shinyjenni: the lady sif is unimpressed (your father's filthy leggings)
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:
shinyjenni: Sarah Jane, Eleven and Jo (just like old times)
Here are some excellent fanworks I would like to draw attention to:

I Will Be Right Here by [personal profile] such_heights: a lovely post Frozen coda which hits on everything I loved about the film. SISTERS! ♥

Sneezes by [personal profile] cosmic_llin: adorable and hilarious ficlet in which Dax gets flu. :D

The Third Annual Occasional Monthly (Ish) Former Time Travellers' Network Meetup and Being the Apprentice Isn't All It's Cracked Up To Be (Except When It Is) by [personal profile] silly_cleo: podfics of two of my fics! :D [personal profile] silly_cleo reads them both fantastically; her Sarah Jane voice in the former is SPOT ON and I particularly like her interpretation of Izzy in the latter. ♥

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That icon meme I can never resist is back! \o/

1. Reply to this post with "not today," and I will pick five of your icons.
2. Make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose.
3. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
4. This will create a never-ending cycle of icon glee.


[livejournal.com profile] ladymercury_10 gave me:

icons )
shinyjenni: Lynda and Spike drinking coffee (press gang)
- [livejournal.com profile] cosmic_llin wrote me an awesome fic for my birthday! Keeping Up. :D It is a Star Trek/Doctor Who crossover; can't tell you any more without spoiling it but you should all go and read it.

- I am planning to go to the Edinburgh festival this year, from the 14th-ish to the 17th. EXCITING. I have never been before, so any tips would be much appreciated!

- Sulking slightly about how I am too busy revising to go and see The Avengers (and preparing to spend the next fortnight ducking low-flying spoilers; possibly I will just not go on tumblr ever), but on the other hand, it is Friday, which means Community, Castle and Smallville. Hurray! Never thought I'd be that wildly excited about that last one, but I am thoroughly enjoying the season 11 comics. :D
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (eight brigadier)
[livejournal.com profile] fandom_stocking went live last night/this morning, and I got MANY awesome things, which I am linking here so everyone can go and squee at them too:

a fab Eight/Brigadier icon from [livejournal.com profile] lindenharp;

a Middleman fic rec from [livejournal.com profile] tigerkat24 (and let me second that rec; if anyone hasn't read it, you must, it is PERFECT);

an awesome Maria and Rani fic from [livejournal.com profile] cosmic_llin;

not one but TWO Martha meets Buffy fics (my number one most wanted crossover EVER) - this one by [livejournal.com profile] sentientcitizen, which is lovely and shippy and has Martha the Vampire Slayer!, and this one by [livejournal.com profile] carawj which is fantastic and has Martha rescuing Buffy, ♥;

a really lovely Sarah Jane/Jo fic from [livejournal.com profile] paranoidangel42;

a completely adorable Perimem fic, with mix-tape from [personal profile] glinda.

and lots of lovely messages and holiday wishes, including Christmassy Buffy graphics from [livejournal.com profile] arenee1999!

And they are all brilliant and happy-making and I am feeling v. joyful as a consequence. ♥
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (five 'n' perimem)
1.) I redid my journal layout! [personal profile] shinyjenni I had it all sorted out and looking the way I wanted with Firefox, then I thought "since I have IE open too I will just check it there" and lo it looked AWFUL and I had to start again. FROWN. (Do give me a shout if it looks broken for you and I shall cry try and sort it out.) (Oh, it looks a bit wrong in the preview thing due to lack of that bar on the top. Hopef. this is only a problem for me.)

2.) (I meant to post this last Friday but I was ill and spent most of the day in bed listening to Big Finish and feeling sorry for myself. Anyway.) So in my Dreamwidth poll post on LJ [personal profile] brewsternorth told me about [community profile] followfriday and [personal profile] vilakins asked for dreamwidth community recs, so I am hereby combining the two:
  • [community profile] shes_awesome (recced by [personal profile] azarsuerte in the same post; thank you!): a community for posting about awesome women being awesome, an endeavour of which I heartily approve.

  • [community profile] hooked_on_heroines: the posting rate has died down slightly after the initial flurry, but this community is still full of interesting, thinky posts on women in fiction, with good discussions in the comments.

