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22 October 2014 @ 02:18 pm
Dear Festividder,

Thank you for making me a vid! I'm sure I will love whatever you make. ♥ If you already have an idea and want to just go for it, feel free - I love all these fandoms v much and would be happy with any vid in any of them - but if you would prefer more details, here they are:

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specific things about fandoms (Babylon 5, Captain Marvel v7-8 (2012-), Doctor Who (1996), The Middleman, Press Gang, Singin' in the Rain, Swallows and Amazons (1974), Yellow Submarine), mostly C&P'd from my sign-upCollapse )

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01 October 2014 @ 01:53 pm
*Ultimate Spider-Man: Hobgoblin
Queen of Nowhere - Jaine Fenn
*Mighty Avengers: No Single Hero
Dark Goddess - Sarwat Chadda
*Sparrow Hill Road - Seanan McGuire
Doctor Who: The Shadow of Weng-Chiang - David A. McIntee
The Winter Long - Seanan McGuire
Doctor Who: The Deadstone Memorial - Trevor Baxendale
The Outskirter's Secret - Rosemary Kirstein
*Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China - Jung Chang
*Secrets and Sapphires - Leila Rasheed
*All-New X-Factor: Not Brand X
*New Mutants: Return of Legion
Lazarus: Family

Didn't finish (content notes: discussion of the first two things covers (mostly non-sexual) consent issues and, in the second one, incest):

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26 September 2014 @ 09:16 am
If I have ever recommended Lightworks to you, I am very sorry and entirely retract that rec. D: I upgraded to version 12 on Wednesday (I didn't want to, but it doesn't let you use an old version if there's a newer one available) and it's basically been a disaster. First all the clips I'd already imported were offline; the option to relink to them was greyed out and reimporting them made no difference. I was so frustrated by this that I actually posted about it on the forums (this may not seem like much, but for me it's HUGE), and after trying a few different things, someone suggested running Lightworks as an administrator, which I did, and ta-dah! There were all my clips again. So I bounced off happily to meet my West Wing watching group. On the way home, I had an idea for part of my vid, so I fired up Lightworks and started fiddling about with my newly reappeared clips. Only to find that the sound wouldn't play. /o\ Oh well, I thought, I can just reimport it, it's only one track and I haven't edited it. So I did that and... it played, but somewhat faster than is really ideal. Originally it was a four minute track; played through Lightworks it's lasting three and a half minutes and I have no idea why. *gnashes teeth in frustration*

This is also SPECTACULARLY bad timing as it's induction week, ie the busiest and most stressful week of the year, and after a long day of explaining how the printers work I could really have done with coming home and playing with this vid project that I'm really excited about, but HA HA NOPE. I'm going to try converting and re-importing the audio tonight, but if that doesn't work I'll be looking for new editing software. Does anyone have any recs? I only really need it to be able to handle multiple video tracks and non-linear editing, and also to WORK. (Being able to zoom in on clips would be great too, but it's not essential: I only have one clip I've used that for so far in my current project, and only to highlight which character I'm focusing on in that clip (HI CASS HI). And if push comes to shove I could always jury rig some system involving exporting the zoomed in clip from Lightworks.)

*growls unhappily*

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17 September 2014 @ 11:10 am
[personal profile] chaila gave me:

