odditycollector: Woman staring through a window of a space shuttle. The curve of the Earth fills her view, bright and blue. (Perspective)
( May. 5th, 2011 03:53 pm)
In the near future, I may find myself in need of massive amounts of passive entertainment, and no dependable access to. Which means I should start stockpiling now.

So, does anyone have recs for tv series or movies I ought to check out?

Bonus points for spaceships and/or interesting ladies! Minus points for 2D animation which I am slightly allergic to, but feel free to try to win me over anyway.

Currently I am considering:

-Babylon 5
-Catching up with White Collar season 2
-Giving Fringe a fair change, rather than catching 10 minutes here or there and getting bored.
-FMA: Brotherhood ??? (I *did* make it through the first FMA series, by dint of staring mostly at the subtitles.)
odditycollector: Babbage and Lovelace shaking hands smugly. "What geniuses we are!" "I know!" (2D Goggles)
( May. 1st, 2011 01:59 pm)
Dear laptop computing device,

Well maybe I WANT to run 12* Adobe programs, MS Office, 5 instances of Chrome, 2 IDEs, 47 Firefox tabs, and a movie. YOURS IS NOT TO HAVE OPINIONS ON THIS.

Yours in distraction,

*exaggeration, obv. Plus I tallied Dreamweaver twice.
[personal profile] petra asked of me "If you had to delete all but 5 of your fanworks, which would you keep?", and I had a much, much easier time answering than she did. There was still gnashing of teeth, but basically I would be a giant asshole if some of these disappeared. I'd keep:

1. My JLU shoes, on account of wow they are fun to wear around.

2. Totally Appropriate Covers, aka what if Frank Miller was into beefcake. It has been almost 5 years, and they are still linked around occasionally. I think that's a record for internet relevancy.

3. Everyone Makes It to the 31st Century. The Legion of Super-Heroes in the Alternate Future where PoC exist. This took so many hours in Photoshop, but some of the responses I got... yeah, it's not going anywhere.

4. The Value of Daughters, which is a fanwork inasmuch as it's dedicated to Lian Harper. Not even my favourite fannish poem thing (Hello, How the Bitch Stole Comics) but I think the sharpest I've ever done. (Content warning for descriptions of violence and brief mention of sexual assault.)

5. Prize, the Homestuck fic I recently wrote. I know it is suspect to list the latest thing you wrote as your bestest and most favourite, but in this case people have mentioned working on fanart and other *really cool stuff*, and the thing is I want to see them. (Content warning for mentions of violence and ableist language.)
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a fangirl in possession of an extra pair of canvas shoes, must be in want of something to do with them.

(I'm not sure how I keep accidentally ending up with extraneous shoes, but I suppose there are worse curses.)

This is incredibly silly. )
odditycollector: Supergirl hovering in black silhouette except for the red crest. Cape fluttering. Background is a roiling, raining sky. (Default)
( Nov. 12th, 2010 05:23 am)
I have decided I am going to try for NaNoWriMo after all. I will just need like 3000 words a day! I am not sure I have ever written that many words in a day since 6 years ago, but I have decided I don't need to show said words to anyone. Thus they may be awful, I should not worry.

I am plotting a plot with Mary Sues and crossovers and way too many coincidences to be a believable narrative and spaceships. It is gonna be TERRIBLE you guys. I can't WAIT.
odditycollector: Supergirl hovering in black silhouette except for the red crest. Cape fluttering. Background is a roiling, raining sky. (Default)
( Nov. 11th, 2010 06:15 pm)
If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. I'm sure we have all heard that proverb before, and fair enough.

But I was just now pliar-ing a broken zipper back together, and then remembering how satisfied I was, at seventeen, after buying my first ratchet screwdriver* so I could fix my dorm furniture, and I think this one is maybe *more* important:

If you have your own tools, everything looks like a problem *you* can fix.

*as well as other examples of "tool" in the sense of "knowledge-skillset", but who needs a 25 year retrospective of times I've made my day a little easier.
odditycollector: Bah! The imperfect duplicate of me must die! It's existance is a mockery of my greatness! (Computo)
( Sep. 11th, 2010 08:42 pm)
Anybody else ever do that thing where you are working on something you'd outlined in a notebook, and the notebook is next to the computer, and you'd like a closer look at the notebook, and you try to mouse over to the notebook so you can drag it in front of the screen?

There is some weird body/space mapping going on in *my* brains, anyway.
I have gotten into the alcohol again. Would you like to know why "I love you, (wo)man"? Ask me specifically, I would be more than pleased to provide.

