deird1: Azula, with a slightly snarky expression (Azula eyes)
I've spent a fair bit of this morning mentally race-casting an Australian production of Hamilton.

Hamilton is, of course, notable for having its original US cast being largely Latino and African American. Which is awesome - but doesn't translate well to an Australian audience. You see, we don't so much need to be subconsciously reminded about our country's Latinos and African-Americans... because we don't really have either of those people groups. Instead...

Hamilton: Chinese
Washington: Lebanese
Burr: Aborigine
Jefferson (Lafayette): Greek/Italian
Madison (Mulligan): Aborigine
Philip (Laurens): SriLankan
King George: Anglo

I nearly swapped Hamilton and Washington, so that our hero/immigrant was the Lebanese guy, but decided that it was more important to have the visual of a wise, discerning, downright heroic Lebanese guy, and make the Chinese guy the young hothead.

I can't really cast King George as anything other than an Anglo - otherwise it just doesn't work in my head...

And Burr is one of the most prominent people in the show other than Hamilton himself, and I thought that role should belong to an Indigenous actor.

(No idea about the female leads, though.)

Tassie!

Mar. 16th, 2019 05:11 pm
deird1: Fred squeeing, with love hearts (Fred squee)
We've just been booking our holiday. We're going to Tasmania!

You may recall, I live in Melbourne, which is about as close to Tasmania as you can get while being in a totally different state. So, rather than flying, we are taking the boat across (and thereby having our car for the entire holiday).

I haven't been to Tasmania since I was 11, so I'm very excited. We're going to do all the convicty bits, and a lot of nature-y bits too (waterfalls, caves, etc). We're not going to do any long walks, which is very disappointing - but our children have little legs and wouldn't manage to walk that far, so we figure we'll wait another decade and come back to climb some mountains.

This is all going to happen in a couple of weeks. So exciting!
deird1: Maximus the horse, holding a sword in his mouth threateningly (Maximus sword)
Clue
Sneakers
Arsenic and Old Lace
Groundhog Day
Spider-Man (the Tobey Maguire ones)
The Pink Panther
A Few Good Men
Jurassic Park
Back to the Future
What's Up Doc

Interestingly, there are movies I like more that I don't care so much about my kids seeing. But these ones they have to see (and enjoy, dammit!).
deird1: the kidlet, looking oh so cute (kidlet with hat)
Kidlet Primus:
- Has just been introduced to the concept of pocket money. He was ridiculously excited, and spent the next hour running around the house yelling "Spend! And save! And give! POCKET MONEY!!!" over and over. (We are doing the "spend/save/give" thing, where a portion of his pocket money goes into each category.)

- Has started drawing people who are recognisably people. They have arms! And eyes! And hair!

- Lined up for communion with me, yesterday, and put his hands out in standard Anglican cupping pose to get his wafer. (Was very dubious about actually eating the wafer, as it tastes a bit like cardboard. But wanted to go back for more grape juice.)


Kidlet Secunda:
- Has finally decided that undies are not the devil, and instantly toilet trained herself, just like I predicted. We're up to five days of undie dryness, and are seriously considering taking away her nighttime nappies (since she hasn't had a wet one for over a fortnight and it's frankly a waste of nappies).

- Has decided that pink is the very best colour in the world and she must wear it all the time. No idea where she's getting that one from, as I would happily clothe her entirely in blues and purples...
deird1: Spike looking at Harmony, with text "you were meant for me; perhaps as punishment (Spike Harmony punishment)
I've had the previous entry in my head for quite a few years now. The reason I finally posted it was because I wanted to post about Mal/Inara and the word "petty", but I would need to reference my Shipping Theory so that you'd understand the terms I was using.

So... Mal and Inara.

the thief, the whore, and the term 'petty' )
deird1: Wes and Lilah in bed, with text "you called this a relationship" (Wes Lilah relationship)
My sister and I spent a few years discussing this. Thought I'd write it down for anyone who's interested.


