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Here's everything I've made that I actually don't mind people looking at, organized by year because there's not that much of it.

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hey so i don't remember if i ever announced it over here, but along with living on tumblr these days i also live on twitter, where i am (unsurprisingly) some_stars. it's locked but i'll approve all follower requests from anyone i recognize. i will almost certainly not follow anybody back until june, because i have a genuine pathological and life-disrupting compulsion to backread every single post on my twitter feed and my tumblr dash, so until school is out i'm keeping them trimmed tight. but come summer i'll be able to have more than ten friends again! for three months at least! i'm really looking forward to it.

my twitter content has settled into being about 40% fandom of the moment blather (currently captain america), 40% typical twitterish what-i-did-today-by-some_stars-age-29 nonsense, and 20% late night depressionals. although i should warn y'all, when this current mad rush of panic and school shit settles i'll be catching up on SPN and god only knows what depths i will once more descend to.

anyway so yeah, if anyone around here is still interested in my life then twitter is 50% of the place to be. and now you know.
some_stars: (fitzaphor)
i did not intend to stay up until almost 3 am tonight writing a poem, but life is full of surprises. this is basically a loose rewrite of the first choral ode (but the second choral poem-type thing? IDEK anymore) from Antigone, around line 340 or so in the Greek--"Many marvels walk through the world, / Terrible, wonderful, / But none more than humanity". Mostly based on my Braun translation, though I looked at a couple others. Not remotely based on the Greek, which I am no longer able to read, alas.

What Men Can Do )
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i saw cap 2 FINALLY and it was SO GREAT and i'm SO HAPPY with EVERY SINGLE PART OF IT. i will make another post soon with details and spoilers and a cut tag but i just. omg. omggggggggggggggggggggg
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guys guys guys YOU GUYS

[personal profile] thuviaptarth has made the MCU vid of my dreeeams, probably because it was for an auction and i explained those dreams to her in lengthy detail. which makes the whole thing even more awesome, really. it's extremely critical in every sense of the word and also just beautiful. go watch it and say things, it's so great, go go go
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sooo i think i've pretty much entirely decamped for tumblr at this point. i mean i still read my flist every day but i just....don't post things here, apparently. i'm sorry! i didn't want to be that person! tumblr is the worst and now i'm part of the problem. --has it seriously been less than a month since i last posted, my life is 100% different now, it should have been at least six weeks.
some_stars: (wheeeeeeee)
sorry for vanishing/total silence, but: i finished my incomplete work, i am no longer depressed more than ordinary, i am super high on sleep deprivation/caffeine/gross euphoria, and i love everybody <33333

developments since last post: what started as a furtive self-soothing measure to get through a few bad nights has turned into a brief and embarrassing renaissance, which is to say, i have two actual i-put-effort-into-this Supernatural fics in progress. and one really stupid crackvid. i can't help my id, OKAY :( castiel has been my comfort object since 2009 and i have accepted that's probably never going to change. but i'm still facepalming. just sitting here, listening to my id-vortexy dean/castiel FST--50% mumford & sons by volume plus richard marx, novelty country, miley cyrus, and an actualfax power ballad--and facepalming forever.

also in progress: a much less shameful vid to the Globe's filmed stage Doctor Faustus that was in theaters last winter. let's hope i finish that first. and i had a plan for some festivids treats, but ahahahahaaaaaaaaaaa no. that did not happen. i'm like a month behind on Sleepy Hollow or possibly more now, two weeks behind on Almost Human, making absolutely zero progress on any of the legitimately good stuff from my to-watch list that spans the last two years of genre television. oh, and i found out my adorable nieces are in fandom, or at least they do the whole tumblr/fandom-type discourse about the tv shows they like, which idk if that indicates...actual fandom participation or if that's just how Kids Today experience television, idk. they have competing ships for Once Upon a Time, anyway. it was pretty fucking adorable. nieces are the best, you should get some if you don't already have them.
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I have now consumed everything in the Yuletide archive that it is possible for me to consume, except a few longer stories and all the Sleepy Hollow fics (all miiiillion of them) because I'm not quite caught up. This is sad because it means there's hundreds of stories I could be reading if only I'd kept up with my TV and media consumption over the last year, but good because omg I just spent an entire day Yuletiding and I am pretty tired. As the fruit of my labor, I bring you eight recs! First the one that has CHANGED MY LIFE, and then a cut. But they're all really excellent.

Get Up, and Go Forth (15344 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Kings
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jack Benjamin/David Shepherd
Characters: Jack Benjamin, David Shepherd, Lucinda Wolfson
Summary:

Jack is well acquainted with failure.


