Jun. 14th, 2014 07:35 pm
eleanorjane: Depeche Mode's Dave Gahan, onstage, head thrown back and arms wide to the crowd. (elation)
And now, a meme!

(p.s. i'm very tired!)

You can tell a lot about someone by the type of music they listen to. Hit shuffle on your media player and write down the first 20 songs. Then pass this on to 10 people. One rule: no skipping.

Well, I disagree that someone's musical taste tells you much of anything except their background, and I don't do the tagging thing, but here goes:

1. Storm Large - Ladylike
2. A Perfect Circle - The Fiddle and the Drum
3. Depeche Mode - Hole to Feed
4. Tom Jones with Heather Small - You Need Love Like I Do
5. Paul Mac feat. Peta Morris - Just The thing
6. A Perfect Circle - Vanishing
7. Marina and the Diamonds - Mowgli's Road
8. Robbie Williams feat. Rupert Everett - They Can't Take That Away From Me
9. Sir Mixalot - Baby Got Back
10. Portishead - Sour Times
11. Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out
12. Juno Reactor - Rotorblade
13. Tori Amos - China
14. Brian Tyler & Klaus Badelt - Deo et Patri
15. Supergrass - Alright
16. Paul Kelly - To Her Door
17. Screaming Jets - Shine On
18. N.E.R.D. feat. Lee Harvey & Vita - Lapdance
19. Sarah McLeod - He Doesn't Love You
20. House of Pain - Shamrocks & Shenanigans

Seems appropriately eclectic...
eleanorjane: Natasha Romanoff, looking intent. (natasha)
Memery, because I'm braindead, with adjustments from the original:

Who is your Doctor?
Nine. I have great fondness for Eleven, too. I didn't much enjoy Ten - I have no objection to David Tennant, but I disliked the character and his arc and generally lost interest in the series around that time. I've never been into classic Who (though I did get a letter from Peter Davison when I was a little girl) because I'm allergic to visibly bad special effects (I don't watch classic Trek, either).

Who is your Doctor's companion? AMY POND ♥♥♥ (and, okay, Rory is alright too ;))

Who is your Batman? I... kind of dislike Batman, to be honest, partly because he's canonically a dick (caveat: not a highly educated opinion here) and particly because he's such a fanboy favourite that his existence exerts logic-defying reality-bending powers on the DC verse.

Who is your Cat Woman? No strong feelings here. (Why can't there be a Who is your Wonder Woman? question here? Stupid DC. (My answer would be Gina Torres. Or, these days, if they insist on someone younger, Gina Carano.))

Who is your Sherlock Holmes? Jonny Lee Miller.

Who is your fictional female federal agent? My own RPG characters don't count, right? ;) I'd have to say Kensi Blye, then, with an honourable mention for Sydney Bristow.

Who is your Bond? Would that I could say Idris Elba here. Daniel Craig makes an adequate substitute, though I have a great fondness for Pierce Brosnan's Bond, too.

Who is your fictional female assassin? Natasha Romanoff ♥

Who is your captain of the Enterprise? Picard. (Though Sulu's brief acting captaincy in STID was a pretty freakin' awesome cameo in the Captain role.)
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
Swiped from [personal profile] tassosss:

Your main fandom of the year?
Avengers, primarily, plus I went back and rolled around in Star Trek some more for a while. I was 100% in consumption mode this year, not production, but in January I'm getting a new iMac (WOO) and thus vidding shall recommence.

Your favorite film you watched this year?
The Avengers. I saw quite a few movies this year - more than I've managed for the last few years, anyway - but The Avengers definitely came out on top.

Your favorite book read this year?
I am not sure I read anything new this year. I fail so hard. I'm in the middle of a few books at the moment, but haven't finished any of them. Now that I have a light, convenient e-reader (my iPad mini) I'm hoping to change that in 2013.

Your favorite album or song to listen to this year?
On the song front, "Louder" by Katy B, "Gold Dust" by DJ Fresh, and "Black and Gold" by Sam Sparro. I'm moving away from listening to albums, so I can't identify any single release as being my favourite, although Exilarch from Conjure One would be a contender.

Your favorite tv show of the year?
As per previous meme, I watched a looooot less TV this year. Probably Castle or Elementary, I guess. Or Archer.

Your favorite DW/LJ community of the year?
Honestly, I really don't do that much with communities - less than I'd like, but I just haven't had the time to engage with fandom lately to find new comms, and the old ones I've historically read are very quiet these days.

Your best new fandom discovery of the year?
The fact that all the Avengers are like LBDs - they all look great with anyone. Seriously, I don't think there's a single Avengers-related pairing (and I include any of the related Marvel cinematic universe movies) that I can't buy. Avengers fandom is seriously the gift that keeps on giving.

