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I went with [personal profile] greenygal, [profile] ipleasance and A to see Muppet Treasure Island and The Manchurian Candidate (1962) today.

Muppets Treasure Island was a delight -- from Billy Conolly as Billy Bones, through Kermit as Capt. Smollet and Miss Piggy as Benjamina Gunn, to Tim Curry's star turn as Long John Silver. Also, just imagine how difficult it must be to do the fight choreography for a sword-fight with Muppets! Also, Gonzo's occasionally Star Trek jokes! The opening song! The Hans Zimmer score!

The Manchurian Candidate was also quite enjoyable, and I need to see more of Angela Lansbury playing villains -- this and The Court Jester are the only two times I can recall seeing her really get to be evil, and she's so good at it. Also, all of us were suspicious of Janet Leigh's character Eugenie Rose Chaney, mainly because her sudden attachment to Frank Sinatra's Maj. Bennett Marco came out of nowhere and was inexplicably fast and dedicated -- we suspected she was another agent, actually, though apparently not.

Laurence Harvey's Raymond Shaw was very pretty, very charismatic, and quite often a jerk. Also, his accent slipped noticeably during some scenes, which threw me off. Otoh, I definitely sympathized with the character and found Harvey's performance excellent.

The most conspicuous problems I had with the film is the use of non-Asian actors to play Asian characters -- Henry Silva was very obviously not Korean, for example -- and the black & white film stock flattening out the black characters, which is a known problem in a lot of movie history.

I'm really glad the movies were shown in that order, because I don't think it would have worked nearly as well to see The Manuchurain Candidate first.


Apr. 23rd, 2017 03:02 pm
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I seem to be a fandom lurker now, except with people who I know well or fangirl hard or both. I miss the community but I'm shit at creating it these days.

But I still love you all.

Currently failing to see Billy Boyd at a comic con in San Jose. And Gina Torres. Because driving on a stressful freeway, parking, walking, waiting in line: all too much for me.

Writing this all out, it seems clear that depression is getting to me. Fuck.

This week in writing, 4/23

Apr. 23rd, 2017 07:19 pm
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Getting into that dangerous area where I’m like “my WIP list is so short!! WHAT SHALL I START WRITING NEXT?” 


WIPs currently active: 5, because I finished another thing! And posted it! And a bunch of you read it, you brave people. ILU.

Words written this week: 3,786

WIPs that got no words this week: 1 - Slavefic #5

WIPs that did get words this week:

Codename: Aluminum Bastard (aka broken dick epic): 187, many of them about emoji.

Born in the Blood: 446, many of them about Steve freaking out.

Things We’d Held in Secret (formerly known as Loving and Overall Really Mostly Consensual and Well-Intentioned Cannibalism): 643, done and posted!!

Dragon!Bucky/Tribute!Steve Cap Reverse Big Bang Story: 943, and I think I have finally figured out the arc of the story. Or. The arc of this part of the story, and how it fits into the much larger arc of story I have, inevitably, plotted out for this universe because of who I am as a person.

Less-Sad Sequel to “Ring the Bell Backward” (Which is Semi-Officially the Saddest Story in All of Not Without You, out now in PDF and coming soon in hardcover!!):  1,511

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Asparagus, sandwich steak, medium and extra large eggs, pink lady apples, pint of cream, pint of chocolate milk, half gallon of whole creamline milk, spanopita, tiropita, flaouna, pita, melomakrona, batard of sourdough bread, cheddar cheese biscuit, garlic cheese curds, chive quark, seedling plants -- jalapeno, bell pepper, dill, basil, oregano -- and cider masala pickled beets from Number One Sons.

Ran into [personal profile] ellen_fremedon at the market, and went with her on the rest of her errands to the grocery and hardware store. On the way home, the left wheel came off my cart twice, but we were able to jam it back on and make it to her apartment, where she had tools and we were able to hammer the bits back together. It seems solid, at least for now. On the other hand, it was originally hers, so if it becomes unrepairable, I'll owe her a grocery cart.
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My town just had a hailstorm, with hailstones the size of glass marbles -- between 1 and 2 cm in diameter.

That's pretty weird -- we don't get hail as a rule. I hope we're not in for a summer of weird weather...

Hey, Kids, Let's Put on a Show

Apr. 21st, 2017 02:28 am
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Or, rather, a movie! Check out what I'm doing for my grad school thesis:

If This Is Wrong: A Film About Fandom from Franzeska Dickson on Vimeo.

