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Because [personal profile] flamebyrd and I were discussing what to watch now that we've finished Yuri on Ice and it occured to me that if I was making a "stuff I liked" list to narrow down to stuff she might like too, I might as well post the un-narrowed list. Links are easier to do in posts, anyway :)

I'm just looking at Crunchyroll, Netflix and Animelab, other suggestions welcome! I've noted where things are only available on Netflix since you can't watch that for free.
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alias_sqbr: the symbol pi on a pretty background (I like pi!)
I had a bunch of YOI fans follow me recently and was feeling a little bad that I'm unlikely to actually post much about it. BUT HERE WE ARE.
Discussions of canon level incest and unhealthy relationships )
alias_sqbr: Nepeta from Homestuck looking grumpy in front of the f/f parts of her shipping wall (grumpy)
Yes, this is for Yuri on Ice, specifically a 14K Sara/Mila fic, but I’m way more confident about the characterisation/romance etc than I am about the skating stuff, so you don’t need to have watched the show let alone ship the pairing. If you only know about men’s figure skating that would still be a step up from my “have watched YOI and a few youtube clips and read a little bit on Wikipedia”.

Failing that, someone else in the "all I know about figure skating I learned from Yuri on Ice" boat could be useful, make the story so compelling noone notices that I got my jumps mixed up with my spins etc :D

(My previous YOI fics just concentrated on Feelings so my ignorance was less of a problem, but this one has something resembling plot)
alias_sqbr: Nepeta from Homestuck looking grumpy in front of the f/f parts of her shipping wall (grumpy)
Somehow I got inspired to write a fic which almost describes actual sex.

Icebound (8616 words)
Fanfiction.net link
Fandom: Yuri!!! on Ice (Anime)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Katsuki Yuuri/Victor Nikiforov
Additional Tags: Fanfiction, First Time, Happy Ending
Summary: If this is all they can have, then it's enough. An attempt to figure out what was going on in Yuuri and Victor's heads.

And now I have an idea for a femslash fic and because the show is about male figure skaters am having to do research on female figure skating to create original characters and routines etc...and am actually enjoying watching figure skating. And getting attached to the different skaters and having opinions on who is better! Special shoutout to Brooklee Han for being a maths nerd Australian(*) and Evgenia Medvedeva for being an anime nerd who skated Sailor Moon and is into Yuri on Ice herself.

THIS IS ALMOST LIKE ENJOYING SPORT. And I know hating sport is a Thing among nerds but seriously I usually really hate sport. And am not all that much into watching dancing either. Apparently all I needed was to be thinking about how I can use it as inspiration to write shippy subtext. It helps that the skater I'm using as a vague base for Sara, Roberta Rodeghiero, skated to Let It Go, which is such a perfect song for a woman moving on from a somewhat incestuous relationship with her brother to get a girlfriend (specifically Mila, who I am basing on Ashley Wagner, even though she's from the US, since she posted about her resemblance to Mila in a tweet)

(*)Or at least someone who competes for Australia. She was born in the US and only moved here after she fell in love with ice skating, poor thing.
alias_sqbr: the symbol pi on a pretty background (I like pi!)
So today is my first ever December 25th not spent with my family! For the mundane reason that we're celebrating tomorrow (and celebrating Hannukah not Christmas) but it's still been really strange.

This hasn't stopped me getting presents: I got some games off my steam wishlist from Cam, a "Taunting Frenchman from Monty Python and the Holy Grail" Funkopop doll and some caped Robin socks from my friend who always sends weird presents, my Steam keys from the GaymerX kickstarter (good timing on the rewards there :D) and a new chapter from the very fun Pride and Prejudice soulmate fic I'm following, with the satisfyingly accurate chapter title "In Which Mr Wickham Gets Punched In The Face".

I've enjoyed how restful it has been but also felt a little melancholy as night fell so have been watching the most Christmas-y thing on my Netflix queue: Rise of the Guardians. It's an irritatingly generic kids film so far so I'm not getting through it very quickly but I guess that just adds to the Christmas-y-ness.

