[profile] wendelah has been a nurse for 32 years and knows her shit: Go here and see these links for helping to fight for the Affordable Care Act. Yes, it's flawed, but it's a far cry better than what they're looking to replace it with.

I have many strong, personal feelings on health care and the medical system right now and don't want to dump them on you, so I'm going to disable comments and make a more upbeat post soon. If you want to talk about the ACA or health care, or any of the other interesting political things that [profile] wendelah has linked to, please let the focus be on her post. :)
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([personal profile] istia Jun. 25th, 2017 09:00 pm)
Is anybody watching Sean Bean's new show, Broken? I'm loving it. Bean is perfect as a Catholic priest in a northern parish who does everything he can--w/ passion & warmth & determination--to help various struggling parishioners while simultaneously dealing w/ his own surfacing trauma from childhood abuse.

I'm not fannish about it because there's no real slash fodder (other than 1 old friend/mentor, another priest, he sees regularly, but not for long periods), but it's great viewing. For those who like angst, anyway. :)

Also features wonderful guest stars, like Anna Friel & Paula Malcolmson in standout performances! It's a 6-episode BBC show. I've seen 4 episodes so far & am already hoping there'll be a S2.

Trailer if you'd like a peek! )

♠ ♠ ♠

I spent a chunk of today curating my movie tags here on my journal. Movies tend to be 1-off posts, unlike many TV shows, & it seemed silly to have this growing number of tags w/ 1 use. So I decided to consolidate them into types. Since I have 91 posts w/ movies, several w/ more than 1 movie in them, that was a job!

A fun job, though, because 1. I enjoy organising stuff & 2. I love tags!

The hard bit was deciding what genres to group the movies into, but ultimately it made most sense to go w/ the genre that means the most to me for each movie. The basic reason I chose to watch that movie.

Also decided to use only 1 tag/genre per movie, unlike librarything where I tag my books for setting, period, & anything else that applies (ie: gay, historical, fantasy, england, 1890s, author: scott = Melissa Scott & Jo Graham's Lynes & Mathey series).

Read more... )

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([personal profile] istia Jun. 24th, 2017 06:25 pm)
The reality show, that is, about survival-expert volunteers dropped off in a remote location entirely alone--w/ 70 lbs of camera equipment to tote around & record everything--to try to outlast everybody else, w/out getting themselves killed along the way, to win the $500,000 prize.

You might remember my watching & commenting on the 1st 2 seasons because the people-against-wilderness battleground was the northern end of Vancouver Island, exactly opposite to where I am, but familiar terrain & wildlife & all that.

Last year's 3rd season switched locations to Patagonia, so I didn't watch it, but this year they're back to my Island! So I am, of course, watching again. Only 2 episodes in so far.

They've switched it up this year. Instead of dropping a bunch of lone people off in different locations, they're doing teams this time. Each member of the 2-person team gets dropped 9-10 miles from the other. They choose who they want as their partner & which of them will stay in place & build a shelter, suss out local food supplies & all that. The other partner is given a compass & a bearing & has to set off to find their teammate. Whee!

Details )

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([personal profile] lost_spook Jun. 23rd, 2017 02:35 pm)
I'm still tired from yesterday, but a head's up (via a genealogy news feed I follow) in case it's of any use to other people:

Find My Past (one of the big online genealogy sites for the UK) are allowing free access to their main UK collections till 26th June. (No strings attached for this one, not even fake-orders to get it; only registering if you haven't already.)

Some more details & instructions on the site's blog: https://blog.findmypast.com/free-british-irish-records-2445715211.html

*skuttles off to collapse somewhere again*
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([personal profile] istia Jun. 22nd, 2017 07:28 pm)
Was actually yesterday, the solstice, when PM Justin Trudeau gave it an official name change from National Aboriginal Day, which it's been since 1996. The Chief of the Assembly of First Nations approved this change.

The Indigenous Peoples comprises First Nations, Metis, & Inuit people.

National Indigenous Peoples Day kicks off the run-up to Canada Day on July 1st w/ national days celebrating Canadian culture. Coming up on June 27th is Canadian Multiculturalism Day.