Also, Darcy Lewis. <3

Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?
The fact that so many of my favourite writers got sucked into fandoms I find actively offputting! ;-)

Your fandom boyfriend of the year?
I was too busy learning about my new RL one. ;-)

If I had to pick, though, I'd say Phil Coulson. (I'd LIKE to say Elementary-flavour Sherlock, but I'm not a masochist. Best adored from a distance.)

Your fandom girlfriend of the year?

Your biggest squee moment of the year?
Falling in love. :)

(What - who said it had to be about fandom? :))

The most missed of your old fandoms?
I'm sad about the quietness of ST:Reboot fandom, and I'm really looking forward to STID reviving enthusiasm for it.

The fandom you haven't tried yet, but want to?
There isn't one, really, although I'm interested in checking out Nikita and trying to catch up with Leverage (although Leverage annoys me as much as pleases me).

Your biggest fan anticipations for the coming year?
MOAR AVENGERS SHENANIGANS. Okay, so they're all in their own movies for the next couple of years, but it'll keep the fandom alive. Also, Star Trek Into Darkness WOOOOOOO.

*kermit arms*
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Via [personal profile] musesfool:

Which TV shows did you start watching in 2012?

I've actually been watching a hell of a lot less TV in 2012 because of reasons (like, suddenly having a much fuller busier life, plus cohabiting). I'm fairly sure the only new thing I picked up this year was Elementary, and that was only last week. ;-)

Oh wait! I also started watching Babylon 5 with the boyfriend (well, he wasn't the boyfriend when we started watching it ;)) but I lost enthusiasm at the start of Season 4 when the plot-of-the-week structure suddenly turned into All Mytharc All The Time. I do intend to finish watching it, since the bf has said he'll watch Burn Notice with me after we're done with B5, but I'm finding it hard to summon the enthusiasm for it right now. A shame, as the first three seasons were great.

Which TV shows did you let go of in 2012?

Kind of all of them? I'm a season behind in NCIS, NCIS LA and Burn Notice, although I'm still avoiding spoilers and intending to watch them, I just... haven't. I'd done that with Castle, too, though I then binged on half a season and caught up, and now I'm a month behind again. (I have concerns about the new season of Castle, not because of execution but because of my issues, so I'm sort of not motivated to watch it right now.)

Which TV shows did you mean to get into but didn't in 2012? Why?

The Legend of Korra. I watched the first couple of episodes but there were too many bits that hit my embarrassment squick because Korra makes so many faux pas in the first few episodes. I do want to watch it, because I loved AtLA so much, but there seems to be a bit of ambivalence amogst the fans so I'm not feeling any real urgency.

Which TV shows do you intend on checking out in 2013?

I'm more intending to catch up with the stuff I'm behind on: Burn Notice, Castle, NCIS, NCIS LA, QI. I'd like to finish B5, and maybe summon up the wherewithal to finish off Chuck and catch up with Leverage. Or maybe not.

Which TV show impressed you least in 2012?

Given how unengaged I was with pretty much all my shows, most of them. Plus there were so few interest-piquing prospects among the new shows of the season, too.

Which TV show did you enjoy the most in 2012?

My Red Dwarf rewatch, the first three seasons of Babylon 5, and Elementary.

A meme

Sep. 7th, 2012 12:57 am
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
Because it's late and that's all I have brain for. Swiped from [personal profile] torachan.

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eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
Seen most recently via [personal profile] helens78.

Answers behind the cut. )
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
[personal profile] such_heights gave me these icons to talk about.

I could talk about icons alllll day. )So, that's them. Do post in the comments if you're offering up your own icons to talk about!
eleanorjane: text: out of cheese error (out of cheese error)
There are things I should be doing, but it's quiet and I just finished the book I was reading (the latest Janet Evanovich), and why not do a meme? No reason! Thus, meme:

(swiped from [personal profile] musesfool)

books! )
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
[personal profile] leupagus started a round of Recast Your Favourite Show, and it got me thinking. Now I want to recast ALL THE SHOWS.

Burn Notice recast! )

That was fun! Now let's recast NCIS Los Angeles! )
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
Okay, nuts to this, I'm just gonna catch up. :)

8. (Alternate) What is your philosophy on journal layouts?

I'm a big fan of black text, white background, decent font size, decent column width, decent typeface, no ridiculous replacement cursors. I don't have any significant related accessibility issues apart from poor eyesight, but I have little patience for form that impedes function so I'll almost always view offending journals as style=mine.

I also don't much like layouts that don't show tags, both by post and by sidebar list/cloud, since I find tags invaluable for browsing and content discovery.

9. (Alternate) Tell me about your default icon.
For a long time my general internet pseudonym was Jestyr/LadyJestyr and Harley Quinn up there was my default icon pretty much everywhere. Jester -> Fool, and Harley Quinn was the best female Fool I could think of. Also, she's adorable.