12. What’s the best vidding advice you’ve ever come across?
13. What’s the worst vidding advice you’ve ever come across?


and I am going to answer them together, because I can't really identify any bad vidding advice I've come across other than advice that contradicts my answer to #12! For me, the best vidding advice I've come across is just to make the vid you want to make, the way you want to make it. I was thinking that this wouldn't necessarily work for everyone, because some people are more interested in making vids that will challenge them technically or intellectually, or making vids that will get a good response, but then I realised that actually, no, that's all covered by "make the vid you want to make in the way you want to make it". For me, though, it means "make the vid of your heart, even if no-one else will watch it, and make it in a way that will make you happy, whatever rules it breaks". So, for example, I do try and avoid talkyface in my vids unless I'm using it for a specific purpose or there's really no other option, but not because it's wrong but because I personally find it a bit distracting - I automatically try and make the shapes that the characters' mouths are making match the words I'm hearing. (Similarly, I also find it distracting when gifs are subtitled with words that the person in the gif isn't actually saying.) But on the other hand I don't really care that much about source quality or whether it's watermarked or whatever, so I'll happily just use whatever I've got as long as the quality's good enough to actually see what's going on in the clip. And I would never judge someone else for caring about source quality or not caring about talkyface just because the latter bothers me and the former doesn't. I find this a very freeing way to vid, because as a general rule I AM the sort of person who worries a lot about what other people think, so it's really helpful to be able to give myself permission not to do that.

(Whenever I post about vidding the random icon button on Dreamwidth seems to give me "experiencing technical difficulties". IT KNOWS.)

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10 September 2014 @ 08:37 pm
1) Sleepy Hollow watching friends, can any of you remember if Ichabod ever puts his hands in his pockets? I am trying to recreate his coat and can't tell if they're actual pockets or just pocket flaps. /o\

2) I did that vidding meme over on tumblr a few days ago and thought I'd bring it here too, as DW is less ephemeral than tumblr. So, yes, if you'd like me to answer things, give me numbers! (Ones I've already answered: 3, 7, 16 and 8, 15.)

3) I'm pretty burnt out on DC these days (she says, on the same day she added Sensation Comics to her pull list), but these Darwyn Cooke variant covers are gorgeous. I want to hang the Wonder Woman and Catwoman ones on my wall, and the Detective Comics one makes me really happy. ♥ Even the Superman/Wonder Woman one has charmed me!

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06 September 2014 @ 08:56 pm
Title: Hope on Fire
Fandom: Buffy
Character/Pairing: Buffy-centric ensemble
Music: Vienna Teng
Content notes: none
Summary: "I'm fairly certain I said 'no interruptions'."
Notes: Thanks to [personal profile] silly_cleo and [personal profile] purplefringe for betaing!
Downloads: larger (3:45 minutes, 166MB) | smaller (3:45 minutes, 63MB) | subtitle .srt
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01 September 2014 @ 02:21 pm
Half-Off Ragnarok - Seanan McGuire
Wolverine and the X-Men Vol 3
Wolverine and the X-Men Vol 4
The Minority Council - Kate Griffin
*Mars Evacuees - Sophia McDougall
Ultimate Spider-Man: Superstars
Amala's Blade: Spirits of Naamaron
The Drowning City - Amanda Downum
A Reckless Magick - Stephanie Burgis
Ship of Magic - Robin Hobb
Justice League of America: Dark Things
*The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls - Anton DiSclafani
Wolverine and the X-Men Vol 5
Seven Soldiers of Victory Vol 2
Shadowplay - Laura Lam
The Wine-Dark Sea - Patrick O'Brian
Small Gods - Terry Pratchett

Not much I felt like writing about this month, possibly because I read a lot of things that were part of a series.

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12 August 2014 @ 02:23 pm
First of all, [personal profile] purplefringe made me a vid and you should all go and watch it because it is AWESOME. :D It is about Romana I and her amazing face and how she is the BEST, and it makes me so happy. :DDD

So Nine Worlds was amazing again! :D I went to lots of great panels and hung out with many of my favourite people. I learnt some important things about myself, viz if I am stressed and overwhelmed eating something is a good idea, and also the more people talk about how much they hate Batman the more I sort of secretly love him a bit, or at least the version of him in my head which is made of all the good parts of canon. And I did lots of cosplay, which was v. fun: I really enjoyed planning and making all these costumes, despite all the howling about them I did on Twitter. On Friday I was Steph!Robin: I didn't keep the mask on for very long because I basically had no peripheral vision whilst wearing it, but apart from that and the wig squeezing my head a bit this costume was really fun to wear. On Saturday I went as Sif: I wish I'd had proper boots/shoes, but otherwise, v. proud of this one, especially the way the cape billowed in the wind when I walked from the hotel where I was staying to the one where the con was. :D And on Sunday I was Han Solo, and v. pleased to be wearing actual clothes again (though I did miss the capes...).

