A few incomplete thoughts on Mockingjay, Part 1
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Overall, I think I liked it. I have some criticisms but maybe another time. For now, just some thoughts on the movie (and the book), starting with: what is a mockingjay?
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Buffy 3.12. Helpless thoughts
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Along similar lines to the previous post. F-locked for now. Also really overlong.

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Fic: Twin Peaks/BtVS crossover (sort of): The Third Dream Guide
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Summary: Cooper tells Truman and his deputies about the latest possibly prophetic dream -- and tries to discover what it might say about Laura's killer.
Notes: Takes place in Twin Peaks in early season 2 -- shortly after 2.01, but otherwise unspecified. Spoilers for Twin Peaks up to 2.01 are vague but not nonexistent; BtVS spoilers only in the strictest sense. However, without being familiar with both works to a degree this might not make any sense. I didn't edit this one -- hope it's clear enough. I got the idea this morning and didn't want to wait.
Characters: Cooper, Truman, Andy, Hawk, Lucy. One other (a surprise!).
Disclaimer: Not mine.
Length: ~560 words.
Rating: Probably PG.
Genre: ...Comedy, I guess. Gen.

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Scattered Twin Peaks thoughts: Spoilers up to S2E13
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Spoilers up to S2E13 and also mild spoilers for Blue Velvet, Bride of Frankenstein and some Buffy. (Rosemary, don't read until after "Checkmate"!)

So I've been watching Twin Peaks for the first time lately. beer_good_foamy asked for a little commentary -- and, well, I think I'm just scratching the surface of this fascinating show. But here's a few things that have come to mind while watching so far. The thing that really compelled me to write this is a bit of dialogue at the end of "Checkmate":

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On a somewhat related topic, has anyone seen Lynch's Dune? I recently read the first two Dune books, and it's got Kyle MacLaughlan, Patrick Stewart, Virginia Madsen, Sean Young, Max von Sydow, Sting, Brad Dourif, Everett McGill, Jack Nance, Linda Hunt.... I also hear it's very hard to get through.

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014, James Gunn)
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Ooh-oo child
Things are gonna get easier
Ooh-oo child

Things'll get brighter
Ooh-oo child
Things are gonna get easier
Ooh-oo child
Things'll get brighter

Some day, yeah
We'll get it together and we'll get it all done
Some day
When your head is much lighter
Some day, yeah
We'll walk in the rays of a beautiful sun
Some day
When the world is much brighter

Spoilers! Short version: I really liked it.Collapse )

Fic: Life Without Buffy (BtVS)
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Introductory note: on Buffyforums, there's a season three rewatch and I'm writing a bit about Dead Man's Party. To try to get into the POVs of the Sunnydale characters, I wrote this.

I'm doing well in general, but I'm still fragile -- so if you don't like it, well, you know, be gentle! I include this disclaimer (and would prefer not to link to *this* version, though linking to the AO3 version is okay should I post it there) because I know how divisive this episode is, even if I'm only talking about it glancingly.

The POV style is somewhat inspired by beer_good_foamy's excellent Building Character, which is also of a much higher level of artistry and is strongly recommended.

Disclaimer: Not mine.
Takes place: Sunnydale, around the first week of school in s3, before "Dead Man's Party."
Characters: Giles, Xander, Willow, Cordelia, Joyce.
Word count: ~2500
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Fic: A Doctor, Not a Hairdresser (Star Trek)
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Length: ~450 words
Series: Star Trek (original series, non-reboot continuity). Takes place at a specific point in mid-season two (which should become clear at the end of the fic).
Characters: McCoy, Spock.
Rating: G.
Warnings: None.
Disclaimers: Not mine.

McCoy’s intense concentration was interrupted when the doors to his lab swished open. He turned and, to his great displeasure, it was Spock.Collapse )
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Well, what do you know.
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William B's Personality Type Results

I used to score INTJ, but I think P actually fits me more these days. I think I can even see the change in my personality. Also, I get a kick out of Data as one of the sample characters! :D
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"popular" "culture" "blog"
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hi all. I've been in a posting rut. okay let’s bring things up maybe I’ll keep a record of what pop culture-y things I do/did and people can read it and love me more

or less or the same whatever people can do what they like

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and also: Persona! oh Bergman. first of all, if I were more talented I would try to find a way to write Frozen/Persona meshing fic — because Elisabet and Alma have a few similarities to Elsa and Anna that need to be explored. I was actually a little shocked there was no Persona fic on ao3 — because, like, it obviously begs to have fic written for it, but of course, it’s not exactly something with a large fandom, at least not the fic-writing kind. oh god though. this time I realized how much Elisabet functions as God for Alma — how the early “conversation” about the meaning of the silence of God maps onto the way Elisabet’s silence allows Alma to use her as confessor and to find solace, and how much her anger at Elisabet has angry-at-God overtones — the loss of faith in many ways.

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Superman ethics
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A friend of mine is really into DC comics these days, and he's lent me Last Son of Krypton, co-written by Richard Donner (of the movies fame). And I am enjoying it so far, but there's one moment that struck out to me and maybe defines what my notion of heroism is -- and makes me realize why it's totally unachievable for me at this moment.

Minor spoilers:

An alien boy has landed on the Earth; he seems to be Kryptonian. Superman and the government are taking care of him. Lex Luthor, naturally, wants his share, and he sends the evil Bizarro Superman to take the kid back. And as Bizarro is going in to take the kid, Superman says, "Sorry Bizarro." and as he hits him with his freeze breath, adds, "You can't have him."

It's the "sorry," that politeness, that makes Superman such a boy scout figure and what makes him, or at least this interpretation of Superman, fall somewhat out of favour today. But the basic assumption that goes into this is that it's not a thing to celebrate to hurt people even if they're evil, and even if they're *currently* evil -- but Superman is aware enough (and the situation is unambiguous enough) that he doesn't hesitate to hurt him to save a kid from being kidnapped. Obviously, in real life, situations are rarely that cut-and-dried, but the thing is, even when they are that cut-and-dried, people need to work up furious anger to hurt someone in the defense of oneself or others. I even think that anger is important...and yet, there's something I admire about the ability to get beyond that anger. Superman isn't doing good out of an emotional place, or out of hatred of his enemies, in this moment.

Whenever there's a conflict in my life, there's several points of view going at once, and I have no idea, at all, if I'm right. I mean, I can barely ever remember any times in which I felt that I was unambiguously right -- and on those occasions, I think I still handled it badly. And yet I'm always angry, and I think the reason I'm always angry is that I never know if I'm right, and so in order to build up the "courage" or whatever it is to self-advocate at all, I have to send myself into fits of anger or sadness, because it's only when I feel that I might actually break if I don't at least try to speak up that I feel like I can actually do that. Superman or Captain America, or Jean-Luc Picard or Buffy Summers much of the time, or religious figures, will acknowledge moral ambiguity, but other times they will simply know when something is right -- and that knowledge of right from wrong allows them to be even more compassionate to the people who are doing wrong, than people like me who are drowning in a sea of relativism and moral confusion.

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