tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (P & P hands and dance)
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife giant fiberglass statue of himself.

The Atlantic used the headline "Giant Colin Firth Terrorizes London."  I highly suggest that everyone takes a few minutes out of their day to go appreciate the photo of Giant Darcy.  I laughed for about two solid minutes, and every time I go back to the article I start laughing again.

Keep it classy, London.
tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (molly blank background)
It's time for a meme!  This comes from [livejournal.com profile] ladymercury_10.  I apologize for being a trifle long-winded.

Comment on this post with the word SPARTACUS and I will choose six interests from your profile. You will then explain what they mean/why you are interested in them. Post this along with your answers in your own journal so that others can play along.

1. florence + the machine
Florence + the Machine are currently one of my favorite bands/musicians. I love the intelligent dark romanticism of the lyrics, Florence Welch's unique vocals, and the fascinating instrumentation.  (How many other rock bands have a harp?)  The very first time I heart them was when I saw this excellent Master & Doctor fanvid set to "Drumming Song."  I was struck by how cool the song was as well as how perfect it was for the Master in New Who, but I didn't immediately seek out anything else.  Then I downloaded an Adelle Dewitt (of Dollhouse) fanmix that included "Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)" and fell utterly in love.  (I don't know if the DL links are still live, but that fanmix was A+++; it was also my introduction to Mumford & Sons.)  I love both of F+tM's full albums that I have with a passion. Mostly I don't listen to music on repeat, but I can loop either Ceremonials or Lungs pretty much endlessly without tiring of them.  If anyone out there is living under a rock and doesn't know them, here's the video for "Shake It Out."



2. unicorns
When I was a little girl, I was obsessed with unicorns.  I pretended to be a unicorn on the school playground with my friends.  In third grade I planned to write a novel about unicorns, going so far as to inform my parents that they were going to need a bigger mailbox because of all the fan mail I would soon be receiving.  (I no longer remember what the plot was going to be beyond lots of unicorns.  I wrote maybe four pages of it before quitting.)  I had a ridiculous amount of unicorn-themed stuff.  In middle school I mentally escaped from horrible PE classes by daydreaming of unicorns invading the gym to take me away.  I am significantly less obsessed now than I was then, but I still have way more un-ironic love for unicorns than most adults do.  I like that they are magical creatures that are powerful without being violent.

3. folk music
I listen to a ton of folk music.  I enjoy lots of different types of folk:  traditional music (especially from the British Isles and US), classics of the 60s folk revival, indie folk, folk rock, country folk, bluesy folk, filk, and pretty much any other subgenre that can reasonably claim to be part of folk.  I like folk music with a blatant political message and folk music about nothing of consequence.  I like electric folk, folk with big acoustic bands, and folk that's just one person and a guitar.  I have a particular love for multi-part harmony contemporary folk with pop, rock, or alternative influences, including groups like Girlyman, the Wailin' Jennys, and my all-time favorite band the Indigo Girls.  I appreciate the focus a lot of folk has on lyrics and instrumental ability rather than post-production effects.  Listing my other favorite folk musicians would take way too long, so instead here is a link to an awesome folk-centric internet radio station, Folk Alley.

4. science writing
I adore books that do a good job of writing about science for laypeople.  Science is absolutely fascinating, but sometimes the concepts are complex enough that it isn't possible for everyone to get the sense of wonder without some background info.  Some science writing involves a great sense of adventure as the authors travel to exotic places and follow scientists who do strange/dangerous things in the quest for knowledge.  It can be tremendously funny, because let's face it, there's a lot about the universe that's pretty weird and hilarious.  It can be moving or important, especially when it's about the science of politically relevant issues like climate change.  Some of my favorite science writing books include The Song of the Dodo by David Quammen, The World Without Us by Alan Weisman, Stiff by Mary Roach (or any of Mary Roach's hilarious and informative books), and Dr. Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation by Olivia Judson.

