beer_good_foamy: (Yes! Yes! Rawwwwwk!)
...better known as Iggy Pop. 70 today. Whodathunkit back when he invented crowdsurfing while everyone else was singing about peace and love?


Iggy is famously wild on stage (and, for a long time, off it). Just listen to Henry Rollins explain it (seriously, do, that clip is hilarious). There are always jokes about how Iggy Pop or Keith Richards (or, though not lately, Lemmy) are simply too tough to die, how they'll be the only survivors of WWIII, etc. I think that's wrong. I saw Iggy a few years ago on one of the last Stooges reunion tours. He was just as wild as ever, but early on in the show he tripped and fell - bad. He was clearly hurt, and for the rest of the show he limped or jumped on one leg. But he kept playing and didn't slow down for a second even when he was in obvious pain. The thing isn't that Iggy is immortal or invulnerable. It's that he's mortal and not afraid to get hurt.

Iggy in 1991; very NSFW performance )

So here's to the world's forgotten boy. Open up and bleed, or don't; you've earned whatever you want to do. Maybe when you turn 75, you'll even own a shirt.

beer_good_foamy: (DALEK)
A friend asked me the other day if I'm still following Doctor Who. My answer was that I truly don't know; how do you not follow a show that seems to have one new episode every three years or so?

That said, I did get around to watching "The Pilot" and rather liked it.

Yeah, but, you are aware that there's an invention called television, and on this invention they show shows, right? )

Also, I watched the first episode of the new Mystery Science Theater 3000, no thanks to Netflix' regional blocking. (I get that they can't get every show for every market, but this is one they produced themselves, using MY money, damnit.) But yeah, it feels mostly like old times, except with more Felicia Day and sliiiightly higher production values. Helps that they did Reptilicus, which is an old favourite of mine.
beer_good_foamy: (Default)
So this is my last LJ (cross)post. I didn't want it to end like this, but with LJ all but declaring war on their own users, it's just no fun anymore. So, about 36 hours from now, I'll delete this journal.

I'm not leaving fandom, at least not yet. I will still be posting at my Dreamwidth account [personal profile] beer_good_foamy (which by then should be a complete backup of this LJ, and I'm working on getting all links right, though that might take a while) and at Archive Of Our Own. I'd love it if you joined me there.

If not, then I just want to leave this note to say thank you to everyone. I've had some of the best times I've ever had online right here, whether reading or writing fic, discussing the intricacies of how Ingmar Bergman relates to "This Year's Girl/Who Are You?" or all-penguin AUs and rocket launcher fic, personal discussions and supreme silliness. I've laughed, cried, raged and giggled at LJ. Thank you, one and all, for listening, and for all that you've shown me and shared with me. I will really miss this place.

"Ah-ha-ha. Ever get the feeling you've been chea'ed?"

Podcasts!

Apr. 5th, 2017 12:33 pm
beer_good_foamy: (Default)
So spring is here, I have a 40k bike commute a couple of times a week, and I'm burning through podcasts faster than people can talk. I figured I'd share some of my favourites, and ask if anyone has any recommendations of stuff I'm missing?

My favs
  • Welcome to Night Vale - duh. I've even written fic. Your regular biweekly community radio show from hell. Or something not entirely unlike it, however cozy it may sound.
  • Alice Isn't Dead - by the same people who brought you Night Vale, except with less silliness and much tighter storytelling. Season 2 just started yesterday.
  • No Such Thing As A Fish - the weekly podcast by the QI factcheckers. Lots of useless knowledge and banter - basically QI with more focus and (mostly) without the celebrity guests.
  • Faculty of Horror - in which two Canadian horror fans offer feminist discourse on classic and new horror movies, eh.
  • My Dad Wrote A Porno - Jamie's dad spends his retirement writing very bad self-published erotica. Jamie and his friends read it out loud and offer commentary. "He gently grabbed her cervix - " "NO HE DID NOT!"
  • You Must Remember This - "Secret or forgotten histories of Hollywood's first century", which doesn't mean gossip but rather very clever in-depth looks at, for instance, McCarthy's blacklist or how Charles Manson fits into pop culture. The current series is called "Dead Blondes".
  • How Did This Get Made? - bad movies picked apart by incredulous comedians. Basically Mystery Science Theater 3000 with swearwords and big-budget movies.
  • Infinite Monkey Cage - BBC show about science, basically featuring all the QI guests that don't get to be on No Such Thing As A Fish.
  • StarTalk Radio - the US equivalent, where Neil Degrasse Tyson, Bill Nye and others talk about just how we're supposed to go forward as a species.
  • Rex Factor - a historian and his friend go through all the monarchs of England and Scotland from the viking age up to Elizabeth II. And rate, review and rank them. If you've ever wondered how Cnut the Great would stack up to William IV, this is for you.