A while ago I switched to a photo of me as my default icon in many places, but I still identify with this Harley Quinn icon as strongly as I do with my actual face. And I still use Harley as my default icon on places where I want to be me, but don't want to use an actual photo - dreamwidth, twitter and so on.

10. Pick 10 random icons from your userpics and tell me about them.

Okay, this can go behind a cut :)

here be icons! )

11. What features do you think Dreamwidth should have that it doesn't currently?

* A kudos-style feature!
* User notes!
* A memories system analogous to Delicious (OMG WANT, never gonna happen though)
* The ability to remember viewing preferences (eg style=mine, style=light) by journal (i.e. "ok, I view these in their native styles, these in my style, and these in light style").

That's just off the top of my head. I know there's more. :)

12. What do you consider the five most "telling" interests from the list on your profile? Why?

In alphabetical order:

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13. Do you have any unique interests on your user profile? What are they? How'd they get there?

Amazingly, no I don't.

14. Did you have a gateway fandom? Still in it? Why or why not? Is there a community for it on DW?

The first fic I ever read was by [personal profile] cupiscent, in XMMV, and that prompted me to read voraciously in XMMV - so in that sense, it was a gateway. I think Constantine was probably more of a gateway, though, in that I was an active participant in the fandom - I wrote reams of meta, I wallowed in the glorious fics, and I even started (though never finished) fic of my own. Had it been released five or so years later, I probably would have vidded in it (and still think I might, even now).

(alternate) What is your favourite subject to discuss on Dreamwidth?

Fandom stuff, mostly: my fannish reactions to the sources I love, vidding angst, the fandom meta du jour. I kind of wish I had the focus to be monofannish, but there's too much to love. :)

15. What's your current obsession? What about it captures your imagination?

Right now, oddly, it's nail polish. Which may seem kind of shallow, but there's nothing wrong with loving the shiny. It's not something I'd ever done much with before, apart from low-level maintenance stuff, but I bought some OPI nail polish for my mother and I a year ago, and some more at Christmas time, and it triggered something: the urge to collect ALL THE COLOURS.

It's having two good effects, I find, which are probably reinforcing the obsession: firstly, it's an incentive to take good care of my nails, which are typically weak and prone to delaminating. I've never had such nice nails so consistently before, and it's making me want to keep them nice instead of picking at them.

(Which reinforces something I'd realised about myself recently: I need an apparent motivation for reward to do things, not just an intellectual one. For instance, my house has always been rental-house ugly, and I'm very untidy and disorganised by nature. Over the last year or so as it's been slowly renovated and improved, I'm finding that I keep it much nicer without even thinking about it. As I said to a friend, back in the old days I could knock myself out tidying and cleaning and the place would still basically look like shit - whereas now the only thing stopping it looking awesome is the mess, so that's all the incentive I need to deal with the mess unbegrudgingly.)

Er, tangent much? Anyway, yes, second awesome thing about the nailpolish obsession: it's a way of really feeling good about the way I look. I have a number of body-image issues related to my recentish health woes, and they can be very disheartening; keeping my nails nice and (better yet) pretty makes me feel just plain good about myself every time I catch sight of my hands - and that's priceless.
eleanorjane: Beaker, looking alarmed. (beaker)
Er, oops. So, I've had a busy week, and something had to give. I'm sorry, Internet - I missed you!

On the up side, these memes are usually more fun when there's more than one question anyway.

7. What is your favorite community on Dreamwidth?
I am not actually all that active in comms here, although I think the first thing I did when I signed up at DW was join [community profile] omnomnom.

Right now, I am loving [community profile] product_junkies very much, because I'm currently wallowing in nail polish addiction (hooray for improving one's self image and having awesome shiny fingers all at the same time!).

8. What community do you wish was more active?

[community profile] product_junkies! Or, alternatively, [community profile] white_lotus, because I'm kind of jonesing for more good AtLA fanworks at the moment and I think I've exhausted all my usual sources.

9. Are there two people on your reading list that you think should meet?
Um, to be honest, sometimes I get the feeling that everyone already knows everyone anyway. :)
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
Oops, missed a day.

5. How about when you're not online/on the computer?

Not... on the computer?

Oh, that would be when I'm asleep. Right.

Er. Most of my non-computer time is either: sleep, chores, travel time, or roleplaying games. RPGs are my only significant non-computer-based activity, and one I love very much. There are some things from my old lifestyle that I do miss, though. One is cooking, and I'm working on doing that more (well, obviously I cook all the time, but cooking as an activity is a bit different from cooking solely to generate nutritious variably-tasty comestibles). The other is moviegoing, and that's unlikely to change in the short term for various reasons.

6. What do you wish people who read your journal knew about you?

That I'm an interesting person.