Damn for missing the day itself, but how better for a non-Indigenous fannish type to celebrate than w/ a picspam of some of our many Canadian Indigenous actors? Some have been nominated for Oscars. Some are also--or even better--known as musicians, artists, & writers. Some are all those things. All are wonderfully talented people whose work in many fields over many years has given me much joy!

Pictures! )

A couple of weeks ago, Trudeau also announced that the former US Embassy opposite Parliament Hill in Ottawa, which the government acquired in 1997 but has left empty ever since, will be a space dedicated to the Indigenous Peoples. Consultations ahead w/ them to decide what they'd like to do w/ this large, central building.

I'd love to see what ends up being done w/ it.

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([personal profile] lost_spook Jun. 21st, 2017 09:33 pm)
I am having rl this week; it is rubbish. (Or at least, it was hot and now there is a Thing I have to go to tomorrow; everything will be at least better once the Thing is over and I have recovered, or more or less; it's a multi-part Thing, as so often in life. Stupid Thing.)

And then just now I happened to look and Network are having a 45% sale again!. And guess who still has nearly all her b'day money? Oh, yes, I do. Now I just have to decide what to spend it on, so at least that will be some sort of an antidote.

If you are in R2 or can play R2 discs, you too can snag yourself obscure old British telly! (Mostly ITV, it tends to be other companies that release the BBC stuff.) I have been poking through to see what's on offer from my wishlist (lots! \o/) and can tell you that you can also get Press Gang, Enemy at the Door, Public Eye and Sapphire and Steel at bargainous prices! (Also Manhunt, The Power Game, The Sandbaggers and Mr Palfrey and Undermind and Zodiac). So you should go out and buy them and then write me all the fic, obv.

Anyway, I thought I'd give the heads up and enable my like-minded souls on my flist. ([personal profile] liadtbunny, I am shocked that you did not already tell me this! I rely on you for these things! ;-D)
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([personal profile] istia Jun. 21st, 2017 11:28 am)
In which "bridge" isn't a metaphor, but an actual bridge. For no reason, just because.

Well, because the other day, when driving into town, the light indicating the Blue Bridge was up was flashing, so I decided not to wait, turned off the main road, confidently turned onto a familiar street--& ended up winging off into territory that 1st became oddly unfamiliar, then all too familiar.

"Gah!" said I. "How did I end up on the Island Highway driving rapidly out of the city? How?!"

So I turned around at the 1st opportunity & made it back to familiar ground going the right direction. Whew.

So this morning when I was driving into the city & saw the light flashing to indicate the bridge was up, I cravenly joined the queue of cars waiting for it to lower. *g*

Sitting in the car for a quarter hour staring at the raised underbelly of the 97-year-old drawbridge painted an iconic sky blue, hence its affectionate nickname of the Blue Bridge, led to reflection on the construction of its replacement already being 2 years behind schedule.

So for no reason, I decided to seek out pics.

Pics! )

In other news, I'm sleeping a bit better. Still working off the sleep-debt, but it's a relief to sleep longer than 3 hours at a stretch, or at least to fall back asleep after waking.

Got another of those ridiculous messages from a guy claiming to be an "officer" with the Canada Revenue Agency. Apparently there's been an arrest warrant sworn against me & "all your property". All my property is going to be arrested! Lol.

They're late this year. Taxes were due 30th April & I've already received the acknowledgement & my refunds from the CRA. I suppose the police raids that shut down several phone scam places in India last year slowed them down.

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([personal profile] istia Jun. 19th, 2017 08:55 am)
aka the Grump Post.

Cut for length & grumpiness )

But not all is grumpiness! )

So there's the mostly lows, but a little high, of my media watching right now. Maybe something new will grab me? At least I'll try a few.

I miss feeling fannish about anything other than my old stalwarts. Thank heavens for those.

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([personal profile] lost_spook Jun. 19th, 2017 02:15 pm)
[community profile] unconventionalcourtship is running again! It is the fest where you take a romance novel summary and kill it with fanfic write your own story from it (actual romance not necessary). It's always a lot of fun. There are banners, those are fun too. (I don't have one to hand right now, but there are lots at the comm. Some of them are even proper ships and things and not ones people made for the lols because of the tempting nature of the template.)

