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2017-09-20 02:35 pm

SWTOR Update

Finished the Trooper storyline on Corellia. Spoilers for Trooper and Jedi Knight )

My Trooper is disturbingly even handed. And very much Mom and Pop and apple pie despite everything.
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2017-09-18 09:43 pm

Good Omens

You know how I was the only person not hyped for Deadpool. I feel like I'm the only person not hyped for Good Omens. Because I think the leads are horribly mis-cast and I've seen the costume photos and think they look horribly, horribly wrong too.

I will do most of my Eeyoring in private :) but I had an urge to shout this at the universe just once.
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2017-09-17 09:16 pm

Links (part 2)


The 'Walter Mittys': Why do some people pose as heroes? -

Why every office should scrap its clean desk policy -

Born addicts: The babies starting life in rehab -

Music Industry:

Darryl Jones: The unknown Stone - If you only read one of the links, this is the one I'd recommend.


Column: The truth about trade agreements – and why we need them -



The Running Conversation in Your Head -



Laura Kenny back on track at Revolution series after wedding... but is struggling with signatures! -

Dame Sarah Storey takes UCI to task for lack of progress in para-cycling -
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2017-09-17 08:56 pm

Links (Part 1)

Law and Order:

When a system upgrade gets you arrested -



Korean grandfather's long-distance Instagram story-telling -

Barbados at 50: Home of Rihanna, cricket and coucou - Bajan friend is ridiculously proud of Rihanna. And the cricketers. Sometimes. Not as often as he'd like to be.

New five pound note: Not suitable for vegetarians - and Hindus urged not to donate new fivers at Leicester temple -

The thing that gets me about this is that the government doesn't seem to get the number of people that don't use animal fats, for a variety of reasons. How no-one in the decision-making process didn't go "wait a minute!" is beyond me.

Ben Carter's Tommee Tippee cup search 'incredible' success -

On The Navajo Nation, Special Ed Students Await Water That Doesn't Stink -

Time's "The Most Influential Images of All Time" -


Hong Kong's rebellious lawmaker Yau Wai-ching -


How to Talk to Someone You Hate -


The many ways lasers help us see the world more clearly -

Her Code Got Humans on the Moon—And Invented Software Itself -


Serena Williams pens open letter: Dream big with steadfast resilience - From 2016

The other lives of England's netball team - as they fit work around practice -


Phillip Hughes' death: Have attitudes to the bouncer changed? -


It’s not the Ronald Koeman derby, Southampton v Everton is a clash of contrasting ideas -


UK Championship 2016: Mark King talks about gambling addiction and recovery -


30 Years Later, 'The Simpsons' Are A Part Of The American Family -
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2017-09-17 05:38 pm

SWTOR Update

Since my Sith Warrior has just finished Taris.

Spoilers )

My Smuggler is wandering through Balmorra.

My Bounty Hunter and Jedi Knight are on Tatooine, and are not lost as yet, exactly. Only once each. Which counts as a win, right?

Jedi Knight Spoilers )

The achievement hunting reruns of Consular and Agent are going well. I have many datacrons. And I know where others are and just have to hope I get better at jumping.

My original Consular and Agent are hanging around their respective fleets crafting while I wait for the next round of either 1) the Rakhghouls or 2) the Bounty Hunting Weekend.

I've nearly finished the stories on my Trooper and my Sith Inquisitor. Sith Inquisitor Spoilers )
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2017-09-16 04:54 pm

100 Great Scenes In Not So Great Films - 21 - Flying A Tank in The A-Team (2010)

The Case For The Prosecution:

The problem with the A-Team film is that it tries to be too many things all at once.

Admittedly the series only had 1 TV hour (so ~ 42 actual minutes) to play with, while the film has 117 minutes, but the series knew that you can focus on one thing at once. If it was a Hannibal episode, Hannibal got most of the scenes while Face, Murdoch and BA went and did their thing. The same, with the names moved round, for the other characters.