Your favs
...?
beer_good_foamy: (Default)
I just spent 20 minutes trying to add the following reply on the LJ News post (http://news.livejournal.com/151767.html):

Since I won't sign anything where I have no way of knowing what it is I'm signing, I'm commenting through (OpenID/Twitter).

Please note that in accordance with part 3 Article 10.1 of the Federal Act of the Russian Federation No. 149-ФЗ the Administration shall keep the following information and provide it upon the lawful request of the competent authorities regardless of Users will
I am not a Russian citizen. What is Article 10.2 of the Federal Act of the Russian Federation No. 149-ФЗ? Please provide me with a full text of it before I agree to it.

Mark Content estimated by Russian legislation as inappropriate for children (0 −18) as “adult material” by using Service functions.
I am not a Russian citizen. Please provide me with a comprehensive list of content that Russian legislation considers inappropriate for children, and which of these LJ intends to inforce.

ATTENTION: this translation of the User Agreement is not a legally binding document. The original User Agreement, which is valid, is located at the following address: http://www.livejournal.com/legal/tos-ru.bml.
I am not a Russian citizen. If the English translation is not valid, why do I need to sign it? What's in the Russian version that we're not told in the translation?


Unfortunately, LJ won't let me sign in through OpenID, and when I created a Twitter account and signed on using that, I was told my reply was marked as spam.

(Remember that when LJ was first bought by the Russians, we were told that "Complaints will not be accepted. They'll get used to it. Anything sent in English is spam.")

So, fuck LJ.
beer_good_foamy: (Buffy)
Go, then. There are other worlds than these.
- Jake Chambers, Stephen King's The Gunslinger

So I wanted to post something for Buffy's 20th birthday, and why I still care so much about this little series, but I wasn't sure just what until I started a rewatch and got to this line in "The Harvest":

JOYCE: Everything's the end of the world when you're a 16-year-old girl.

Which got me to this:

She saved the world. A lot.

Which got me thinking about just what the hell (heh) the "world" and saving it means in terms of the Buffy- and Jossverses, and why that would matter. You're in my world now. )
beer_good_foamy: (Yes! Yes! Rawwwwwk!)
I'm a firm believer that history is bigger than all of us. All those Great Men we learn about in school are just regular people who happened to be in the right place at the right time to catch a wave, and if they hadn't done what they did, someone else probably would have.

That said, all of the music we listen to today would have been very different if not for Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry (1926-2017).


Hail, hail, rock and roll. Long as she got a dime, the music won't never stop.
beer_good_foamy: (Bernard - black books)
1. Best crossover prompt ever. I might have to do something with this.



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beer_good_foamy: (Willow-death)
Here's something new: I wrote Person of Interest fic. I hadn't planned it, but the prompt (and Amy Acker's talent for playing psychos) kept bugging me until I wrote it. I hope it works.

Title: Junk Code
Author: Beer Good ([personal profile] beer_good_foamy)
Fandom: Person of Interest, season 3-ish
Rating: PG13
Characters/Pairing: Samantha Groves/Hanna Frey, Root/Shaw
Word count: ~800
Notes: Written for [livejournal.com profile] clockwork_hart1's femfeb ficathon and [livejournal.com profile] lynzie914's prompt.
Summary: Once upon a time, there was a happy little girl…then she grew up and turned into a monster.

"That's not a bug. It's an undocumented feature."
- Microsoft Tech Support joke


One of the things I left out of my file. I kind of enjoy this sort of thing. )
beer_good_foamy: (Default)
So [livejournal.com profile] femslash_minis are holding a Depeche Mode-inspired week, so I had to do something with it. This is for [personal profile] bruttimabuoni who wanted "People Are People" with pre-series Darla/Drusilla, alone time, and feast or famine. Hope this ticks all the boxes.

Title: Ye Gods And Little Fishes
Author: Beer Good ([personal profile] beer_good_foamy)
Fandom: Buffyverse
Rating: R-ish, I guess
Characters/Pairing: Darla/Drusilla
Word count: ~800
Notes: Written for [livejournal.com profile] femslash_minis and [personal profile] bruttimabuoni's prompt "People Are People"
Summary: The first, aborted, trip to China, and why they never got there. Darla hates sea voyages, and Drusilla hates being left alone. So when she finds her grandmum alone on deck and lost in thoughts, she has to keep her attention somehow.

Have you no common decency? )
beer_good_foamy: (Sugarshock)
I keep getting fannisher and fannisher about Stand Still, Stay Silent (see here for explanation). So here's a fic I had to write about the fallout of chapter 13, before chapter 14 starts next week and this hopefully gets jossed all to hell. It can probably be read as a straight-up zombie infectee story if you're not all read up. It's fairly bleak.

