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Oct. 13th, 2017

Posting too much today because I love to share: things I notice in fanvids edition.

In Bucky's flashbacks, HYDRA seems to be amputating his arm a couple of inches above the elbow. It's hard to tell because he's looking down at his body, but it's definitely towards that end of his upper arm. When they're dragging him through the snow the fall itself seems to have taken off most of his lower arm somewhere around the elbow joint. A lot of fic I've read written post Winter Soldier and pre Civil War, if it goes into detail at all, seems to assume that the prosthetic is anchored on the remains of his upper arm, including the bone. That would make a lot of sense if you were attaching a metal arm to someone, after all.

After he and Steve fight Tony at the end of Civil War though, Bucky's arm has been ripped off at the shoulder.

I really, really hope that through the years that metal arm put too much stress on his original upper arm and they'd done further surgery to just anchor it at the shoulder or something, knowing that they wouldn't be keeping him around for that much longer anyway. Because otherwise it would seem that Tony may have removed not just most of his prosthetic, but the remaining pieces of his actual arm.

You're welcome for this very cheerful observation. Someone should write a fic where Tony's like "hey I can see how this arm works now OH SHIT THAT'S NOT METAL."

Aug. 13th, 2017

total ramble: SHIELD is scared of Sam's birds )

Oct. 30th, 2016

Halloween-related headcanons

- No one who turns up to a party Maya's at wearing a Native headdress is leaving with it intact. The longest it's taken is probably around ten minutes for her to pull a "Oh hey, that's neat, can I have a look at that--? Oh, gee, what a pity!"
- Ianto is meticulous and detail-oriented and really good at making plans and putting them together... except on Halloween. He just can't be bothered. Most of his costumes are based around what's already in his closet, usually but not always suits.
- If you want to see Sam trying to pretend like he's not getting super emotional, show him a picture of a little black kid dressed as Captain America.
- TJ never uses her appearance as the basis of a costume. Instead she'll wear totally normal stuff, like dressing up as Minnie Mouse or a sexy nurse or whatever.

Sep. 16th, 2016

I really hope someone's done their thesis on tv's various murdered before the show starts popular sex-loving blonde schoolgirls cf Laura Palmer, Lily Kane & Alison diLaurentis. (What's with all those Ls? lol) Because... I'm watching Twin Peaks and god there are so many similarities. Friends trying to track the killers, secret sexcapades, video/cassette tapes, clues hidden away in the dead girl's bedroom...

eta: tfw two of your usually lowest activity characters hit monthly requirements first

Jun. 17th, 2016

Ugh lying in bed very not tired so time for a throwback to the traditional three am meta! (actually 11pm)

rambling about jack and ianto )

Apr. 27th, 2016

With all the smutty fanfic turning up in Jaha, and having always existed in Doorway and come up in conversation a few times, I've been thinking about one of the bits of Jack and Ianto's relationship that really interests me which is how Ianto feels about/handles a) people's general lusting after his boyfriend and b) Jack's low-level flirting with everyone. (These two separate out particularly with the fictionality aspect, where the first group is probably largely made up of people who are into Jack-the-character. Not only randoms on the internet, but other characters who've seen Dr Who and/or Torchwood.)

I think he's actually not a very jealous person... to a certain point. Before that point he's not too bothered, he can joke about Jack's friendliness and his awareness of Jack's fans is really purely factual. But when it does start to feel like too much, he doesn't have a gradual increase in discomfort, he just hits a wall of "okay that's enough", and at that point he deals with it by getting subtly possessive to make it clear that Jack is his and everyone else should back off. You can see it sometimes in season two when he does this, but usually it is really subtle, like moving to stand right behind Jack, making sure people see him holding Jack's coat for him to put on, occasionally making little comments. Sleeper is chock full of these moments, and I think in that case it's a matter of their relationship changing and Ianto trying to figure out the shape of it now that Jack's come back and everything between them is different and how to feel most comfortable. He's basically spending half the episode going "OKAY YES SO I'M PRETTY SURE JACK IS MINE NOW?" Then he settles down after that and is content to... I guess maintain his claim through the really subtle shit like meaningful looks and touching.

Apr. 24th, 2016

spoilers for recent The 100 )

Feb. 25th, 2016

Because nerds gonna nerd there's a whole heap of resources on the web for analysing and learning Trigedasleng, the Grounder language in The 100. One of the conversations that seems to come up fairly frequently is its similarity in some aspects to AAVE and whether that was intentional or subconscious or coincidental. I obvs don't have the credentials to weigh in on that, but what I do notice is three features of the basic grammar that are very, very familiar to me.

