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I'm so never going to make it by November. Oh well. Finally watched the last bit of The Twin Dilemma today, which I was rolling my eyes about for most of the way. babbleCollapse )

Anyway, just had to pop over and say a bit. *waves* Hope everyone is doing well.

I should probably now go try to do something that passes for homework. Meep!
... the big question is ...Collapse )

Inquiring minds want to know but don't want to actually write the fic(s) to find out.

(Still dutifully struggling not to write the DW/SPN bunny a friend planted. Do. Not. Need. More! Have homework!)

Doctor Who Watch List

Thanks to all who replied to my last post, both on DW and LJ, I have a list-in-progress of must-see episodes that fall after The Armageddon Factor. Plus I've added a couple based on things I've seen/heard or because they're the first/last story for a Doctor, because it only makes sense to me to see their first and last stories if nothing else. Plus I threw in The Two Doctors just in the interest of seeing all the multi-Doctor episodes. Here's where it stands now:

Fourth Doctor
  • Destiny of the Daleks

  • City of Death

  • Warrior's Gate (n/a through Netflix)

  • The Keeper of Traken

  • Logopolis


Fifth Doctor
  • Castrovalva

  • Black Orchid

  • Time-Flight (unavailable)

  • Mawdryn Undead

  • Terminus

  • Enlightenment

  • The Five Doctors

  • Warriors of the Deep

  • The Caves of Androzani


Sixth Doctor
  • The Twin Dilemma

  • Attack of the Cybermen

  • The Mark of the Rani

  • The Two Doctors

  • The Trial of a Time Lord (which is apparently 14 episodes!)


Seventh Doctor
  • Time and the Rani

  • Dragonfire

  • Remembrance of the Daleks

  • The Greatest Show in the Galaxy

  • Battlefield

  • Ghost Light

  • The Curse of Fenric

  • Survival


Eighth Doctor
  • The Movie which seems to be universally regarded as craptastic, but doesn't really seem skippable

  • books/audio of some kind


Um, yeah, considering most of those are at least 4 episodes and one story is an entire 14-ep season, that's quite enough of a list to try and get through by November! :-D

Thanks, all, for the suggestions!

Classic Who Question

So, over the course of the past couple of years, I've been attempting to watch Classic Who through from the start, minus the obviously unwatchable eps that were lost to fire or otherwise destroyed. My progress has been somewhat underwhelming, as I've only just finished the Fourth Doctor's Key to Time story-series. November's approaching fast, with various anniversary-related things such as the classic multi-doctor audio book and whatever they'll do with the anniversary ep, and I'm finding that I'm less interested in seeing every little thing in order and more interested in getting a feel for all the Doctors.

So, here's my question for those of you who know your classics. What are the key stories that you would recommend in order to accomplish that? What else must I absolutely see before moving on from Four, and what do I absolutely need to see of Five, Six, and Seven? Eight is a bit easier, obviously.
Spent about two hours or so shoveling my way into my driveway last night/this morning after spending two days at work. There was no point to trying to drive home in the storm Friday night, and it was just as well to have an extra nurse in the house Saturday morning, as one fellow was six hours late due to his vehicle embedding itself in a snowbank. (He's fine. Jury's out on his vehicle.) Being "essential personnel" may give you permission to be on the roads during a state of emergency, but it doesn't guarantee that it'll work out well. Which brings me to this gem of a convo I had early Friday:

Friend: Well, being a nurse, you have that privilege to be on the road once the ban goes into effect.
Me: *blank stare* I'm pretty sure in this instance "privilege" refers to being able to stay home drinking hot chocolate instead of being required to go to work in absurdly dangerous road conditions.
Friend: Oh. Yeah.

*eyeroll*

Home safe and sound now though. I hope the rest of you who've been buried by Charlotte/Nemo/wtf-ever-we're-calling-it are similarly safe, sound, warm, and with power. Our building never lost it, surprisingly enough. (Our town's great about getting power back quickly, but the never losing is a surprise considering how heavy this stuff is.)

