rivkat: Dean reading (dean reading)
( Jun. 7th, 2012 10:20 am)
Wow. Your views on race affect what you think about this dog (Bo Obama, as it happens).

In the same vein, Anne Fausto-Sterling on Bodies with Histories:
Or consider spirometers, which measure lung function. The normal functioning of black people’s lungs is typically presumed to be 10–15 percent below that of white people’s. As Lundy Braun, who studies the intersection of race and medical science and technology, has shown, the presumption stems from a poorly supported idea that blacks inherently have lesser lung capacities than whites. Yet spirometers are calibrated to account for this difference. Some machines actually have a “race” switch built into them, which technicians flip depending on what race they believe the patient to be. Pegging the lung function of blacks at a lower level means, among other things, that they have to be sicker than whites in order to qualify for worker’s compensation or other insurance for lung-related illness.
Quis Copyright Ipsos Custodes: Another perspective on Watchmen prequels, including discussion of copyright and fan fiction, along with the difficulty of defending as feminist the argument that one particular guy should control these characters, instead of a corporation. Unlike the author, I like the original Watchmen, though.

neat fantasy by P.C. Hodgell, Holly Black, Joe Haldeman, Alison Bechdel )
rivkat: Dean's arms (dean's arms)
( Jul. 9th, 2011 12:45 am)
[livejournal.com profile] counteragent shot some scenes from the pilot with female Sam and Dee and male Jess.  She has pictures up.  Her Dee is gorgeous and is now my genderswap Dee forever in my head.  She should join the Girls on Film, who do this a bunch!
Mainstream pop-culture/remix-savvy media: have a Woody Allen supercut.

Fandom, specifically [personal profile] thingswithwings: have a manpain supercut.

The bonus meta post is well worth reading, and to my mind bears some eerie similarities to the reasons given by Jeff Koons for why he copied fashion photos in his painting Niagara, reasons which led a federal court to find that he was engaged in fair use.  As [personal profile] thingswithwings points out, there were dozens of examples to choose from without thinking hard, and that's what makes this such a useful commentary.  Also, I like excluding John Crichton for the reason given!
rivkat: Rivka as Wonder Woman (Default)
( Jun. 4th, 2011 12:54 pm)
[personal profile] rachelmanija points to a big Kindle book sale, including The Prince of Tides.  I can't improve on her blurb: "I have an enormous, slightly guilty fondness for this lush, engrossing, and utterly cracktastic Southern Gothic epic about a family whose eccentricity, dysfunctionality, and mental illness goes so far over the top that it reaches the stratosphere. The movie doesn't really do it justice. Contains some racist characters, rape, self-harm, and many other disturbing things. Also contains some really excellent food porn." I would add: the dinner party scene alone defines Crowning Moment of Awesome for me.
rivkat: Dean reading (dean reading)
( May. 30th, 2010 10:07 pm)
I blame jetlag for my fight with the LJ posting interface just now, anyway.  On my United flight out to San Francisco, they tried to serve me Diet Coke Light (labelled in Italian). Betrayed! I even popped the first can and took a sip before I realized; the taste brought me right around. I know most people don’t taste much of a difference between the brands/sugar substitutes, but unless it’s Diet Coke with aspartame I’m not drinking it.

Stephen King, Megan Whalen Turner, Camille Bacon-Smith )
Seen on Freecycle today: stuffed prating dog. Turns out it was a typo for “praying,” but I’d be into a prating dog, at least as long as I could turn it off.
Ilona Andrews, Daniel Abraham, musical history, cars, lawyer-novelists )
rivkat: I am not your user-generated content (user-generated content)
( Sep. 27th, 2009 08:28 pm)
I decided to write up a list of vids I never get tired of, trying to limit myself to one per fandom except SPN, which means a large number got excluded. It’s also interesting to see which from my old recs post have become “rewatch a lot” vids. I’m definitely trending to faster cuts, but I still love my emo porn.

Angel, BSG, Chuck, Dark Angel, Doctor Who, Farscape, Firefly, Heroes, Highlander, Iron Man, Legend of the Seeker, Multi, QAFUS, RPV, Smallville, Star Trek TOS, SGA, Supernatural, X-Files  )
rivkat: Rivka as Wonder Woman (catwoman michelle)
( Jun. 22nd, 2004 10:56 pm)
Hello from the newly named Rivkave (it pronounces much better than it writes; maybe "Riv-cave," along the lines of "Bat-cave"?). I've been slacking on the reading, but I still have some reviews in the hopper. One humor and three sf this time.