5. molly hooper
Molly Hooper is a character whose role seems small at first, but she is both important within the story and surprisingly richly drawn.  She has a morbid job cutting up corpses, but she loves cutesy things like cats and cherry-print cardigans.  She's deeply socially awkward, but she is also such an astute reader of people that she sees things about Sherlock even John doesn't spot.  She has a crush on Sherlock that she can't quite get over even when she realizes it will never be reciprocated (maybe not admirable, but how many of us have been in that same boat?).  Still, she has been known to call Sherlock out when he is being an asshole strongly enough that he actually apologizes.  She's got terrible tastes in fonts on her website.  Still, you know she must be fiercely competent at her job because she is consistently the morgue technician Sherlock chooses to work with.  Also, she's a total BAMF.  As a macro I saw on tumblr pointed out, she dated London's most notorious criminal mastermind, then dumped his ass.  Then there's the little detail that she appears to have been the key to Sherlock's survival, and she is possibly the only person (aside from maybe some people in his homeless network?) who knows that he is alive.  Molly keeps her secrets.  She's always counted.

Molly-centric fic recs, to share the Hooper Trooper fun:
Advanced Surveillance by spastasmagoria (Molly poses as Sherlock's date for a case.  Hilarious and sexy.)
The Mourning Woman by M_Leigh (post-Reichenbach, lovely)
The Anatomist by rosa_acicularis (Mollyarty, now thoroughly jossed by s2, but still essential reading for those who like a touch of the dark with their awesome Molly)
The Breeze Deep on the Inside by [livejournal.com profile] seren_ccd (Molly/Lestrade, great characterizations).  Further Molly recs very welcome!

6. dar williams
Dar Williams is a folk-pop singer-songwriter whose work I've loved since high school.  I don't recall how I first heard of her, but I know the first album of hers that I owned was Mortal City.  I listened to the title song of that album on repeat my freshman year of college, when I was lonely, homesick, and very cold.  Her songs are smart but also often catchy.  While some of her songs are really funny ("I Won't Be Your Yoko Ono"), she has also written about depression in ways I find deeply resonant ("After All").  She also writes a damn good political song.  I got to see her live back in 2006, when she played at a music festival near Tallahasse, where I lived then.  She puts on a great live show.

Here's "The Mercy of the Fallen," perhaps my favorite of Dar's songs.  (You can tell I really love it because I titled a fanfic after it.)
tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (slash happens holmes/watson)
I present to you a slashy fanvid of the movie musical 1776.  It's John Adams/Thomas Jefferson.  Though the vid is titled "Brokeback 1776," I believe that it could also be called "America Has Two Daddies."



Thank you internet for this valuable contribution to freedom.

And now back to my usual wishing I were British.
tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (nice not being me)
Last night I dreamt a Sherlock/Elementary crossover.  Both Sherlocks and their Watsons were in some big fancy skyscraper at night, working together on a case.  Sadly I remember absolutely no details of the mystery.  There was lots of snarking and arguing amongst Sherlock, Sherlock, John, and Joan, but they were ultimately putting their heads together and making good progress on the case.  Then the Elementary pair were poisoned!  (By the bad guys, not the BBC characters.)  The poison had been hidden in a bottle of Dr. Bronner's soap that I guess both of them used before either manifested symptoms, with the poison being absorbed through the skin.  (I have no clue why that is just about the only detail my brain retained upon waking.)  They weren't dead yet, but their chances of survival weren't good.  I remember feeling really upset, both because they were people I cared about who were in danger of dying, but also because if they died I wouldn't have any televised Holmes to watch while waiting for BBC!Sherlock's series three.  My dream gave all the Holmeses and Watsons this odd sort of doubled existence of being simultaneously real people and television characters.

Sadly I woke up before I found out whether Joan and her Holmes lived, if the mystery was ever solved, or whether any of them ever made out.

Having that dream prompted me to finally finish the season in Elementary. I enjoyed it.

Major Elementary spoilers within )
tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (hobbits in woods)
So apparently it was Orlando Bloom's last day of Hobbit filming, and this happened.  I laughed until I ran out of oxygen, and then I laughed more.  (I stopped laughing before passing out, but it was a close thing.)



