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allyndra
15 July 2010 @ 03:25 pm
I love slash. This is a thing y'all know about me. But I was reading this post about [warning: sweeping generalization] fandom's general dismissal - if not outright dislike - of female characters, and it got me thinking about how and why I ship. The thing is, there are female characters that I love and het couples that I ship, but I usually don't feel the need to write about them. Among other reasons, with my het ships, I'm usually happy enough with what the source material gives me. Of course, with het couples, it is far more likely that mainstream source material will give me a romance than it is with my m/m ships.

I am much, much more particular about shipping het than slash. I don't mean just liking a pairing; I mean the full on, 'God, I love this couple,' daydreaming about their lives together kind of shipping. I have slash pairings that I ship all to hell who have never even met in canon or who have, at best, a few minutes of subtext to support them. With het ships, I appear to need a lot more. I need character development and relationship development, and I need to love, love, love both characters in the pairing.

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allyndra
27 April 2010 @ 10:33 am
So, on Friday I went to see The Young Veins at the Martini Ranch in Scottsdale, and it was awesome! Bad Rabbits were hugely entertaining, The Young Veins were great, and I got to meet maple_mahogany, sneaky_sena, shihadchick, and katrin (and also Maple's sister, who was very cool, but not on LJ). It was fantastic to hang out with these ladies, and downright inspiring to see how much conversation time they got in with the members ot TYV. I was exceedingly peripheral to all of these conversations, but it was great fun. :D And I took pictures during the concert!

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allyndra
08 February 2010 @ 10:40 am
Okay, this is a rant. It's a rant about transphobic humor, and I'm cutting it to spare those who've been the target of that kind of humor, not to spare people who don't think it's worth getting pissed about.

No, Taco Bell, you didn't need to branch out from bad ethnic stereotypes to other forms of offensive humor.Collapse )
 
 
allyndra
18 March 2009 @ 10:34 am
I’ve been following RaceFail 2009, but I haven't said much. I do have something to say. I lock most of my posts, but that kind of defeats the purpose here, so I'll leave this unlocked.

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allyndra
03 March 2009 @ 09:38 am
You may recall that I had intended to post for the entire festival of 14valentines. Well, I failed miserably at that, but February was still the most productive month I've had in a while. I put up 7 fics and 2 graphics posts. They consist of:

Fic:

Insight (BtVS,Xander/Riley)

Somewhere Between Plato and Disney (HSM/SGA, Chad/Ryan & John/Rodney)

What Love Aimed At (Hollyoaks, John Paul/Kieron)

Homelife (Entourage, Vince/E)

To Rights (Torchwood, Jack/Ianto)

Future Imperfect (Push, Nick/Cassie)

The Difference Between Retrieval and Recovery (Push, Nick/Cassie)
(And can I say - OMG, I have a het ship, and one of the people in it is underage. WTF???)

Graphics:

Icons of Various Awesome Bitches

Banners (Bandom, Frank Iero)
 
 
 
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I was telling dancinbutterfly that I don't really want to see He's Just Not That Into You, but I'm tempted by the cast. Then I saw this video "Ten Chick Flick Cliches That Aren't In He's Just Not That Into You," and now I think I'm going to have to see it. Kevin Connolly, Justin Long, and Bradley Cooper, being adorable.

 
 
allyndra
03 February 2009 @ 03:27 pm
I've been really, really shitty to dancinbutterfly for a really, really long time, and she's accepted my apology for it. I just wanted to acknowledge publically that I've treated her badly. I'm really sorry.

I'm disabling comments, because I don't want anyone to try to reassure me. I'm in the wrong, and I know it.
 
 
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So, it has come to my attention that I am really quite shallow. Watching Stargate: Atlantis on Friday, my overwhelming reaction had nothing to do with the plot or acting, but with David Hewlett's appearance. Is it just me, or is he actually getting hotter? Seriously, the haircut, the arms, the pissed-off yelling ... it all worked for me. Instance #2 of recent shallowness: I watched the Unaired Pilot for Buffy the Vampire Slayer on YouTube (mainly to see the original Willow), and I got completely sidetracked by Xander. Nicky was adorable on that pilot, even with the baggy plaid shirt. Cordelia had a line about Xander's face being the reason why girls didn't talk to him, and I laughed out loud. (I haven't been this taken with actors and musicians since I was 14; I don't know what's happened to my supposed maturity.)

On a (very slightly) deeper note, I finally got to see the Doctor Who season finale when it aired on Friday. Reassure me that other people cried, because I really, really did. I got a little emotional in the season 2 and 3 finales, sympathizing with the Doctor's loneliness, but this time there were actual tears, and they were all for Donna. I don't want to get into any Companion wars, but Donna is my favorite EVER.

Despite being raised by me, my son is super-cool. He saw Little Shop of Horrors for the first time yesterday, and he is completely enamored of Audrey II. He wants to play the role on stage, and he made a puppet of it at camp today. And he's got most of Seymour's part in Skid Row memorized. (You might need to know that we dressed him as Audrey II for his first Halloween, when he was three and a half months old, to see the extreme coolness of this development.)

He also has excellent taste in cartoons. He discovered Freakazoid on YouTube while searching Animaniacs clips, and when the first season came out on DVD last week, he asked us to get it. How did I miss this show? It's hilarious and insane and awesome. I wish I had Freakazoid back when I was teaching undergrads about post-modernism, because it would have been so much more fun to show in class than Blade Runner.
 
 
allyndra
30 July 2008 @ 01:39 pm
Talk to me about goofy things you like to do. Stuff that's just fun or interests you.

I like to make themed song lists. I guess they'd be playlists if I ever took the time to actually track down the songs and group them together, but usually, I just do it in my head. The Break-Up Song List, The List of Songs in Which the Singer is Talking to a DJ, The Songs About Superman List. I also realized in making a List of Songs About Dysfunctional Relationships that 1) there are a TON of songs about dysfunctional relationships, and 2) most of my favorite songs are about dysfunctional relationships.

I also decipher vanity plates. Like, obsessively. I was behind a car that had plates reading YRHNGRZ, and I changed lanes for no reason other than to stay behind them until I figured out their plates. (if you're curious, it was "wire hangers," and I didn't notice the frame around the plate said "Mommy Dearest" until after I'd deciphered the plate.) I not only read them, I also list the cool ones I see in my cell phone, despite the fact that it's not really safe to type on my phone while I'm driving. Some of the cool license plates I've seen lately (as listed in my phone):

HYLANDR
G33KMOM
BADWORD
IMBATMN
CZ MATE
CPTNMAL
FREMEN
KAOS 00

So those are two silly things I do for fun: make themed song lists and decipher license plates. The fact that I admit to this in public probably says something about me. How about y'all?
 
 
allyndra
04 July 2008 @ 11:21 pm
Fireworks are awesome. That is all.