Primarily, though, I am curious. I know what it is like for me to have gotten into the alcohol, but what about you? (This is often an awkward subject in RL conversations. I do not understand why. Even when I have not gotten into the alcohol. We are all adults responsible humans here.) If you prefer to ignore these sorts of questions though, for any reason, please do.

Me? My typing skills are shot (if this is readable, thank Firefox's spellcheck), and I suspect the same of my hand eye coordination. I am unsure if my eyesight is more blurry, less focused or simply less essential. Are my decision making abilities likewise compromised? Probably. But I've never gone after anyone I wasn't attracted to when sober, nor accepted a driver who has toasted with me. Rules, at least, are solid if I determine them so.

My tactile and kinesiologic senses are much, much more primary and/or interesting. Stretching or dancing or the tactile information from a variety of objects is exceedingly pleasant*. Auditory info, usually important, often becomes an annoying distraction. (Unless urgent. Call my name, I will hear you.) Not sure about smell or taste. I am picky/allergic/easily offended at the worst of times. Do I blink as often? I'm not sure, but when I pay attention, it burns. My hair improves in my opinion; my skin tone does the opposite.

No doubt I embarrass myself. I make bad jokes, but when do I ever stop?

But that is me. I hate to assume universality without corroboration. What is it like for you, a few shots of alcohol in?

*Which is to say, I may fall over, but I'd enjoy it far more.
odditycollector: Text on brown background texture. "I am a batshit genius scientist prophet goddess and I will be free" (A Softer World)
( Aug. 19th, 2010 03:53 pm)
I just knocked a cup of water off my dresser/night-table. It hit the side of my mattress, bounced off, flipped over, and landed right side up on the floor with much of the water still inside.

For my next trick, a random number generator that only does '4's!
odditycollector: Babbage and Lovelace shaking hands smugly. "What geniuses we are!" "I know!" (2D Goggles)
( Jul. 9th, 2010 02:15 am)
Due to circumstances that I don't really want to get into at the moment (shopping, okay, it is a challenge) I found myself the confused owner of a pair of white canvas shoes. I have forever been distrustful of white shoes. What could you do with them?

Well. This! )
I have had another dream! In it I was a dude, and I was sharing a hotel bed with Gus (of Psych fame), and we TOTALLY got it on.

Then later, when we were coming back from hotel breakfast with Shawn, I made a joke about Gus being gay, and Gus laughed, but Shawn gave a more Shawn-like spiel on the theme of, Not Funny, and I'm surprised at *you*, Gus. So I explained that it actually was funny if you knew the context, vis-à-vis dude!me and Gus screwing, and poor Shawn looked gobsmacked.

Somehow I doubt this one is in the dream interpretation books!
odditycollector: Supergirl hovering in black silhouette except for the red crest. Cape fluttering. Background is a roiling, raining sky. (Default)
( Feb. 28th, 2010 10:56 am)
Okay, I distinctly remember putting my laptop down wrong last night and driving the power jack in (again). So I've been paranoid about unplugging it this morning, and gathering files to copy in case something goes terribly wrong while I've got it open...

Except looking at it now, either I didn't do nearly as much damage as I thought... or it *never happened*. And thinking about it, the stuff all over my floor which was why I put the laptop down sideways in the first place? Magically gone. Though I am pretty sure I'm not infested by fairies.

So my best guess: Sometime last night, probably while I was sleeping, my brain hallucinated the whole thing! I have been (slightly, it is an easy fix) stressed all morning for *no actual reason*.

I rarely, rarely remember my dreams, which is fine with me, as the whole concept seems *weird*. But I'm curious, those who have a varied, exciting, and recalled unconscious life, are you less or more likely to be thrown by something like this? Is there an easy way to tell which memories aren't real, even if they are something that could have actually happened?
So LJ has decided to change my profile's gender field from "unspecified" to "It's personal", which is irritating me quite a bit. My gender's not a *secret*. It's not something I am ashamed of, or am unwilling to talk about.

Does anybody remember a livejournal meme, years ago, where you put in your username and it generated a world map showing the locations of you and those of your flist who've also signed up? Those who had told LJ they were female were represented as red triangles, and those who'd said they were male were blue triangles.

I didn't want to be a red triangle. Not because I didn't want people to guess I was a girl*, but because I don't like red very much. I could have switched my gender info to "male" and gotten a blue triangle, but that would have been *lying*. So I changed it to "unspecified" and hoped for the best.

And I turned out to be a green triangle! Win! I like green far better than red, so I was much happier with this new avatar.

And that why I chose not to specify my gender to LJ. A scandalous tale, I am sure you'll agree.

Of course, after LJ implemented ads, I had new, much solider reasons for leaving the field blank-ish, but those are not secret either.