Meanwhile, I saw Much Ado About Nothing.  It was glorious.  I adore the People Joss Knows Acting Troupe so much.  Also, I want Joss's house.
tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (holmes profile echo)
I've been feeling rather down about my life and the world lately, but rather than whine about it here is a list of things I've enjoyed lately:

Books/Comics
-Dust and Shadow:  An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson by Lyndsay Faye.  This is a marvelous pastiche.  Lyndsay Faye (of the Baker Street Babes podcast, although I think that came after she published this book) has Watson's voice down perfectly.  She keeps the element of humor present in the original stories, but also takes Holmes to a darker emotional place than Sir Arthur generally allowed.  That's a wise choice given the horror of the subject matter.  The OC's are interesting and well-drawn.  I don't know much about Jack the Ripper, but the book appears meticulously researched.  The plot was exciting enough that I skipped intentions I had to leave the house in order to stay home and read.

-Captain Marvel:  In Pursuit of Flight by Kelly Sue Deconnick.  I don't read a lot of comics, but I've been dabbling a tiny bit in Marvel lately after enjoying the Avengers movieverse fandom.  I picked this one up after hearing good reviews and because Kelly Sue seems really cool.  Despite knowing absolutely nothing about Carol Danvers before starting, Captain Marvel:  In Pursuit of Flight made me happy in so many ways.  I was able to follow the plot despite my newbie ignorance.  There's time travel, one of my favorite tropes.  Not only is this a female superhero comic with a costume that covers her full body, drawn in a way that generally eschews gratuitous sexy posing (though she is clearly very attractive), but it also resoundingly passes the Bechdel test.  In fact, the large majority of the secondary characters are women.  Here are women competing over flight records and super powers instead of men, women working together to fight aliens or to fight cancer, women stepping up to embrace their power and potential, women mourning, women rejoicing, women who were put on Earth "to punch holes in the sky."  There's this one full page panel with Captain Marvel flying to the edge of space, looking powerful, and the line "...and we will be the stars we were always meant to be" that I honestly stared at for several minutes because the combination of the art and the sentiment was just so satisfying.  I loved Dexter Soy's art in the first four issues.  Emma Rios's art in issues 5 & 6 wasn't quite so up my alley, but still good.

TV
-I've been catching up on Elementary and very much enjoying it.  All I have left is the season finale.  Joan Watson is a magnificent individual.  Also, we need more Ms. Hudson.

-I finally got around to watching To the Ends of the Earth on Netflix.  I recommend it for all members of the CumberCollective, plus people interested in period naval drama.  It's more of a drama that happens to be set on a boat than a high-seas adventure, though there is certainly an element of danger.  Also, I was amused by how many actors in the show I recognized but couldn't place without a trip to IMDB.  The radical thinker who wants to shoot an albatross?  It's Dr. Grant from Jurassic Park!  The captain of the other ship they meet at sea?  Tywin Lannister!  The girl Cumberbatch's character gets a crush on?  It's that woman who spent most of Love Acually nearly naked with Martin Freeman!  And most impressively, the captain of the main ship?  It's FUCKING MORIARTY (from the RDJ film).

Fanfic
-Exclusive by [livejournal.com profile] copperbadge. This is an utterly delightful Avengers-fic told in the form of a long magazine article after they decided to go public with some identity information.  It's hilarious but also has plenty of emotional heft.  It fits beautifully into canon.  The outsider POV and article format are utilized to perfection.  There are great insights into all the characters, with especially interesting Bruce, and lovely team dynamics.  There's also a splendid twist, which apparently took most readers by surprise, though I saw coming a long way out (but I really enjoyed having my theory proved right).  Highly recommended for anyone who ever reads Avengers-fic.  Gen.

-Bel Canto by [livejournal.com profile] bendingsignpost.  Sherlock/John.  It's finished now, but when I was following this fic as a WIP the updates were one of the highlights of my week, even when I knew it would put my heart through the wringer.  This is a fusion of Sherlock and The Phantom of the Opera, though I suspect you could read and enjoy it without knowing or caring much about Phantom.  Do you like stories with intense emotions?  Characters having believable conflicts where neither is entirely in the wrong?  Mrs. Hudson, Molly, and Irene being amazing?  Secret identities?  Danger and excitement?  Period settings?  Beautifully done imagery?  This fic has all of these and more.  It's a 16-chapter epic that will sweep you off your feet and carry you away like some Angel of Music Fanfic.  Heed the warning in the header, though.  D:

What about you, friends?  What in the worlds of fic, film, or print has been making you happy lately?
tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (top hat eccleston)
Hello, y'all!  In an effort to be the change I wish to see in the world, I am going to try to make my LJ a livelier place by posting more often.  My flist has been sadly quiet lately.  I don't really like tumblr as a platform, but I find myself spending tons of time there because it is so lively, plus it's easy to look and reblog even when I feel too tired/uninteresting/incoherent to write a post here.  Nevertheless, I am going to try to get my rear in gear and actually post, even if it's only about the latest movie I've watched.