So now I'm catching up on not-schoolwork, which brings me to the fangirling.

This may not be precisely news, but I'm flailing and IDEK-ing about an Arrow casting spoiler I ran across on Facebook of all places. *rechecks* It does appear to be less than 24 hours old, so that's still news, right?

Now, obviously, the main reason I ever tuned in to Arrow is that John Barroman is in it. I'm demonstrably ridiculous in my fangirling, considering I will pretty much watch anything he does ever, as evidenced by not only owning but having watched every episode of Animals at Work. That said, I am enjoying Arrow for its own sake, which is a huge improvement over the Desperate Housewives thing a couple of years ago. I might even keep watching if his character leaves/gets killed off/whatever.

I'm almost, though not quite, equally ridiculous about the person the casting spoiler is about. So I must squee, but for anyone who doesn't want to know, I'll cut for the spoilersCollapse )

I feel like I'm doing a poor job expressing the squee. That's probably on account of the flailing, complicated by exhaustion and wrists that are demanding to know wtf I was thinking to shovel all that white stuff. Still, yay!

Free ebook alert!

If you use a Kindle, including computer or phone app, and are a Whovian, there is a free ebook on Amazon.com called Dining with the Doctor: The Unauthorized Whovian Cookbook. A friend just clued me in to it, and I'm just poking around in it on my laptop, and the first recipe at least looks like fun! There's a recipe for each episode from Rose through The Doctor, the Widow, and the Wardrobe plus a plethora of variations on fish fingers and custard.

Fandom Stocking Reveals Are Up!

Today has been a rough one fibro-wise, so it was the perfect day to receive stocking stuffers that made me smile, and I've received quite the range of very cool gifts, including various cute graphics and well-wishes as well as the following fics:

AtS tinyficlet by [dreamwidth.org profile] yhlee (Angel: the Series, Fred/Gunn, G)

A Vorkosigan ficlet by sheffsfic (Vorkosigan, Miles/Ekaterin, G)

Lair by [dreamwidth.org profile] merryghoul (Leverage, Parker/Sophie, G)

Something Different by [dreamwidth.org profile] tarlanx (Torchwood, Jack/Ianto, M)

I Bring Thee Glad Tidings by [personal profile] yamx (Doctor Who, Nine/Jack/(Rose), G)

Blindsided by [dreamwidth.org profile] sahiya (Doctor Who, Eleven/River/Jack, E/NC17)

and

Christmas in July by tiny_white_hats (Angel: the Series, Fred/Gunn, PG)

I am hugely grateful for all of these and hope some of you will go and enjoy them as well!

I didn't write as much as I'd hoped, didn't even manage to stray out of Doctor Who (unless you count the crossover), but I had fun writing what I did. There are two or three that I got started that ran away from me, which I hope to finish and post before school resumes at the end of the month. The ones I did complete are

Crazy for [dreamwidth.org profile] joking (Crossover, Eleven and Sherlock, G)

The Wedding Planner for [dreamwidth.org profile] sahiya (Doctor Who, Vastra/Jenny (in absentia) and Eleven/River, G)

War Games for [personal profile] yamx (Doctor Who, Nine/Rose/Jack, M)

and

Peace and Quiet for [dreamwidth.org profile] fuzzyboo (Doctor Who, Nine, Rose, and Jack, G)

It's been another fun year, for sure. I've said it there already, but huge kudos to the mods for pulling this off. There were something like 360 stockings to manage this year, which I can't even fathom the logistics of.

First of the year clean-up

I come on LJ so infrequently, and when I do, I wade through a lot to try and catch up. A lot of that is communities I no longer really participate in, so I just did a thinning of those communities as well as some deleted journals, one-way follows that no longer make sense, and the like.

If you just got a "removed from flist" notice from LJ and think I didn't mean to remove you because you don't fit any of the above categories, you're probably right, so please let me know! I'll blame either my own clumsiness or LJ weirdness (and it was acting weird at several points) and put you back.

