meta-hacking has entered the lexicon.

I mean, of people other than y'all.
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It's getting crowded [May. 17th, 2015|09:35 am]
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(h/t james_nicoll)

DC Avengers Assemble! (youtube trailer)

Err, no, not quite that; that'd be Justice League. This is more like DC New Mutants Assemble, maybe?

Anyway, Firestorm? I'm intrigued. Firestorm (at least, the original) is a challenging character to carry for the screen--two personalities living in one body, and lots of unheroic parts and cultural themes that have mutated in the past 25 years.

In this case it looks like the older one is the body, which also made me happy: how many superheroes are presented as being over the age 40? (I mean biologically. Sure, Thor is some high number, but story-wise he's pegged at around 28 years old. And Batman is sometimes older, like in the recent movie, but it's definitely an aberration.)

The presence of Firestorm makes me think about their mirror-ish image-ish counterpart, Negative Man (at least as written by Grant Morrison), who also has a few people living together in...well, it's not quite a body, is it?

And wouldn't Morrison's Doom Patrol make for some excellent Vimeos flicks by some independent filmmaker? (I can't see MSM doing...anything useful with it. Well, maybe super-camp.)

Plus yesterday I read the second graphic novel of The Invisibles (issues 9-16 of the original series), where Morrison goes from full-on weird to "even late-90s Alan Moore goes wha?" mode, and it was awesome, and then I tried to explain it to wispfox, which was so far past impossible it was hilarious to try. And now I kinda want to run an Invisibles-ish, R.A.W.-ish RPG, but it's daunting to encounter a mind that's so crazy and inventive as to make it intimidating to ramble in the foothills of its imagination.
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Dinner time? [May. 11th, 2015|05:49 pm]
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What is dinner time? (Time is an illusion; lunchtime, doubly so.)

Poll #2010789 Dinner

If you had to pick one, which of the following is closest to 'dinner time'?

4pm
0(0.0%)
4:30pm
0(0.0%)
5pm
0(0.0%)
5:30pm
2(6.2%)
6pm
6(18.8%)
6:30pm
7(21.9%)
7pm
6(18.8%)
7:30pm
6(18.8%)
8pm
1(3.1%)
8:30pm
2(6.2%)
9pm
1(3.1%)
9:30pm
0(0.0%)
10pm or later
1(3.1%)
CmdrTaco / I am cos
0(0.0%)

I'm sure you have opinions beyond that provided by radio buttons

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Things I can't believe I said to the girlcat, part N [May. 6th, 2015|06:51 am]
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I don't care how tasty it is, there will be no chewing on my rabbit fur!

(I bought a sheet of stitched-together rabbit fur at Pennsic some years ago, intending to make mittens or some such. Due to closet repacking it is currently out instead of Away. I guess it's real?)
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(no subject) [Apr. 1st, 2015|12:38 pm]
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Cronuts: crime against culinity or savior of savor? Discuss.
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(no subject) [Mar. 29th, 2015|09:34 am]
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Damn. LJ seems to have 'upgraded' the phone interface and now everything
is
very
tall
and
skinny
and
wraps
annoyin
gly.

Oops. I mean, yeah, RWD is hard, but testing on this platform seems crucial, especially since it's still the plurality of mobile users.
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YASNS quiz [Mar. 25th, 2015|07:42 pm]
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Quick quiz!

Poll #2005412 Sharing is caring

Do you reply to things on Twitter?

Often
5(16.1%)
Rarely
11(35.5%)
Never
15(48.4%)

Do you comment on Wordpress blogs?

Often
2(6.5%)
Rarely
15(48.4%)
Never
14(45.2%)

Do you comment on/reshare Tumblr posts?

Often
4(12.9%)
Rarely
5(16.1%)
Never
22(71.0%)

Do you comment on LJ posts?

Often
18(58.1%)
Rarely
13(41.9%)
Never
0(0.0%)

Do you reshare things on FB?

Often
5(16.1%)
Rarely
13(41.9%)
Never
13(41.9%)


(If you've answered elsewhere, feel free to answer here also, or not.)
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Fiction recommendation: Doc Future [Mar. 21st, 2015|07:04 pm]
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At alexx_kay's direction, I started reading The Fall Of Doc Future, an online superhero novel.

I subsequently lost half of two different nights' sleep to it. That has not happened in a long while.

Good stories change the way I think about the world, give me new metaphors for life, and do so in an entertaining and fluent fashion. Doc Future is a good story. Go read it.

genre hints and why you might want to read it; extremely mild spoilers, of the "Luke is a farmboy whose parents were killed, and he fights a battle against an oppressive empire" varietyCollapse )

I didn't keep a count of length, but it felt about 300 paperback pages long. It's dense in spots, but not in a bad way.

So read it already!

(edit: oh, and apparently there's a sequel which the author just finished. I have not started it.)
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And the band played what now? [Mar. 15th, 2015|09:24 am]
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They're setting up for the Irish Run as part of the run-up to white peoples day.

I did not expect the speakers to be blasting a song by a Scotsman who moved to Australia about ANZAC soldiers returning from war...

From three blocks away it was, however, indistinguishable from an Irish ballad.
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