I saw Now You See Me in the movie theater today.  I was excited about it based on the trailers, but the not so hot rating on Rotten Tomatoes kept my expectations on the low side.  I ended up really enjoying it.  I would recommend it if you like the following:

  • magicians!

  • heists

  • twisty plots with surprises, including some of the sort that I didn't see coming but which made so much sense after the reveal

  • Mark Ruffalo

  • other attractive cast members

  • Morgan Freeman

  • Michael Caine

  • moral grey areas that allow us to root for both the magicians pulling off criminal schemes and the cops investigating them

  • a sense of wonder

  • a Robin Hood sensibility that fits well with our post-economic crash times

On the minus side, the characterization was a little thin for many of the characters, and I actively wanted the two lead cops' relationship to remain platonic despite the film apparently feeling the need to shoehorn in some romance.  That's a fairly minor gripe, though.  In certain respects, it is reminiscent of The PrestigeNow You See Me is not as good as that, but then, The Prestige has David Bowie playing Nicola Tesla, and I don't think it's possible for anything to live up to that.  I don't want to risk spoilers by saying to much, but if anyone else has seen this movie and wants to talk about it, I'd love to.

Speaking of things one doesn't want spoiled, I have been having far too much fun with schadenfreude while reading people's social media reactions to this week's episode of Game of Thrones.  All these sweet summer children who apparently expected characters to survive!  However, I really need to make reading books 4 & 5 a priority, because I just got accidentally spoiled about a future character death, and I'd like to keep that from happening anymore.

Also on the topic of things that can rip out hearts, I continue to adore bendingsignpost's Sherlock/John fic Bel Canto, which is a fusion with The Phantom of the Opera.  The fusion of the canons works way better and less crackily than I might have expected.  This fic is also stuffed with complex interpersonal conflict between characters who each have validity to their viewpoint, danger, insight into both the major and minor characters, powerful prose, occasional bits of humor and sweetness, and heartache.  Far too much heartache.  It's a WIP, but there are only two chapters remaining and they update weekly.
tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (somewhere i have never traveled)
Today's poem is by e. e. cummings.  It's one of my favorite poems about romantic love.  I adore cummings's use of unlikely juxtapositions (e.g. "intense fragility").  The words are not complex, but the unusual phrasing means that this is a poem worth reading over more than once.  You really get the sense of how deeply the speaker treasures and is overwhelmed by the subject of the poem.  (Also, as my lovely icon by [livejournal.com profile] isiscaughey suggests, to me this poem works beautifully for the Doctor and Rose.)  cummings is also one of those poets who proves that those who can craft powerfully with words can get away with breaking a host of grammatical rules if they have reasons.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond )
tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (nine/rose b&w)
My grand plans of posting lots of poetry have sadly fallen by the wayside.  Well, the month is scarcely over half over, and here's another poem.

Mary Oliver is probably my favorite contemporary poet.  Today's poem, "Wild Geese," is one of her better known poems.  I find it comforting when I am feeling self-critical, overwhelmed, or generally down.

Wild Geese
by Mary Oliver

You do not have to be good [...] )
tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (allosaurus bitches)
I went to see Jurassic Park in 3D.  I really enjoyed seeing this movie, which I hadn't seen in years, on the big screen again.  I would rather have just had a 2D rerelease, but the 3D was done well enough not to be annoying (aside from the ticket price and having to wear uncomfortable plastic glasses over my real glasses, of course).  Getting to see everything huge and with a big sound system was the draw, and it was totally worth it.  The dinosaur effects have held up surprisingly well (although we now know that some of those species should have had feathers), and it's still a well told action story (even if some of the dialog is a little hokey). I love that in addition to the fear, the movie also conveys a strong sense of wonder at the dinosaurs.  The score is a big part of that.  As an adult, I have an enhanced appreciation for all the shots of Jeff Goldblum with a gratuitously open shirt.

