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30 years ago today, 18 November 1985, an unknown cartoonist named Bill Watterson got this strip published in a couple of dozen newspapers in the US.

I could post dozens and dozens of Calvin & Hobbes strips, but we'd be here all night. But I just thought the premiere of the last great newspaper comic, and one of the cleverest and most affecting serial stories I know, was worth marking. I still miss those little guys, but I still have nothing but respect for Watterson for refusing to let them become less than what they were when they were great.

Calhobinists unite!

"It's a magical world, Hobbes, ol' buddy ... Lets go exploring!"
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The second [ profile] spook_me absolutely refused to be spooky and just got very silly.

Title: A Few Things And A Lizard
Author: Beer Good ([personal profile] beer_good_foamy)
Fandom: Doctor Who, alternate season 8
Rating: PG13
Word count: ~2600
Author's Note: Written for [ profile] spook_me and the prompt "Dinosaur"
Summary: When Clara doesn't join him after the events of "Deep Breath", the Doctor picks up another companion. A big, sexy woman with legs up to here, a tail that won't quit, and big, nasty, pointy teeth. The fix-it fic to end all fix-it fics.

'Will you help me?', the Doctor asked. The huge Tyrannosaurus Rex he’d rescued from a fiery death in the Thames looked up from munching on the last few time paradox reapers and grinned. )
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The first of two [ profile] spook_me fills.

Title: Canaries in a Coalmine
Author: Beer Good ([personal profile] beer_good_foamy)
Fandom: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, post-series
Rating: PG13
Word count: ~1900
Characters/Pairing: Dawn, Faith
Author's Note: Written for [ profile] spook_me and the prompt "Disease"
Summary: The first symptoms of widespread amnesia mostly went unnoticed even by those not affected. No one's quite sure at what point it became a global pandemic, or how it spreads. But anything is better than nothing, Dawn thinks as they travel towards the last hope for a cure.

They can't even come up with a good name for it. Or rather, they can't stand the only name that fits it. 'Nothing', the fog that rises up out of nowhere and erases the people it afflicts, memory by memory. )
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Well, another three months have passed since I did the two previous roundups, so here are some new songs I found and really liked over the last three months. All suggestions for things I may have missed are welcome!

Anna von Hausswolff - Come Wander With Me (Album: The Miraculous)
Anna vH recorded her first album on a piano, her second on a church organ, and this third one on the biggest concert organ in Scandinavia. Presumably, by her fifth album she'll be playing the echo of the Big Bang. So of course her new single is a 10-minute cover of a song written for The Twilight Zone.
Youtube )

Yo La Tengo - Friday I'm In Love (Album: Stuff Like That There)
One of my favourite YLT albums was always 1990s mostly-covers Fakebook, and SLTT is very obviously a follow-up; mostly acoustic, mostly covers, mostly wistfully wonderful. And of course a cover of The Cure's sappiest love song needs a video in which giant hearts fall from the sky, crushing people and bringing about the apocalypse.
Youtube )

Destroyer - Times Square (Album: Poison Season)
Canadian hipster soul. What's not to love (apart from the fact that it makes me want to be in New York, but...)
Youtube )

Dave Rawlings Machine - The Trip (Album: Nashville Obsolete)
Gillian Welch and her guitarist Dave Rawlings have written and recorded some of the best country/roots/whatever albums of the last 20 years. And while we wait for the next one, here's an album from their role-reversed side project. "The Trip" is shamelessly Dylanesque, not just for the length, but the spoken-word ramblings that open up into that chorus...
Youtube )

Mitski - Townie (Album: Bury Me At Make-Out Creek)
Enough nice acoustics. Pretty much every review I've read of Bury Me At Make-Out Creek (Simpsons-inspired titles ftw) use the word "raw" at some point. There's a certain early-PJ Harvey-filtered-through-US-college-culture vibe to Mitski's songs, but then there's that chorus too, which has no right to be that catchy when her lyrics are that naked.
Youtube )

Kurt Vile - Pretty Pimpin (Album: b'lieve I'm goin' down...)
And on the subject of college culture, Kurt Vile continues to sound like he crawled into a bong back in junior year and found a musical genie in there and is still refusing to come out. But as long as he keeps making music that grooves this effortlessly, I vote we let him live in there.
Youtube )
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I'm sorry, but I just had to. Days like this just don't come that often.