My thoughts on yaoi!

Um. That is, this is primarily a fandom journal, and so many of my friends on DW are fandom-related friends. And one thing that has always frustrated me about fandom is that most conversations about our objects-of-fannishness are held via creative mediums: more often than not, someone with an opinion about the characters, plot or themes of a given book/show/movie will express that opinion via fanworks, particularly fic. And other people mull that over, and respond in kind.

As a non-writer, that frustrates me to no end. I adore fanfic, I read it voraciously, but I'm an extremely slow, uninspired and uncertain writer, and creative fiction isn't my language. Whereas I interact with my fandoms by talking - meta, squee, criticism, whatever - and the ratio of meta-to-fic, in fandom as a whole, is pretty freakin' tiny. When I post meta, people rarely engage with it, and I rarely see other people posting much of it either. (Not that I post much of it myself these days, as it's a bit like talking into the wind.)

None of which is meant to say that anyone else is doin' fandom rong - not at all. As an avid reader, I love the fact that there's so much interesting, thinky fic out there (and even if I wasn't, I would never presume to tell people they should converse the way I want them to). I just sometimes get a bit frustrated and sad that nobody seems to speak my language, or to want to engage in the kind of conversations I can have.

But! On the up side, at least that means there is a metric ton of awesome thinky fun interesting fic out there - at least I can hear and enjoy the language, even if I can't speak it. :)
eleanorjane: Life. Don't talk to me about life. (life)
4. What do you do online when you're not on DW?

* IM and/or VOIP chat with my best friend in Canada.
* Gaming: MMOs, which was primarily WoW for the last six and a half years, and EQ2, SWG and UO before that, plus occasional side excursions into other games (LOTRO, DDO, DCUO)
* Gaming: non-MMOs, mostly four-player co-op games like Left 4 Dead/L4D2, Borderlands, Magicka and so on.
* Meta-gaming: specifically, guild maintenance and management, as I've been the leader of a WoW raiding guild for nearly four years now, which means weekly officer meetings in Ventrilo plus plenty of admin time for other stuff.
* Blogging, although pretty much all my blogs are currently on hiatus while I revamp some and retire others.
* Casual games: Echo Bazaar, MineThings and various Facebook games. Mindless, but pleasing in a simmy kind of way.
* Read: fanfic, RSS feeds, news, Wikipedia (wikipedia is to me as tv tropes is to others)
* Chat: I'm trying to make it to the ds9_rewatch chats every week
* plus keeping up with people on the various social networks I use - other than DW, that means LJ, blogs, Twitter, and occasionally Facebook.

I am pretty much always online when I'm not asleep, gaming (as in roleplaying games, my first love) or doing necessary life tasks. The internet is like air to me at this point. :)
eleanorjane: Spacedock near Earth (refuge)
3. Do you crosspost? Why or why not?

Yes, and no. By default, my entries are all crossposted to [ profile] eleanorjane, which is specifically intended to be a mirror to this journal. I have never felt that I belonged in fandom enough to turn away friends, and there are interesting people on LJ who I would miss if I withdrew to being DW-exclusive. I do sometimes turn crossposting off if I'm posting something DW-specific, though.

I also crosspost some of my entries to my primary LJ, [ profile] ladyjestyr, if it's something that I think might garner interesting discussion over there, or be of interest to my flist (which is almost entirely non-fandom). Crossposting to that journal isn't on by default, though; I only turn it on for specific entries.
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Seen all over...

where i've been every ten years... )


Mar. 3rd, 2011 02:59 pm
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
Put in a letter of the alphabet in the address bar, and see what the top website is. (And if you play along, be nice; outing yourself is fine; outing other people by giving links to their kinks is not.)

Heck, why not. :)

I use two browsers fairly regularly though - Chrome when I'm booted into Windows to play games, and Safari when I'm booted into OS X to work or footle around. This lot is from Chrome on Windows.

Letters within! )
eleanorjane: Plava Laguna, the ultimate diva! (sing)
Swiped from [personal profile] musesfool, the first of the EOY memes...

Your main fandom of the year?
Probably Star Trek Reboot still; it's where I read the most, certainly, and where I did most vidding (none of which saw the light of day).

Your favorite film watched this year?
Uff, I find it so hard to remember which movies I've seen in which year. Um. Probably Red.

Your favorite book read this year?
Probably my reread of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which I adore.

Your favorite album or song to listen to this year?
Enter Telephone, the Gaga/Metallica mashup from DJs From Mars. It is amazing.

Your favourite TV show of the year?
Best new discovery was probably Human Target; I also really enjoyed Burn Notice and, surprisingly, NCIS: Los Angeles.

Your favourite LJ community of the year?
[ profile] where_no_woman over on LiveJournal, dedicated to un-erasing the women of Star Trek Reboot; [community profile] white_lotus for Avatar fanworks here on DW.