I saw Jurassic Park when it was first released in theaters.  I was nine, young enough that my parents didn't normally let me see PG-13 movies, but my love of dinosaurs made me beg to see this one.  I may even have already read the book.  After first going themselves to check it out, my parents decided to let me go.  It was definitely scary for kid-me, but also tremendously fun and thrilling.

In honor of Jurassic Park, I recommend this extremely silly and joyously dino-centric fanvid made a few years ago by [livejournal.com profile] bironic.  The entry is here.

tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (kaylee parasol smiles)
I chose today's poem after reading a fascinating article about the poem inscribed at the base of the Statue of Liberty.  I knew that there was some bit about "give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses," but I couldn't have told you anything more about the context or the author, not even whether these words were specially written for Lady Liberty or a quote from something else.  I've even visited the Statue of Liberty, but that was over ten years ago, and I'd forgotten if I read the poem.  Turns out those familiar lines are from a sonnet written for the statue's pedestal by Emma Lazarus, a Jewish woman who enjoyed a successful writing career in her day, even if her name gets little recognition today.  (Also, Emma Lazarus is a fantastic name.)  I definitely like the whole poem.

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The New Colossus )

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I am not a patriot, but this is a vision of America I can get behind.  I want to believe in a United States that actively welcomes the downtrodden and oppressed to a chance at a better life.  I want to believe that my country can choose to be a mild-eyed (yet still mighty) Mother of Exiles and not the brazen giant with conquering limbs our foreign policy has often resembled from the mid-twentieth century onwards.  Even 130 years after the poem's composition, this is a powerful and provocative political statement.
tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (book + billie)
April is National Poetry Month!  I adore poetry, though I read less of it that I used to.  I think this month I'll make an effort to reverse that trend as I hunt up poems and post them here.   I'll aim for at least two a week throughout April, perhaps more if time allows and the inclination remains.

Today's poem is by Margaret Atwood.   It tells a complete story in deceptively simple language.  I like its unique take on a myth and the darkly humorous punch of the ending.

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Siren Song )

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I'd love to see what poems you feel like sharing, friends.
tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (prepare for awesomeness)
David Tennant and Billie Piper will be in the 50th anniversary special of Doctor Who!

This is actual news from the real BBC and it's not April 1st.  This is real.

TEN (or 10.2) and ROSE!!!!!!!!  In a new episode!  Airing this November!  I'm stuck in exclamation point mode because I'm just that excited!!!!!!!

Please don't fuck this up, Moffat.

Rather than just retyping DAVID TENNANT AND BILLIE PIPER over and over in increasingly large and bold type, here is a selection of gifs to attempt to convey my joy.

gifspam cut to spare your flist )
tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (companions)
I have been super lazy and have yet to post my photos or thoughts about Gallifrey One.  (Or anything else, for that matter.  Sorry, dear LJ.)  This is still not a con report, because I'm going contra dancing tonight and don't have the time just now.

This is just a post to let you know that if there is any chance you can come to Gallifrey One next February, membership sales are open and going fast.  Here's the link to register!  Sales opened yesterday at noon Pacific time.  Out of the cap of 3200 memberships, just 729 are left as of the typing of this entry.  If you buy one and then decide you can't make it after all, membership transfers are allowed, and you shouldn't have any trouble finding a buyer.

This con is wonderful.  Everyone is so friendly, the guest list is always excellent, and it's generally quite well-run.  I would love to see more of my LJ flist there.  So if you want to hang out with sexy people like this:(a very Sexy (but safe for work) picture) )

then please COME TO GALLIFREY!

Also, while I'm pimping stuff, it's Fandom March Madness time.  Right now it's time to bet on your suspected winners in the office pool, then they duke it out in LJ poll form.  It's highly entertaining, though unfortunately there are a number of people in the comments section whose idea of entertainment seems to be slinging the maximum amount of shit.  A thick skin is necessary for the comment participation. (Many, perhaps most, of the other comments are hilarious in a good way or thoughtful or otherwise worthwhile.) 
tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (nice not being me)
God damn it, I had a whole long post that LJ just ate.  >:(  Now I have to rewrite the whole thing.