Pig In The City

The room was a retreat, hidden behind a door that seemed to lead to a broom closet at #10. Soundproof, electromagnetically shielded, locks on the inside, only a tiny ventilation shaft.

The PM poured himself a whisky and let out a deep breath. Finally some Me time, away from the press and social media and -


"Who's there?" Stupid question. He was alone in here. Nothing could get in unless it was the size of…

The small plush pig stalked out of the shadows, fixing him with its stare. "The name's Gordo, Prime Minister. Let's have a chat, shall we?"


Sep. 13th, 2015 06:02 pm
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I was just listening to my favourite Bad Movie podcast, How Did This Get Made?. They were discussing Fast And Furious 7, and at one point wonder if there's fanfic of these movies. One (1) woman in the audience yells "YES!" and then has to grab a mike and explain how and what and why and where to the fascinated panel. This woman is now my hero.

Anyway, a drabble for [ profile] open_on_sunday's prompt "Burn". Remember the little kid from the opening scene of "Lie To Me"?

The Lamb Is Caught In The Blackberry Patch

When the man tells him to run, he does. He's a big boy, he's lived here his whole life, but he runs.

He can still feel the weird lady's eyes on him. He runs faster through the dark streets, rubbing his cheeks. What did she mean, she wasn't a person? Why would his mom would sing when she found his body? What was with her eyes?

He runs all the way home, until his lungs burn. Mom hugs him, asks him what's wrong, but he can't explain how everything can be wrong, how he just wants to keep running forever.
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I had a weird nightmare last night. I'm not saying it was a premonition or anything like that, just that when I tried to write it down this morning I promptly forgot it when I saw the headline "WES CRAVEN DEAD".

I grew up on Craven's movies - the ones I could find in reasonably non-mutilated state in my local video store, at least - and it's hard to imagine a Buffy TV series getting greenlit without the success of Scream.

I mentioned nightmares. His three big franchises - The Hills Have Eyes, Nightmare on Elm St and Scream - all worked (arguably up to a point) because they understood what dreams do, the fundamental weirdness that we spend a third of our lives unconscious giving our brains free rein: They take things we pretend we don't know and make us face the monster under the bed. The people left behind as part of our progress, the murders swept under the rug, the things you can't talk about in daylight. The calls that come from inside the house. You can choose not to go to summer camp, you can choose not to go to that weird cabin in the woods, you can choose not to build on top of graveyard... you can't choose not to dream. That Scream took the idea to another meta level made perfect sense, because where do those nightmares turn up? In horror movies.

Don't go there, Sid. You're starting to sound like some Wes Carpenter flick or something. Don't freak yourself out, okay? We've got a long night ahead of us.

He always brought a level of humour and self-awareness to his movies, not to replace horror (OK, some of the Elm St sequels got pretty ridiculous), but to heighten it, to make it more human, but also to help us handle it. You can't choose not to dream, but you can always fight back if you know the rules - just don't expect to ever, y'know, win permanently. He weaponised the sequel: The battle always goes on.

I rewatched Nightmare on Elm St for the Nth time a few weeks ago - the original, with a tiny Johnny Depp getting killed in one of the most memorable movie deaths I know - and it's still ridiculously good. 30 years of deconstructions, reconstructions, CGI advances and so-called culture wars (and if we're honest, some pretty crappy sequels) haven't taken one jot of power from Nancy desperately trying to make her parents understand that nightmares are real - and unlike all those other Final Girls of the 80s, calmly and deliberately taking matters into her own hands when they refuse to admit what they've created.