Also I got inspired to make meat pies for some reason. They turned out really nice, and it's always good to make something conventional I don't normally get to eat. Even with the lowest fat ingredients I could manage it was still fatty enough to make me feel a bit gross but sometimes you gotta have fun.

Anyway, hope you are all having a fun December 25th, whatever that entails for you!
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This time by [tumblr.com profile] faejilly. I quite like the questions on this one, especially since it doesn't make any false assumptions eg that I'm in highschool.
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This was hailed in femslasher gamer circles as The First Real Yuri Game On Steam, and so even though it hit a lot of my Do Not Want buttons (including being quite expensive haha) I eventually gave in and gave it a go. And, as the subject of this post suggests, I have very mixed feelings.
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(Where that season is Summer, regardless of what most internet sites assume is globally universal)
Books, movies, anime, manga, webcomic )

Dentist!

Dec. 16th, 2016 12:04 am
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Saw the dentist at Maylands Dental Centre. They were wheelchair accessible and very friendly and nice even when I put a small dent in the wall and then my card was declined and I had to go home to pay them electronically /o\ (I had the money but had forgotten to make sure it was in the right account) The dentist was very competent but the assistant kept getting the water-vacuum briefly stuck on my tongue etc which was annoying.

My teeth are apparently in pretty good shape! When I said I used to eat lots of sugary and acidic foods but had to stop for health reasons she said "Well, you're not missing out, sugar is terrible!". Lady, we both know that is a lie. I apparently have mild gum disease and need to floss more, which I got all inspired about but we'll see if I actually buy any floss lol. Last time I went to the dentist, *cough* years ago, they said I had signs of tooth grinding but apparently I don't now, must be because I went off cymbalta.

Before dentist appointments I always get anxious about cavities etc but forget how unpleasant having my teeth cleaned is. Ugh. But I do like the idea of getting rid of my gum disease since apparently that can have all sorts of nasty systemic side effects. (But flossing suuuuucks)
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SO MANY SPOILERS OMG.

So, first, off, the triggering content warning!
Spoiler: Just a line describing the trigger )

Ok and now some more detailed spoilery discussion, read at your own risk etc.

MORE SPOILERS )
alias_sqbr: Asterix-like magnifying glass over Perth, Western Australia (australia 2)
Since I haven't done one for a while and feel like there's stuff I have forgotten to record.
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alias_sqbr: (happy dragon)
A fluffier, less morally ambiguous Farscape/Firefly-ish "found family of misfits have adventures in space" story where everyone is nice and there's a very obvious attempt at inclusiveness and diversity, including POC, queer, and disabled characters in significant roles getting to be fully rounded and happy. It's very comforting and light but still has enough narrative tension and plot to be engaging. Also, there's AIs. Overall I quite enjoyed it!

EDIT: After ranting to a friend my issues boil down to (a) It feeling pointedly Progressive while actually having a bunch of unfortunate implications (b) the author wanting the heroes to be Good People Who Do The Right Thing to an extent that felt morally and intellectually lazy especially given the author's narrow vision of what "good people" can look like.

But it rubbed me the wrong way 'progressive' speculative fiction often does )
alias_sqbr: Nepeta from Homestuck looking grumpy in front of the f/f parts of her shipping wall (grumpy)
Cliche in the sense of the asshole dominant dude and sweet innocent woman etc.

The dynamic I don't like:

Her: Sure, he's hot, but what an asshole!
Him: Sure, she's nice, but so plain!
Him: I'm warming up to her...but cannot admit it!
Everyone: Naturally! Because she is the perfect woman.
Her: I'm warming up to him...but cannot admit it!
Everyone: Naturally! Because he is the perfect man.
Them: You're right! Let's get married ^_^

The dynamic I do:

Her: Sure, he's hot, but what an asshole!
Him: Sure, she's nice, but so plain!
Him: I'm warming up to her...but cannot admit it!
Everyone: Makes sense: she's nice enough, and doesn't seem cowed by your crap.
Him: ACTUALLY SHE SUCKS (actually she is perfect ;_;)
Her: I'm warming up to him...but cannot admit it!
Everyone: WTF. NO. HE IS AN ASSHOLE. GO DATE THIS NICER DUDE.
Her: I KNOW. IT MAKES NO SENSE. AND YET.