In terms of actual panels, pretty much everything I went to was good, great or at least mostly good. :D First, on Thursday night, was one of the panels I was on, Fanvid Adventures In Time And Space! There were some technical difficulties getting the vidshow to play, but they were sorted out eventually and other than that I think it went really well. Also, the vidshow included the premiere of [personal profile] purplefringe's Romana I vid. ♥

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And then I went back to the hotel room for sleep. Which I sadly did not achieve until about 4.30am, THANKS BRAIN. So Saturday started with me skipping the morning panels in favour of dozing, but then more things happenedCollapse )

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05 August 2014 @ 12:21 pm
is this weekend! Yesterday I made a list of all the things I still have to do before then and, well, on the bright side they're mostly small things? :D? D: Anyway! I am going to be on two panels this year, both on the Doctor Who track:

Fanvid Adventures in Space and Time
Thursday, 18.45 – 20.00
Fans have been cutting and recreating footage of their favourite shows since the 70s. These fanvids celebrate, analyse and critique media and reshape it in their own image. Doctor Who fanvids have a long history of expressing love for the best the show has to offer, bringing new readings to storylines and characters, and creating brand new stories for the Doctor and his companions. We take a look at some of our favourites before our panelists discuss trends in Doctor Who vidding and their own experiences as vidders, and ask the audience what they think of the vids we've just watched.
Amy (such_heights), Jenni Hughes

Received Fan Wisdom is Wrong
Saturday, 18.45 – 20.00
There are so many things new fans of the show are told by Older, Wiser fans; things that have often been taken for granted as being true. We take a look at this Doctor Who Fan Wisdom and see when it holds up and when it doesn't. What're the great stories new fans are advised never to taint their eyes with? What terrible clunkers are regarded as classics? Which companions and Doctors' reputations have suffered or gained from being over/under-rated in the eyes of fandom?
Una McCormack, Paul Cornell, Jenni Hughes, Judith Jackson


So... yes. Come to Nine Worlds! Come to my panels! Your life will be enriched!*

*enrichment not guaranteed. Terms and conditions apply.

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01 August 2014 @ 01:14 pm
*Ash: A Secret History - Mary Gentle
Noughts and Crosses - Malorie Blackman
The Curse of the Pharaohs - Elizabeth Peters
*Ascension - Jacqueline Koyanagi
*Knights of the Old Republic: Commencement
Bringer of Light - Jaine Fenn
*Wolverine and the X-Men Vol 1
*Howards End Is On The Landing - Susan Hill
*Glamour In Glass - Mary Robinette Kowal
Justice League of America: Team History
Wolverine and the X-Men Vol 2
Confronting the Classics: Traditions, Adventures and Innovations - Mary Beard
The Severed Streets - Paul Cornell
*New Mutants: Back to School
Knights of the Old Republic: Flashpoint

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25 July 2014 @ 11:39 am
It's SDCC this weekend! Marvel will be announcing some more films! What if they are all about white dudes again! I will probably cry! (I am actually going to be at home this weekend, which is out of character for me at the moment. I was going to say "I'm not busy" but given it's two weeks til Nine Worlds and my costumes are NOT DONE, that would be a lie. Also, I have unexpectedly been swallowed by a vid idea. HELP.)