*Although sometimes I'm made uncomfortable by things like female-specific honourifics, so I will not swear there were no such issues involved.
A few months ago, my reworked Legion of Super-heroes issues were spotlighted in a lecture by Francesca Coppa. The talk - titled Things We Don't Have In The Future...and How Fan Arts Can Help - was required viewing for first year students at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

(If the embedded file gives you trouble: Streaming on Blip.tv.)

My work's featured from about 15 minutes to 20 minutes in, but it's worth watching the whole thing. Plus lots of it is vids!

There's a very interesting bit (to me) when she moves from the animated Legion pic I recoloured to the original, and there is a audible sigh or gasp from the audience. *That* is why I use photoshop so often to make my point; it is almost impossible to recreate that "Oh!" moment with text, as human beings are extremely good at filtering out arguments they don't agree with. But images get sent to your brain with little red alert flags: what does this mean is it important is it a bear?

I do have a couple issues with the details (about me). Firstly, you might take away that *I* was around in the 1950's and 60's, but this is not the case! You guys, I am not secretly a grandmother here, although "70 year old woman learns Photoshop for great justice!" would have been a pretty awesome story.

And more importantly, I have problems with the context in which she uses "albino" as a descriptor. This actually turned into a several paragraph rant, which I'll probably post in the near future. But the short version: she is either using "albino" as a synonym for "pale white person" which, no; or she is honestly reading the character as having albinism and suggesting erasing that is a pretty cool thing I managed, which again, no; and PS, in a formal situation, "woman with albinism" is better.

At least she's using it as an adjective rather than a noun? But in a lecture celebrating how fans are working against the racism or sexism or homophobia in their culture, that little moment of Fail was pretty annoying.

That is the short version (with most of the How Dare You Impugn My Honour excised).

But other than that momentary lapse, it's a pretty interesting introduction to fan arts as conversation. Worth your time, even the bits that aren't about me!
odditycollector: I could go on talking to you for several minutes before yeilding to the desire to bash my head in with a large rock. (Young Justice)
( Nov. 2nd, 2009 10:32 pm)
Oh, for fuck's sake, photobucket, it is the second of the month, I have not broken 10 gigs of bandwidth, seriously, what the hell.

*considers moving every single image everywhere right this moment*

Fine. You can have my goddammed three dollars. But do not think this is over.
odditycollector: Supergirl hovering in black silhouette except for the red crest. Cape fluttering. Background is a roiling, raining sky. (Default)
( Oct. 29th, 2009 01:03 am)
I've decided to start using twitter.

Because the thing is, I don't like twitter. I don't see the point. I don't like the idea of getting constantly barraged with text-message blurbs. I don't think anything of note can be explained in 140 chars or less. Notifications, maybe. Conversations? Not so much.

But... what if that's just a failure of imagination?

So, I am odditycollector on twitter. If you have one, let me know. I will follow you.
odditycollector: Supergirl hovering in black silhouette except for the red crest. Cape fluttering. Background is a roiling, raining sky. (Default)
( Oct. 27th, 2009 05:15 pm)
I am full of holes. But immune* to flus! Forever*!

*definitions may vary

Also, I am pretty close to having the next LSH issue changed. Pretty exciting stuff, my friends!
Today's A Softer World is pretty amazing, you guys.


I have a few unallocated hours tomorrow. What WIP should I spend them on?

[Poll #1444161]

I guess if you have a suggestion you can tell it to me in the comments, but it will have to be a really amazing suggestion for me to take notice! And WIPs not on that list are probably not there for a reason (Like, yeah, there is one page left for the Really Depressing GO Fic, but there has been one page left for *years*, and most of the pages that do exist are full of procrastinating from getting there anyway.)
odditycollector: Supergirl hovering in black silhouette except for the red crest. Cape fluttering. Background is a roiling, raining sky. (Default)
( Jul. 8th, 2009 04:45 pm)
I just wasted 2 hours on a "have you tried turning it off and then on again?" problem.

Notes for later: First get good, *then* get cocky.
odditycollector: Agatha Heterodyne gleefully threatening a dingbot with a screwdriver. "Relax, you should be incapable of feeling pain!" (girl genius)
( Apr. 9th, 2009 04:26 pm)
"I just stabbed myself with a soldering iron!" sounds like a totally impressive honourable injury.

...Unless it was off at the time. And you were just using it to pry apart a USB drive casing anyway. And a not incidental amount of blood went *into* the drive.

Oh yeah, I have *skills*.


odditycollector: Supergirl hovering in black silhouette except for the red crest. Cape fluttering. Background is a roiling, raining sky. (Default)


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