more old tv

Jun. 7th, 2017 05:49 pm
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Were there really just never that many SG1 "the program goes public" fics, or is it just that I can't find them because of lack of standard keywords/tags? There are a handful that I know I've read, and some of those are wonderful, but it feels like somebody somewhere ought to have written the long, mostly gen version about all the fallout, and I have a sneaking suspicion that maybe they did and I just don't know where it is. That feeling always makes me twitchy.

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My haphazard revisiting of the Stargate universe has landed me on, well, Stargate Universe, which I bailed on fairly early in its original run. It's not really any better the second time around: they tried too hard to be edgy and non-Stargate-like, and they forgot to make the characters likable. The story isn't bad, I just find myself not caring very much. HOWEVER, I just got to the episode where Jack needs a super stealthy surveillance expert to help catch a traitor, and so he calls... Daniel. Which actually ends up being Daniel's last real appearance in canon, skulking around with a camera, failing to capture the bad guys, and then hanging out in Jack's office. Is he supposed to be living in DC at this point? Was this a shady excuse to get him to come visit? It doesn't really make a ton of sense. Jack and Sam's last appearances are in the following episode, where Jack yells at another colonel for not being able to make command decisions as well as Sam can. I feel like this is probably a common scene in General O'Neill's life: griping at everyone else about how they should be more like SG-1. That, at least, is charming, even if Colonel Young makes terrible choices.

Anyway, I'll try to stick it out through the second season, even if that just means leaving the episodes on in the background while I do other things. My next ambition is to catch up with the SyFy summer shows (Killjoys, Dark Matter, and maybe Wynonna Earp) and then actually watch them as they air, which I've gotten increasingly terrible at in the streaming era. It might work, at least for the month until Game of Thrones comes back and eats my brain.
elz: (offworld)
I just watched the Stargate Atlantis finale for the first time while eating dinner tonight - I'd lost interest by Season 5, for reasons I no longer remember, and nobody seemed enthused about it at the time, so I just never bothered. And yeah, that was... an hour of tv. Pretty big contrast to the SG1 finale, which was a fanservicey hour of the characters basically just hanging out together, forever. This one was a pretty typical 'save Earth from the alien menace' episode that felt oddly generic. The most emotional moment might have been the reference to General Hammond/Don Davis passing away, and I don't think Sheppard ever even met him.

Three random thoughts:

1. It amuses me that poor Major Davis is the one character in this universe who never seems to get promoted. Somewhere out there today, Sam is a general and Davis is still a Pentagon flunky.

2. If I ever knew that they resurrected Dr. Beckett, I'd forgotten about it, so his appearance was a bit of a surprise. Had to check to see if that was a storyline or if they just suddenly made him un-dead for the hell of it (sadly the former).

3. Fifteen seasons of SG1 and SGA, and Rodney McKay is (if I remember correctly) the one character who walks off into the sunset with an unequivocal canon romance. There's just something wrong about that.
elz: (offworld)
Life: a vast nothingness, a howling vortex of despair.

TV: I'm rewatching Stargate SG-1, as you do when life is a howling vortex of despair - although this is the first time I've rewatched it since the end, I think, and probably the first time since the original airing that I've seen a bunch of the later episodes and the movies. It's 10 years since the show ended and 20 since it began, which is kind of mind-boggling. I came to the series pretty late, and I liked the Mitchell-Vala years, so it took some poking around in journal histories to remember that this was a fandom that mostly died before the show did. It was good fodder for fanfic for the same reasons it was frustrating to watch at times - the richness of the universe and the general lack of emotional payoff to just about anything - and then of course Jack left and took his ships with him and fans moved on to SGA and Supernatural and other things.

But despite being... never the most ambitious show, there's something about it that just really works for me. The friendships, primarily - the found-family teaminess that only gets stronger as the years go on. The fact that it is episodic and less of an emotional commitment to watch. The groundedness of a sci-fi show with one foot in a very prosaic world of concrete bunkers and drab military uniforms. The fundamental earnestness and optimism that underlies all the layers of sarcasm and meta. The general sense of things left unsaid and undone and all the unrealized possibilities of both the main universe and the many canon AUs, clones, and fractured timelines. And damn, there was some great fic of all varieties.

