deird1: Sokka looking upset, with text "you're making me tearbend" (Sokka tearbend)
From a story perspective, the natural order is "minor character... supporting character... supporting character... MAIN CHARACTER!!!!!"

In-universe, the natural order is "did something kinda cool... did something more cool... did something even cooler... FOUGHT VOLDEMORT!!!!!"

Even mathematically, it'd be "10... 50... 50... 60!!!!!"

But no.

Instead, Dumbledore goes against every natural flow of narrative, and makes the choice to have Harry Potter get them to a tie against Slytherin - so that the realisation that Gryffindor has indeed won the House Cup comes simultaneously with Dumbledore beaming and saying, in his loudest, proudest voice:


...and that's why I love him.
deird1: Joey and Pacey at the prom, with text "I remember everything" (Joey Pacey remember)
The kidlet is 1!

And highly awesome. And very cute. And many other things.

He's on the verge of walking, and is currently experimenting with how many different ways he can get down the stairs (three so far). He loves the cat, the piano, the garden, and anything car-shaped that he can "vrrrm" across the floor. He can say "Mum", "Dad", "hi", "yeah", "Grandma", and "round and round". He is patient, sociable, curious, and listens well. He likes looking at birds, listening to stories, and grabbing random parts of my face.

And the rest is photos:

far too many photos )

I love him dearly. He is my favourite little boy in the world, and I have enjoyed this year beyond anything - sleep deprivation and all.
deird1: Chiana, head on one side (Chiana)
...the really odd sensation of not realising that two things are the same thing.

This has happened to me before, many times. For instance: after decades of hearing Americans talk about Rice Krispies, I saw a box on a tv show, and suddenly realised that they were the same thing as Rice Bubbles. (I'd been picturing something more like Cornflakes, but made from rice.)

And, most recently, I watched an American show with the subtitles on. Which meant that, when "Tamara" came on screen, I could see that people were calling her "Tamara".

I have, apparently, spent years watching tv shows with people called Tamara.

The thing is, though, that in Australia, I'd say "ta-MAR-ah". In America, it seems to be "TAM-ra".

For years and years, I have seen character after character called Tamra, and never ever realised that it was actually just a different pronunciation of Tamara. And now I'm a bit weirded out.
deird1: Aeryn with the silly blonde wig (Aeryn princess)
In the Farscape episode Different Destinations, when they've gone back in time at the peace memorial, and Harvey is wearing cowboy boots and playing Home on the Range on the harmonica (yes, this all makes perfect sense in context), his cowboy boots have "ANDY" written on the soles.

Because Crichton is a wonderful human being who apparently loves Toy Story.

Can't believe I never saw that before...


Sep. 13th, 2015 09:55 am
deird1: Dawn raising an eyebrow, with text "srsly?" (Dawn srsly) Americans not put butter on their sandwiches?

And why on earth not?
deird1: Sikozu looking interested (Sikozu)
Being in a rather silly mood, I thought I'd classify each of the Farscape characters by their alignment and class. That happened.

Crichton - Chaotic Good Bard
Crichton breathes chaos - so the alignment was pretty obvious. As for the character class: he's very into persuasion, negotiation, and trickery. He'll fight if he has to, but he'd rather look for a clever way around a problem.

and the rest )
deird1: Darla and Drusilla, with text "old world" (Darla Dru old world)
I am rather besotted by Elementary at the moment.

It's a crime show, which I like. It's also almost the first iteration of Sherlock Holmes I've seen where he isn't an arsehole.

My knowledge of the books is very limited. Most of what I know about the character is from Sherlock Holmes (RDJ), Sherlock, House, and Elementary. I have differing levels of affection for all the aforementioned - but Elementary is the first I've seen where Holmes's rudeness is purely from pragmatism, rather than because he actually gets a kick out of offending people.

(Also, it's really fun.)
deird1: Anya, with text "is it difficult or time-consuming?" (Anya difficult)
Last night, after half an hour of trying to get a shrieking child to sleep, I grabbed his soft toy lion, and informed the kidlet that Lion needed to go to sleep.

Lion then snuggled down on the kidlet's chest, made a few snuffly noises, and then started snoring. I pointed out that Lion snored just like Daddy, but in lionese ("RAA-pheeeeew... RAA-pheeeeew..."), and asked the kidlet to stay very quiet, so we didn't wake him up again.

A few minutes later, Lion wanted to lie down in bed, but was a bit worried about lying there alone, so the kidlet was very friendly and lay down with him so that he wouldn't feel lonely...
deird1: Anya looking stern (Anya glasses)
Is there a word for being flagrantly anti-adoption?

I'm used to reading Agatha Christie and thinking "my WORD, Christie, you're so RACIST". Right now, it's a whole lot of stories making me think "my WORD, Christie, you're so [insert word for thinking that adoption doesn't really count in making you family]", which admittedly makes a change, but...

Values dissonance up the wazoo, that's all I'm saying.
deird1: Giles studying (Giles studying)
For this year's remix, I got [ profile] aadler. Which makes my job easier - lots of good fic to choose from - but also harder - because it's so well written that I don't really like to change anything.