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DW Special Speculation and Babbling

Thank you, Moff, for adding to the list of otherwise-ordinary things your viewers are now traumatized by. You do it well.

Thanks also for what is sure to be another intriguing mystery arc. Now lemme stick the rest under the cutCollapse )

Meanwhile, I should be getting ready for the first Date Night in far too many months, so enough of that for now. Just had to babble a bit. Anybody have any other fun theories?
Nothing new, right? The insanity bit anyway. In this instance, it's that I've signed up to participate in the who_at_50 Fanwork-a-thon-a-thon. The idea is that there'll be a different theme/Doctor featured each month counting down to the 50th anniversary. Some, I'll be no use for, but January is Eleven, and him I think I can handle. Ish.

Who's with me?

(In other news, I'm nowhere near Newtown and am guiltily relieved not to know anyone involved. I did, however, get hit with almost 8 solid hours of news coverage at work yesterday, because some of my residents were very insistent about keeping it on. I've shorted out. What little I can do for those helping the families has been done, and that's where it needs to stop for me. I figured I ought to say something here though, lest this random chipper post from the wilds of Connecticut seem outrageously callous, which it may well do anyway.)

Fandom Stocking!

Fandom Stocking is running again this year, this time on Dreamwidth. The signup post is here.

*rubs hands together in glee*

Parking some links

Hi all. No, I haven't fallen off the planet. Just insanely busy between work, school, and this insane project I set myself. I have been trying to read the flist at least every couple of days and comment here and there, but I am woefully behind. As a result, I'm actually kind of embarrassed to post, but I want to keep these links somewhere easy to find and plus they may be useful to other fannish types.

If you remember a month or so ago, I was debating participating in the Amateur Drag Night at my local LGBT club, and if so, who to go as. I didn't and still don't have any ideas about an original character/persona, so the classic "pick an iconic singer" route seemed the most sensible. Elton John won the debate, and I've been working on the costume ever since. (This is not yet complete. Worst case, I'll be performing in a waistcoat w/no jacket, which really is kind of worst case, because there's only so flat a pair of G-cups are going to go, and the jacket would help the illusion of flatness. However, I'm not willing to pay big bucks for the right jacket, and men apparently only donate raggedy, tweedy suits to Goodwill around here. Sir Elton does wear quite a variety of things, but "tweedy" is not one of them. Were I trying to be Giles or the Doctor, that would apparently be far easier.)

Tonight, I'm trying my first test-run of makeup, which I had almost but not completely forgotten about. I'm not quite committed enough to use theatrical appliances and the like a la droxy, so I've been researching subtler makeup techniques, and here are some tutorials I've found helpful. Some are coming from a drag or crossplay perspective, others from transmen giving tips on passing.

http://kittykazoo13.deviantart.com/art/My-first-FtM-makeup-tutorial-208360508
Also known as "how to become David Tennant." :-D I like the explanation given on the shading and the color coding for highlighting and lowlighting. I'm not, however, quite understanding what she means about the eyebrows. I see the difference, but seeing them being done would've been more helpful, which leads to the next one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgTjHZXOPmM
This eyebrow tutorial is helpful not only in the use of stippling sponge (thank you so much, I was never going to be able to hand-draw anything random-looking enough) but also mistake erasure. I already have really heavy eyebrows (thanks, Dad) but still not as thick as Sir Elton, so playing with that is going to be fun.

http://www.cosplayisland.co.uk/tutorials/crossplayfm
Another helpful tip w/stippling sponge to "rough up" the skin w/o stubbling.

http://www.wikihow.com/Pass-As-a-Guy-and-Still-Be-Scene-or-Emo-%28for-FTM-Teens%29
While this is specifically about achieving a masculine emo/scene look, I found it useful for thinking through what elements read as masculine versus androgynous.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhvLQ40jP1U
This one goes all-out on the sketched-in facial hair, which looks better than I'd expect but still isn't something I'm likely to try. What I found more helpful was the visual on the shading prior to that.

