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Here's [personal profile] schemingreader's meme about the past year's reading! I tried to do it on Tumblr, planning to cross-post here, but got the dreaded "something went wrong" message, so it's happening here instead.

booksbooksbooksbooksbooksbooks )
cloudsinvenice: woman resting her head on her hand, thinking (Default)
Hi gentlefailers,

By mildly popular request, here's a  [ profile] fail_fandomanon   friending meme! I'm cross-posting it to DW and LJ, and there's also an official Tumblr post here:

Answer only the ones you want to, and add anything else you think should be there. I just ran with the enthusiasm and didn't want to spend forever making up questions and miss the moment, so feel free to add anything else you think should be there/questions nobody's ever asked that you'd love to answer.

Friend away!

- Current fandoms:
- Past fandoms:
- Favourite FFA threads:
- Favourite FFA critter:
- Things you'd love to have more conversations about:
- What your journal's like (personal/fannish/picspams/etc):
- Friending dealbreakers:
- Some other things about you: how you spend your days, secret supervillain objectives, etc.
- Sites where you'd like to be added:
cloudsinvenice: woman resting her head on her hand, thinking (Default)
We had a Sherlock Holmes double bill tonight. First the Guy Ritchie movie, then one we hadn't heard of before starring Christopher Lee as Holmes and Patrick Macnee as Watson: Incident at Victoria Falls. We gradually realised why it hasn't been widely celebrated: made in 1992, the tape-to-DVD transfer makes it look more like 1979, and it's the sort of thing where you check the runtime gauge to see if you are, as you assume, three quarters of the way through, only to realise it's been going for 45 minutes and still has about four times as much again to go. 

It's not without its charm: Christopher Lee is a good choice for Holmes, and Watson gets a gratifying (if dating) synth motif for his many moments of failure (and this is definitely another incarnation of Jam!Watson). But the strangest thing about this made-for-TV movie is who bankrolled it: reading the credits on the back of the case, we spotted, "in association with Silvio Berlusconi Communications"!

Also, the camera man was Rod Stewart. Probably not that Rod Stewart, but it's funnier not to let reality intrude. 

Here's a YouTube clip for the curious:

Exciting things are happening in fandom. Somebody started a new meta link comm, [community profile] metanews  ([ profile] metanewsfandom  on LJ), so those of us who've been grumbling about how people just want to post gifsets and nobody discusses anymore can find the good stuff at last. They're asking people who post meta or know where there's good meta to get in touch - link posts are weekly, covering very recent stuff. 

A few disability/fannish links:

- on LJ, [ profile] chordatesrock is doing a survey about disability and (fan)fiction. It was posted a couple of weeks ago but they welcome responses at any time. 
- plus I found a comm, [community profile] accessportrayal , for help with portraying disabilities and disabled people well in fic. 
- and on Wordpress, there's a great blog called Space Crip, about "disability in sci fi, fantasy and beyond". 


Finally, I've got a fictional character meme from [personal profile] peachpai . Comment with one of my fandoms and I'll tell you:





meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeem )


cloudsinvenice: woman resting her head on her hand, thinking (Default)
DW support advised that I switch on the beta create entry page and see if that sorts the cut business out. Thanks for your patience with my fuming and uncut posts meanwhile!

[personal profile] luredin pointed me to a great photography meme, [community profile] snapshot_bingo. The nice thing is you're not tied to posting a pic every day, and the prompts seem like they offer a lot of creative scope. In the last year I think 90% of pictures I've taken have been of the cat or stuff I want to sell online, but when I was younger and first had a digital camera I used to experiment constantly and I want to get that back. So. :)

here's my bingo card )

I'm going to make a little card for my wallet with all these on, so I can keep them in mind and find some fills when I'm out somewhere.

Oh, and here's a nice meme from [ profile] semyaza: ask me for a letter, and then list five things beginning with that letter for which you're grateful. [ profile] semyaza gave me the letter B:

books: I find it calming to sit in our hall where half the bookcases in the flat live. It's a nice, narrow space lined with books down one side, and there is immense comfort in looking at each specific book I want to read and knowing they're waiting for me.

Borrowed Cat: We are so ridiculously lucky to have him around. He's a huge comfort when I'm sad and he's even polite about waking us up in the mornings - he just sits on our chests and purrs until we become conscious. This morning when he returned, R let him in and he squirmed as close to my face as possible, then patted my cheek with a forepaw while licking the tip of my nose. It's impossible not to love him when he says hello like that.

Bookcrossing: I go through phases of unenthusiasm but I try to stick at it because I like optimistic gestures. I'm really glad I got into it because I have a nice group of local friends who I wouldn't have met otherwise.

being mistaken for a teenager: The people who told me one day I'd be glad of looking younger than I am were absolutely right. Every time this happens it is ridiculously pleasing. I thought my days of youthfulness were over, but when I was out with Max a few weeks ago the bus driver asked if the two tickets I'd asked for were both for adults. Of course, it may be that he read her as younger than me, but since I was right in front of him I choose to assume otherwise. :P

buses: Our local public transport is so rubbish that when one hoves into view I always feel the most desperate relief and gratitude.
cloudsinvenice: woman resting her head on her hand, thinking (Police: Message in a Bottle)
I realised I'd better run back and post this while I have the chance. I also realised I wanted to thank you guys for your comments on the last post but one. They are very, very much valued even though I didn't have it in me to reply at the time. Your emails have meant a lot too.


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