Some recs:

- Master's Thesis by [archiveofourown.org profile] auronlu: a really good, plotty Fifth Doctor story, featuring Tegan, Turlough, and older Nyssa as per Big Finish canon. I knew I was going to like it when Nyssa casually told Tegan, "Oh, by the way, other genders are more visible here than on Earth or Traken. The TARDIS should translate, but you may hear a few unfamiliar pronouns", and it's also just really well plotted and characterised. Long, but totally worth it.

- Things by [personal profile] raven. Star Trek daemon AU, perfect perfect perfect. It is basically a fundamental truth of the universe that fanworks by [personal profile] raven + Star Trek = feelings everywhere.

- Watershed, a Wonder Woman vid by [personal profile] chaila. THIS VID. So powerful and moving. DIANA.

Some things I am cranky about:

- I don't understand why the new Batgirl costume is getting so much praise. I mean, it's totally fine as a costume, but it's both less practical and less professional than what Babs was wearing before. D: It would be great for Misfit, or fine for Steph or Harper if we hadn't already seen their future costumes in Batman #28, and I'd totally take it as Cass's new costume if it meant we could just get her BACK, but for Babs? She's not a teenager, she's an experienced vigilante in her own right. Why would she swap Kevlar for a leather jacket? It might fit with the tone of the book, but it doesn't fit with Babs herself, and it'll make her look like a rookie when she's lined up next to the rest of the Batfam. DISAPPROVE.

- Search engines that try and second guess what you're searching for are THE WORST. Also frustrating: the way Chrome prioritises things it thinks you might be searching for over web pages you've already visited when you start typing in the address bar. STOP THAT.

- I've been pretty disappointed in The Mary Sue post-Geekosystem merger. So much content now, but so much of it so shallow and thoughtless, and it really feels like their woman centric perspective has got a bit lost. There is still some good content on there (I enjoyed these two posts on princess tropes: part one and part two - nothing hugely new, but a nice clear analysis) but overall, bah. It was never perfect, but I feel like the things they did do well at have rather fallen by the wayside. D:

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02 July 2014 @ 02:32 pm
Internets! I am thinking about buying myself a smartphone, since my current phone is getting somewhat elderly. Do any of you have any advice for me at this momentous time in my life? I am having some difficulties as I have never actually chosen myself a phone before in my life: my parents got me my first one, lo these many years ago, and the two I've had since have been my sister's cast offs. I am v. torn between going for something super-basic or just biting the bullet and getting an iphone - on the one hand, iphone = extra monies, but on the other, the airtime cost seems to be the same... Thoughts?

The major hurdle is the cost - I currently have a pay-as-you-go phone which I put money on every couple of years at most, so whatever I pick is obv going to be a major jump price wise, thus any advice on minimising this v. gratefully received! Specifically if anyone knows a way that I can get a plan that brings the cost down by giving me hardly any minutes, and not THAT many texts*, but still gives me a reasonable amount of data (...what even is a reasonable amount of data?), that would be awesome.

*I remember the days when you just bought a bolt on that gave you a maximum of five hundred free texts a year, limited to five per day, and this seemed like joyous bounty except on days when you were trying to organise group events and had to find other people to split the texting with. *nostalgic sigh*

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01 July 2014 @ 10:47 am
Brothers in Arms - Lois McMaster Bujold
Guardians of Paradise - Jaine Fenn
*Secret Avengers: Run the Mission, Don't Get Seen, Save the World
Uncanny X-Force: Torn and Frayed
*X-Men: Reckless Abandonment
Side Jobs - Jim Butcher
*Wake - Anna Hope
Prodigy - Marie Lu
Mirror Dance - Lois McMaster Bujold
Memory - Lois McMaster Bujold