You see, we noticed that people tend to end up shipping the same types of relationships. People who ship Joey/Pacey also tend to ship Han/Leia, and House/Cuddy, and Ron/Hermione (or so was our theory).

And, because my sister and I are both nerdy people with too much time on our hands, we decided to figure out how different ships could be classified, so that we could figure out, definitively, which types of ships were "the same type".

the emotional/directness spectrum )

Questions? Comments?
deird1: Mai and Zuko cuddling, with text "you're so beautiful when you hate the world" (Mai Zuko hate the world)
Watched Disney's Tarzan (the one from the 90s). It was excellent.

Then googled the original book.

...I am never, ever touching the original book. It is horrifyingly racist.



I told my husband that the book was racist. He said "Yeah, probably", thinking I meant racist-because-it's-from-the-Victoria-era-so-of-course-it-is. I said "No, REALLY..." and explained that:
1) The book was about the nature/nurture debate.
2) The author deliberately took Tarzan away from his parents as a baby, so that "nurture" wouldn't apply.
3) The author deliberately made Tarzan an English noble because he "selected an infant child of a race strongly marked by hereditary characteristics of the finer and nobler sort". So that his "nature" would be as good as possible.
4) The point was to show how Tarzan would be superior to everyone because his nature was so wonderful, even though his nurture was horrible.

SO HORRIBLY, HORRIBLY RACIST, GUYS. Like, worse-than-Lovecraft racist. *boggles*
deird1: Rapunzel, doing a jigsaw puzzle (Rapunzel jigsaw)
I'm doing a pottery course this evening!

Really looking forward to it. I haven't done pottery since school art classes when I was 10 – but I've been wanting to try it ever since.


This has all come about in the following way:

Mez: "I think I'm going to quit choir for a while. My voice just isn't coping, and it's no fun going every week when I keep on being unable to sing."

Hubbie: "But you need to do some sort of evening activity! It's not good for you to be home with the kids all week long."

Mez: "...could I do some art classes?"


If pottery doesn't hit the spot, I have many other backup options. Including calligraphy, life drawing, book binding, glass blowing, blacksmithing, weaving, spinning, and pencil sketching.
deird1: Vimes lighting a cigar using a swamp dragon, with text "Fabricati Diem Pvnc" (Vimes)
Having had quite a few people subscribe to me lately, I need to let you know something that most of my olds will be aware of.

That is:

1) I live in Melbourne, Australia.

2) I have a couch you can crash on, and a dinner invite to any of you who are willing to fly this far.

Just so you know.
deird1: Buffy looking bored, with text "don't care" (Buffy don't care)
Tried White Collar. Got 1.5 episodes in, and decided, meh, I didn't care about the characters. So I turned it off.

Thing is, I love Leverage. And quite enjoyed Hustle. White Collar should, in theory, be right up my alley. And it's certainly a perfectly decent show. But unless I'm interested in the characters, I can never make it past the second episode of anything.

This also happened with Babylon 5, and Psych, and Wonderfalls. They're interesting, and high quality – but I just don't CARE.

icon meme

Jan. 30th, 2019 11:27 am
deird1: a chibi of Kitty from P&P, with text "what do you keep winking at me for?" (Kitty winking)
How it works: reply with "Oh! Shiny" and I'll choose three of your icons. Tell me about them: where they came from, what they mean to you, and/or when you deploy them. Drop a link here to your post in your own journal. Spread it around.

[personal profile] rydra_wong asked me about:
these three icons )
deird1: Fred reading a book (Fred book)
Why is it that the most fun and interesting jobs are always the shortest?

Just got hired to write some Diary Entries Full of Hidden Clues for an escape room. SO VERY FUN. And it took me a grand total of three hours.

Punctuation-checking a textbook for the third time? Takes days. An awesome job that I'd do for free if I didn't need to eat occasionally? Three hours.


...I clearly need to develop a friendship with every escape room designer in the world, so that I can snag all the fun writing work.
deird1: the kidlet, looking oh so cute (kidlet with hat)
"Help me with this, Mummy!"