The one thing I wish existed or that I could find is that ultimate teamy, gen-ish, all-eras retrospective vid. I recognize that fannish burnout doesn't usually inspire people to want to vid literally hundreds of hours of source material, but I kind of wish I'd finished the one I started a decade ago. Maybe if I think about it hard enough, it will miraculously come into existence on its own. Or maybe not.
elz: (ada-queen victoria)
Short notice, but I have a ticket to the Welcome to Night Vale anniversary show tomorrow night at 7pm in NYC which I unfortunately won't be able to go to. Drop me a line if you'd be interested or know someone else who might be!

(I have duly learned my lesson about volunteering for things without paying close attention to the date. Alas!)
elz: (AO3: learn ruby)
AO3 1 Million Celebration

Five and a half years after the first one, we have our millionth work on AO3! Champagne time! We had a crowd in our chatroom this morning refreshing the front page over and over - hopefully some of them are actually getting some sleep now. :)

Misc TV

Feb. 10th, 2014 01:31 am
elz: (facepalm)
aka, things I was watching before the Olympics started up and I began having sudden and intense feelings about luge.

Teen Wolf

I feel like watching this show is more than a little like rooting for the Mets. You go in with very low expectations, because you know what you're getting yourself into. Then there are some pleasant surprises, and there's that point mid-season where they get hot, and you think, hey, there's some real potential here. Maybe they're actually going somewhere! Maybe this time will be different! And then, of course, it's not, and everything collapses, and you end the season lying on the floor clutching an empty bottle, wondering why you do this to yourself. (I'm pretty sure Dylan O'Brien is Matt Harvey in this analogy.)

So yes, the last few episodes are the equivalent of the midseason hot streak, and I'm definitely intrigued by what's going on, but it's hard to have confidence that it's actually going to end up in any sort of coherent and satisfying way. I live in hope of being proved wrong. (That goes double for the Mets.)

Downton Abbey

I knew I'd like this show, but if I'd known just how much of it was an epic bitchfest between Professor McGonagall and Harriet Jones (MP), I'd have gotten around to watching it a lot sooner. Currently up to early S3, not so unspoiled that I don't know what awaits me at the end.

The After

This is one of the Amazon Prime pilots, from Chris Carter of The X-Files, co-starring (among others) Aldis Hodge, Adrian Pasdar, and an almost unrecognizable Jamie Kennedy and Sharon Lawrence.

spoilers )

TGIM

Dec. 30th, 2013 09:04 pm
elz: (ada-reboot)
I have the next two days off, a bunch of stuff to code, a giant pile of laundry, an empty fridge and a bottle of wine. If I can accomplish something other than just opening the bottle of wine, 2014 will be off to a pretty good start.
elz: (ada-reboot)
I've seen a lot of talk going around about the Big Bang Press kickstarter and whether it's a good idea to contribute to or not, and I have some thoughts on that.

1. If you put in an amount of money that you're comfortable paying for three as-yet unfinished and unreviewed novels by new authors with established fanfic backgrounds, you'll either get three novels out of it or you'll get your money back if they don't actually deliver. (Kickstarter ground rules.) Backing a kickstarter doesn't make you liable for any legal or financial problems the owners run into, so it's pretty much on them to decide whether those risks are too high. If you don't think the books are worth it or you don't have the money to spend, obviously that's also a completely valid choice.

2. Is their fundraising goal too high? Do they have professional editing and publishing experience? Do they have an actual lawyer on staff? I'm not sure I care. The thing is, I'm coming from the tech world, where it feels like a white guy can walk up to a VC and get $10 million to build an app that makes barnyard animal noises. I want to see more women out there in the world asking for money and starting businesses and taking risks. $40,000 doesn't exactly seem like a wildly exorbitant sum to launch a company, and worst case scenario is that they end up with more professional experience and some useful business and life lessons to go on with. And if they get more money than they need and turn a profit on their work? Why exactly would that be wrong?

Have you heard of Wattpad? It's a fiction hosting site founded by two men that (from what I can tell) seems to be used mostly by teenage girls posting One Direction fanfic. To date, they've raised at least $20.8 million by making the claim that they're out to disrupt the publishing industry.