The film, meanwhile, tries to shoehorn in:

1) Hannibal's crisis of confidence after the team are betrayed.

2) Face learning to believe himself and his ability to plan.

3) BA trying to find a balance between necessary violence and his own peace of mind.

One, or maybe two, of those would have made a good solid film. With all three of them in the film, none of those storylines has the chance to breathe and fulfill their potential. It also leaves Murdoch with nothing to do.

I also don't like how the do BA Baracus.

In the show, Face is the one with criminal tendencies. If anyone was going to have been dishonourably discharged, it would have been him not BA. BA is, and I suspect quite deliberately, a riposte to the idea that a big, black angry man must be a thug. Because the whole thing with BA is that he is the loveliest and cuddliest of the A-Team, it's just hidden by the fact that he looks terrifying. Looks, they are deceiving and so on. It feels retrograde to make BA the thug just because they've got Rampage Jackson to play him.

That last point brings me to my last objection. Face is supposed to be the pretty boy. Rampage Jackson is significantly prettier to mine eyes than Bradley Cooper. I have been assured, repeatedly, by several people that I am the only one with this problem.

The Scene Itself:

Why the scene is so good:

If the phrase, "the A-Team fly a tank" does nothing for you, the scene will do nothing for you. If, on the other hand, your reaction is "OMG, I've got to see this", it is done and done well.

It is ridiculous done well, and the characters actually acknowledge the ridiculousness of the situation they are in.

I particularly like Lt. Sosa's eyerolling reaction, because, of course they're going to try to fly a tank. I also have a love for the little old German lady laughing at the end because yes, that is a spectacular karma for dynamiting fish.

(The only scene that really comes close to being as good is the scene with Pike and Lynch in the car. Part of the problem with the film is that Pike is the most fun character.)
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2017-09-15 07:32 pm

Book Review - Apollo 23 by Justin Richards

Apollo 23 is an Eleventh Doctor and Amy adventure.

I really enjoyed it. It reminded me a lot of an Old School Who episode, sinister goings on at an isolated base, with the Doctor blundering in.

The book has lots of really neat touches, like the Doctor's child-like glee at getting to ride in an Apollo spacecraft, and something which feels like the author using descriptive flannel turns out to be a vitally important detail.

It catches the Doctor just right, I particularly like the line about "I've got a different ridiculous plan to defeat you". Amy is also nicely done, as are the rest of the characters. The creepy bits are suitably creepy, and the atmosphere (or lack thereof on the moon) is well rendered.

Definitely worth reading.

LibraryThing Suggester )

Good suggestions, especially as I've already read two of them :)
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2017-09-11 07:05 pm

Book Review - As Good As It Gets - The Story of St Helens' Grand Slam Class of 2006

This book is about the glorious, all-conquering Saints team that won every trophy 🏆 available to them in 2006.

It’s written by Mike Critchley who works as the sports editor for one of the local papers, the St Helens Star. He sets the team’s year in context, not just of rugby league, but also the team’s importance to the town.

It’s wonderfully one-sided. It’s also written in authentic Northern gibberish in parts, to the point that I feel like asking my London correspondent if it makes any sense to someone not from my neck of the woods.

The pro-Saints angle actually quite nice, because it’s so common that Saints don’t get the credit they deserve. It does occasionally leave me wanting more information or analysis than the book gives. But that’s understandable because it is quite clearly designed to be an happy overview of that glorious season, not an in-depth rugby analysis book.

The book is also rather obviously pro-Daniel Anderson. Which makes sense. It was a season of success that was partly down to his tactical choices and player rotation. It should actually have been his second title. Saints would have won the title the year before if Sean Long hadn’t had his face broken in a match against Wigan. No part of that last sentence is an exaggeration. But the book chooses to do this not just by bigging up Daniel Anderson, which is reasonable, but by putting down Ian Millward at any opportunity. I have no idea what Mr. Millward did to the author but it must have been something. (It's Ian Millward and the author is a journalist so I presume Millward swore at him.)

That, and a couple of “I do not think it means what you think it means” word usage issues, are the only problems I found.