That's right: it's a film about queer slash fangirls. (And, yes, I was partly inspired by being irritated at the movie Slash making fandom All About The Men.)

We're running our kickstarter right now!

Or, if you'd like to make a tax-deductible donation, you can do so through my school. There are instructions on our website.
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Went to see 1984 with a local meet-up group. It's a bit weird to watch a movie like that with people who aren't particularly interested in dystopian literature and don't have much of a frame of reference for it.

No one else in the group knew V for Vendetta, The League of Extra-Ordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier, or even Brazil, which at least is a movie, and all of which are in dialogue with or commenting on 1984 (at least the book version).

MCU Fic: Things We'd Held in Secret

Apr. 19th, 2017 11:46 pm
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I guess this the upside of all those WIP update posts, I can just say: Hey look it's the cannibalism one at last!

Written for [ profile] latenightliar for [ profile] fandomtrumpshate! Thanks to brighteyedjill and Sevvie for beta/encouragement!

Title is from "Psalm 40:2" by the Mountain Goats. Alternate summary: John 6:53.

Things We'd Held in Secret (11146 words) by Dira Sudis
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Characters: Steve Rogers, James "Bucky" Barnes
Additional Tags: Cannibalism, Unknowing cannibalism, consensual cannibalism, Super Soldier Serum, It's Nice Really I Swear, Blood and Gore, Cuddling & Snuggling, Rituals, Catholic Subtext, It's not that far sub the text

Steve and Bucky were trapped together behind enemy lines in 1944. Bucky was badly injured, and for days Steve fed him the only way he could with no supplies on hand but a sharp knife. Bucky didn't understand what was happening at the time, and afterward there was never a good time to tell him--but now that Steve knows what he really did for Bucky, the secret is going to have to come out.

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I just got a robocall from a credit card company….in the elevator…over the elevator’s emergency telephone speaker. 

Is that even possible? I thought elevator phones only went one way and that way was “to the fire department”. 

Apparently the elevator can get a super low APR if it hasn’t missed a payment in six months.

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Spreadsheet test: approved! Look at them weights. 

I realized that I could just…do weights on days I don’t run. And I’m more likely to get out and do them actually because I don’t have to dress quite as specifically (slip-on shoes, shorts instead of running pants, etc). 

I also did half a mile on the treadmill walking, because I mean…I was there. :D 

Tracking: Since October 2nd, I have run 119.2 miles.

Datestamp 4.18.2017

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Today is Patriots' Day in Boston, a.k.a. Marathon Monday, a.k.a. the day most people in the city seem to have off from work and school except us. My usual commute is bisected by the marathon line, so I came home the long way tonight, through the city: a packed train of tourists, Sox and Bruins fans, and an international collection of runners in foil cloaks, some limping and leaning on one another and some looking like they just went for a jog around the block.

This afternoon, per tradition, a few of us walked to the local portion of the marathon course to cheer on our now-former coworker as she ran by. The crowd was quiet enough this year that she heard us, smiled and waved as she continued along the final stretch. (It was hot today and she's injured in two places, yet she still ran the thing in less than 4 hours. Unbelievable.)


Friends are great. Some came over for a seder on the first night of Passover; some were in town for lunch this weekend; some will be moving here from far away; some are helping me sift through an enormous amount of source material for this multifandom vid. I've only sent out a handful of emails so far, so if you volunteered for something and haven't heard yet, stay tuned.

Since last we spoke, I've watched or scanned through a whole bunch of movies and short TV shows. Let's see: Crazyhead (fun), Cleverman (difficult but rewarding), Extant (derivative but enjoyable), Travelers (meh), now starting Timeless (fun); the "San Junipero" episode of Black Mirror (not traumatizing, hooray), the Green Fury episode of Powerless (I liked parts of it, but sitcoms are still not my thing) and the new Doctor Who premiere (winning me back over); Pacific Rim (meh), Fantastic Four (2015) (Action Movie formulaic emptiness), Z for Zachariah (great), The Fits (as wonderful as promised). I am not a huge TV fan compared to the general fan community -- some of my dearest and most passionate fandoms have been TV shows, but I'm not well-"read" in TV and don't love the medium as a medium as much as I love movies -- so this endeavor presents an interesting challenge.

There is still a ton to go, but it feels good to have made a dent.