"Okay. I'll get in my time machine, go back two years, spend weeks teaching you, painstakingly, how to do the task, and make absolutely sure you can do it yourself. ... Okay, done. Now do it yourself."
deird1: Chiana, head on one side (Chiana)
...using D&D classes and alignments

For reference, see this post where I allocated classes and alignments to every character.



because I was bored )

Questions? Comments?
deird1: Fred squeeing, with love hearts (Fred squee)
One day I will have my female cat called Minerva, dammit.

But for now, he's very cute, very purry, and his name is Felix because I am a total Latin nerd.
deird1: Dawn glaring at Buffy, with text "Dawn Summers demands an explanation for this bullshit" (Dawn bullshit)
I don't use Facebook very much, but one thing that has been helpful is that I could get group notifications from them.

So:
- my choir updates their group page with regular info on rehearsals/concerts/etc
- my roleplaying group regularly post to figure out when we can meet next
...and so on.

This is great, but only because it means I'm guaranteed to get a notification whenever anything happens.


So, what did Facebook just do?

*sighs*

"You were receiving all notifications from these groups, but we've updated this to only show highlights!"


...with an air of "Isn't this convenient? Aren't I helpful, to figure this out for you?"



Facebook, no. You are never helpful, and every time you try to be, you only make things worse.


Not wanting to miss out on unimportant updates like, for instance, my friends wanting to know if they can roleplay at my house this evening, I changed it back. Which took FOUR DIFFERENT WEBPAGES before I could change them all.


Not. Happy. Jan.
deird1: Toph looking pretty (Toph pretty)
So, if perchance you've been on Tumblr for the last few years, you might be wondering if I'm at all up to the same fannish stuff that I used to be.

Not so much. Because:
- I have children taking up my fic-writing time.
- I am much happier with my work, so I'm not ficcing just to stay sane.
- No-one's really been writing much meta here.
- The fandoms I'm interested in aren't the ones that my flist wandered off to.

BUT.

I'm still interested in fannishness. And I'll happily participate in any discussions on the subject.

I've watched quite a few shows lately - some new, some old, some my perpetual obsessions that I will never quite stop watching. The obsessions are BtVS (obviously), Farscape, Leverage, and The West Wing. The new ones that I'd be somewhat interested in discussing are Newsroom and Elementary (although I'm two seasons behind on that one).
deird1: Twilight Sparkle's hot air balloon (MLP:FiM hot air balloon)
Currently stuck in bed fighting off a virus, so I thought I'd pass the time by telling you all about Australian Christmas.

Christmas in Australia is like Christmas in Britain, but hot. The end.

okay, there's more to it than that )
deird1: Chiana, head on one side (Chiana)
I'm so impressed by the way John/Aeryn is written. In every way, really, but right now specifically the way it's done in Look At The Princess.

You see, there's sex, and then there's romance.

John has no problem with sex. And no problem with romance.

Aeryn has no problem with sex. And HUGE ISSUES with romance.

Sex isn't really an issue for them at the moment. (They've already had sex - months ago.) But now their relationship is starting to get seriously romantic. And Aeryn is freaking out.

So, what does she do? She accuses John of being too hormonal, and only after sex.

What does John do? He retaliates by going after Chiana (in front of Aeryn, purely to annoy her) and then kissing every woman he can find.


So...

Aeryn is yelling "You only care about sex!" And John is yelling straight back "You're right! I only care about sex!" AND IT'S ALL BECAUSE JOHN WANTS THINGS TO BE ROMANTIC.



It's beautifully written. And superbly acted. Because it's quite apparent what's going on, but it's never said. If you took their relationship at face value, you'd think the problem was that John was only interested in sex...

cute book

Nov. 13th, 2018 09:21 am
deird1: Fred squeeing, with love hearts (Fred squee)
So, my daughter was given a Buffy picture book for her birthday:



My first thought: AWESOME.

My second thought: Clearly not canon-compliant. Like, at ALL. Grrr.

My third thought: This illustrator clearly knows the show very, very well.

what I mean )

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