It was interesting to get an insight into how a successful team works, and how it really is all the little things and building things up step by step. The Ade Gardener section, and indeed Gardener’s own analysis of both season and how wing-play works in rugby league, was probably the most interesting part, but there were lots of interesting tidbits.

As for an actual number of stars, this is 5/5 for a Saints fan, 4/5 for rugby league fans and probably 3/5 for other sport fans.


LibraryThing Suggestions - None yet, I'm the first reviewer.
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2017-09-10 03:58 pm

Links (Part 3)


1940-1944 - Inside the Lodz Ghetto - A record of atrocity and resistance, buried in a wooden box -


How to revive Massachusetts’ first language -


Deliveroo riders seek to unionise and gain workers' rights -

Why did some French women walk out of work early? -

New benefit cap starts amid fears for single parents -

'One-fifth of cancer patients face work discrimination' -


Finalists For The 2016 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards - The eagle is my favourite.


AFL vows to work harder to eradicate racism after Adelaide incidents -


India v England: Stuart Broad says selectors' patience helped him to 100 Test caps -

Rugby League:

Ruan Sims: Cronulla Sharks deal is first paid women's league contract - All the Sims siblings are terrifyingly good at rugby.

Huddersfield's Eorl Crabtree retires from rugby league - Yes, he's the one wrestling fans might have seen lurking occasionally when the WWE come over here.

Rugby Union:

Ireland v New Zealand: Joe Schmidt says there is no gulf in class -
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2017-09-10 03:37 pm

Links (part 2)


New Zealand town builds underpass for march of the penguins -


Kinky Cakes: Inside The World Of Adult Bakeries -


The GP surgery that treats patients no-one else can cope with -


Important moments in the fight for equal pay -


Why does this woman think she is ugly? -

Killed by Jutting and forgotten by Indonesia -


Whistle blown on MSP Douglas Ross's refereeing clash
- Although this really could have gone into the football section as well, given "A leading Scottish Conservative MSP missed a parliamentary committee to referee a Champions League match in Portugal."

US Election 2016: A survivor's guide to unexpected voting results -

US election: America the beautiful's ugly election -



ECB’s Kolpak clampdown is the latest gambit in cricket’s hundred-year war


Howard Webb reveals players asked to be booked to have Christmas off -

Besiktas fans use sign language for ‘world’s first silent cheer’ to inspire team -

The match that pitted white players against black players -

I only used the ‘hairdryer’ six times in 27 years, claims Sir Alex Ferguson - I don't believe him either.

Dresden fined 60,000 euros for severed bull's head - In which everyone hates Red Bull Leipzig. I suspect Dresden hate them more than usual because of proximity, a suspicion strengthened by the signs says "without Red Bull you are nothing" and "you can't buy tradition".

Formula 1:

Williams chief - Rivals better at exploiting rules - Dear Pat Symonds. Really, given that you used to work with Flavio Briatore, you ought to know that if you ain't cheating, you're not trying hard enough.

Williams to run special Massa livery in Brazil - Late, and somewhat overtaken by later event, but this was a lovely touch.

Rugby union:

Sonny Bill Williams: Auckland Blues and New Zealand grant kit request - Because Money Bill, not matter how much I mock him, is love.


Ronnie O’Sullivan, John Higgins and a magical 24-year rivalry unique to sport -


Shakespeare's Tempest gets mixed reality makeover -
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2017-09-10 03:08 pm

Links (Part 1)


Mayan 'nesting doll pyramid' discovered in Mexico -


Stevenage: The town that aimed for Utopia -


The 21 Documentaries from the 21st Century Everyone Should See -

Law and Order:

The Dutch prison crisis: A shortage of prisoners -


The Man Who Fixed His Own Heart -


Why The Heck Do Animals Live In Our Houses? -

11 times 'The Simpsons' accurately predicted the future -

My father's double life as a British spy -

Israel's Arab soldiers who fight for the Jewish state -

The slot machines that changed bingo -

Is it right to train babies to sleep? -


Untangling Trump's Conflicts of Interest -

The Lessons of Henry Kissinger -

'Crazy' to say Facebook helped Trump win - Zuckerberg -

US election 2016: The Trump-Brexit voter revolt -


Here’s What Happened the Day the Dinosaurs Died -


Unknown dinosaur almost blown to oblivion -

Science Fiction:



Rugby Union:

China's drive to become a rugby union superpower -
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2017-09-03 07:44 pm


Is again in the singular.