Your best new fandom discovery of the year?
I'm not sure, to be honest. I don't think I picked up any new fandoms, per se. I would have said Bones after watching the first 99 episodes in less than a week, but then I stopped watching before the 100th episode because what I heard about it made me so annoyed.

Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?
I'm not sure if it qualifies as this year, but I'll say White Collar. I was expecting conman shenanigans and capers, and what I got was a buddy cop/genius wrangler show. Which is fine for what it is, but it's not what I wanted.

Your TV boyfriend of the year?
Tim McGee.

Your TV girlfriend of the year?

Your biggest squee moment of the year?
Um. You know, I'm really not sure. My memory is shocking, and I don't remember anything pushing my buttons in a stand-out-from-the-rest way.

Except Helen Mirren in Red; I think I made ridiculous dolphin noises for pretty much the entire time she was onscreen.

The most missed of your old fandoms?
Harry Potter, I think. I miss the book 3-5 fandom days - back when everyone had a fascinating theory about how the war was going to play out, and the futurefic was amazing.

The fandom you haven't tried yet, but want to?
I must admit that Hard Core Logo appeals quite a lot, on account of CKR and Hugh Dillon.

Your biggest fan anticipations for the New Year?
Seeing what comes out of the white_lotus exchange and festivids.

And, more importantly, trying to get back to a mental state where I can actually make something I don't hate. I have an awesome, awesome idea for a Burn Notice vid, at least. So that's something!
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
Late again, mostly because WebKit has been sulking every time I ask a browser to do something useful. Go, WebKit! \o/


Day 11 - A show that disappointed you.

Oh, so many of them. Oh TV, why can't I quit you? I could mention BSG here, or Dark Angel, or Alias, or The Mentalist, or Lie to Me, or any of the Stargates, or FlashForward, or even, if you want to be nitpicky, all the shows I love, because they've all let me down in various ways too. (Like NCIS with its destructive humour, especially of the Mock-the-Geek variety, like Firefly with its erasure of people of colour in a future where everyone speaks Mandarin.)

But I think here I'll talk about White Collar, because it wasn't the deepest disappointment, but one of the most recent, and one that I can clearly articulate.

When I first heard about White Collar, I was interested by the premise, which played up Neal Caffrey's criminality and the Rat Pack retro theme running through the show. Fannishly, people were talking about it in the same breath as Leverage or Burn Notice, or even Ocean's Eleven. So I was expecting a sharp, bantery heist/caper show -- and what I got was, in fact, a buddy cop show, arguably of the Genius Wrangler variety. And I already have plenty of Buddy Cop shows and Genius Wrangler shows that interest me a lot more than White Collar does. And, to be honest, I don't have much interest in partnership-based shows where the partners are both middle-class white guys. It's not White Collar's fault that it wasn't what I wanted, but it was definitely the biggest letdown of the season for me.
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Day 10 - A show you thought you wouldn't like but ended up loving.

MASH. When I was living with my last live-in boyfriend, MASH reruns were airing on weeknights before the news, and he insisted on having the TV on. (Bear in mind that I'd never seen MASH before as we were a largely TV-free household as I was growing up.) Despite the fact that I watch a lot of shows, I actually hate most TV, and I hate having the TV on; I hate ad breaks, and the way ads are louder than the shows, and I hate the mindless self-promotion of the commercial networks, and I can't stand having the TV on as background noise (which this particular boyfriend did all the time) and I was basically incredibly resistant to watching this stupid show.

And then, y'know, I saw a scene here and a scene there, and I gradually got sucked in, and - as so often happens when it comes to MASH - I fell in love with the characters and the show, and I basically loved everything about it. I haven't seen MASH in years, but I loved it then, and I keep meaning to watch it again - and all this for a show I was resolved to hate.
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
I think I was getting behind, so let's fix that!

Day 09 - Best scene ever.

Augh! I can't decide!

Thoughts behind the cut. )
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Day 08 - A show everyone should watch.

Aha, now, see, my first response for this was "the news" because I do genuinely think everyone could stand to be more informed about the world around them -- but given the state of modern news reporting, and the blatant political biases of many major agencies, I don't feel I can say that without flinching.

So, instead, I'm going to say Media Watch, although this is specific for my Aussie readers. Media Watch , which has been running since 1989, is a short weekly program on the ABC (Australia's publicly-funded national broadcaster). It's basically a media watchdog, highlighting media biases and breaches of journalistic standards, in TV show format. Unsurprisingly, most of the major media outlets hate it. It's had a significant impact on Australian news media, and brought a few scandals to light, and it serves an extremely valuable purposes in (as an Australian politician used to say) 'keeping the bastards honest'.