So, I've been watching Elementary.  I wasn't wild about it at first (other than Lucy Liu, who is wonderful), and I fell behind for a while.  I've finally caught up, and I have to say that it has improved a LOT lately.  I'm really pleased to see it finally hit its stride.  It's great to get a regularly scheduled dose of onscreen Holmes and Watson.  In my opinion, Sherlock is still clearly the better made show as well as MUCH closer to my heart, but I am excited to live in a time that is so rich with diverse interesting Holmes adaptations. 

here there be spoilers )
tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (prepare for awesomeness)
Here's a meme grabbed from [livejournal.com profile] the_redjay.  Just so y'all know, I probably won't be able to actually reply to comments until Thursday night, but I wanted to go ahead and post while it's on my mind.  Fandoms open for this include Doctor Who, Sherlock, the Whedonverse, LoTR, and probably whatever else you might remember me posting about.

Give me a character and I'll tell you:
Why I like them
Why I don’t
Favorite episode (scene if movie, book, manga, etc)
Favorite season/movie/book/volume
Favorite line
OTP
Brotp
Head Canon
Unpopular opinion
A wish
An oh-god-please-don't-ever-happen
5 words to best describe them
My nickname for them
tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (hobbits in woods)
I saw the Hobbit!  I have a few major gripes and a few great joys. 

Here there be spoilers. Also, I complain about the high frame rate version. )
tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (in want of a companion)
For anyone else who feels that new friends are a good thing, especially since LJ has been a little quiet lately, I direct you to the Doctor Who friending meme that [livejournal.com profile] eve11 is currently hosting. 

tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (fantastic!)
I've felt joy bubbling up within me all day.  I walk around with a goofy smile on my face, spontaneously breaking into song at times.  I am just so proud of American voters for making choices that were so much better than I feared they'd choose:

-Barack Obama gets a second term. I watched his victory speech last night, and it honestly moved me to happy tears. Obviously giving a good speech is easier than accomplishing real things.  Still, I am cautiously hopeful that with more experience under his belt and no need to worry about his reelection, maybe in his second term Obama can be more of the president I want to see.  He mentioned climate change in the speech, which is a big deal after he pretty much ignored the issue of our catastrophically warming planet during the campaign.

-Marriage equality passed popular votes in Maryland, Maine, and Washington, while Minnesota voted against putting discrimination in their constitution.  I believe that the tide has turned towards justice on this issue, and I hope to see many similar decisions in the years to come. 

-The Republicans who were prominent dickheads about rape, including Akin and Mourdock, lost.  Looks like women's bodies shut that whole thing down.

-There will now be record numbers of women in Congress, including an all-female delegation from New Hampshire, and Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, the first openly gay senator.

-Prop 30 passed in California, leading to temporary tax increases with the money going to stop brutal cuts to education funding.  This is great news for kids, students at public colleges/universities, and also my job security.  California voters have been really reluctant to vote to tax themselves in recent decades, so I'm really pleased that people looked at the big picture rather than just their pocketbooks here.  Also, California voted to ease up our super-harsh three strikes law a little bit.  Sadly the ballot proposal to abolish the death penalty in CA failed, but that was a long shot. 

-Democrats retained control of the Senate, though unfortunately without the supermajority that is needed to break filibusters. 

-Recreational marijuana legalized in Washington state and Colorado.  While I am personally not keen on marijuana, keeping it illegal does FAR more harm than good.  The drug policy in the US is badly broken, and this is a step towards common sense. We shall see whether this actually results in much practical change, because it is still illegal in federal law. 

-My excellent congresswoman, Lois Capps, defeated her Republican challenger in a close race.

It's important to keep things in perspective.  The Republicans still hold the House of Representatives in firm control, so the Democrats still have limited ability to get anything done.  This election was not exactly a sweeping nationwide progressive mandate in all things; many of the races Democrats won were victories of moderate Dems over ultraconservative Republicans.  Still, this is a time to celebrate the triumph of diversity, compassion, data, and good sense over fear mongering, greed, and fundamentalism.
tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (high five or die 10)

HUZZAH!!!!! (celebratory gifs under the fold) )

So relieved.  Thank you America.

Also, Todd Akin loses to Claire McCaskill.  As a friend wrote on Facebook, looks like women's bodies had ways of shuting that whole thing now.  The Senate in general looks likely to remain Democratic, which is AWESOME.

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