Why historians would make bad policy advisers -
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2017-09-03 04:39 pm

Alvarez vs Golovkin

Since I’ve written about the freakshow and turned out to be mostly right, I feel I ought to write about an actual boxing match. And Alvarez vs Golovkin could be a damn good boxing match.

I always feel I don't give Canelo the respect he deserves. Because he's good, he lets his boxing do the talking and he doesn't duck fights. He's a model professional in a time when that's a rare commodity.

But he’s fighting Golovkin and I <3 Gennady Golovkin.

I first became aware of Golovkin sometime around the time he moved to the US. Mostly I noticed the number of boxers trying to avoid him. It annoyed me because I was worried that he’d never get to make his name because he wouldn’t have strong opposition.

I am so pleased he proved me wrong.

I like tidy boxers, which he is. I like no-nonsense boxers, which he is. Also, you know baby-faced Kazakh destroyer :D

His technique is not perfect; I wish he’d use his feet more to get out of range because he takes way too many punches. It’s all well and good being an iron jaw (and an iron face in general) but, as someone said about Carl Froch, all that means is people keep hitting you in the face.

I look forward to this fight (and the BBC’s excellent radio commentary). It should be a good match-up between two stand-up boxers with solid technique. It’s exactly what I want from boxing.
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2017-08-27 01:28 am

Little Details For A Fic

What would the average posh private school in the US have on their history curriculum? I'm writing a fic that features Bruce Wayne's school days and I am stuck. So far so good on most of the obvious Ameri-pick issues (he is studying math. Much though I want to know where the 's' got to.) but I cannot find any info on the great wide web.
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2017-08-23 11:56 am

Short Fic Round Up

Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe
Disclaimer: Not mine. No money being made from this.
Character(s): Hawkeye and Black Widow
Rating: PG
Prompt: Ten Words - any Whedonverse. any. black ink

Everything Adds Up )

Fandom: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Disclaimer: Not mine. No money being made from this.
Character(s): Giles
Rating: PG
Prompt: Ten Words - any Whedonverse. any. black ink

Lies )

Fandom: Firefly
Disclaimer: Not mine. No money being made from this.
Character(s): River
Rating: PG
Prompt: Ten Words - any Whedonverse. any. black ink

Ink )

Title: Crown Me Already
Author: Red Fiona
Disclaimer: I don't own Rome, the BBC and HBO do. No money is being made from this.
Fandom: Rome
Characters: Octavian
Ratings/Warnings: PG-13 - Canonical character death. Octavian's sister issues.
Notes: Written for the OPI Summer Challenge. The prompt was Crown Me Already.
Summary: In three days, they will crown him with a garland of laurels.

Crown Me Already )

Title: I Can Never Hut Up
Author: Red Fiona
Disclaimer: I don't own Star Wars, George Lucas and Disney do. No money is being made from this.
Fandom: Star Wars
Characters: Han Solo and Chewbacca
Ratings/Warnings: PG-13
Notes: Written for the OPI Summer Challenge. The prompt was I Can Never Hut Up.
Summary: It *was* a simple job. If you ignored the details.

I Can Never Hut Up )
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2017-08-22 02:15 pm

Two More Atomic Blonde thoughts and a Meme

Apparently I ought not to be stunned by the technical solidity of Atomic Blonde because it was directed and stunted by people who are already on the 100 things diagram for having directed and stunted in films where they weren't the problem.

