screen things

Jul. 16th, 2017 11:18 pm
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[personal profile] pax_athena
I.
I've finally seen "Wonder Woman" (it did come out later in the Netherlands and then I was travelling and had no time to breath). I left in love - it was a flawed movie (that boat trip was just hilariously wrong), but oh, did it do things right. I did stay out of the overall discussion, for various reasons, but two thoughts that I keep coming back to.
1. Am I happy that they went for the "wrong war". I am so, so, so tired of American stories using WWII as a backdrop. I know that it is part of the history of the character, but well ... Sometimes, if we tell the stories anew, we need to change them.
2. When writing this, I am sitting on a plane, the passengers boarding walking past me on the way to their seats: people flying from Munich to Amsterdam, from Germany to the Netherlands. And it brings it home once again: Gal Gadot would stand out among them - for being somewhat darker, somewhat different, foreign enough to be seen as "not one of us". Is it my own experience talking? Perhaps. I'm pretty sure they have not thought of this, making an American movie. But to me, with my experience of being the other in Western Europe, with the movie taking part in UK, Belgium and France, with Gal Gadot's own Israeli background, this is an Jewish woman, a woman representing an ethnic minority, a woman representing a certain Middle-Eastern look that would draw racism and discrimination, being powerful on screen. This gives me so freaking many feelings.

II.
American Gods. (Thanks, [personal profile] giallarhorn!) I'm two episodes in and I love it. I found the Bilquis sex scene less impressive than the online discussion let me to believe, but it *was* well done. The casting so far has been superb - different from what I thought (in my imagination, Shadow was rather Native American than black), but working in a way that is definitely overwriting my assumptions. The only thing I wish for were proper prononciation for the Zorya's names, especially among the Zoryas and Czernobog. But oh well.

III.
They did change Druckfrisch to a bi-monthly schedule, didn't they? I am so freaking sad about it, it still is perhaps the only German TV show worth watching D:

IV.
Also seen the two first seasons of Voltron. Meh. I will give it another try - in the end, the next season has Lotor. But so far it gives me zero feelings. It does certainly not help that even as a kid, I loved the vehicle Voltron version a lot more than the lion one. I'm kind of sad about this - I really wanted something else to be fannish about (not that I grow tired of Marvel/Loki but I have the distinct feeling that the whole universe goes into a direction I do not like). Oh well.
(Both Wonder Woman and American Gods are too good. Fannish needs a story with enough holes to feel them up with imagination but at the same time not enough to totally throw me off. I'm strange like that, it's hard to get me there, only very few shows ever managed.)

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Jul. 11th, 2017 04:36 pm
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[personal profile] mamculuna
 It's been so long since I posted, but I will leave this meme here in case anyone else would like to waste some time...

What's your favorite cereal?
organic rolled oatmeal

Is there a bus stop near your house? 
indeed there is, in all the places I stay except the beach. I ride it a lot in Chicago.

Do you prefer red wine or white wine? 
dry rose from Provence

What's the last airport you were at? Why were you there? 
Charlotte (CLT) coming home from California, and a very nice employee helped me find my car (running late when I first got there so forgot to note parking place in my phone....)

Who do you live with?
husband, cat--Columbia; husband only (usually)--Chicago; sister, BIL, my cat, their dog, and whoever--beach; son, partner, granddaughter, their cats--California.

Do you read reddit? If so, how often and what subreddits do you like? 
Occasionally if there's something I want to talk about that no one on any other site is interested in, but it's not very satisfying.

Have you recently broken up with a significant other or even just a friend?
broke up with a prison a couple of years ago (though still visit others); rightly, it turns out (that guy who used the drone was there)

What's the weather like today? Is it nice enough to go outside? 
really hot and humid, as usual, and no outside in the middle of the day if possible, but hoping for some rain to cool it down

 

Do you know anyone who's had a baby recently? 
son's partner's brother's wife...son's partner's sister is due soon

Have you used a pen or pencil today? What did you write down?
not yet

What does your last text message say and who is it from? 
reminder to call Senators about healthcare vote, from Daily Action

Can you count how many times you've seen your favourite film?
probably five or six, but there are lots of them.

When was the last time you ate marshmallows? 
the last time I had somemores, and when was that? or maybe it was hot chocolate...

Do you listen to any podcasts? How do you listen to them? 
when I'm working out. I like Lovecraft stories and To the Best of Our Knowledge, and use my phone.

How old will you be in the year 2030? 
88, if I'm around then.

How often does the kettle in your house get used? 
at least twice a day

Does your skin bruise easily? Do you have any bruises right now? What from? 
no, one fading, probably from kayak paddle

What was the last thing you spent $150 or more on? 
refinishing an antique table that people had made water rings on

Do you prefer yes or no questions or more open-ended questions? 
depends on the question!

What brand of toilet paper do you usually buy?
Publix 100% recycled

If I knocked on your door right now, would you be acceptably dressed? 
by my standards, but probably not everyone's (old shorts and tanktop)

Why did you leave your last job? 
retired, if we're talking paid work, but I'm still a volunteer at various things

What color were the last socks you wore? 
white, with running shoes (no socks after March down here, otherwise)

Are you studying currently? What level of education and what do you study? 
Studying Buddhism always, and the actions of politicians, and human oddness, and the beauty of the natural world, and whatever I'm trying to write about--refugees, just now. I have a Ph.D. in linguistics, but don't do serious scholarly work with that anymore

Have you ever eaten at a restaurant and left without paying? 
no! would not do that.

 

What was the last thing that made you laugh out loud? 
a dinosaur trying to do Warrior Three asana (video...)

What's your favorite scent of air freshener?

