This is un-betaed and utterly ridiculous. I apologize in advance for abuses to rhyme and meter, especially the part where I rhyme "umbellas" with "oh hell yes." I should probably be much more ashamed of that than I am.
( Moriarty Went Down to Baker Street )
( under cut due to length )
I just saw the Dark Knight Rises, and I have Thoughts!
( Spoilers lie within )
-I am continuing to hold in the light those affected by the Aurora shootings. I wish them healing and peace.
1. Open up your music player. Hit shuffle.
2. Record the first few lines of the first 25 songs that come up that do not give away the name of the song. Skip instrumentals, but don't skip the embarrassing ones.
3. Make hapless LJ/DW denizens guess the song names and artists. Google is cheating. For musical songs, the name of the musical is acceptable in place of the artist.
4. Cross out the songs that have been guessed.
5. Pass it along.
( Clues under the cut )
"This winter, under the cloak of darkness and against Montana Code, 60 bison were relocated from the quarantine facilities of Yellowstone National Park (YNP) to the Fort Peck Reservation along the Missouri Breaks. This is the second of a four step process to crush the republic and bring our populace into perfect dependence on big government—just as Karl Marx dreamed. If you missed steps one and two, you will likely refuse to acknowledge steps three and four, but I will explain them anyway.
( More under the cut )
The full blog post (I didn't quote a few intro and closing paragraphs) is here, and this story was also reported in the Huffington Post.
First, the biologist in me would like to state that Kerns clearly has some highly optimistic ideas about bison reproductive capacity. They only have one calf a year, and 20-40% of wild bison die in their first year (source). I don't feel like crunching the numbers, but I'm dubious about whether you're going from 60 bison to enough to ravage a landscape in a decade. Maybe he means the thousands of bison currently in Yellowstone will rampage out too, but that herd is already managed, partially with lethal methods, to keep them from straying off the park too much (due to concerns of disease transmission if they mingle with cattle) .
Second, wow, this is some hilariously off the wall conspiracy stuff. Walt Disney set (or was a symptom of others setting) our nation on a path to Earth-worship and eventual subjugation of the free people of Montana by big government and bison. Just like Karl Marx dreamed!
I want to laugh. Then I remember that this is an actual elected official in the country in which I live. Then I want to hide in a corner and pray for Gaia to send some bison to protect me.
Meanwhile, in other evidence of how those wacky environmentalists are clearly in control of everything, in places across the US in June 2,284 daily temperature records were broken and another 998 were tied. The link has some pretty impressive maps, but the story never once mentions climate change. (And this in NPR, which is popular among lefties.) Of course no single weather event, even a huge national heatwave, can prove that climate change is happening, just as no single cold and snowy winter can disprove it. Still, this is part of a global pattern of heat and severe weather. Climate change is happening now, and it's just going to get worse.
Last night, I dreamed about Sherlock's series 3.
My subconscious refused to give me any exciting new theories about how Sherlock survived the fall or his reunion with John, but I did dream one exciting and unexpected surprise about S3: one of the episodes was a musical.
Meanwhile, I was mostly away from LJ from Tuesday through Saturday. I'll try to spend some time soon going through my flist backlog, but feel free to let me know if I missed anything important or interesting!
Squeeee!!!! Everything I've seen indicates that he's great at public appearances, really hilarious and gracious. I can't wait to see for myself.
Eve Myles and Jane Espenson will also be there (yaaaaaaaaay!!!), meaning that the Torchwood panels should be EPIC.
First, have you seen Sherlock? If not, you must be mighty bored with my LJ. :-P If you have, good! Let's move on.
All the fics in this linked recommendation are by bendingsignpost. (He used to write in Doctor Who fandom as rallalon.) bendingsignpost has created some amazing and thoroughly original AU fics. The Watches verse (link goes to the start of the first story, "The World on His Wrist") posits that when John Watson was shot in Afghanistan, his consciousness began to split its time between four parallel timelines: the familiar one where following his injury he goes to London and moves in with Sherlock, one where he goes to London but ends up with a much more normal flatmate, one where he wasn't actually shot and continues serving in Afghanistan, and one where he never joined the Army at all and now works as a surgeon in Chelmsford, Essex. Every time John goes to sleep he switches from one universe to another. The Watches verse tackles the practical as well as emotional implications of this remarkable curse (which is also sometimes almost a superpower, because remembering events from the universes that are a few days ahead means that he can predict the future a bit.) John's BAMFhood level is through the roof, and the build of Sherlock and John's relationship is really well done.