Do you know how much money Etsy and Pinterest (both founded by men) have raised to date, on the backs of women creating and sharing content on their sites? At least $91.7 million and $338 million, respectively. And while I'm reading stories about these sites on Hacker News every day, I'm still looking around the internet and seeing a lot of talented women who are underemployed or trying to make ends meet while generating value in the form of content for other people's companies. So yeah, I love the fannish gift economy and have done thousands of hours of unpaid labor on its behalf, but I also respect the fact that people have to eat and pay rent, and I support their efforts to make money to do that as long as they're not hurting anybody. Will I be more cynical the fiftieth time I see people in fandom doing the same thing? No doubt. But if any of them make it big, I'll be thrilled, and in the meantime, if I pay for a book and I get a book that I enjoy as much as my average Amazon purchase, that's a perfectly good deal for me.
elz: (ada-tubes)
I have assembled ALL the furniture this weekend! For the love of god, someone please remind me to stop buying assembly-required furniture that involves doors and hinges, because that is the worst.

I've also celebrated the return of cable tv into my life after an absence of four years by marathoning many ancient episodes of Law and Order, because what else is cable for? Lennie Briscoe, how I missed you.

Next on the list: acquiring a bottle of wine, and possibly a small Christmas tree. And oooh, I think it might be snowing. Clearly the appropriate time for this expedition!

Heresy

Nov. 2nd, 2013 03:54 pm
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There's nothing like the prospect of moving to force one to acknowledge that maybe there is such a thing as too many books.
elz: (AO3: learn ruby)
-Today I watched all of S3 of Haven. I think I need to find a magic barn to go take a nap in to recuperate. No deep thoughts, but I definitely enjoyed it, and it remains the OT3est of shows. Now on to S4...

-mumble's been compiling AO3 search tips for users and doing some posts about them: The "Search Within Results" Field and You, Part 1 and Part 2. The problem on our end is that the search engine can do so many different things that it's difficult to add/convey all of them through the interface without overloading people with complexity. But while we figure that out, there's a lot you can do manually to exclude tags and refine searches, so check that out if you're interested.

-Other than that, I had four and a half hours of OTW meetings today, deployed a couple of tiny fixes to AO3, did some much-needed cleaning and laundry, and played around with some API code. The first item on tomorrow's agenda is "go outside", because I'm working on a thing where I try not to spend entire weekends on my laptop anymore. It's a work in progress.
elz: (ada-queen victoria)
The weather's gorgeous today, so I walked downtown after work. By Gallery Place, there was an unmarked bus parked by the side of the road and a woman standing next to it in a red tutu, hula-hooping. Another woman in a business suit walked up to her and said, "Can you tell me where this bus is going? Someone just told me that I should get on it." I kept walking, so I'll never know what happened next, but I'd like to believe it involved some sort of buddy comedy roadtrip adventure.

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I watched Sleepy Hollow last night: liked the actors, but the show is extremely. [ETA: that was going to say 'extremely goofy', but 'extremely' also covers it.] May give it a couple more episodes just to see what sort of weekly format they end up with. I guess it says something about me that I can take in stride the idea of George Washington sending Ichabod Crane to fight the four horsemen of the apocalypse but I get irked by inaccurate portrayals of Westchester County law enforcement, but there it is.

Goal for this weekend: start catching up with Haven, since I left off pretty early on in S3. I'm also getting closer to being caught up with Night Vale, which I'm really enjoying. And then next week - SHIELD! Definitely the show I'm most looking forward to this fall. (Please don't suck.)
elz: (otw)
*cough*

One thing we periodically toss around is the idea of having an OTW con where people could actually meet up in person - we've had a lot of small, unofficial staff meetups over the years, but nothing org-wide or formally planned. I think it would be pretty awesome, and what it mostly needs at this point is someone to pick a city and date when at least some number of people could make it, and get the ball rolling. I know absolutely nothing about event planning or how to book a venue, but Lady Oscar actually does and was encouraging my flights of fancy, and therefore, a poll! Highly speculative and unofficial:

Poll #11240 OTWCon Planning
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 19

Could/would you come to an OTW-related con next March in Washington, DC?