I'm not saying this dynamic is good or feminist, and there's others I like more. But it's surprisingly enjoyable considering how much I hate the first dynamic.

Current example, which I read in a block when I had insomnia last night but in the light of day am having to finish in small chunks so I can take a break from the ridiculousness: Midnight Secretary, a manga about a secretary to a vampire who selfishly gives women amazing orgasms because it makes their blood taste better. Which is a pretty clever excuse for sexy dubcon blood drinking that DOESN'T MEAN HE LIKES HER HE JUST GOT HUNGRY OK, congratulations Ohmi Tomu.

Previous examples: the manga (also an anime) Wolf Girl and Black Prince, Jane Eyre.
alias_sqbr: the symbol pi on a pretty background (I like pi!)
Rules: 1. Always repost the rules 
2. Answer the 11 random questions posted for you
 3. Create 11 new ones and tag 11 people 
4. Let the person who tagged you know that you answered.

Except I can't be bothered tagging anyone. I was going to come up with questions anyway but my brain refused.

My answers to Owlmoose's questions )
alias_sqbr: Nepeta from Homestuck looking grumpy in front of the f/f parts of her shipping wall (grumpy)
Strictly Professional (Fanfiction.net link)
Fandom: Yuri!!! on Ice
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Katsuki Yuuri/Victor Nikiforov
Characters: Katsuki Yuuri, Victor Nikiforov, Yuri Plisetsky
Additional Tags: Humor, Happy Ending, Getting Together, Fanfiction
Summary: Yuuri is deeply scandalised when he finds out everyone thinks he's dating Victor.
Written in reaction to episode 7, but if things continue as they have been you can just imagine I referred to whatever new heights of TOTALLY NORMAL COACH BEHAVIOUR happen next.

nb: Yuri on ice contains no yuri. This is slash. I know, I can write about guys, who knew?
A conversation with my friend Alice who can't stream tv right now )
alias_sqbr: "Creative genius" with an arrow pointing to a sketch of me (genius!)
Preferably cheerful subjects that have nothing to do with politics or zombies. Fanart or original.

Arrival

Nov. 12th, 2016 05:58 pm
alias_sqbr: the symbol pi on a pretty background (I like pi!)
This is a really good, thoughtful, humanist science fiction movie. It doesn't turn into horror or action halfway through, it's just about ideas and emotional truth. The heroine isn't badass in any traditional sense, but is still great, and gets treated like a real person instead of a Girl (eg she wears sensible clothes with her hair in a ponytail in situations where that's what any real person would do)

At times it crossed my personal line from "meditative and beautiful" into "ponderously slow" for a minute or two, and I imagine that if "linguist solves alien language problem by thinking about it very seriously" isn't your idea of a good time you'd it boring. But I loved it!

I read the original short story years ago and feel like the movie captures the stuff I loved about it (and I loved it a lot), some aspects didn't translate well to film (eg they do cut out the more technical linguistics) but other parts worked amazingly well. Knowing the plot didn't ruin my enjoyment but Cam LOVED the experience of going in unspoiled and I'm a little sad not to have experienced that.

There's very little "hard science" as in physics etc, Jeremy Renner's physicist character mainly serves as a sidekick. (I think the most sciencey thing he does to progress the plot is solve a fraction) But it's hard scifi in the sense of being about ideas. But also feelings! And a compassion for all people which is something I needed right now. It's also really visually effective, I'm glad we saw it at the cinema.

While ultimately uplifting in a bittersweet sort of way there's some very sad moments and it made me cry.

Content warning about one specific kind of sadness below. This stuff comes up in the first few scenes and I don't spoil anything past that point.
****Content warning, some spoilers**** )

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