In addition to the Watches verse, you should also read bendingsignpost's Stranger at the Gate. It's far more AU than I typically read, being set in a fantasy universe rather than 21st century London where Sherlock and John aren't even flatmates, but I'm so glad I gave it a try. "Stranger" packs quite an emotional wallop. It's the sort of fic you want to read through a crack in your fingers because you are so worried that what happens next will be awful, so you can hardly bear to look but you can't seem to stop reading because the plot is too exciting and you care about the characters so much. There are also moments of beauty and lovely emotion mixed in with the "oh no!" moments. The worldbuilding is first rate. Also, Sherlock is a vampire, but don't let that deter you if vampires aren't your thing. Vampires in this world are rather unlike any other variety you've read about; Sherlock is as vulnerable as he is powerful. (BTW, heed the trigger warnings on this fic.)
Have you read those now? (Weren't they awesome?) Now we get to the final part of the fic rec: a crossover AU of both these AUs! Watches!John is shot in his remaining Afghanistan universe, and suddenly he finds that his universe rotation includes taking the places of the Johns in "Stranger at the Gate" and "Behavioral Modification," another of bendingsignpost's stories that I haven't yet read. (I'm following the crossover quite well without "Behavioral Modification," though I'm sure I'm missing things.) The collision of stories creates a glorious tangle of angst. The perspective of a newcomer to the Stranger at the Gate universe offers new insights into the world and relationships we previously only saw through the perspective of that Sherlock. This untitled AU of the AUs is currently a WIP accessible only through annoying collapsed comment threads, but if you like the other stories, it's well worth the bother. Updates are frequent.
I love fandom for the capacity to do this sort of thing. A series of mysteries from the Victorian era was transported to the 21st century, and from there we made it sprout into a nigh-infinite tree of possibilities that can then cross-pollinate each other. Fandom creativity can produce infinite diversity in infinite combinations, but all founded on a common canon. Of course fandom can also rewrite the same lousy story over and over, but I prefer to focus on the extraordinary creativity that sometimes emerges.
YES. I wish so hard that this could be a real thing. It's like my first OTP and my latest OTP on a double date to save the world!
Meanwhile, John Barrowman turns the train into his own private party:
What's making you happy in fandom lately, friends?
I saw Dark Shadows. It was pretty entertaining, though I wouldn't exactly classify it as good. Eva Green as the villainous witch was great fun to watch.
Avengers stuff keeps appearing on my flist and especially my tumblr dashboard. I found a magnificent Natasha/Clint fic that exactly fits the craving I'd been feeling since seeing The Avengers:
-we were emergencies by gyzym: Clint and Natasha struggle through recovering from the horror of mind invasion. The fic shows both of them as badly broken, but also shows how badass and snarky and even caring they can be. Watching them drag each other up from the depths, difficult baggage and jagged edges and all, is wonderful to behold. This fic gives me SO MANY FEELINGS. I stayed up far too late last night reading it, and I regret not one second of that. (word count: 37154).
Also, I enjoyed this article of meta about Black Widow, why her characterization is awesome in The Avengers, and why it's so frustrating that many mainstream reviews didn't give her enough appreciation.
That's how you do an ensemble action film, folks. Exactly like that.
( SPOILERS and further thoughts under cut )
-I hope the success of this project gives Joss the clout to do whatever he wants most for his next project.
1. Reply to this post with "UNICORNS", 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.
Here are the five that iwouldbegood picked for me:
icon by noguesthere
( explanation and other icons under the cut )
You know what? I'm glad I did.
( further thoughts cut for length (also spoilers, if you live under a rock) )
This gorgeous BAMF has been brought to your screens courtesy of the campaign for Zoe Washburne in Fandom March Madness.
As of the moment I'm typing, Zoe of Firefly is losing by just 30 votes to Sansa Stark of Game of Thrones. Meaning no disrespect to Sansa, but I'd like to turn that around. There are only about ten hours left in the polls for this round.
Browncoats on my flist, let's do this. Vote here. Come tomorrow, will our Firefly quote of the moment be "may have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one"? Or will it be "we have done the impossible, and that makes us mighty"?