So, a couple years ago I watched Kings, and I got really into it and then it HURT ME, like I seriously--there was damage. And I tried to fix it in a fic, but I couldn't, and I tried to fix it with a vid, but I couldn't, and it really upset me on a level way beyond "oh man, the ending really went off the rails, what a shame." That show fucking hurt me and I'm still really angry at it, and I still can't even deal. Like when there were some really great Kings vids for Festivids, I put off watching them for ages, then watched them, loved them, saved them, and have never been able to open them again. These are not the good feels we're talking about here, is what I'm saying. And this story healed me. It is exactly right and true, it's exactly what was needed, it's just really really good. The feedback I left was so embarrassingly effusive that it took up three AO3-size comments. This is the post-series Jack story of my heart forever, forever, forever, FOREVER. forever

more Kings, Almost Human, Cowboy Bebop, The Stand, The Dark Tower, A Place of Greater Safety )
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People Look East - Al Petteway & Amy White

So I was too crazy and busy and mostly crazy to upload my semi-usual selection of Christmas songs this year, and anyway this is an Advent song and therefore definitely too late, but since there's still technically time to listen to it on Christmas I am sharing. Almost every year I fixate on a particular traditional song, sometimes a particular rendition, and this song was everything to me for the past two months. (Even if they do add a bunch of extra and inferior verses, and make it less gender-neutral than the original.) I have sung it very quietly in public, walking down the street to the supermarket from the subway in the dark after a horrible horrible day, maybe not quietly enough but no one seemed to notice and I needed to not cry. I've sung it loudly at home while crying. So much traditional Christmas music is a metaphor for depression--for what you wish for, in a depression, knowing it'll never come--and what I needed more than anything over the last couple months, the last month especially, was to feel the way this song makes me feel.

(listen to it streaming at the tumblr version of this post)
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question, because i don't trust the internet: my netbook is finally dying, and as no one sells netbooks anymore, i need to find some kind of replacement laptop that's cheap and light and not a tablet. i am very, very tablet-averse, because in my experience i can't do what i need to do with a tablet. and of course all the new cheap laptops available are Windows 8 (or Chromebooks which: NO) and Windows 8 is designed for tablets and touching and blugh. But I would really rather get a new machine than something refurbished.

So, question: how much can you use Windows 8 like a normal, non-tablet computer? my specific needs usually involve having multiple documents from multiple programs all visible on the screen at the same time. and i need a normal filing/explorer system, where i can access files on their own, not just through an app. i also want the taskbar or something like it--not having to go back to a home screen every time i want to get something that's not currently onscreen. and i would really really rather use a trackpad than touch the screen.

do i have any hope? or should i go back to looking up refurbished old laptops from before the world went mad?
some_stars: (northwest areas)
1. thank you to everyone who made suggestions/solicited suggestions from others for short stories i can reference in my project!

2. i am going HOME tonight, or rather, back to texas, i don't actually have a home at this precise moment in my life, but it'll be nice to see my cat. and get away from the snow. jesus the snow it just won't stop snowing i will never survive until april.

ANYWAY, i will of course be computered up the entire time, but also working on my late final projects and catching up on some optional-but-looked-really-useful school reading, and hanging out with my mom, and planning what will hopefully be a super awesome super creepy vid to the Globe's recent Doctor Faustus. So, varying levels of hereness. I will definitely check in for Yuletide though. VERY EXCITED about Yuletide :D
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hey guys, so, i'm working on a unit plan for the final project in my most beloved class, and i've got it worked out and most of it drafted, but i need a few data points from people who read and/or remember more short stories than me. our units have to be built around a single short story; i'm using "The Building" by Ursula K. LeGuin (or possibly "The Nna Mmoy Language"--easier for a HS class, fits the theme of the lesson a little better, but omg my love for "The Building" you guys I can't even--anyway, one of those). the main content focus of this unit is about structure and style--different ways to tell/write a story, why and how and what's the effect, etc. etc. so like, the stories in Changing Planes are in the form of reports from a traveler, describing and explaining the other worlds to people back home. and it's pretty complex, it creates a persona for the reader as well, it offers a certain lens that's especially useful/interesting in writing SF/F, it gives the stories and the whole book a distinct flavor.

and so on and on, anyway, the point is: as one v. important lesson in this unit (which i have to describe day by day and is 2-3 weeks long), i want the class to read and discuss other stories, or more likely short excerpts from such stories, that are written in non-traditional narrative formats, so they have real patterns to compare to, not just the Le Guin story and the anthropologist-report format. like--well, epistolary and journal-form stories are p much traditional at this point, but they're the kind of thing i'm talking about, a frame other than "direct" experience of time (obviously never direct, mediated by the narrator, etc. etc. this is not a college class i'm pretending to teach). and then there's document fic, the kind of stuff that locates the reader in an alternate universe and the reader has to puzzle out what's different based on indirect evidence.

and just, anything, anything that could be described as a short story and uses some kind of frame, format, something like all that blather up there. Because, my brain being what it is, and given how little short fiction i read, i can remember exactly one (1) example that isn't fanfic and would be appropriate for a high school class. (it's comp.basilisk FAQ by David Langford, which is not ideal--how many 17 year olds in 2013 would have ever encountered a newsgroup FAQ or even heard of usenet at all--but i can remember that it exists.)