Two of them are in the pronouns, specifically in the first person plural cases and in both third person cases. In the third person, there is no gender specification. That's not that uncommon a feature, to be fair. English is already towards the far end of the scale in gendered/ungendered languages, and it's not hard to imagine dropping the genders from pronouns as well. But then there's also "we":

yumi, meaning "you and me"
oso, meaning "we, these people and me and also you"
osir, meaning "we, these people and me, but not you"

That doesn't feature in mainstream English. I'm not sure if it does in AAVE. The wiki page for Trigedasleng identifies the etymology for you plural (yo) as "you all", or y'all, which definitely does feature in some existing variants of English. This separation of first person plural does occur in Pacific languages, though, or at least in Te Reo Māori. It's not exactly the same - TRM has this yumi/oso differentiation in the number of people referred to in all plural pronouns. Yumi/oso is the equivalent of tāua/tātou. Osir is split into māua and mātou (me and one other person, me and more than one other person). Yo becomes korua (you two) and koutou (all of you). And emo, the Trigedasleng for third person plural, is rāua/rātou (those two, those more than two). But the start of the shift is there, in the differences between yumi, oso and osir.

The third thing is in the locatives (/demonstratives, spatial adverbs, whatever). There are nine of them in Trigedasleng, three sets of three. One refers to things that are close to the speaker. One that are close to the listener. And one that are further away from both. Again, this three-way split, rather than English's two-way split between here and there, is something that features in TRM with the particles nei, na and ra (right here, there by you, there far away).

Obviously it makes little sense for Trigedasleng to be influenced by Pacific languages, and especially not by Te Reo Māori which is spoken in the very south of the Pacific Ocean and is elsewhere so minor a language that Trigedasleng's architect, David J Peterson, has probably never heard of it. The show is set on the East Coast of the United States, closer to the Atlantic, so you can't even argue for a Hawaiian influence. But it's interesting that there's two major similarities in the basic grammar. Most likely the splits came from a need for precision in a warrior culture under threat from a vastly technologically superior external force (the Mountain Men). When your enemy has radio communications and guns, and you have face to face communication and spears, you really need your orders and plans to be very, very clear.

Aug. 22nd, 2014

With the general election in four weeks it's campaign season and the Greens (the third biggest party and, tbh, kind of the only credible Opposition because Labour are incompetent) have been having various Kiwi celebrities endorsing them. So today this happened:

^ Keisha Castle-Hughes

I reposted it with a comment about Gaia voting Greens and wondering how the other characters on The Almighty Johnsons would vote. And then, because this country is awesome, the co-leader of the Greens RTed me and a whole bunch of her followers started debating the subject.

Colin Gundersen votes ACT. Mike is your classic Labour voter. Anders votes National, when he can be bothered. Dawn carefully assesses everyone's policies each election and votes strategically. Ingrid votes Greens, Olaf votes ALCP (Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party). We don't have an answer for Michele, but Michelle Langstone who played her was tagged into the conversation so she might have an opinion when she's around. In my head, Eva doesn't is politically non-political and doesn't vote. I considered whether Stacey might be an aspirational Nat, especially after she gets her business going, but she seems a bit non-conformist for that. I think Hanna might be, though. And of course Jerome, Leon et al are Mana supporters, though I'm not sure how they'd react to Kim Dotcom's buy in and the Internet-MANA merger. I'm pretty sure they're more into Hone and he's suddenly a bit in the background now.

Also someone contributed a picture of their sad newly-neutered pup Odin, because New Zealand is a magical place where tv and politics and dogs and celebrities just all go together. Honestly I don't know if I'd want to live somewhere where I couldn't have ridiculous conversations with the country's elected representatives on Twitter.

May. 1st, 2014

Never not wondering what the penalties are for mid-range crimes in the wizarding world. There's references in books to fines, but the only jail they seem to have is of a nature where essentially any sentence over about a week will fuck you up for life, which is one thing for people who've tried to overthrow the government, but what about serious assault? Major fraud? Repeat offending?

Sep. 2nd, 2009


So I'm poking around Teh NZ Intarwebs looking at rabbit hutches and prices trying to see if I can find really nice roomy outdoor accommodations that I can afford and there's this one site that is like a directory of website businesses. Apparently if you search for 'rabbit and/or hutches', you get an AWFUL LOT of, erm, "adult self-entertainment" results. Rabbit vibrators, obviously. Somehow I feel that this is not what I'm looking for.