  • [community profile] fem_thoughts is having a mini-meta fest; there's some great-looking prompts!

  • [community profile] access_fandom always has excellent links and posts, with lots of things to think about.


3) Doctor Who friending/subscription meme on Dreamwidth! Yay!

4) I would like to do something for [community profile] three_weeks_for_dw but cannot think what. Thus, a relevant meme: What kind of topics/entries would you like to see me posting about? Any particular questions you've always wanted to ask me but have resisted because the answer would be a huge essay? Ever want to wind me up and watch me go on a particular topic? Anything you've heard me say "I should write that entry about _________ I've been meaning to write" and have been patiently waiting for?
shinyjenni: Sylvester McCoy, Sophie Aldred and Philip Olivier; text reads: "big finish" (big finish are love)
- Via io9, via [profile] hhertzof in Google Reader: Lovelace and Babbage: Together, They Fight Crime! Includes Wolverine!Brunel. ♥ The notes are also really interesting and fun to read, and occasionally say things like this:

The Difference Engine prints large tables of numbers without error. If that is not cool enough for you, you are reading the wrong comic my friends. It does battle vampires at some point but it has its own way of doing that thank you very much.

There is swag, too, and I am trying to decide whether spending about £20 on this t-shirt is a) ridiculous or b) sensible: I usually buy all my clothes in charity shops so my perspective on what is good value is a little skewed.

- My parents emailed me this v. silly video of sheep, which made me laugh a great deal.

- The Miserable Life of Tom Quinn, Spy. Being The Tragic Story of the Third Saddest Spy in the History of the World. By A Lady.

- HOME TEAM 2009: ROUND TWO. Everyone go and vote for your favourites! Round one was full of AGONISING CHOICES but I found this one a bit easier. Am v. sad that Kira is losing to Daria though: yes, Daria is awesome, but ...Kira! Also I still lament the fact that Wendy Watson went out in round one. :(
shinyjenni: Kira Nerys (kira)
- Via io9, via [livejournal.com profile] hhertzof in Google Reader: Lovelace and Babbage: Together, They Fight Crime! Includes Wolverine!Brunel. ♥ The notes are also really interesting and fun to read, and occasionally say things like this:

The Difference Engine prints large tables of numbers without error. If that is not cool enough for you, you are reading the wrong comic my friends. It does battle vampires at some point but it has its own way of doing that thank you very much.

There is swag, too, and I am trying to decide whether spending about £20 on this t-shirt is a) ridiculous or b) sensible: I usually buy all my clothes in charity shops so my perspective on what is good value is a little skewed.

- My parents emailed me this v. silly video of sheep, which made me laugh a great deal.

- The Miserable Life of Tom Quinn, Spy. Being The Tragic Story of the Third Saddest Spy in the History of the World. By A Lady.

- HOME TEAM 2009: ROUND TWO. Everyone go and vote for your favourites! Round one was full of AGONISING CHOICES but I found this one a bit easier. Am v. sad that Kira is losing to Daria though: yes, Daria is awesome, but ...Kira! Also I still lament the fact that Wendy Watson went out in round one. :(
shinyjenni: Kira Nerys (kira)
- Via io9, via [livejournal.com profile] hhertzof in Google Reader: Lovelace and Babbage: Together, They Fight Crime! Includes Wolverine!Brunel. ♥ The notes are also really interesting and fun to read, and occasionally say things like this:

The Difference Engine prints large tables of numbers without error. If that is not cool enough for you, you are reading the wrong comic my friends. It does battle vampires at some point but it has its own way of doing that thank you very much.

There is swag, too, and I am trying to decide whether spending about £20 on this t-shirt is a) ridiculous or b) sensible: I usually buy all my clothes in charity shops so my perspective on what is good value is a little skewed.

- My parents emailed me this v. silly video of sheep, which made me laugh a great deal.

- The Miserable Life of Tom Quinn, Spy. Being The Tragic Story of the Third Saddest Spy in the History of the World. By A Lady.