It can also be extremely entertaining, as well as educational; I'm not as much of a fan of the current presenter, but Stuart Littlemore, the host for the first nine years, was one of the most biting, cynical, witty, entertaining presenters on television.

It's just a shame that other countries don't seem to have an equivalent.
eleanorjane: john crichton on a beach (john crichton)
Day 07 - Least favorite episode of your favorite TV show.

Man, this one will be haaaard. I don't like focusing on things I don't like, y'know?

I think I'd have to say That Old Black Magic, episode 8 of season 1, in which the dark entity Maldis pits Crichton and Crais against each other for his own amusement.

I dislike it because... I have a hard time with people who refuse to be rational in important situations, which is Crais to a t in this episode. He's so dead-set on blaming Crichton for his brother's death that no amount of apology or explanation from Crichton will assuage his need for vengeance. I understand that people do behave like that, that people aren't all rational or sensible, but Crais's irrationality is so blatant here that I find the episode really uncomfortable to watch because the entire interaction between them is so frustrating to me.
eleanorjane: Chiana (call me pip)
I knew I missed a day. Although with my sleep patterns the way they perennially are, the concept of "day" is kind of academic at this point.

Day 06 - Favorite episode of your favorite TV show.

Given that we've already established that my favourite TV show is Farscape, that leaves me having to pick my favourite episode. Funnily enough, the episodes that first spring to mind are the ones that aren't my favourites - probably because that's a shorter list.

Okay, I can do this. *deep breath*

Farscape episodes. Well, I love Throne For A Loss, in which Crichton shows that he can get things done in spite of his genetic disadvantages - or, more likely, because of them. I love DNA Mad Scientist, where we start to see that these are real, flawed people - not noble heroes - and they will do some wrong shit when they think they're being nothing but reasonable. I love Durka Returns, when we meet Chiana for the first time, and Taking the Stone, when it's clear no-one really gets her.

...and I could go on, and on, and I don't need to because I've realised that there's one episode that stands above all the others for me: Die Me, Dichotomy. It is an absolute fucking masterpiece in the context of the rest of the season, and it's so beautifully heartbreaking. And what makes it, for me, is Aeryn; she's made herself so much more than what she was, and I fell in love with her the first time I saw it - through the tears - because she is so brave and strong and awesome.


You know, this whole meme could really be retitled, for me, Thirty Days of Elle Winding Up Talking About Farscape Every Day. I'm going to have to rewatch the series now. :)
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
Hmm, I had this nagging feeling I'd missed a day - maybe I have. Oh, timezones, how I hate you.

Day 05 - A show you hate.

This one is actually harder than I expected because I generally approach media positively, wanting to be entertained, and even when something's not my cup of tea I don't hate it - I just don't want to have to see it.

I do, however, pretty much hate most sitcoms, because they generally rely on perpetrating tired stereotypes that I find dismissive and actively hurtful.

My first thought, though, was Big Brother (specifically the Australian variety, because I haven't seen the other flavours). It was alright in its first season, when it was just a dozen people jammed into a house together for three months. That was interesting, in a sociology-experiment kind of way. These days, though, it's all cheap gimmicks and fake drama and the most annoying television coverage known to mankind.

However, I hate the Biggest Loser more, now I think about it, because it's all cheap gimmicks and fake drama and it's actively damaging, given the likely health impact of all the ridiculous dieting and high-impact exercise, plus the amount of implicit fat-hatred and body normativity and oh look, I guess there are TV shows I do hate after all. (Man, that was a run-on sentence and a half.)
eleanorjane: john crichton on a beach (john crichton)
Day 04 - Your favorite show ever.

I didn't really get heavily into TV-watching as a teen; we watched very little TV in our household, and there was some amount of parental disappointment (in a genteel sort of way) if I wanted to watch commercial television. And then I lived on campus at university which was a chaotic lifestyle with zero chance of keeping up with anything regularly.

Once I moved off campus I started watching more TV, more regularly, and I fell in love with various shows. I loved the first season of Dark Angel, and then Alias grabbed me when Dark Angel let me down in the second season. And then there was Farscape, and that's all she wrote. I've since managed to identify the features that interest me in a show, and Farscape has pretty much all of them in spades - banter, characterisation, drama and humour. It wasn't perfect; nothing ever is. But when it was good, it was glorious.
eleanorjane: Sam and G on a beach (beach)
Day 03 - Your favorite new show (aired this TV season)

At the start of the season, I was totally expecting the answer to this to be White Collar. Shenanigans! Capers! Natalie Morales!

But they badly underused Natalie Morales, and in the end it turned out not to be a caper show but basically a buddy cop show about two characters I couldn't bring myself to care much about. Which is a shame.