As it was, I've remixed for [ profile] aadler before, three years ago, so I limited myself to his more recent fic.

fic spoilers ahead )
deird1: Dawn looking at Spike, with text "badder than you" (Dawn badder than you)
Title: One To Go (the Junior Watcher remix)
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 3490

Original Story: Into The Abyss, by [ profile] aadler

Summary: There are victims, and then there are victims. They aren't all the same kind.

fighting the good fight )
deird1: the kidlet, looking oh so cute (kidlet with hat)
The kidlet has just outgrown his size 0s and moved into his far-too-large size 1s.

Being the 90s teen that I am, I looked at him wearing his oversized baggy tshirt with fake wearing-long-sleeve-shirt-under-this sleeves and thought "Damn! My kid is cool!" Then he coughed and grabbed my nose and I remembered that it's no longer the 90s, and he's probably not that cool - but, my word, he's CUTE.
deird1: Dawn glaring at Buffy, with text "Dawn Summers demands an explanation for this bullshit" (Dawn bullshit)
Seriously, Sarah Connor Chronicles fandom? No Jessie/Riley fic? None?

What kind of cruel fic-forsaken world are we living in?
deird1: Joey and Pacey at the prom, with text "I remember everything" (Joey Pacey remember)
So, I was thinking about opening credits that I like...

Kinda just what it says on the tin, really...

several samples )

Notice any similarities?

All of them are about 50 seconds long, and show a great deal of the theme of the show, without showing anything at all of the show itself. With funky music of the appropriate style.

And aren't they cool?

Honourable mention must go to The American President (a movie, so disqualified, but the credits make me feel proud to be an American and I'm not one), Battlestar Galactica (for the initial theme-part combined with the spectacularly fast race through the upcoming episode), and Farscape (for being the coolest set of credits that don't fit my description of credits-I-like above).

oh dear

May. 4th, 2015 08:21 pm
deird1: Fred looking nervous (Fred nervous)
Part of my necklace fell off today, and is missing. Now I get to spend the evening paranoid that the baby has swallowed it. Fun fun fun.

deird1: Fred squeeing, with love hearts (Fred squee)
Amy Lilyanne Rose, born yesterday, and so teeny that the kidlet suddenly looks huge.


Apr. 29th, 2015 08:06 am
deird1: Dawn looking at Spike, with text "badder than you" (Dawn badder than you)
My old computer having finally died, I've bought a new one. Behold, my ability to type a paragraph in less than half an hour!

The kidlet is doing well, and is semi-mobile. He's not crawling yet, but is moving enough to grab random objects before I've realised that he's now two metres away from where I left him.

I've decided that Elementary is the best show of all the shows - at least this week. Miles better than most Sherlock Holmes incarnations, at least, due to his wonderful ability to not be a total arse to everyone he encounters.

We're about to start a weekly, parent-friendly roleplaying group at our house. Haven't done this in nearly a decade, and now I suddenly have to create a session-long Firefly campaign out of thin air! Help!

I've ditched book 5 of my Latin course, and have raced back to book 1 to revise. Am now no longer feeling like a dunce, but instead marvelling at my ability to speak extremely basic Latin with such finesse.

...I totally have time to sign up for this year's Remix, right? Right?
deird1: Dawn raising an eyebrow, with text "srsly?" (Dawn srsly)
"Nephew, the Kidlet needs some quiet so he can eat. Can you please find something to play with that isn't noisy?"
"Sure!" Runs to toy box, pulls out first toy. "Is this noisy?"
"No, that's fine."
"How about this one?" Rattles toy, loudly. "Is this noisy?"
"Yes, that is. Please play with something else."
"How about this?" Proceeds to pull every single toy out of the box, one by one, asking (loudly) for my opinion on whether it's noisy or not, experimenting (loudly) to check how much noise they can make, and placing all the noisy ones (loudly) in a pile so he'll know not to use them.



Mar. 31st, 2015 07:48 pm
deird1: Anya and Willow gazing after RJ, with text "if you'll excuse me I'm having a fangirl moment" (Anya Willow fangirl)
The dvd-makers, in their infinite wisdom, have given me the option of watching the final episode with the "alternate ending", thereby ensuring that I will not hate them for the rest of eternity. In my reality, Ted and the mother lived happily ever after, and that whole Ted/Robin endgame thing was just a horrible dream.

On the other hand, even though I heard about the broadcast ending, and even though I'm still annoyed by Barney and Robin splitting up, it was never really going to ruin the show for me, because it wasn't at all why I was watching. Emotional arcs weren't the point; the point was the most spectacular use of unreliable narrator I've ever seen.

what I mean )
deird1: Aeryn holding a baby and shooting a gun, with text "working mother" (Aeryn working mother)
Elf is sick of being overlooked in favour of the baby. He just meowed me indignantly to the couch, where he proceeded to grab my hand with both paws and smugly purr all over me. Every time I try to move, this whole cycle starts all over again.

In other news, I'm enjoying a fun activity I call "parenting through peer pressure". It involves the kidlet sitting in his highchair with his plastic cutlery (no solids yet) while we eat dinner, and using his gumbrush while I use my toothbrush. The idea is that he thinks this is just What We Do, so that I can avoid having to introduce him to Scary New Things and instead just slide him effortlessly into our everyday lives. (Those of you who are parents, this is where you get to laugh hysterically at me using "effortlessly" in a sentence about parenting.)

So far, it's working well.


deird1: lilac flowers, with text "how do they rise up" (Default)

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