Other things that really weren't the problem with Atomic Blonde were the costumes. I don't just mean Charlize Theron and her wardrobe of awesome. I mean the smaller characters like Spoiler's daughter. I had a coat exactly like that at that time, when I was in Vienna. And I mean exactly, I can tell you that despite the pink accents on the outside of the pockets, the lining of the pockets is in fact pink and purple.



Pick a character I've written and I will give and explain the top five ideas/concepts/etc I keep in mind while writing that character that I believe are essential to accurately depicting them.
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2017-08-20 07:20 pm

Atomic Blonde

Atomic Blonde is a great soundtrack in search of a film.

I think my anger with the film is because of its wasted potential. It could, and should, have been so much better.

The acting is solid, as is the directing and the technical stuff. The make-up department deserve an Oscar nomination. No, seriously. A character goes into shock and they made the character up to the right shade of pale.

The problem is the plot.

It makes no sense. No, seriously.

Without the last two "twists" (neither of which is a twist if you'd paid any attention during the film), it just about makes sense, because of some serious legwork by the actors, mostly Charlize Theron.

With the penultimate twist, spoilers )

Unfortunately, that's when they throw in the last twist. Which isn't really a twist and ruins all that has gone before )

In short, when your most sympathetic character is a Stasi agent, there is something wrong with the film!

I'm not even going to go into the really weird thing where there is only 1 German actor, who gets no lines in German. All the other Germans and Russians are played by Scandinavians. Now the amassed Vikings all do a damn good job (no, seriously, all my love for Roland Møller and Bill Skarsgård) but if you're actually filming in Germany, which this was, it's a bloody odd casting choice.


While the film is nothing like the advert, I am willing to give the ad makers props for one thing. Spoilers )


In a more fandomy way, you know the concept of a Remix. I would love to see Remixes of the film from the perspective of spoilery dead characters.
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2017-08-20 07:10 pm

Links (Part 4)


The woman who painted her body for artist Yves Klein -


The bereavement midwife: Is this the saddest job in England? -

Teenager describes summer on 'terrifying' adult ward -


Aberfan: This clock stopped ticking at 9.13 on the morning of October 21, 1966 -

Aberfan: The mistake that cost a village its children -


Do six people die for every kilo of cocaine? -

Black Mirror: Backlash against writer inspired episode -


Phil Collins: Back from the brink after alcohol battle -


A Computer Solved Time Travel’s “Grandfather Paradox” With An Extra Time Machine - I don't think this a solution. It's a bit 'turtles all the way down'.



Bayern Munich's Karl-Heinz Rummenigge: 'English clubs almost kidnap youngsters' - Given that he's Bayern's chairmen and what they do to other German teams, this is a bit pot, kettle, black, but he's got a point.

Rugby Union:

Anthony Foley: A community struggles after the death of its favourite son -


The team fighting to remove online child abuse images -
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2017-08-20 06:55 pm

Links (Part 3)


Shopping in Australia, while in China -


A Stray: Finding and filming the real Somali immigrant experience -


'I can't imagine being a doctor for five more years' -


The Suez Emergency: The forgotten war of the conscript soldier -


The Skype sex scam - a fortune built on shame -

Sex, honour, shame and blackmail in an online world -

Natasha Annie Tonthola: My fight against Malawi's 'hyenas' -


Syd Barrett: Cambridge honours its 'Crazy Diamond' -


The Russians who fear a war with the West -

Will Central Asia fight over water? -

The kids who have to sew to survive -

Child refugees in Turkey making clothes for UK shops -


In pictures: Framing the Mafia - I do wish they'd gone with a different title for the article.


US election 2016: Indians' verdict on Donald Trump's Hindi - From before the last US election

How to deal with uncertainty -


Regrets of a Naturopath -


Chicago Cubs: City parties as baseball 'curse' ends after 71 years -


Jose Mourinho: Man Utd boss says life alone in hotel is a 'bit of a disaster' -

Heading footballs 'affects memory' -


Key Change: From prison cell to sell-out show -

Amadeus play: NT homecoming in fine tune -