If you're coming to this entry after the Sweet Sixteen round ends around 1 pm eastern time on Tuesday, go vote in the next round. John Watson will need your votes, and Donna Noble will be up against either Zoe (oh god how do I choose?) or Sansa (battle of the gingers).
(In other news, I really don't need another show right now, but the campaigns for Parks & Recreation, Misfits, and Miranda all intrigue me. Dammit, fandom. You are dangerously entertaining.)
Fandom March Madness!
That's right it's time to pit characters from different fandoms against each other in a seemingly pointless yet really HIGHLY IMPORTANT competition. Right now it's perhaps the most heartbreaking round, the preliminaries where you have to choose just one character from within each fandom. Seriously, how am I supposed to choose just one character from all of Doctor Who, Torchwood, and Sarah Jane Adventures when there are so many fantastic individuals in the Whoniverse? (Spoiler Alert: I picked Donna. She's the most important woman in the universe, plus a strategic vote to get past Amy Pond and unite the fandom in later rounds.)
Might I suggest:
John Watson for Sherlock. We'd be lost without our blogger.
Donna Noble for Doctor Who. She is our household god!
Neville Longbottom for Harry Potter. I am honestly confused about how he is not sweeping this bracket. He's the biggest BAMF in the series and also a really great guy.
As I mentioned in my previous post, I came with "I believe in Sherlock Holmes" badge ribbons. I've now used 124 of the 125 I brought. Of those, 122 are on the badges of assorted wonderful Doctor Who fans (and it was LOVELY to add to their happy ribbon collections and share the cross-fandom love) and one is on my badge. The remaining one I handed to Toby Haynes, who directed "The Reichenbach Fall"! He knew about the "believe in Sherlock" movement and seemed to approve.
After he finished doing a live commentary on the DW episode "Day of the Moon," I went to the front of the room, where several other fans had already accosted him to discuss Sherlock, including the Believe in Sherlock post-its that some other person had been sticking around the con. I was fortunate to have such a handy opening to overcome my normal awkwardness around famous people (one reason I usually avoid the autograph lines and such at cons). All I had to do was pull out the baggie of ribbons and ask who wanted one. He took one (as did the other excited fans), then I lurked while other people talked for a minute before I ran away. Suave it was not, but the mission was accomplished.
I see taking the ribbon as proof that the director of the episode that broke Sherlock fandom's heart believes in Sherlock Holmes and the fandom. (Also, on a side note, Toby Haynes is really distractingly attractive. I would usually be awkward starting a conversation with someone that hot even if he hadn't directed an episode of a TV show that I am rather obsessed with.) We certainly don't need the validation of the Powers That Be for fandom movements like this, but it's great to have it anyway.
This con has been so much fun. Previously, I'd been falling maybe a teensy bit out of love with Doctor Who because of the problems with S6 and the way Sherlock took over my brain, but right now I am so full of love for my show about a madman, the blue box who stole him, and the amazing people who travel with them. I just want to hug everyone in this fandom right now.
Now time to stop lurking in my room blogging and go back to lobbycon.
I'm very pleased with my shock blanket orange "I believe in Sherlock Holmes" ribbons. The samples are posed with Jack Harkness, my copy of the canon Holmes stories (plus Chicks Dig Timelords and other contents of my bookshelf), and the sonic screwdriver. Because if I'm going to do something quite as ridiculous as taking a photo of the ribbons I'm taking to a con, I'm going to go all the way with geekiness in the photo.
I chose my list of characters to include lots of sidekicks (though certainly not everyone on this list is a sidekick) and a few designed to deliberately mess with some of the likely scenarios.
1) Samwise Gamgee (LOTR)
2) Dana Scully (X-Files)
3) Dr. John Watson (BBC Sherlock)
4) Dr. John Watson (Ritchie movies with RDJ)
5) Willow Rosenberg (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
6) Donna Noble (Doctor Who)
7) Molly Hooper (BBC Sherlock)
8) Death of the Endless (Sandman)
9) Rose Tyler (Doctor Who)
10) Treebeard (LOTR)
11) River Tam (Firefly)
12) Captain Jack Harkness (Doctor Who/Torchwood)
13) Elizabeth Bennet (Pride & Prejudice)
14) Gwen (BBC Merlin)
15) James Moriarty, hiiiiiiiii! (BBC Sherlock)
Now, on to y'all's questions.
( I was greatly pleased by how many people asked about Death )