so please, just any short story like this you can remember, throw it at me. don't worry about the approrpirate-for-HS thing, i'll sort that out, just anything professional/published, at any time in history (as long as they're written in more or less modern english obv). if you know the name of the collection where i can find it that's extra magical but if not, w/e, i have google and two university libraries and two public library systems to work with, i'll be okay.

so: do you guys know any examples? :D? :D?
some_stars: (hearing the whir of the servos inside)
on the off chance that anyone cares: i am now watching Almost Human, because fuck my fucking id so hard, and posting my dumb commentary on my tumblr. why can't i get this invested in TV that isn't awful lazy offensive bullshit??? first thing i do after this semester is over, i'm going to catch up on Sleepy Hollow. i need an antidote /o\
some_stars: (sequitur)
1. Not nearly enough work :(
2. Wrote and performed eight lines of a rap battle between Odysseus and Penelope (I was Penelope) (it actually came out pretty fucking great, people cheered)
3. Finally snapped, slightly, and told off the horrible immature entitled useless worst member of my group project, which is otherwise composed of awesome people
3a. I mean not in so many words but I stopped cushioning and repressing my criticisms of her terrible ideas (mainly: refusing to have any) and behavior, it was all civil but I stopped being so careful to keep my tone light and end with questions and throw in the occasional self-deprecating remark and basically just told her some shit
4. Finished up and presented that group project, which also went pretty great
5. Made very slightly more progress towards fixing this hideous academic mess I'm in, at least procedurally
6. Fell even more grossly in crushlove with the classmate I adore and keep failing to ask out because we're both so horribly horribly busy
7. Wore lipstick
8. Just generally flailed around having feelings and talking really loudly and almost crying at the cash register at Whole Foods buying dinner because I'd put my wallet in my coat pocket and when I went to get it the zipper got stuck and there was a huge line and it was so noisy and awful
9. But the cashier fiddled with the zipper for me and fixed it and was super nice

It has been such a day, you guys, IDEK. I would like to take a few weeks off from feeling things.
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I'm trying to get Hanukkah presents for my nieces, and while none of them were particularly helpful when surveyed, one said she'd like a book, and mentioned enjoying Catcher in the Rye and The Great Gatsby recently. So on the one hand, awesome, I can buy her a grownup book! On the other hand...I hate the first one and I've never read the second, but I have read another Fitzgerald and hated it. So I have no idea what to do with this.

Therefore: Any ideas from people who don't hate early- to mid-century American dude lit? It doesn't have to be something from that genre, either. Just...something you think she might like. (For reference, she's in 9th grade.)
some_stars: (kids! stay in school!)
Happy Hanukkah! I am so, so happy it's finally here. It's my very favorite Jewish holiday, the one I do properly every year even when I can't manage the actually important ones. I have all kinds of very serious feelings about it which would not be interesting to other people probably, but also the sun has been setting at 4:30 lately, and the prospect of a midwinter festival of lights is one of the few things that's kept me going.
some_stars: (kids! stay in school!)
This has been such a fucking day, the only bright spot being that I finally got around to obtaining a menorah and candles. (Although not, now that I think of it, matches.) Even that process was weird and kind of awkward but I got it, and set it up, and then everything else was crap. Why can't it be Hanukkah yet, I always feel better then, it was legitimately super difficult not to just start lighting candles tonight. I don't think I counted on how much more emotional I would get about this holiday (and I already get pretty emotional) when I moved somewhere where the sun sets at 4:30 PM :(
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So my tragically mismanaged "technology in education" mini-course ordered me to make a video--the assumption being I would shoot some random crap on my phone, then use iMovie and throw some pre-made titles and wipes on top and be done with the whole thing in two hours. Being a crazy person, I took about eighteen. But I think it came out pretty great!

(One caveat: if shaky-cam movies make you sick, you definitely shouldn't watch this. I've never actually shot my own footage before except a few seconds of a cute squirrel or something, so it wasn't until I got back home and had wasted my only available slot all week of "near home, free time, reasonable amount of sunlight" that I realized: pressing 'record' on a five-ounce phone and then walking around and climbing rocks and stuff while just...holding it in one hand is not an optimal strategy. The first half is especially bad. Just pretend it's an artistic statement.) (Also apparently my phone was recording at 28 fps, which, uh, what the actual fuck, Apple, who even does that??)

embed )
some_stars: (kids! stay in school!)
So I'm poking around Amazon trying to find the cheapest menorah that won't set my apartment on fire--I have accepted that it's going to be hideously tacky and unpleasant, but I figure I might as well wait a few years until I can afford to buy a really nice one to have forever. So anyway, I'm just pulling up the ones under twenty bucks and reading the reviews, checking for any house-on-fire stories, and I find this:

Very traditional and a nice addition, especially if you have children. Affordable and it looks very nice. Will not replace grandmothers, but it is a good value for this item.

After staring at this for a full minute, I think it's an apostrophe issue, but I had to get through a few highly unsettling possibilities before this one occurred to me. ("Will not replace grandmothers...as a receptacle for lit candles? omg 'Deborah M' WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOUR FAMILY.")

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