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rivkat: Rivka as Wonder Woman (Default)
( Oct. 26th, 2003 10:10 pm)
Yeah, not as enticing as "Girls, girls, girls" -- or really, given my assumed audience, "boys, boys, boys." But I have many more books than boys (and I'm not sharing him). Fantasy and science fiction.

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rivkat: Martha: when you're good to mama, mama's good to you (good to mama)
( Aug. 31st, 2003 11:30 pm)
Confidential to MSRead more... )

Today was no-tax day, which made me a very happy woman at Ann Taylor. [livejournal.com profile] astolat and our friend G. convinced me to buy a cream silk coat, almost completely useless and fragile but only $25, down from $200. NYC-goers, the Ann Taylor on 80th St. has an incredibly big sale section, with nice stuff. Meanwhile, the bookstore may have my books Tuesday, for my class that started last week, and I can already tell that teaching four days a week is going to be tough. Teach tomorrow? Didn't I *do* that already?

Much, much fiction to review. In the meantime, don't wait; read Ted Chiang's Stories of Your Life and Others now. Every so often, but not nearly often enough, a book comes along that reminds you why you fell in love with sf in the first place. Chiang's won the Hugo and the Nebula and the Campbell and a bunch of other stuff, on the basis of six stories (the seventh is new in this collection), and there's good reason for it. His "what if"s leave me with a sense of wonder and amazement, both at his ingenuity and the vagaries of the human spirit he portrays. The last story, about technology that can remove our ability to recognize beauty in human faces, but only in faces, to decrease appearance-based discrimination, just blew me away.
rivkat: Rivka as Wonder Woman (Default)
( Jul. 27th, 2003 12:59 am)
I had an amazing fannish day, including more promised cliche-fic and a reviewing of Pirates of the Carribean in which the greater-than-average-intelligence of the script was more clear than on first exposure. Unfortunately, I have yet to do anything about my faculty presentation on Tuesday, and I really need to circulate a paper first thing Monday, so it will be a busy Sunday. Of course, that's not going to stop me from writing the truly awful cliche-fic that staggered out from the deepest recesses of my brain like the bastard child of Frankenstein's monster and the Swamp Thing.

But first, a lot of books, most about history:
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John Keegan, Daniel Handler, Smallville tie-in, The Recruit, and Evanescence’s Fallen coming up. Then I get myself in trouble. If you want better-thought-out words, just stop reading after the reviews.

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Also, NGIP (nearly gratuitous) -- my beloved Z made me a Watchmen icon! Someday I've just got to give Lex a cat named Bubastis.

I love sports movies, though I can't stand sports, and Poolhall Junkies is basically a sports movie. Though there's no uplifting training montage, which is really the best part of a sports movie.

Anyhow, it was pretty funny in parts, though somewhat incoherent. The pool was often fun to watch; the central character starts off so good that it's hard to understand how he could ever lose, though the movie fixes that in a Hustler-like plot turn.

Christopher Walken IM'd in a performance that was nonetheless eyecatching. He had the best line in the movie: upon being taunted about a one-in-a-million shot that won him a bet, with the taunter saying he couldn't ever make that shot again, he says, "I don't have to make it again. I just made it now!"

Good point.

The movie also confirmed what I'd thought for a while: MR is cute and all, but when he's with hair, he does nothing for me. He's just another frat boy with a charming smile and a glint of contempt in his eye for anyone taken in by it.

Jennifer Government by Max Barry: Go read this book. It's a two-days-from-tomorrow story about a world in which corporations rule -- to the extent that one's last name is taken from one's employer -- and Nike stages gang-like hits on customers to promote its new sneakers. And that's just the beginning. The coincidences pile on pretty high, but the plot moves fast enough that it's forgivable. And I'm just a sucker for tough-guy dialogue in new settings (Anita Blake, anyone?), like "You're pretty confident for a guy whose antivirus software depends on buffer overruns." Well, in context it's a great line, and literature does the tech-suspense better than movies, where staring at a screen and waiting for a printer is hard to dramatize, as in that last Tom Clancy/Harrison Ford movie.

Also, the title character, with a barcode on her cheek and enough baggage to fill a cargo hold, is just plain fun.

Go read this book.
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