So, I'm going to say NCIS: Los Angeles. I think it's deeply flawed in some areas (for instance, its Serious Emotional Plot Arc episodes are just laden with offputting Srs Emo Manpain because it's trying to follow the NCIS model with less-good actors and characters we care less about), but when it sets aside the Srs Emo Manpain Plot Arcs, the ordinary weekly procedural episodes are really quite enjoyable, and I'm hoping for more of them next season.


In other news, it's 2am and I should be going to bed, but I'm hungry, so I'm going to make myself a bowl of pasta and sit and play with the new David Mitchell's SoapBox iPad app.
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Man, is it that time already? Where did this week go?

From [community profile] fannish5: Name five characters who probably shouldn't try to be monogamous.

1. Chiana, from Farscape. Her entire nature is to be an unconfined free spirit, and the bounds of monogamy just really aren't her thing.

2. The Doctor. Despite the opportunity to partner with plenty of other ageless lifeforms out there, he chooses to gad about with humans, which tells me he's interested in a multiplicity of experiences rather than cleaving to one person.

3. James T. Kirk, particularly of the Star Trek Reboot variety, because my take on him is that he's definitely not the type to be happy with monogamy. Commitment, sure, but not monogamy.

4. Tony DiNozzo, of NCIS, because he's just the reverse and it's not working for him: he engages in serial monogamy without the commitment, and he's not happy. IMO, DiNozzo would be happiest in a committed open relationship.

5. Tony Stark, because - let's face it - he's a cad. :)
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Day 02 - A show that you wish more people were watching

I don't actually have an obvious answer for this. Most of the stuff that I really love at the moment tends to be fairly mainstream and popular; it's not so obscure that I think "oh, people would love this if they only knew about it". (My current dedicated TV-watching roster is: NCIS, Castle, Burn Notice, and QI, plus I'm less dedicated about but still interested in NCIS:LA (though I fast-forward through the Emo Manpain episodes), Bones, Dr Who, Spicks and Specks, and Leverage.)

If this was last year, I'd say The Middleman, to try and save it from cancellation - but it's too late now. So I think I'll say Castle, just to keep it safe, since it's the one in most danger.


Right, that's that done, now back to wrestling with WordPress templates for my new blog.
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Day 01 - A show that should have never been canceled

This is tricky. My first response was "Firefly!" but thinking about it, I generally like Whedon shows less once he's got stuck into ruining everyone's lives, whereas the half-season we got wasn't perfect, but was damn awesome.

Then I thought "Futurama!" but hey, they're bringing that back. (Soon, soon!) So they're off the hook for that one.

Then I realised: Farscape, where they'd planned just one more season and the plug got pulled at the last minute. Oh, lost fifth season, how tragic and awesome you would have been.

The other days... )
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Swiped from [personal profile] greenbirds, because I'm having trouble making my brain wake up today, and this might do the trick - and it seemed like a good intro for the new folks reading me.

here there be memery )
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
Swiped from [personal profile] helens78 and a couple of other places ;)

Here's a theme that goes "post your five favorite TV shows in no particular order, and answer questions!"

I'm going to answer this for 'my five favourite shows ever', not 'right now', so:

a. Farscape (OH MY HEART)
b. Futurama
c. Star Trek: The Next Generation
e. Castle

Fun stuff here! )
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Hooray, someone did indeed provide the female equivalent of the male celebrity sex meme! Gacked from [ profile] voleuse.

many names under the cut! )

I tell you, I wanted to put a lot more than three names on that list. :)
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Swiped from [personal profile] musesfool again.

That TV meme that's making the rounds )
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
And, because I can't sleep, let's have some memeage! Gacked from [personal profile] musesfool.

The (male) celebrity sex meme. )

Holy shit, there is not enough boldface for some of the guys on this list. I keep seeing names and going 'but I need to be able to make this one EVEN BOLDER'.

...has anyone done one of these memes for female celebrities? I should write a list, but I get as far as 'Katee Sackhoff' and 'Claudia Black' and then I just get, uh, distracted...
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
Seen in various places, most recently [personal profile] torachan and [personal profile] musesfool. I'm taking this mostly as whether I enjoy reading the tropes and/or would write about them.

Genderswap: I don't have anything against it, but I'm much more interested in "always a [opposite gender]" AUs rather than "magical accident/machine/act of god swaps your gender". I don't quite know what pushes my buttons about the "always a girl/guy" scenario, but I find that a number of canon male protagonists are blisteringly hot when recast as women (*cough* Jane Kirk, anyone?).

Bodyswap: Is fun. I don't know that I'd write it, but it's one of the cracky cliches that I do generally enjoy. Hell, one of my favourite hours of TV of all time is the Farscape bodyswap episode Out of Their Minds.