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29 June 2014 @ 09:07 pm
Title: The Light and the Sea
Fandom: DC Animated (Wonder Woman, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, Justice League, Justice League Unlimited, Young Justice)
Character: Wonder Woman
Music: Dar Williams
Content notes: None
Summary: "Keep faith. Trust to love. Fight with honour. But fight to win."
Notes: Premiered at [community profile] vidukon_cardiff 2014. Thanks to [personal profile] silly_cleo for betaing and suggesting the song! ♥
Download: big (3:39 minutes, 164MB) | smaller (81MB) | subtitle .srt
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01 June 2014 @ 03:32 pm
*So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction and Fantasy ed. Nalo Hopkinson and Uppinder Mehan
Rachel Rising: Fear No Malus
Blue Beetle: End Game
*Keeping It Real - Justina Robson
The Bean Trees - Barbara Kingsolver
*The Ides of April - Lindsey Davis
Crocodile on the Sandbank - Elizabeth Peters
The Steerswoman - Rosemary Kirstein
All The Windwracked Stars - Elizabeth Bear
*Team Ups of the Brave and the Bold
*Morning Glories Vol 1
Wakulla Springs - Andy Duncan and Ellen Klages
Clarissa Oakes - Patrick O'Brian
*A Confusion of Princes - Garth Nix
Cold Steel - Kate Elliott
The Neon Court - Kate Griffin

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07 May 2014 @ 11:23 am
Elektra #1 (not free!): I was dithering about whether or not to get this, but it turns out that one of the comics guys in Forbidden Planet had hung onto a copy because he thought I'd like it, so that was that dilemma solved. And WOW is it gorgeous. The art is seriously amazing, I want to look at it forever. Writingwise, it really feels like this could be the beginning of a thoroughly excellent comic. I am worried that it'll skew too far towards darkness/horror for me (we already have a cannibalistic villain, which is a giant NOPE), but #1 was good enough that I am willing to take a chance and see where it goes.

Forbidden Planet was giving out grab bags of free comics so I got all of the following:

Rise of the Magi #0: fun art, interesting premise, no women in it all. SIGH.

DC's Future's End #0: ... ... ...I'm sure there is an audience for "dystopic future where most of our heroes are evil cyborgs" (in fact I know there is, because I know someone who picked this one up on a recommendation from the guy in the comic shop), but it is emphatically Not Me. Though I suppose the actual miniseries may not spend any time in that future. maybe spoilersCollapse )

The Titan preview: I was sad that there wasn't actually a full preview for their upcoming Eleventh Doctor comic in here. I want to be enticed into reading it! Or put off, I suppose, but given my love for Eleventy and my like for the writer (Al Ewing, who is currently writing Loki: Agent of Asgard, which I love), I am hoping for the former.

Avatar: the Last Airbender: SUKI! :D Great art, and I love how completely unsubtle it was in presenting "sexist jerks who accuse women of being fake geek girls are the actual worst and deserve to have their stock accidentally catch on fire" as its message. :DDD

Archaia hardcover: I really liked the Mouse Guard story, and the Labyrinth Ludo origin story was charming, but most of the other stories I thought were too short to really do anything. People who like Farscape* will probably like the Farscape one though - it was pretty good, I thought.

*I will give Farscape another try one of these days, honest guv! ;)

Bank holiday means I won't be able to get today's comics until tomorrow, woe. (I don't finish work today until after Forbidden Planet has closed and they probably won't have had them by lunchtime. ALAS.)

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01 May 2014 @ 09:41 am
what happened to April, I don't understand.

Seven Soldiers of Victory Vol 1
Rachel Rising: The Shadow of Death
Dhalgren - Samuel R. Delany
*X-Treme X-Men: Xavier Must Die!
*X-Treme X-Men: You Can't Go Home Again
*X-Men: X-Termination
She-Hulk: Single Green Female
*A+X = Amazing
Mistress of the Empire - Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts
*Shades of Milk and Honey - Mary Robinette Kowal
The New Moon's Arms - Nalo Hopkinson
Avengers Academy: Final Exams
Inheritance - Malinda Lo
Legend - Marie Lu
The Road to Middlemarch: My Life with George Eliot - Rebecca Mead
*FF: Family Freakout

Didn't finish: Tender Morsels - Margo Lanagan. I could see why this book has good reviews but it just wasn't for me at all: it was so full of horror and unpleasantness that reading it felt like an endurance test and I caved 150 pages in.

