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Housefic: Prism (Part Two)

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Title: Prism (Part Two)
Authors: blackmare and nightdog_barks
Characters: Wilson, original characters
Rating: A soft R for some rough language
Warnings: No
Spoilers: None
Summary: This should be a nice, restful break for Wilson. Shouldn't it? 3,227 words.
Disclaimer: Don't own 'em. Never will.
Author Notes: This is a continuation of Prism (Part One), which was a continuation of
menolly_au's amazing Reflection, which was a continuation of Looking Glass. Cut-text is from "By the Beautiful Sea," from the 1914 musical For Me and My Gal.
Intrepid Reader: pwcorgigirl, although the story has undergone some edits after her reading. So any errors are on us, not her. *g*


So let's go to that beautiful sea ... Collapse )

Sunday

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1) Watched a cute and silly movie last night -- The Internship, which is really lightweight but fluffy fun nevertheless. It helps if you are a Vince Vaughn/Owen Wilson fan, but it's amusing enough that I would probably watch it again. Also it is the best Google commercial I've ever seen.

2) Watched a different kind of funny movie last week, called Princess O'Rourke, a 1943 comedy with Olivia de Havilland, Robert Cummings, Charles Coburn, and many others. Mistaken identities, star-crossed lovers, a royal princess and a commoner, and it's all pretty darn funny. I was way too young for Cummings' later TV show, The Bob Cummings Show, so I had no idea he had such great comedic timing and dry, believable delivery. This is a terrific film and is well worth watching.

3) Almost finished with reading China Miéville's Perdido Street Station, and oh my god it's like H.P. Lovecraft and William Gibson had a hideous mutant baby and it barfed up a book. I loved Miéville's The City & The City -- just loved it, and shit I wish he would write a sequel to THAT because I would read the hell out of the further adventures of Inspector Tyador Borlú and his Ul Qoma counterparts. It's an absolute dazzler. Perdido Street, written nine years earlier, is an overstuffed sofa of adverbs. Yes. Yes it is.

4) Blackmare and I may be finished with Prism II. I did a wordcount yesterday and it clocked in at 2,944, but I think it's grown a little since then. Anyway, it's awaiting a read-through by an Intrepid Reader, since Mare and I are at the point where we're having trouble seeing the forest for the trees. :D

5) What else? IDK. I'm sure I had something else, but god knows what it was.

Four Five things make a post.

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Houseficlet: Prism

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Please read the Author Notes for this one. :D

Title: Prism (Part One)
Authors: nightdog_barks and blackmare
Characters: Wilson
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: No
Spoilers: None
Summary: It's time for a break. The question is, where to go? 876 words.
Disclaimer: Don't own 'em. Never will.
Author Notes: This is a continuation of menolly_au's amazing Reflection, which is a continuation of Looking Glass. There is a Part Two under construction. :D


A matinee, a Pinter play ... Collapse )

In Which Nightdog Is a Dinosaur

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When I was about ten, I thought this was quite possibly one of the greatest movies in the whole world, probably because it had David Niven, Peter Sellers, Orson Welles, and Jean-Paul Belmondo (he was French! I'd seen him in That Man from Rio and he was adorable! and hot! before I knew what hot meant!) all in one film.

Well, actually it was a big, sprawling mess of a movie. But it was very silly and a lot of fun, and I remember it fondly. So here you go. Mike Redway (does anyone remember him at all?) and Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, with the soundtrack end to the 1967 version of Casino Royale. This is making me very happy tonight. He's got a redhead in his arms! :D



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Why in the World ...

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... is the Ottawa CFL team called the RedBlacks? What does that even mean?

THIS IS AN HONEST QUESTION.

Heh, the field is so big compared to NFL football.

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Friday Afternoon

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So I finished Jeff VanderMeer's Annihilation last night (like I said, it's a very short book), and ... well, I won't be progressing in the trilogy. The set-up of a small team of techs/scientists trying to find out what happened to previous teams sent to explore "Area X" (in the "Southern Reach"*) was just not compelling enough for me, especially after my whole perception of this team's overall acumen was colored by the Biologist (nobody has names and she's the protagonist) making what I saw as an incredibly glaring (and uncharacteristic for a biologist) mistake right in the beginning of the book. I mean, if you're a scientist and you're exploring a tunnel that goes underground, where god knows what animals may have been coming and going, wouldn't you put on an air filter? I mean, hello? Hantavirus? Anthrax? Mold? WTF, WRITER? There were some other writing choices I flinched at, like someone using pre-planted hypnotic commands, but I don't think any of this was important to the author, who was much more concerned with establishing a creepy, Lovecraftian atmosphere of horror and dread. It just didn't work for me. I didn't care about the Biologist, the team, "Area X," what had happened to make Area X the way it was ... none of it.

So, no. Thumbs down from me, but that's obviously just my opinion. A lot of other folks on Amazon (and GoodReads) thought it was awesome.

Side note that has nothing to do with Annihilation -- there are two beautiful blue jays at the water dish. :D


*I don't know why so many reviewers seem confused as to where this story takes place, when to me it's pretty clear that the Southern Reach is Florida. The descriptions of the landscape, the flora and fauna sound like Florida, plus VanderMeer lives in Tallahassee.

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Thursday

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So I am not done with tomatoes this year. Calloway's was offering "Hot Spell" plants, $1.99 each, which SUPPOSEDLY does well in the heat of a Texas summer. So I bought two, and if they burn to a crisp we're only out four dollars. Apparently it's a relatively new variety so we'll see. I've potted them and stuck them in a spot on the deck that gets more shade.

FINALLY finished the John Wayne biography. It was a good read and I'd recommend it if you're interested in Hollywood in the '40s through the '70s and the personalities and how movies got made. A few people don't come off very well, Wayne among them.

Started reading Jeff VanderMeer's Annihilation, which is super-short (208 pages) and super-creepy, with a definite dream-like, Lovecraftian vibe (I'm a bit less than halfway through).

World Cup? Hate those 0 - 0 matches. Just hate 'em.

What else? Not much. I've been having some Cranky Days lately.

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World Cup

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... holy shit, Germany. Holy shit.

That game could just as easily have been 8 - 1. 9 - 1. TEN TO ONE. That was an industrial-size can of whup-ass.

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Saturday Again

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Warm and humid, 94 degrees (34.4 Celsius), with the temperature-humidity index it feels like it's 99 (37.2). We have a few pretty yellow tomatoes still on the vine, but I don't know if we'll get any more (of any kind). If we don't, we still had a great crop this year. We've gotten a couple of serranos so far (although the plants are still blooming), but both squash plants were a bust. Oh well. We were still super-pleased with the tomatoes.

What else?

1) Still reading the John Wayne biography, am more than half-way through.

2) Here's an interesting little article about a Danish amulet and what its runes tell us it is. (It's actually rather funny.)

3) And here's the kind of Open Carry rally of which I HEARTILY APPROVE. :D

There. Three things make a post.

... oh, wait. (4) Why did the Tour de France start in Yorkshire this year?

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Musical Interlude

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On particularly hot days, [Marlene] Dietrich would have ice-cold champagne brought to the set for the cast and crew, and to pass the time while the lights were being shifted she would play the musical saw. "She would open her legs," remembered [William] Bakewell, "put a regular saw in it and with a violin bow, play 'Annie Doesn't Live Here Anymore' with a wow in it. She was an interesting woman."

I'LL BET.

From John Wayne: The Life and Legend. This was during the filming of Seven Sinners, July to September 1940. Dietrich and Wayne were also having an affair at this time.

Also, a really interesting post from Newfoundland Folkways about timber cutting according to the phases of the moon.

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