Drunk!fic: I can take or leave it. I tend to have a very low tolerance for drunk people unless I'm unsober myself, so reading about them isn't necessarily a favourite hobby. I appreciate that booze can be a good way of getting two recalcitrant characters in the sack, but it's not a trope I actively seek out for its own sake.

Huddling together for warmth: Oooh, well, I think this is really only a trope in canons where there's a big barrier to same-sex activity (eg SGA, Due South, etc) and in my mind it kind of goes hand-in-hand with WNGWJLEO. Not something I'd write, although I don't mind reading it.

Undercover in a gay bar: Guys in eyeliner, nnngh. (Om nom nom nom nom.)

Pretending to be married: I do like this trope; I have a weakness for stories where characters see how well they mesh together (or don't, heh) before they're actually in a relationship.

Secretly a virgin: Nah, not my bag. I have opinions about sex and celibacy, and this trope does not play towards them.

Amnesia: can be interesting, but it's not something I actively seek out, and I think it'd be hard to write well.

Crossdressing: as a trope in a story is pretty definitely not my kink, and it tends to make me uncomfortable when it's played as a kink, unless it's an actual part of someone's gender/identity expression.

Forced to share a bed: This one's often fun, although it doesn't hugely push my buttons as a trope in and of itself - but it's a good starting point for more interesting things.

Aliens made them do it: In some fandoms yes, in others no. It works for me in SGA, for instance, but it wouldn't in, say, Constantine. Generally in fandoms where the power issues around a character or pairing are rife anyway, I'm not so interested in adding more with tropes like this.

Wingfic: I'm not anti-wingfic, as such, but I feel it has to be well-done in order not to feel pasted on (heh). It just all feels like fic catering to a fetish I don't have.

Mpreg: Generally not. I like well-done kidfic, but mpreg itself, not so much. Too much biology knowledge. (I am fine with Magical Technological External Wombs, or Magically Sprouting Babies On Beanstalks, or whatever. Just not the actual _preg_ bit of mpreg.)

Mistakenly assumed to be gay: Can be amusing, but it's not a trope I actively seek out. I prefer "mistakenly assumed to be a couple", anyway.

Let's play truth or dare: For adolescents and young adult characters, hell yes. Great icebreaker. :)

Mary Sue fic: NEVER EVER COMMITTED TO PAPER OMG. Which doesn't mean one doesn't daydream. *g*

Aphrodisiacs: More interesting than drunk!fics, but I wouldn't want to read a whole ton of them. The odd sex pollen story is fun though. Prrrrobably not something I'd write, though.

Curtain fic: Yeah; I have a real weakness for slice-of-life fic. I'd both read and write this.

Hurt/Comfort: I find h/c elements often add to a fic, but something centred around it tends to get a bit overwrought for my tastes.

Apocalypse fic: MOAR ZOMBIES. Everything goes better with zombies. I have read so many good apocafics, I can't even say, and I've got a few ideas rattling around the braincase.

Someone has a baby: See mpreg for the kidfic discussion.

Telepathic soulbonding: Under the right circumstances it can work, and I'm enough of a romantic to accept MFEO scenarios, but there are so many Overwrought 13 Year Old Purple Prose pitfalls waiting that I certainly wouldn't want to tackle it.

Werewolves mate for life: Again, something I have a hard time dealing with. MFEO is fine, but the idea of an irrevocable, non-negotiable bond just doesn't sit right with me.
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
Seen around the traps, most recently at [personal profile] musesfool's: Name your 15 absolutely favorite couples (het/slash/canon/fanon) and ask people to see what trends they notice about your couples. Try to pick different fandoms.

Alrighty then.

1. John Crichton/Aeryn Sun (Farscape. Oh, show. *sniffles*)
2. Jack Sparrow/James Norrington (Pirates of the Caribbean)
3.Bruno Walton/Boots O'Neal (MacDonald Hall)
4. Danny Ocean/Rusty Ryan (Oceans' 11)
5. Malcolm Reynolds/Serenity (Firefly)
6. John Sheppard/Rodney McKay (SGA, and only because of the quality of the fandom's writers)
7. Harry Potter/Draco Malfoy (WHAT. Yes, okay, I admit it. But dammit, I _like_ fanon Draco, at least the iterations I've seen.)
8. Fraser/Ray K (Due South)
9. John Constantine/Angela Dodson (Constantine)
10. Bigby/Snow (Fables)
11. Tony/Pepper (Iron Man)
12. Fry/Leela (Futurama)
13. Tony DiNozzo/Ziva David (NCIS)
14. Elizabeth Bennett/Fitzwilliam Darcy (Pride & Prejudice)
15. Han Solo/Leia Organa (Star Wars)

This was surprisingly hard, you know - it turns out that I don't have a whole heap of favourite couples in the sense of "I would be unhappy if they wound up with anyone else". This is the closest I can get.

And I can see one giant obvious trend right there, too. :)


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