I have a lot of thoughts about fandom as separate from mainstream society.

This got long and rambling. )

Aug. 9th, 2009

Good lord that meta got out of hand. Thinking way too much when I should be working on my prompt for the 10th.

May. 19th, 2009

Meta: the case for smitten!Jack/wary!Ianto

There's a lot of fanfic where Ianto is in love with Jack and Jack mostly just wants to shag him silly. Which can be fun (especially the shagging bit), but my interpretation is sort of... almost the complete opposite.

Jack vs the Deflectatron )

May. 6th, 2009

The best crime-fighting team on tv

Benton Fraser from Due South
Darien Fawkes from Invisible Man
Jack Harkness from Torchwood

Darien has the invisibility and Jack can't die. Fraser doesn't have any crazy sci-fi abilities but that's okay because he can sniff mud and be polite in several different languages. They may want to teach Darien how to actually be stealthy, but he's also experienced at breaking and entering and post-series he isn't reliant on counter-agent anymore. All three of them have good contacts too. I mean, the Keeper is a crazy smart scientist chick, Fraser has the Chicago PD and Jack has the resources of Torchwood, plus Martha at UNIT.

I suppose on the research side they could add, like, Bones, or Cal from Lie to Me, though Jack has a super awesome lie detector as we saw in Adam and Fraser can sort of eyebrow-raise at people until they crack.

May. 3rd, 2009

Unreliable narrator - the three perspectives

Two different older Canadian tv shows - Due South and The Invisible Man - each have an episode in the latter half in which three main characters have three different perspectives on events, Seeing is Believing and Going Postal. I quite like how they play next to each other - they each start, nominally, at the end, to begin with. In IMan this is Hobbes shooting up the breakroom at a mail centre, in DS it's a man in a food court at a mall getting stabbed.

In IMan, however, the entire episode is basically recall framed by a small bit of action in a psychiatric institute. Events have to be remembered and dictated to a doctor who is evaluating Hobbes' mental state. On the other hand, in DS there is much less actual recall and more conversation as they attempt to decide what actually happened in an attempt to pursue justice, with no negative ramifications for the actual characters aside from dissatisfaction from not solving the case.

While both shows have comic undertones, in IMan they're played up a little more, as Hobbes' recollection is done in film noir style and the incredible disparity in the three stories is inherently ridiculous, particularly the section where Fawkes and Hobbes fight over the girl. DS has over the top music used as the soundtrack in some of the imagined scenes, as well. While the details that each person remembers are fairly similar on the surface, it's the extrapolation and interpretation that gets wildly off track.

The conclusion in DS is reached through a combination of hypnosis, policework and Fraser's madskills with a knife. There's time for this because the recollections are so much shorter and scattered throughout the narrative, though no less coloured by the personalities of the viewers, whereas in IMan where they're larger blocks of time the conclusion is a realisation at the end followed by a brief twist and an absolutely brilliant line from Eberts - "I want chicken, and sausages, and someone to love me!"

Apr. 25th, 2009

Tiny gunporn meta on power and dominance in slash

Sometime last year I wrote Shooting Your Mouth Off, a Pepper/Aubrey gunporn smut, which made me realise I have a bit of a gunporn kink. Last night, my brain wouldn't let me sleep until I'd gotten back up and penned Take Back the Night, a Jack/Ianto gunporn smut.

Not Safe For Ange )

Okay, and that went on way more of a tangent than I expected, considering I'm talking about boys playing with guns, but suffice to say, power is a funny thing that doesn't always depend on who has the firepower.

Apr. 6th, 2009

Avada Kedavra

Of the three Unforgivables, this one has always been the fuzziest for me. On the surface of it, it's actually about the most humane way to kill someone - instant, pain-free death. It makes one wonder why that's inherently more unforgivable than things like blasting spells that can cause a lot more pain and damage.

I posit: AK is not unforgivable solely because of the effect it has on the person casting it, implying an inherent evil in the casting of the spell itself that is not based on society's perception of the spell as evil but is instead an absolute fact. The spell is unforgivable because it's evil, rather than being evil because it's unforgivable. But the reason it's evil could be that there's no defense against it. None. Even a gun shot to the head can be survived in some cases (albeit generally with major loss of function), and sectumsempra may gut you and cause you to bleed out but it's treatable if you get to a Healer soon enough. But AK is instant death, no saving roll, no defense, even if you get hit in the hand rather than the chest or head. It makes the playing field utterly uneven.