Meanwhile, my de-stressor and pre-bedtime media over the last month or so has been a BBC show made for five-year-olds: Sarah & Duck. Have any of you seen it? It's so lovely and chill, wholesome, and often funny. Sarah is curious, imaginative and accepting, and every day seems to be a vacation day, which sounds nice right about now. From time to time the art is really beautiful, too. You never know when the plot will go full-on surreal or stay within the realm of the plausible -- well, given a reality where ducks sort of understand English and ladybugs play small trumpets. I am a particular fan of Duck wagging his tail, Sarah when she gets really excited about things like baby manatees, and Scarf Lady's long-suffering handbag.

I'm almost out of episodes on Netflix, though, and then whatever can take its place?
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I forgot to tell you guys, when I got to work this morning the door wouldn’t open for my keycard, and one of the guys I used to work with when I was the receptionist let me in from the inside. When I got into the lobby he said, “You might as well sit down, the power is out.”

And I, like the giant nerdball I am, looked at him, looked at the elevators, and fearlessly and idiotically said, “ALL the power?” 

I think he is still laughing, twelve hours later. 

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Apr. 17th, 2017 08:17 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

Anon linked to a fundraiser for the family of Olin Braun, a young man who died in late March. They are raising funds to cover the funeral; any overage will go into a trust fund for Olin's daughter, Kaia. You can read more and give to the fundraiser here.

Anon linked to a fundraiser for Courtney, who is trying to survive until August, when her school funding will come through. She has just left an abusive and violent home, and is dealing with several medical conditions as well; you can read more and help out here.

[personal profile] coyotegoth linked to af undraiser for The Iron Giant Loft, "a community hub for LGBTQIA, sacred sexuality, and consent-focused community meet-ups [...] for the past several years". They are facing eviction and trying to assemble the cash to keep their space; even having a portion of the cash available will help them settle with the owners. You can read more and help out here.

[ profile] swelldame is raising $270 to buy a plane ticket for her best friend to see her graduate in may; they had the money saved but had to pay for emergency medical bills. You can read more and give to the fundraiser here.

[ profile] rilee16 is still struggling to cover medical expenses after two head injuries last year, and hasn't been cleared to return to work, thus can't earn money to cover basic living costs, let alone the bills they've received, including a recent rent increase. They are frequently running out of money for gas to even do odd jobs for pay. You can read more and help out here.

Buy Stuff, Help Out:

[ profile] magpiesmiscellany has a selection of tree-of-life pendants in various shapes, colors, and sizes for sale, with proceeds going to Planned Parenthood, Lambda Legal, the ACLU, Doctors Without Borders, Earthjustice, Sierra Club, and the National Immigration Law Center. And Mother's Day is coming up, at least in the US! You can read more and purchase them here.

Help For Free:

[ profile] kitsparrow is looking for advice on care, or organizations that provide care, for special needs dogs; her mother's dog recently suffered a spinal cord injury and they're worried they don't know enough to provide proper care. You can read more and offer knowledge or advice here.

And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!). If you're new to fundraising, you may want to check out my guide to fundraising here.
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First outdoor run of the year! Guess those brazil nuts fuckin’ worked, wow.

I mean it’s not that impressive given it’s a 13:04 pace (as opposed to the 11:55 pace on the treadmill) but it’s a lot longer distance than the sad mile and a half I’ve been doing on the treadmill. 

Admittedly part of the motivation was that at the end of 1.35 miles was the 24-hour hamburger stand. (That deep dip right in the middle is where I bought a hamburger, which I just finished eating.) Still, I’m pleased.

I do think the chromium deficiency must have been part of it, because I do have slightly higher energy and every time I start craving tomatoes (ie: whenever I want pizza) I eat two or three brazil nuts and the craving stops cold. Also I clearly caught up my sleep debt because when the alarm went at 3:50am I actually got up and out of bed and wriggled into spandex and went running. 

No lifting this morning because I was too eager to get out on the street, but I think from here onwards I’m going to make a stop at the gym either pre-run or post-run (I know pre-run is The Done Thing but I feel like I would actually run better if I lifted post).

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I didn’t have much on my to-do list today, so I got some work done on my photo yearbook for 2016. I take all the photos I took in 2016, as well as all the scanned-in movie tickets and sales receipts and other stuff that I want to keep, and I upload it to Shutterfly (they have the best coupons) and arrange it into a scrapbook that they then print out and send to me. 