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10 April 2014 @ 11:17 am
So way back in the mists of the December posting meme, [personal profile] lost_spook gave me libraries to post about! And it's taken me ages to post about them, because I love them A LOT and wanted to create a post that would do justice to that love. Which I'm not sure I have, but here we go, nevertheless.

I love them first as a library user, which I've been all my life. I remember using the Up Hatherly Library in Cheltenham as a child: being too young to really know how long three weeks was, so Library Day was a delightful surprise. Rummaging through the Tintin and Asterix books for one I hadn't read. Begging my mum to let me borrow just ONE extra book on her card ("one of my books is an audio book and that doesn't really count, so I'm ENTITLED to another book"). Haunting the SFF section as a teenager in the hope of finding Discworld books I hadn't read. Discovering the teenage section and with it Northern Lights. Earnestly hunting for books on my recommended reading for GCSE/A-Level age groups lists. BOOKS EVERYWHERE. When I was at uni I used the library mostly for comics, despite not really being into comics then: it was Buffy and Angel tie-in stuff, plus the odd volume of Sandman, and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. I fell away from the library a bit when I moved to Bristol (though I still joined because obviously), but I've been using it very heavily for the last three years or so, at first because comics, but now because it's just so easy. I know my library card number and PIN off by heart, so if someone recommends a book or comic, I can hop straight over the catalogue and request or wishlist it. :D (Current stats: 17 items on loan, three available and four pending reservations, 53 things on my wishlist (...that's more than I thought there were), £2 owing.)

But I also love libraries as a concept: free access to information and entertainment for anyone who wants it. BEST. Also the public library is more or less the only public space left where you can go and not be expected to buy something, and I think that's a really valuable thing to preserve. It gets things away from the idea that everything has a price, and that if you can't afford to pay that price it's probably your own fault and you don't deserve to have it anyway. Not everything is about buying and selling, and worth isn't purely about whether something turns a profit.

I wrote my dissertation on computer access in public libraries; the attitude of the government in particular is increasingly that "it's all on the web", but there are still a great deal of people who have never used the internet, or don't have reliable access to it, or don't know how to use. And they're excluded from accessing information, and from a lot of government services, so it's vital to have somewhere they can go to get both access and help.

I think the rate of library closures is appalling, as is the fact that the government seems to think libraries can be run by volunteers, there are just so many things wrong with that I don't know where to start. The thing that worries me most with library closures and the handing of libraries over to volunteers is that once the service is gone, I don't know that we'll be able to get it back. I mean, projects for big shiny new central libraries will probably be able to get support, but reopening tiny libraries in deprived areas, or beefing up the mobile library service? Not glamorous enough.

...so that's all depressing. But let's end on a positive note, because I really love libraries! They're this institution whose whole ethos is based on "books for everyone!" and helping people, regardless of their ability to pay, and I think that's pretty amazing.

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02 April 2014 @ 02:36 pm
Have I really not posted since the last one of these? Huh.

A Local Habitation - Seanan McGuire
An Artificial Night - Seanan McGuire
Alif the Unseen - G. Willow Wilson
Late Eclipses - Seanan McGuire
Devil's Kiss - Sarwat Chadda*
One Salt Sea - Seanan McGuire
Runaways: Homeschooling*
Consorts of Heaven - Jaine Fenn
Secret Avengers: Mission to Mars
Ashes of Honor - Seanan McGuire
Doctor Who: Wheel of Ice - Stephen Baxter*
Witches Abroad - Terry Pratchett
Chimes at Midnight - Seanan McGuire
Valour's Choice - Tanya Huff*
Huntress: Year One
The Governess Affair - Courtney Milan*
The Midnight Mayor - Kate Griffin*

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