rivkat: Dean reading (dean reading)
( Sep. 23rd, 2015 08:36 am)
Okay, all else aside, #bae_of_pigs is a brilliant coinage, no? Perfect synthesis of present pop culture with historical political scandal.

lots of old favorites, with sf, fantasy, sex, horror, and Richard Siken )
rivkat: trust no one folded dollar bill by dan tague (trust no 1)
( Dec. 28th, 2013 12:03 am)
New icon on DW from a piece of art that is way too expensive for me, but that I love anyway (because of the X-Files, of course).  It's made from a crumpled dollar bill.

I got a delightful Sleepy Hollow story for Yuletide! Three Gifts is the kind of Ichabod/Abbie pining that really does it for me.  This is a relationship with real barriers and I respect that greatly. 

Yuletide Madness also brought me the equally delightful Covert Affairs story Away, which is Auggie/Eyal as part of an established threesome with Annie. It went directly to my own personal cravings for them. 

Others: Excellent multimedia in this Galaxy Quest story, which is as affectionate towards fandom as its source. And GQ fandom also got the amazingly tender/pleasurably painful Alexander Dane story I didn’t know I needed, The Space Between,  in which there is also a reboot.

Charlie Stross’s Laundry universe: Violins at Work, from the perspective of Mo O’Brien, Bob Howard’s extremely dangerous wife. Very Strosslike: “Is there a word for an appetite and some kind of understanding without a mind to do the planning? Kind of like a cat deciding that this human will just about do as a servant, because it smells of food, but without the sensitivity and consideration for which all felines are well known.”

Non-Yuletide: my J2 story Full Service Firm now has a Russian translation, which I think is a first for me. As always, I remain impressed by the archive’s growth: the translation’s work number is an order of magnitude greater than Full Service Firm’s.

Also, randomly, anyone who really wanted to rock my world could make a Vampire Diaries Damon vid to Diamond Ring’s Wait and See. He’s chancing on situations and he’s out of his league! He just needs some provocation and he’s down on his knees! (I am so serious here: this would be my Lord King Bad Vid of great commitment if I did such things.)

Personal note: the new scar on my arm reminds me way too much of the Eye of Sauron. Or any eye really. Scars should not look like eyes, is what I’m saying here.

And finally: This is the best pickup conversation ever, and the fact that it comes from a Dean Winchester sex dream is only icing on the cake. 
Signal boost: New York’s Museum of the Moving Image is hosting a special exhibit, Cut Up,  which "celebrates the practice of re-editing popular media to create new work, presenting contemporary videos by self-taught editors and emerging artists alongside landmarks of historic and genre-defining reappropriation." They’re showing, among other things, [personal profile] laurashapiro’s I Put You There, along with Kandy Fong's Both Sides Now and Vogue!

The criminal NSA: why this pervasive surveillance is illegal and unconstitutional.

Wi-vi: use a cellphone to see through walls.  At least it creates fic possibilities?

Free to good fannish home: 20-year anniversary edition of Heathers.  Let me know in comments.
Stephen King, Elissa Wald, Cory Doctorow & Charles Stross, David Wojnarowicz, The Walking Dead )
Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] shoofus for the virtual panda!

I’ve been listening to Alanis Morissette’s Jekyll & Hyde, a delightful bonus track on the iTunes version of havoc & bright lights. That album, plus the new Pet Shop Boys, made me realize that putting together b-sides is getting to be as complicated as it was in the bad old days, what with Amazon and iTunes having different versions (and often enough different prices, though Amazon is going to $1.29 on some tracks too).

eBay wants to force you into arbitration (which you will never be able to afford a lawyer for, much less win) unless you opt out. details )

The awesome Steve Burt (disclosure: I’m proud to call him a friend) gets a full story in the NYT, in which his practice of focusing on the poets he likes and not spending time on criticizing those he doesn’t gets some attention.

Not unrelatedly, George Orwell on “Why I Write."

My favorite vid from Vividcon was [personal profile] bradcpu’s Ride to California.  I love how it uses “California” as a metaphor for the heroism of the Avengers; I can’t explain exactly why I love that so much, but the vid is great fun.

Charles Stross, Richard Morgan )
rivkat: Rivka as Wonder Woman (Default)
( Aug. 16th, 2006 07:52 pm)
Slate discusses the "trend" in married couples' names. What's funny is that it really reminds me of the fandom debates over Spuffy and the like.

rivkat: Wonder Woman reading comic (wonder woman reading comic)
( Feb. 15th, 2006 11:03 am)
In which I am bitchy.

Fallon, Gould, Heinlein, Stross )
O my Honda Civic Hybrid -- I love you because when I took [livejournal.com profile] misterrivkat to the airport for his trip to Iceland, we left DC at 4:15 and I spent until around 6:30 navigating the usual, moderately awful DC-area rush hour in DC, Maryland, DC again and then Virginia.

And I got over 45 miles per gallon.

Admittedly, this is a notable result, and I probably won't get that for the whole tank. But it still makes me unreasonably happy.

Book reviews: Coben, Rusch, Robinson, Kellerman, Briggs, Stross, MacLeod, Butler )
Subject line from "Your Pearly Whites," by These Arms Are Snakes. Cool line. Another good one in my recent playlist: "Carved your name/across my eyelids/You pray for rain/I pray for blindness," from "Crown of Love" by The Arcade Fire. Also, for Tori Amos fans, check out Michelle Cross, who has an album's worth of mp3s for free download at her site. My favorites: "Cold Light," "Cinderella," and "Sushi Queen."

Before the books, I need to ask for help: I need beta readers/viewers for (a) what I'm pretty sure is the most pornographic story I've ever written, SV of course, about 25 pages, futurefic/AU; (b) a SV vid, sadly not pornographic in the slightest; and (c) a Buffy vid, which I suppose marks my switch from SV fan who vids to vidder. Let me know here or drop a note to RivkaT at aol if you're interested.

David Gerrold, Jim Butcher, Orson Scott Card, Year's Best SF, Laurie Marks, John Ridley )
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