This morning I made one photobook of all my 5Ks and running activities to give to Mum as part of her Mother’s Day gift (I know this sounds terrible, but she LOVES photobooks) and then I finished editing the rest of the photos, and I’ll upload them and arrange them for the yearbook over the next week or so.  

It’s an amazing time to be alive if you’re a scrapbooker. 

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This week in writing, 4/16

Apr. 16th, 2017 03:14 pm
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[personal profile] dira
I finished something! Finally!

WIPs currently active: 6, because I finished! a thing! and also took my random impulse fixit fic off the list.

Words written this week: 3,311

WIPs that got no words this week: 3 - Codename: Aluminum Bastard, Born in the Blood, and Sequel to “Ring the Bell Backward”

WIPs that did get words this week:

Slavefic #5 (THE DRAMATIC REUNION): 493

Loving and Overall Really Mostly Consensual and Well-Intentioned Cannibalism: 513, really REALLY close to being done now!!

Smut Swap Pinch Hit Story In A Pairing I’ve Never Written Before: 2,227, and DONE! HOURS ahead of the deadline. HOURS!

Dragon!Bucky/Tribute!Steve Cap Reverse Big Bang Story: 78

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general pesach update

Apr. 15th, 2017 11:57 pm
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I've had a super nice weekend/Pesach so far and I want to make more daily journal entries, so, here!

* Elisa's family's seder Monday night. Funny in the way that other people's families are funny. It was almost like a film about an Ashkenazi Jewish family, with the 90-y-o grandma with amazing 50s glasses and the uncle who cornered me instantly to talk about topology at great length and the new parents who are utterly obsessed with their (extremely cute) baby. Elisa's mom does the same thing my mom does, where she doesn't really listen and then bursts out with something totally irrelevant or already said. Something about the tone of voice.

* Carol + Betsy seder Tuesday night---the lesbian community seder. The feeling when you realize you're in a house full of twenty or so queer women of every age, aaaaaa

* Worked veryyyy late on Thursday night, ugh. (12:07am.) Hannah is starting Monday which is great because I'm so, so behind, but also I'm so, so behind and it's going to take so much effort to get her trained for the first few weeks especially. Also I have to prepare a bunch of stuff for her first few weeks. I still have a few things to do unfortunately. I hate working on the weekends. I hope I can get to work on time next week. I believe in myself.

I got the Digger omnibus in the mail tho, and I couldn't help but stay up til 2am starting to read it again. UGH I LOVE DIGGER.

* Friday off for Good Friday. I don't know why my work does that, but I guess labor used to be/maybe still is quite Catholic. I changed it for Yom Kippur last year on principle, but this time around, I was like, oy, I could *use* a vacation. I had a really nice day---slept in, got cuddled incessantly by Tshynik, did most of my taxes (also for last year... shh) and just have to print them out, fixed my bike tire, and went to yoga for the first time in a long time. The teacher gave me some good tips on headstand practice, which I just practiced again tonight (Saturday). Then S and I went to J's for dinner and cider and chill.

* Today was the Qwerch seder J and I (along with Kris and Aaron, the leaders/originators of Qwerch) have been planning. It was extremely lovely---standouts include writing our chametz on pieces of paper and then going outside to burn them, and the version of Dayenu that Aaron wrote. ("If my lover had given me a massage but I had not cum, it would have been enough, dayenu dayenu dayenu!") Jess Max and Benjy were there, aaaa. Also so many good people---Eva, Harper Jean, Nora, Mark, Charley, Rabbi Liz, and on and on, and new people....

Afterward, Mark Aaron Julia and I got a picnic to bring to Malcolm X park and lay in the grass until it was dark. There was an enormous hawk that swooped right over our heads multiple times, and then the bats came out. Mark was reading up on bats recently and informed us all of the differences between microbats and megabats. We cuddled and talked about Yuri on Ice and sang some things, and then biked home.

The weather has been beautiful this week, a taste of summer but not too hot yet. I like people and life is good and I'm glad to be alive.


Something I'm practicing is that when people ask what I'm up to recently or what I do, that I don't give an update on my work. (Or at least that it's only a small part of what I say.) It's good to orient myself as "I'm someone who does art and weird math, and incidentally I do things for pay too."

Oh, I have also been having way too much fun writing a Python program to calculate happy numbers and variations thereof this week. I'm exploring rules of the same form as happy numbers (square each digit and sum them) but after doing that, adding n. Like doing happy numbers in different bases, you end up with a lot of different structures and numbers/sizes of cycles. I actually find the cycles more interesting than the happy numbers themselves---unhappy numbers, technically, I guess?