So, first attempt is pretty much a shitty first draft, but here are the pix anyway. No wig or other stuff, though, just the makeup. PixCollapse )

As far as the choreography ... I'm going to settle at the moment for simply not bellydancing despite all impulses to the contrary and worry less about how much my hips are moving in a masculine versus feminine manner. Sir Elton does do some hip-swaying stuff (almost identical to every hip bump I've had to correct in a male bellydance student, actually) that I've kind of got the hang of. I think. We shall see. And he does use a cane as a prop in the video to the song I chose ("I'm Still Standing"), which gave me a clue how to handle the one bit where there are no lyrics. That *is* bellydance, though nobody would mistake this cane-work for anything traditional, but I think it fits the persona even though he's never done that kind of thing that I've seen.

One week to go. Hopefully, there will be video. (Most likely crappy phone video, but video nonetheless.) Meanwhile, I should probably attempt some homework.
Happy Wednesday evening to everyone else.

Has it really been 4 weeks since I've posted? *hangs head*

And now I'm in to say "Hi, I survived Sandy" and to post a meme: In honor of All Hallow's Eve (otherwise known as Halloween), I'm inviting trick-or-treaters to my 'door'. Comment "Trick or Treat" to this post and... well, you know the drill. Treats can be anything that strikes my fancy (pics of your fave actors or pairings, one sentence fics, graphics, a few words why I'm glad to have you on my flist, etc. etc.). The more "houses" to visit the more fun it'll be, so go ahead, open your journal and help spread the fun!

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From the sublime to the ridiculous

First, the serious question: does anybody have any tips on convincing Open Office to comply with APA format? My two problems are getting a different header for the first page (so the entire paper doesn't say Running head: RUNNING HEAD but rather Running head: RUNNING HEAD on the title page and just RUNNING HEAD the rest of the way through) and convincing it that no, the header does not need to be an inch from the top of the page, just the body text.

Because I really, really don't want to buy MS Word. Really don't. I'll buy a paid version of OO if that's what it takes.

ETA: I found a solution! Someone on the OpenOffice.org site (which I couldn't reach earlier today but I can now) uploaded an APA formatted template! So far, it seems to meet the criteria I need.)

For the ridiculous, as I've just observed over on FB, I'm in the bizarre position of trying to choose between John and Barrowman. Cut for lengthy ridiculousnessCollapse )

So, yeah. John, or Barrowman? So far, John's still standing.

Happy Wednesday!

Talking at cross-purposes

So, to preface this, I should note that I made it a point to find some kind of rainbow-themed earrings that meet the dress code where I work. Stunningly difficult, as most seem to be dangly-type earrings. I even have a set of those, but I don't need a dress code to tell me how monumentally stupid it would be to give some of my residents dangly earrings to grab at. I found a pair that work, and they match with two of my scrub sets: one of which has some random "brush strokes" of various colors over white, the other of which has multicolor hearts on it. So I try to arrange my pile o'scrubs such that I wear one of those sets one week and the other the next.

The reason for this is partly because of the series of experiences that nudged me in the direction of public health nursing with a focus on LGBT elders. Long-term care is super heteronormative, even in places that pride themselves on being very progressive and welcoming, and whoever the 2-3 residents likely to identify as some flavor of LGBT are on my floor of 30, I want to send at least that subtle message that they're not alone and there is someone safe to talk to if they need to. (Actually, I find that most of the nurses at Communications Clusterfuckery Are Us are probably very safe to open up to, almost in inverse proportion to how I felt about the nursing staff at the Soul-Sucking Vortex of Doom. It's still a very heteronormative environment.)

For the most part, this goes unremarked, except for the odd, "How colorful!" comment. And then this conversation happened:

Resident: Oh, what lovely earrings. Are you a rainbow girl?
Me: Um, that's not how I would typically put it, but I suppose so.
Resident: Really? Oh, that's lovely! What assembly?
Me: We are definitely having two completely different conversations here.

