crystalz

Sep. 20th, 2017 10:19 pm
aralias: (blogging at the end of the universe)
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just back from the london crystal maze experience. booked this about when i joined this current job - and three months later, it finally arrived! i thought it was both very good (really nice, knowing, silly recreation of the television show game style, really good host) and not QUITE as fun as i had hoped. admittedly i think i thought it would be a lifechanging super high, and it was actually just pretty pleasant and really neat seeing all the different zones. perhaps the fact that you don't win a prize, which takes the pressure off (though i went with a lot of SUPER competitive people, so maybe not. we all wanted to win, whether or not we could actually win anything)(spoilers - we did win. nailed it).

i'd say - yes, recommended. but it is a lot of money for an hour of mostly shouting instructions at your friends.

started watching the most recent episode of the new show this morning to get in the "zone" as it were - but didn't finish it until this evening, which is good as, after a strong start, they failed abysmally. i pointed out to an only minimally interested erin that while the show had chosen to call these contestants 'the cosplay group'... they were actually and very obviously furries.

quite funny.

Weekly Reading

Sep. 19th, 2017 09:05 pm
tamsin: (Gunnerkrigg Court - Kat & Annie)
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What I’ve Just Finished Reading

The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu
It's available for free online here. A really affecting story. What made it for me where the small details, like the water buffalo wanting to wallow and jumping into the soy sauce.

What I’m Reading Now

The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle
I really like Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories, so I picked this up at a book flea market. I'm not very far in yet. I'm currently at the point where professor Challenger invites the protagonist back into his house after having bodily thrown him out a moment before. He's certainly a memorable character. I loved the interaction with his wife.

What I Plan to Read Next

Probably This Census-Taker by China Mieville since it needs to go back to the library soon.

Voice from the Past - early draft

Sep. 17th, 2017 03:52 pm
aralias: (WWBD?)
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sunday afternoon, erin's out and will be out for a few days. that means it's either time to apply for a new job... and/or tell you about this early draft of 'voice from the past' that i have! let's do one of them anyway.

i think large parts of this are hilarious, btw - very different from what was one screen. if you read only one long analysis of a blake's 7 script by yours truly, you should read this one (or pressure point, which is similarly interesting, but shorter).

if you'd rather read the script as a PDF, than you would read about me reading the script, it'll be here for a short time.

Meow, pussy (WARNING - IMAGE HEAVY) )

a thing for unconventional courtship

Sep. 12th, 2017 10:19 pm
aralias: (shakespeare has written something great)
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i wrote this. at last - it just took, like, three years.

Indecent Suggestion (16340 words) by aralias
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Blake's 7
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Kerr Avon/Roj Blake
Characters: Roj Blake, Kerr Avon, Ensemble
Additional Tags: Community: unconventionalcourtship, Hypnotism, Episode: s02e10 Voice from the Past
Summary:

There has been a mistake! When Roj Blake and Kerr Avon go to a hypnotherapist, they expect to be deprogrammed, removing the residual influence of Glynd’s ‘course interceptor’. Clearly the treatment hasn't worked, because Blake is still acting strangely. Oh, and now they're having sex. Lots and lots of sex. And it's definitely changing things between them.

Lovers come and go, but what about the needs of the revolution? Is Blake ready to sacrifice his goals for the sake of a little--okay, a lot--of seductive satisfaction? And yet, how can he possibly resist such an indecently sensual suggestion?



and if you liked that (which is not completely implausible), here's some thoughts about picking this fic up 3 years on

Able to get us into trouble )

Weekly Reading

Sep. 7th, 2017 08:51 pm
tamsin: (AtlA - Katara reading)
[personal profile] tamsin
What I’ve Just Finished Reading

Paper Girls Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang and Matt Wilson.
This wasn't really for me. When I started the first volume, I thought it would be about a bunch of girls in the eighties delivering news papers together and their struggles and growing relationships. I still kind of would have been more interested in that story than in the time travel shenanigans I actually got. Plus the girl's personalities are too sketched in for me to connect to them strongly. I might give the third volume a try if my library buys it, otherwise I'll give it a pass.

What I’m Reading Now

Chalked Up: Inside Elite Gymnastics' Merciless Coaching, Overzealous Parents, Eating Disorders, and Elusive Olympic Dreams by Jennifer Sey
This makes me really glad that I've never been in professional sports. Even leaving aside the downright abusive and neglectful incidents - of which there are plenty - there's so much cruelty here. Like telling a seven year old girl she'll never amount to anything because she's too chicken or announcing over microphone that a ten year old girl has gained two pounds and therefore will look like her obese mother in no time. I hope the sport has changed for the better since 1988 but I'm skeptical.

What I Plan to Read Next

I don't know yet. I might follow my resolution to read more comics and give Iron Man Noir a try. Or I might continue my quest of chipping away at the unread but owned book piles - they really need it.

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