And I Fast Fourier Transformed my period the other week and got WAY too much of a kick out of that, and posted it on facebook. (THIS IS FINE.) It feels so good to be exploring mathematical things again.

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Apr. 14th, 2017 09:51 am
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Hi all! This is a blast on all social media I have that I will be stopping-posting and/or deleting my LiveJournal accounts soon. I'm sorry to have to do this, but I'm no longer comfortable continuing on LiveJournal as a platform.

Here's how I'm dealing with my various accounts:

[ profile] copperbadge: will remain on LiveJournal but will not have any future updates; any updates that once would have gone here will only be made to [personal profile] copperbadge on Dreamwidth. The LJ version is fully backed-up, including comments, at [personal profile] cblj_backup.

[ profile] sam_storyteller: will be deleted. All fic is here on AO3. It is fully backed-up, including comments, at [personal profile] cblj_backup.

[ profile] ask_aboutcoffee: will remain on LJ (hasn't been updated in a while anyway). It is fully backed-up, including comments, at [personal profile] cblj_backup.

[ profile] theoriginalsam: will be deleted. It is fully backed up, including comments, at [community profile] originalsam_backup.

[ profile] i_defeated_sga: will be deleted. All fic is here on AO3. It is fully backed up, including comments, at [community profile] sga_backup.

[ profile] gta_of_doom: will be deleted. It is fully backed up, including comments, at [community profile] gtaofdoom_backup.

If you have a favorite comment thread bookmarked on LJ, you should check the date on the post, find that date on [personal profile] cblj_backup, and look up the post there to change your bookmark. In the case of an actual post, you can find almost any LJ post at the same date on [personal profile] copperbadge; in the case of fanfic, probably the more stable place to bookmark would be AO3. In addition, you are welcome to come find me under [personal profile] copperbadge at DreamWidth and [ profile] copperbadge on tumblr.

Anything scheduled to be deleted will be deleted on Sunday, April 30th, to give people time to save things they may want to keep and/or re-find them on DreamWidth.

Thanks everyone!
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This past week I have been craving two things: strawberries and tomatoes. 

I don’t actually like the flavor of tomatoes, but I know when I’m craving them because I crave the stuff they’re in: ketchup, red sauce, pizza sauce. I don’t mind strawberries, but I don’t actively like them, and never crave them. So I figured I’m deficient in some vitamin or mineral, which would also explain why I’m sleeping all the time.

So I look up strawberries, which are super rich in vitamin C, which okay, fine, vitamin C, great. And then I look up tomatoes, which along with sweet potatoes (also something I’ve been craving) are a rich source of chromium. 

And then I scroll down a little and the article I’m reading is like “by the way, chromium deficiency can lead to fatigue. Oh and vitamin C helps you to absorb chromium.” 

THANKS BODY, I guess that answers the question of which to address first. 

The foods highest in chromium are mussels and oysters, but brazil nuts are cheaper and don’t have internal organs that freak me out, so I guess I’ll find some interesting things to do with brazil nuts. As for the strawberries, well, I haven’t made agua fresca in a while, that’ll be fun. 

Actually, sweet potato gnocci with crushed brazil nuts and strawberry agua fresca sounds like a pretty good dinner…

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real quick

Apr. 12th, 2017 09:17 pm
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so I was doing regular updates for a while and then I quit because of being extremely busy (almost all the good kind of busy if not always the FUN kind, although I did see the Decemberists live on Sunday night and that was awesome and also sometimes knocking on doors to talk to people about other people you think are really awesome counts as fun??)

But anyway, I took off for a while and then when I came back it was to the latest livejournal disaster, which has led me to stop crossposting over there, and probably delete my account once I can figure out how to import it over here but that just seems like too much brainpower.

But anyway, if you are wondering whether I fell off the earth or are somebody who recently came over from Livejournal and added me, I'm around & busy & mostly pretty happy except when I look the state of the world straight in the eye (and I mean that last part has always been problematic but these days it's definitely more so.)

I'm behind on all my TV and all my comics and haven't finished a book in ages but am possibly oversaturated with information about the current state of politics in the Commonwealth of Virginia, so it's a tradeoff.

If you're new to DW, welcome; if you added me recently and are poking around feel free to say hi.


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