Thank you, Mr Craven. Sweet dreams.
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Game of Thrones cast Max von Sydow as a raven

Fuck yeah.

Just imagine all the lines they could sneak in.

"Are you... death?"
"No, I'm a raven, dumbass."


"...Shut up, Bran."

"Never say nevermore again!"
"...You're really pushing it now, raven."

...OK, maybe not. But at least throw a chess game in there, huh?
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Let's go!

50 years and one day ago, rock music was 3-minute songs about cars and teenage love, and folk music was dull acoustic music about poverty. 50 years ago today, 25 July 1965, Bob Dylan went electric at the Newport Folk Festival. Fans booed, Pete Seeger tried to cut the juice with an axe, the MC begged Dylan on his knees to go find an acoustic guitar... Dylan gave zero fucks and thundered through the possibly shortest set to ever change music history, just three songs.

I try my best to be just like I am
But everybody wants you to be just like them
They say "Sing while you slave!" ...I just get bored.
I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more!

Ain't it hard when you discovered that
He really wasn't where it's at?
After he took from you everything he could steal...
How does it feel?

I wanna be your lover baby, I don't wanna be your boss
Don't say I never warned you when your train gets lost!

And anyone who thought this was a passing phase might have noted that when he did borrow an acoustic guitar for the encore, it was a very pointed "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue".

Happy graduation day, rock and roll.


Jul. 15th, 2015 10:44 pm
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So the Sunnydale Memorial Fanfiction Awards announced their latest round, and among all the very well deserved winners, I managed to pick up a couple as well:

Big thanks to everyone! Make sure to check out all the other winners too, some of my favourite authors are in there.
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Here's a pairing I don't think I've written before. Also, gold star to anyone who recognizes the song they're dancing to.

Also, gotta love that [ profile] femslash_minis did an A Softer World challenge. I'm going to miss that comic.

Title: Nevermind The Darkness
Author: Beer Good ([personal profile] beer_good_foamy)
Fandom: Angel s3, alt version of "Waiting In The Wings"
Rating: PG13
Word count: ~860
Characters/Pairing: Fred/Cordelia; nods to Angel/Cordelia, Wesley/Fred, Gunn/Fred
Summary: Written for [ profile] femslash_minis and [ profile] carlyinrome's prompt everyone smiles at us like we're the cutest couple/ let's do something wrong. Fred and Cordy getting ready to go to the ballet.

Heisenberg and Schrödinger are pulled over for speeding. The first cop asks Heisenberg, "Sir, are you aware that you were doing 80 mph?" Heisenberg says, "Great, now I'm lost." The other cop inspects the car and asks, "Sir, are you aware that there's a dead cat in your trunk?" Schrödinger says "Well, NOW I am, thanks for nothing!"

I'm pretty sure ballets aren't big on audience participation. )
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"This attitude that 'people wouldn't understand' is far too prevalent in cinema today. People should be able to use what's left of their minds when they watch something."
- Christopher Lee, Wicker Man DVD commentary

"Come freely. Go safely; and leave something of the happiness you bring."
- Bram Stoker, Dracula

93 years. 281 movies. More iconic roles than I've had hot suppers.

Good show, Sir Christopher. Thank you.

ETA: And shit, Ornette Coleman just passed as well. Fuck this day.


Jun. 1st, 2015 09:04 pm
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For [ profile] open_on_sunday's Song Title challenge:

Avant Gardener
Title from "Avant Gardener" by Courtney Barnett

"Sunnydale Plants & Garden, Tim speaking, how may I help you?"


"Weeding? Sure, we've got tools for that."


"Our most popular pruning shears are 8 inches."


"Not really. We have hedge clippers, but – "


"Poison? You mean herbicides? Sure…"


"…That quickly? No."




"No, we do not carry flamethrowers. What on – "


"Um… sure. Thanks for calling."


Buffy hung up and turned to Giles. "Right, no help there. You're sure stakes won't work? Because - "

"Plants don't have hearts, Buffy."