Yes
7 (36.8%)

Maybe
9 (47.4%)

No
3 (15.8%)



Assume the cost to be around whatever a fan-run con usually costs and attendance to be open to any staff, volunteers or fans who would like to come. Obviously you could have this event anywhere in the world at any time of the year, but what the heck - DC's a big city, easy to fly into, cheaper than NY (unless anybody has venue tips for NY) and about as central as anywhere, given that we're scattered all over the world. Though I myself would not be averse to going to Europe. There could theoretically be regional meetups on the same weekend for people who couldn't travel quite as far, with some sort of video hookup, maybe? Google hangouts? Cross-chatting? Something, anyway. We could have brainstorming and hackathoning and vid watching and teamly bonding and general shenanigans! Field trip to a Caps game! Multicolored alcohol! Just think of the possibilities. :D

Ideas, suggestions, alternate times or places? If there's interest, we should totally make a Party Planning Workgroup and get a bunch of people together to hammer something out (all meetings to involve party hats and sparkly balloons).

And please link around to anyone who might be interested!

Misc

Jul. 9th, 2012 09:07 pm
elz: (black widow)
Was up in NY this weekend - the weather was at least a tiny bit cooler, although the subway made me appreciate the fact that, for all its faults, the DC metro does at least have air-conditioned stations. Visits with family are always a bit draining these days, but this morning I wandered out and enjoyed the 80 degree temperature in Central Park. And went to see Spider-Man, which was fun. (Andrew Garfield: A+, rest of movie: B)

The next two days I'll be off to AdaCamp in DC, yay. Then in a fit of (for me) utter decadence, I took Thursday and Friday off work as well. Or at least off paid work - at this rate, it'll take me the whole four-day weekend to catch up with OTW emails, let alone coding and code review. /o\

Such is my exciting life this month.
elz: (ada-tubes)
This sounds fascinating from a future-of-vidding POV: Valve hands over its own movie-making tools to gamers

The new tool will allow gamers to make their own movies using the acclaimed Source game engine directly. This means that users will have almost any element from a recent Valve game at their disposal, including characters, locations, props, particles, textures, and sounds. New assets can even be created from scratch using the Source SDK and imported into a video project. People will then be able to position objects and choose their shots as if it were a real-world location - even lighting and visual effects can be adjusted on the fly.
elz: (ada-queen victoria)
YAAAAAAAAY )

And while I'm at it: Cabin in the Woods was also very enjoyable, in a very, very different sort of way. I'm pretty thrilled that Avengers is making buckets of money and Joss will hopefully get more opportunities to make things that don't get cancelled or shelved.

\o/
elz: (Default)
First, apologies if I'm slow in getting back to anybody about OTW stuff right now. My schedule was pretty jammed before I started working 16-24 hours a day, and that is sadly not hyperbole. /o\

Second, anybody in DC interested in going to see The Avengers (or perhaps more likely, going to see it again) on Saturday or Sunday? Pretty sure I'd be too zonked out to enjoy a midnight showing, which is terrible and sad.

Third, hi! Still mostly alive over here! I'm enjoying Game of Thrones immensely, periodically starting posts that I don't actually finish, and otherwise basically working all the time and daydreaming about vacations.
elz: (ada-queen victoria)
Great video on SOPA/PIPA:

PROTECT IP / SOPA Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo.



And some bizarro-world quotes from the MPAA on the matter:

Only days after the White House and chief sponsors of the legislation responded to the major concern expressed by opponents and then called for all parties to work cooperatively together, some technology business interests are resorting to stunts that punish their users or turn them into their corporate pawns, rather than coming to the table to find solutions to a problem that all now seem to agree is very real and damaging.

It is an irresponsible response and a disservice to people who rely on them for information and use their services. It is also an abuse of power given the freedoms these companies enjoy in the marketplace today. It’s a dangerous and troubling development when the platforms that serve as gateways to information intentionally skew the facts to incite their users in order to further their corporate interests.

A so-called “blackout” is yet another gimmick, albeit a dangerous one, designed to punish elected and administration officials who are working diligently to protect American jobs from foreign criminals. It is our hope that the White House and the Congress will call on those who intend to stage this “blackout” to stop the hyperbole and PR stunts and engage in meaningful efforts to combat piracy.


So just to be clear, when the MPAA bribes Congress for the right to censor the internet, it's totally cool. When you black out your own site, that's an abuse of power!

Do remember to call your senators if you're in the US! This is some serious stuff with some potentially awful ramifications.

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