A: The magic required to make the body simply cease living, to cause every working impulse to just stop, is what makes the spell dark.
B: The spell itself is dark, no matter your opinions on life, morality, no matter the situation - even used humanely, the spell is dark.
C: This, not the matter of murder itself or how it's carried out, is what makes it unforgivable.

Meaning, incidentally, that unless you're particularly and irrevocably twisted to the point where eating meat saturated with Wrongness doesn't bother you, AK would probably be useless for hunting. Sectumsempra might be slightly better but it's also dark magic and thus may still affect the victim in some way; probably a very focused diffindo would be the best move. Either that or stupefy and then use a knife.

Sep. 27th, 2007

Where does a butterfly go when it rains?

I have come to the conclusion that 90% of the wizarding population lives in caravans out the back of the large estates owned by the higher quarter. Why? Well, Hogsmeade is the only all-wizarding village in Britain. Let's say it has a population of 100 or so. Diagon Alley, a single street, and Knockturn Alley, a single street that no one respectable visits, seem to be the commercial and business hub of the entire country.

But aside from Muggleborns and halfbloods with a lot of Muggle blood, most wizards have little to no contact with Muggles. Sure, some of them are rich enough to live in big houses way out in the country. There's at least three families in Ottery St Catchpole, too (all of whom seem to be fairly pureblooded). But as OSC is quite obviously not Hogsmeade, it follows that Muggles live there. And yet the Weasleys are completely unknowledgeable about them. 12 Grimmauld Place is smackdab in the middle of London - it's possible that it's in a wizarding area, but it's implied that it's not, that instead the house is surrounded by Muggle houses, and yet it's occupied by a very anti-Muggle pureblood family who apparently have no desire whatsoever to mix with Muggles, ever.

Do people never go outside or something? Maybe they just floo merrily from place to place, happily ignoring the fact that they're in the middle of a world they apparently no absolutely nothing about despite the fact that it's impossible to ignore it if they step outside the front garden.

eta: Five songs from The Feelers' debut album.

Sep. 8th, 2007

Three AM Meta: Home Security Edition

The thing with roleplaying and writing is that it requires you to actually interact with a world. It requires a much greater understanding of the source material - you have to know more about the things that affect the characters in everyday life.

It's clear that there are petty criminals in HPverse. And obviously there are wards and things to stop people walking into your house, but at first glance there appears to be a couple of major holes. Upon further thought they're fairly easily overcome, but I feel like sharing them anyway.

1. Apparition
The fact that everyone except Hermione seems to have so much trouble remembering that you can't Apparate inside Hogwarts would generally suggest that this is an uncommon occurrence. We see Fred and George happily Apparating all over the place after they turn 17, as well. Presumably, though, they're recognised by the wards, and/or able to Apparate to other parts of the house, without leaving the wards, and that's what everyone has trouble remembering about Hogwarts - not that you can't Apparate OUT, but that you can't Apparate AT ALL. And at the start of HBP, Harry asks Dumbledore why they can't Apparate into Slughorn's house, and Dumbledore replies,

"Because it would be rude, twit. Oh, and there's all these wards and shit."

Fair enough? Fair enough.

2. Floo
There's much less specified about this. Are there wards for floos? We don't know. Presumably there is or you could just go flooing in willy nilly, but how do they work? Do you have them up all the time, and temporarily take them down when someone asks to come round? Do you have a list of people who are allowed in? You can always just not have a fire lit (imagine having a fire going all day in summer... massive abuse of cooling charms, anyone?) but then no one could get in.

In Locum, I suspect that if it comes up, Zacharias may ask PersonX (whether it's a friend or Terry or whoever) for a bit of hair to chuck in the fire to add them to the floo wards, letting them come in whenever they want. That seems to make sense to me, at least. It'd be nice to know what the actual canonical information is, though.

Sep. 5th, 2007

Too many thoughts

I apologise in advance for this, as it is going to be a long rambling 3am post about Harry Potter. (probably closer to 4am by the time I finish though.)

Anyone who has ever RPed with me knows that I like things to make sense. I like the whys and hows and figuring them out so I can have characters working in sort of "behind the scenes" niches and actually be able to say something about their jobs, and I like characters having long detailed technical conversations about subjects no one else knows anything about, and I just like to THINK about things. Unfortunately, Jo is not so much with the logic sometimes. These two things are the two that have consistently bugged me for about as long as I've been in the HP fandom.

1. On population )


2. On currency )

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