I so much dislike any kind and never use it. 

How many weddings have you ever been to
many, many --can't recall

Do you know anyone named Nora? 
I had a friend in school, but she was Norah

Are your hands and feet in good condition or could you do with a mani-pedi? 
They're a mess in various ways, including a blue polish on my toes that needs to go

When was the last time you played a board game? What did you play? 
Last week--my family plays all the time. I think the last one was about growing wine--Viticulture, a variant of Tuscany, maybe?

How old were you when you first became sexually active? (consensual sex act)
15--isn't that a good age? Depends on what you mean by the term, though.

Have you ever been to a festival for beer or other type of alcohol? 
no, unless you count Octoberfest in Chicago

Do you own a record player and/or vinyls? 
yes, but never use them. The vinyls are old and scratched.

When was the last time you went out for drinks? 
I think Bill and I went to a bar sometime last fall?


Have you ever been to a strip club? 
no, not that I remember. I went to dinner with a porn king in SF in the 60's, but didn't get involved in his activities!

What's your favorite kind of smoothie? 
something with mango and bananas--other stuff varies

Do you know anyone with a 'virtue name'? (Google it) 
I've had students with names like that, and Hindu friend named Anahata (heart)

Would you ever wear real authentic leather? 
i try to avoid when possible, but my most recent shoes are..

Have you taken out the trash today? 
big plans for when it cools down a bit later

How often do you wear make-up? 
pretty much never, and same for jewelry

What's your opinion on The Simpsons? 
funny, but I watch only if someone else turns them on or they're still on when I tune in for something else

Do you prefer horizontal or vertical stripes? 
I'm very tolerant of both

What's your favorite brand of deodorant/antiperspirant? 
Tom's

Do you know anyone who has been through a divorce? 
me and lots of other people

If you had the money, would you take taxis everywhere instead of driving? 
In Chicago and SF, yes (Lyft, actually, though in Chicago it's so easy to hail a cab right there and not wait). Other places it would be too complicated.

Have you ever done a juice cleanse? 
no--don't quite get the point, with all that sugar in juice. I've done colonoscopy prep, but don't think that's what you're asking

Do you have any friends who you can't decide if they're attractive or not? 
don't know what my friends think about their own attractiveness, but they mostly seem very at home in themselves at this point

Is the inside of your fridge clean right now or does it need a clean out? 

Needs to be cleaned out! Too many condiments pushed to the back.

When was the last time you washed the dishes? 
I always put everything in the dishwasher and run it when full. Bill's not here, so not full yet this week.

 

Are there any magazines that you read on a regular basis? 
New Yorker - Harper's--Tricycle

Do you have to pay for parking in most places in the town/city you live in? 
All the cities downtown, but not the beach

What's the first thing you tend to do when you have a headache? 
Take an ibuprofen if it's bad enough, otherwise ignore it

Tell me about your responsibilities at work. 
I can't imagine you want to hear. I edit loans for Kiva, discuss Buddhism and meditation in prison, coordinate communications for the Buddhist group, rent a beach house (phone calls, contracts, etc). Today I sent a mass email for the beach house rental, and Saturday I helped lay pavers at our retreat center. It varies!

What's your favorite style/cut of underwear? 
all cotton, even over elastic, bikini cut panties, and underwire bra (preferably Warner's)

Can you hear lots of traffic from your house? Does it bother you? 
Sadly, I can hear the interstate from my deck here. Other places, no.

 

Have you ever had proper Canadian poutine with the squeaky cheese? 
Yes, in Montreal and Quebec, and I loved it! The best had lamb gravy, but it was all good.

Do your parents know how to operate smartphones and/or computers? 
My mother was learning to use a computer in her 90's but she died in 2001, so no smart phones. My father died in 1983, so neither for him. My kids were just starting to play with a TI keyboard then, but it didn't interest my father at the time.

How old are your parents, anyway? 
My mother was 90 and my father 78 when they died, long ago

 

Are you allergic to anything? What do you have to do to prevent them? 
not sure what, probably mold, and I take Zyrtec

What song is stuck in your head at the moment? 
none! don't make me think of one!

Do you hate it when people try really hard, or do you kinda like it
depends on who and what and when

What's your boss' first name? Do you call him/her by that name? 
no boss, and that's how I like it, but when I had them, I usually called them by their first names--not the college presidents, but anyone below that

When was the last time you wore a uniform of any kind? What color was it? 
I
 wore a waitress (that's what we were then) uniform back in 1966--black skirt and white blouse and white laced leather laced shoes, like nurses used to wear. So ugly.


Do you complete a survey before taking this one? Will you take one after? 
Is this a survey?

Have you ever lost enough weight to drop a dress size? 
yes, and gained it back (several times...)

What's your favorite kind of bread? 
homemade with lots of grains and things

When was the last time you got pizza? What toppings did you get? 
last night, with anchovies


Do you own Monopoly? Is it the original or a special version? 
I think there's part of a set at the beach, the original.

 

What was the last thing you said out loud? 
thanks, and bye, to telephone solicitor.

You have to choose one: cats or dogs? 
cats, but I do like dogs, just not quite as much. But then I don't have a dog right now.

Would someone being either a cat or dog person effect you dating them? 
dating probably is not ever going to be something I do again, but I don't think I'd get on with a person who didn't like animals.

How do you travel to and from work? 
Mostly by computer and phone, but I do drive to prisons

Do you primarily use cash or card for your purchases? Why? 
Card when possible (need miles!)

 

Have you ever been to a stadium concert? 
several, but my favorite was listening to Paul McCartney from the street outside the stadium (outdoor football arena) and dancing in the street

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