They looked out at the triffids surrounding the Magic Box. "That's the last time I let Willow help Dawn with a science project."
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Something happened in the mid-to-late-40s. For decades, the blues had been written off as "race records" (no, seriously, that was the official term) and existed in its own world at a safe distance from the white mainstream. Now it moved north from the Mississippi Delta up to the big industries in Chicago and Detroit, bought itself electric guitars and started kicking ass and taking names. That's the root of rock'n'roll, soul, funk, hip-hop, anything you've listened to over the last 60 years. Not the only root, obviously - Muddy Waters' favourite musician was Hank Williams - but the blues added something; sex, desperation, defiance, fun, volume.

With the death of BB King on Thursday, the last of the great original electric blues players is gone. A door to the past has closed. I'm not putting this behind a cut.

The selection here is of artists who started making their mark before anyone had heard the name "Elvis Presley". For some strange reason, all the live footage available is from many years later. When the Stones first came to the US, they asked to see Muddy Waters; their American record company asked "Where's that?"

Elmore James (1918-1963)

Aleck Miller AKA Sonny Boy Williamson (1912-1965)

Aaron Thibeaux "T-Bone" Walker (1910-1975)

Chester Burnett AKA Howlin' Wolf (1910-1976)

McKinley Morganfield AKA Muddy Waters (1913-1983)

Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton (1926-1984)

John Lee Hooker (1917-2001)

Riley "BB" King (1925-2015)

(You can see this whole show here, and you should.)
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So [ profile] femslash_minis had a "Texts from last night" challenge, which was fun. I actually have an idea for a very different fill for this prompt as well that struck me just hours ago. Might get that one written down over the next few days and post it. But for now, here's a s3-ish Faith-is-not-yet-off-the-rails kinda thing.

Title: First One To Turn The Wheel Is A Chicken
Author: Beer Good ([personal profile] beer_good_foamy)
Fandom: Buffy, mid-s3-ish
Rating: PG13
Word count: ~840
Characters/Pairing: Faith/Willow
Summary: Written for [ profile] femslash_minis and [ profile] aaronlisa's prompt (774):i just walked into a room at this party and someone yelled "dibs!"

Show us you care, show us you dare
You don't know what happened, not if you weren't there

- Motörhead, "Born To Raise Hell"

In fairness, she did make the fuzzy orange sweater look good. The overalls possibly slightly less so, but let's face it, overalls. )
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Title: Untimely
Author: Beer Good ([personal profile] beer_good_foamy)
Rating: PG13
Fandom/timeline: Buffy/Firefly, set around Serenity
Word Count: ~900
Warnings: Canon character death
Summary: Written for the [community profile] intoabar challenge: Drusilla goes into a bar and meets… Zoe Washburne!

"In moments of great stress, every life form that exists gives out a tiny subliminal signal. This signal simply communicates an exact and almost pathetic sense of how far that being is from the place of his birth."
- Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

She comes to bars for the people, navigating mostly by Sight, as if age has finally dulled all her other senses to blissfully vague background noise. )
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I know, I know, I really shouldn't be getting my hopes up. But DAMN.
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The cast of Twin Peaks weigh in: "Twin Peaks without David Lynch is like..."
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Title: C Is For Zombie
Author: Beer Good ([personal profile] beer_good_foamy)
Fandom: Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Characters/Pairings: Cordelia Chase, Rupert Giles
Word count: ~800
Rating/Contents: PG13; some gore.
Summary: Written for [ profile] zombie_fest. When Buffy doesn’t return to Sunnydale after the events of season 2, and the various legions of undead start to take advantage of this, someone else has to step in and protect the town their way. They don’t call her Queen C for nothing.

Be true to your school! (rah-rah-rah-rah-sis-boom-bah!)
Let your colors fly! (rah-rah-rah-rah-sis-boom-bah!)
- The Beach Boys

Give me a B! )
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