In the meantime, because of that, and because it's being summer, which is always unreasonable, have some summaries from the Unconventional Courtship Random Generator:

Cut for the usual ridiculous )
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([personal profile] istia Jun. 17th, 2017 07:40 pm)
I've completed my latest declutter. \o/ The smaller of my 2 remaining bookcases is now empty & all books & dvds are on my last bookcase. The small bookcase can go.

The small bookcase held my books & a few zines. Also stacks of dvd backups of my digital media files, now all transferred to 2 external hard drives.

The larger bookcase held my bought dvds in their original boxes.

Over the past 2 years, I've reduced my paper books from 132 to 98, which includes the M7 & Pros scripts & some famhis pamphlets. The books that took up 2 1/3 of the shelves on the small bookcase now fit on 1 shelf of the big bookcase.

I'm disappointed that Cherryh's books published by Warner still aren't available as ebooks, so my hard covers remain. :(

The bought dvds, divested of their boxes & now in paper sleeves, are in these black boxes, which aren't pretty, but keep them together, dust free, & easy to rifle through.

Pictures )

So, I needed an updated inventory of my books in their new home so I can find what I want when I want it. This won't be of interest to anybody else, but I find it useful.

Large Bookcase Inventory )

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([personal profile] istia Jun. 16th, 2017 02:22 pm)
Today's [community profile] thefridayfive.

Summery questions )

I never can resist [community profile] hc_bingo. I mean, between free interpretation, metaphor, choosing hurt-only, hurt/comfort, comfort-only, the multitudinous means of getting a bingo and the fact there are no penalties even if you don't even post one fill in amnesty, and a year-long period of writing altogether, what's to be afraid of?

Well, save the card itself. (I look at everyone else's cards and so many of the prompts and go YES YES YES and then get mine and go: 0_o for a few hours until ideas start arriving. This one is particularly scary, I feel, but has possibilities. And, you know, it's pretty, and it's not as if h/c and apocalypses aren't likely to overlap here and there...)

My hc_bingo card )

Ideas welcome! Also I am ridiculously tempted by writing the 12,500 word 25-in-one special achievement, except I cannot imagine how that would go or how I would pull it off and survive/keep a straight face.
What I'm Reading: I'm a little over halfway through reading Skeleton Crew, one of my favourite King collections. Still worth the reading time committment if only for The Mist, a story much better imagined than viewed.

Slaves in the Family by Edward Hall Just getting started, but seriously envious of his family's archives.Incrediblely detailed records that have survived so much for so long.

What I've Read:

Born with Teeth by Kate Mulgrew
Christine by Stephen King
Whatever...Love is Love by Maria Bello
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King
Motion Sickness: A memoir by David Layton
Too Long a Sacrifice by Mildred Downey Broxon

What I'm Watching:

Prison Break. Currently starting season three, watching two episodes a night. The PVR is stacking up with unwatched shows, but I can't seem to leave off this show. I'm more than a bit obsessed with it.

What I've Seen:

WONDER WOMAN!! Damn, that movie did so many things so well. It was a happy-making experience just watching it. Now I need all the icons and vids and to read everything I bookmarked to keep from being spoiled.
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([personal profile] lost_spook Jun. 15th, 2017 02:32 pm)
1. [community profile] fic_corner is still taking nominations, for those who are interested!

2. A couple of months ago, I tried to rec a B5 vid, All Is Not Lost, but the link had died - but the vidder kindly let me know that it's now back, so let me attempt to rec it again (probably a repeat rec anyway, but always worthwhile) - see here.

3. Another vid which I just saw this morning: an amazing Minerva McGonagall vid.

(I feel like there have been more things I meant to link to lately, but that is all for now.)
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([personal profile] lost_spook Jun. 14th, 2017 10:32 pm)
What I've Just finished Reading

Frances Brody's Dying in the Wool, the first of the Kate Shackleton mysteries. I did like this, but the title, cover and first person narration promise a lighter tone than is actually the case - they seem quite serious so far. Kate Shackleton is another ex-VAD detective, and they're set in Yorkshire, which is a nice bonus, and seem pretty well-researched. (In the case of the first one, I'd say maybe too well-researched or too inclined to share it here and there, but it's better than the more common alternative.)