- HOME TEAM 2009: ROUND TWO. Everyone go and vote for your favourites! Round one was full of AGONISING CHOICES but I found this one a bit easier. Am v. sad that Kira is losing to Daria though: yes, Daria is awesome, but ...Kira! Also I still lament the fact that Wendy Watson went out in round one. :(
shinyjenni: Fourth Doctor and Leela coming out of the TARDIS; background text reads: "excitement adventure really wild things" (really wild things)
Listening to the weather forecast was unexpectedly joyous this morning, as they listed the hottest parts of the country and I went "...I'm right in the middle of all those places!" The weather is brilliant, it maketh me v. happy. I am wearing a skirt! And bare legs! This never happens! On Saturday I went over to Bath for a few hours to see Phil-from-school, we sat in the park by the river (the one you have to pay to get in, except Phil got in free for being local and I got in free as her guest, hurrah) and then mooched around Bath for a bit. Did not do much on Sunday, bit of baking, some light gardening, and revamped my profile a little. Oh, and listened to lots of Tintin - I have had it on tape for ages and it is all incredibly familiar. ♥

The Ten Doctors comic has been completed, and it's definitely worth reading if you haven't yet: it's incredibly fun, packed full of guest appearances and companion team-ups, all done with great humour, affection and enthusiasm. The art isn't perfect, though most of the time it's pretty good, and it captures the essence of the characters very nicely. I wasn't sure about the characterisation of Rose at first, but then she and Ace teamed up and it was awesome. And now I am shipping them.

Tomorrow's Women's Hour is a George Eliot special. Excellent, must remember to listen.

I actually have things to say about Ashes to Ashes this week! (Things other than: "well done, more of this please", that is.) Mostly what I have to say is spoilers )
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (alex a2a pink)
Listening to the weather forecast was unexpectedly joyous this morning, as they listed the hottest parts of the country and I went "...I'm right in the middle of all those places!" The weather is brilliant, it maketh me v. happy. I am wearing a skirt! And bare legs! This never happens! On Saturday I went over to Bath for a few hours to see Phil-from-school, we sat in the park by the river (the one you have to pay to get in, except Phil got in free for being local and I got in free as her guest, hurrah) and then mooched around Bath for a bit. Did not do much on Sunday, bit of baking, some light gardening, and revamped my profile a little. Oh, and listened to lots of Tintin - I have had it on tape for ages and it is all incredibly familiar. ♥

The Ten Doctors comic has been completed, and it's definitely worth reading if you haven't yet: it's incredibly fun, packed full of guest appearances and companion team-ups, all done with great humour, affection and enthusiasm. The art isn't perfect, though most of the time it's pretty good, and it captures the essence of the characters very nicely. I wasn't sure about the characterisation of Rose at first, but then she and Ace teamed up and it was awesome. And now I am shipping them.

Tomorrow's Women's Hour is a George Eliot special. Excellent, must remember to listen.

I actually have things to say about Ashes to Ashes this week! (Things other than: "well done, more of this please", that is.) Mostly what I have to say is spoilers )
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (Default)
Listening to the weather forecast was unexpectedly joyous this morning, as they listed the hottest parts of the country and I went "...I'm right in the middle of all those places!" The weather is brilliant, it maketh me v. happy. I am wearing a skirt! And bare legs! This never happens! On Saturday I went over to Bath for a few hours to see Phil-from-school, we sat in the park by the river (the one you have to pay to get in, except Phil got in free for being local and I got in free as her guest, hurrah) and then mooched around Bath for a bit. Did not do much on Sunday, bit of baking, some light gardening, and revamped my profile a little. Oh, and listened to lots of Tintin - I have had it on tape for ages and it is all incredibly familiar. ♥

The Ten Doctors comic has been completed, and it's definitely worth reading if you haven't yet: it's incredibly fun, packed full of guest appearances and companion team-ups, all done with great humour, affection and enthusiasm. The art isn't perfect, though most of the time it's pretty good, and it captures the essence of the characters very nicely. I wasn't sure about the characterisation of Rose at first, but then she and Ace teamed up and it was awesome. And now I am shipping them.

Tomorrow's Women's Hour is a George Eliot special. Excellent, must remember to listen.

I actually have things to say about Ashes to Ashes this week! (Things other than: "well done, more of this please", that is.) Mostly what I have to say is spoilers )

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