This led, actually, to a very lovely conversation about her experiences with the Rainbow Girls, a group by the Masons for girls, similar so far as I can tell to Girl Scouts. When the conversation (which took all of about 10 minutes) ended, she smiled and said that even if I wasn't a real Rainbow Girl, it was very nice to be able to relive some of those memories with someone and that she felt much better about her evening having had that conversation.

What I find particularly neat about this is that, while this wasn't precisely what I had in mind, the result was still pretty much the one I was going for. "Here is someone you can talk to." Made my day as well.

*bashes head against desk*

I hate getting this invested in a fic (I do not want to look at the chapter number, bad enough that it's 3 digits long) only to find that it's going to have large undercurrents of character-bashing. Especially given that it was recced in a comm that specifies no character bashing. And yes, it is still bashing if the characters in question are turned into evil caricatures of themselves only until they are no longer a threat to the ship you are setting up and then become more recognizable as the characters the reader is familiar with.

It is possible to ship Snape/Hermione without bashing either Ron or Lily. It is possible to ship Miles/Gregor without bashing Ekaterin or Laisa. It is possible to ship Jack/Doctor without bashing either Ianto or Rose, and it is possible to ship Jack/Ianto without bashing either Gwen or Lisa. It's even possible to ship Jack/Gwen without bashing Ianto or Rhys. I know this because I've seen plenty of authors do it and do it well.

Harumph.

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SSHG Fangirl Heads-up

Over the last two days, I've received weird, link-only emails from 3 different SSHG fen, at least two of whom I know to be very security-minded. I've only just let the third know about it, because I only just got that last email, but the first two were able to determine that their accounts had been accessed by someone in another country.

I'm not sure if someone is working through one of the archives or possibly the Exchange (I saw the Exchange admin email on one of the address lists, but that only means it was in the person's contact list), but three SSHG fangirls in 24 hrs feels like a pattern of some kind.

In any case, this is probably as good a time as any to make sure there's no weird stuff in your sent folder, strengthen your passwords, and whatever other reasonable measures you can think of to make sure your email account is secure. And if you get any such weirdness from me, please let me know so I can reset my passwords as well.

Bwahahahaha! I mean, er, fic rec

If you haven't been reading Everyday Life with the Ponds by DQBunny, you should anyway. The chapter-tag for last night's ep, well, even the title is a spoilerCollapse ) It started out as slices of, well, Pond Life, and then along came "Pond Life," and we got minisode tags, and now this. :-D

In other news

I'm being a calendar geek. I spent an absurd amount of time tonight putting the HTAZP calendar into a document set up with tables for each Greek month but with a Sunday-Saturday week, because I need at least that familiar framework to hang it all on. This is why the Hellenic Month Established per Athens site, while incredibly helpful, has never entirely worked for me, though I refer to it fairly often and have had it open in a tab all night while working on this project. My brain can't cope with 10-day "weeks," though, even if they're likely more traditional. That and HTAZP uses a slightly different naming system for the months based on the concept that Hellenic city-states would arrange and name their calendar based on their biggest holidays.

The biggest headache-inducer is actually when the day starts (sundown). This is hardly unique, but it's also not the way I've always thought about days and what falls where. So, for example, does it make more sense to map the next Deipnon (sundown Sept 15 through sundown Sept 16) onto Saturday or Sunday? I defaulted to placing the days based on which part we see daylight for. Considering most festivals are daytime deals, not a big issue. But Deipnon and Noumenia are very much nighttime observances, given that they are all about the dark/new moon. So despite the fact I have the next Deipnon planted on a Sunday, I'd really be observing it the night before, and then doing Noumenia that night.

Ah well. If that gives me too much of a headache, I can redo it next year, I guess.

Meanwhile, the next step is going to be to map the Chinese calendar onto it to incorporate Kwan Yin's festivals. Thankfully both are lunisolar and so the months, at least, should map fine. I hope. Famous last words, probably. Not to mention differing ideas of when intercalary months come into play. Project for another day, though. I'm wiped.

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