I also finished note-taking from Maureen Waller's The English Marriage, which was very readable, with plenty of examples and quotes from letters, diaries and court cases from the middle ages to the twentieth century, mostly of terrible marriages (but not always).

I think maybe one highlight is the super-sarcastic sentence of a 1845 Judge (Mr Justice Maule) on a labourer convicted of bigamy:Cut for lengthy sarcastic summing up )

And then I also went back through The Rise and Fall of the Victorian Servant by Pamela Horn and now I have notes from it, too. Not magically, but not too painfully either.

I also finished reading Alison Light's Common People, her history of her very 'ordinary' family. It was very interesting. I think the best bit was the Road to Netherne section, following a maternal line (which had a narrower, more distinct focus) but it was very good overall.

What I'm Reading Now

Still not really read much more of HMS Surprise. I tried the other night, but they went on about eating rats, the same day as next door's rats came back, and I was also stressed so I had my Doomwatch-inspired evil rats nightmare and when I woke I knew there actually were rats nearby (even if not irrationally terrifying dream rats; it doesn't help at 4am). I am now eyeing it warily, and instead reading:

A Medal for Murder, the second Kate Shackleton mystery. It is still not light, but it is interesting. (The misleading covers and titles are very misleading! I am not able to shake them off and accept its seriousness yet. I will persevere, because they are otherwise good and it's not Frances Brody's fault if the publishers set about misleading people. Mind, I think I resent the flashbacks. It's a detective story, I'm supposed to have it unravel courtesy of the detective; don't give me flashbacks!)

For note-taking, I have now returned to Jerry White's London in the 19th Century: A Human Awful Wonder of God, which I was forced to abandon six years ago due to illness. I triumph at last! Also, it's very readable and interesting as well as useful. (I have the 20th C and 18th C ones, too, which I am now looking forward to as well, at some point.)

What I'm Reading Next

Who knows? Possibly the collection of Gothic novels I picked up in the free bookshop. Otherwise, I have mostly just started things, so it's a bit early to say.
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([personal profile] lost_spook Jun. 13th, 2017 05:30 pm)
(I'm sorry, my DW/LJ is v frivolous and always has been and there we are).

Now that I've posted that AAL! fic and one more Runaway Tales effort today, then not only have I achieved a bingo for [community profile] trope_bingo (even if it was probably too late to actually count), I have posted my stray [community profile] hc_bingo fills over there for amnesty, and now my stray [community profile] trope_bingo fills and a bingo for [community profile] origfic_bingo!

You know what this means? I am now at liberty to destroy the world multiple times over!* (Well, and also that I probably need to write something for [community profile] genprompt_bingo and my new table for [community profile] who_allsorts at some point & both are as yet virgin fields of unfilled squares, but hey, never mind. APOCALYPSE SUMMER! Or whatever, I'm very easily distracted and I still need to write that eighteen-month overdue [community profile] fandom_stocking S&S fic, and I'd like to write some more 500 Prompts too.)

But: *\o/*

I actually have no idea what I'm doing for any of the above, though. Suggestions are always welcome, even if I may well ignore them. (Bingos are for fun and id-pursuance!) ;-p

* For [community profile] tic_tac_woe. Not really, obviously, that would be wrong.
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([personal profile] lost_spook Jun. 13th, 2017 01:29 pm)
One last [community profile] trope_bingo fic! Yes, it's dodgy AAL! sex pollen fic, because somebody had to do it. Even if it probably should have been someone other than me. Although, I do love the fact that the sex pollen plot is in no way any less ridiculous or improbable than most of the actual plots. (<3)

Make Love, Not War (3764 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Adam Adamant Lives!
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Adam Adamant/Georgina Jones
Characters: Georgina Jones, Adam Adamant, William E. Simms
Additional Tags: Sex Pollen, 1960s, Dubious Consent, Community: trope_bingo
Summary: It was the decade of free love, after all. This sort of thing was practically inevitable at some point . . .