Title: Blood Makes Noise
Author: Beer Good ([personal profile] beer_good_foamy)
Fandom: Stand Still, Stay Silent
Rating: PG13
Word count: ~1300
Summary: Tuuri's situation after chapter 13. Someone has to fix the tank so everyone can get home, even if...

She just sits there staring at the dead troll )
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This wasn't a hugely productive year for me, fannish-wise, but I did write a few things I'm pretty happy with:

Avalanche (Game of Thrones, Gen). After the battle of Hardhome, the wight that was the chieftain Karsi rises with all the others. Then she and everyone else in the white walkers' army start moving, slowly but surely, south. Snowflake by snowflake, winter. Is. Coming.

Talking To Plants (BtVS, Willow/Tara). Willow's pregnancy came as a shock. ...Well, it would, wouldn't it. But there's a perfectly logical explanation.

Waylaid (BtVS, Tara/Faith). Wishverse: Faith has a job to do. She's supposed to go to Sunnydale and fix what the last Slayer couldn't, or at least die trying. She shouldn't let herself get held up like this.

Water of Life (Stand Still Stay Silent, Sigrun/Mikkel). Walking for hours in sopping wet clothes after a life-or-death fight in ice water is something Norwegian hunters do every day, no need to get worried. Or so Sigrun would like them to think.

The Scrying Of Lot 48 (BtVS/Parks and Rec crossover, gen). Willow Rosenberg goes into a bar and meets... Ron Swanson!

The Rugged Pyrrhus, or Holiday By Mistake (Game of Thrones/Withnail and I crossover, gen). Izembaro, the arrogant leader of a small Braavosi theatre troupe specializing in bad rhymes and fart jokes, sometimes gets very drunk and claims to be from a city called Lundon. Nobody really believes him.

In Which Pooh Discovers A Blue Box (Dr Who/Winnie the Pooh crossover, gen). The Doctor is delighted to land in the Hundred Acre Woods. Well, he would be. But what sort of trouble will the Doctor's arrival bring for Pooh and his little friends? And why have Eeyore and Rabbit gone missing...?

It Raineth On The Just (BtVS, gen). After the events of "Tabula Rasa", Giles leaves Sunnydale and returns home to London. If it can still be his home after everything he's been through over the last few years. And who are those mysterious shapes who keep following him down rainy streets…?

A Slayin' Song Tonight (BtVS, gen). Five holiday ornaments that can be used to slay vampires, and one vice versa. AKA the Scooby Holiday Meet-Up is about as peaceful as you'd expect.
beer_good_foamy: (Default)
Happy New Year, one and all! May 2017 suck less than it might.


David Bowie, Live Acoustic "Heroes" by coallawyer
beer_good_foamy: (GoT-slap)
So, yeah, once more around the old block.



LJ has been officially (except without official word, obviously, because that would require LJ to actually talk to their users) moved to Russia, and our postings here are now subject to Russian law. Read this roundup by [personal profile] rahirah about what's going on and how you can back up your LJ:

http://rahirah.livejournal.com/695706.html
http://rahirah.dreamwidth.org/681756.html

I'm beer_good_foamy on Dreamwidth as well, feel free to add me if you haven't already. I'll keep cross-posting to LJ for now, but you never know.

PS - does anyone know what happens if you import comments from LJ on existing DW posts? I assume they don't overwrite the DW comments?
beer_good_foamy: (Death)
It's the annual holiday fic! I felt kind of bad about last year's fic and how it anticipated some real-life events, so I went extra fluffy this time. Happy whatever, everyone!

Title: A Slayin' Song Tonight
Author: Beer Good ([personal profile] beer_good_foamy)
Fandom: Buffyverse (post-series)
Rating: PG13
Word count: 6x100
Characters: Ensemble
Summary: Five holiday decorations that can be used to slay vampires, and one vice versa. AKA the Scooby Holiday Meet-Up is about as peaceful as you'd expect.

In retrospect, renting a Cleveland hotel ballroom for the annual Scooby Holiday Meet-Up wasn't the best idea. But Buffy's tiny apartment wouldn't hold them all, and the hotel promised food, drinks and holiday paraphernalia at a very decent price (as thanks for clearing up that haunting three weeks earlier).

The vampire gang who (somewhat unwisely) cut the power and crashed the party without needing an invitation presumably weren't part of the service.

"Just once," Buffy muttered as she pulled a Christmas stocking over one vampire's face and staked another, "I'd like one holiday to go according to plan."

* * *


"Um… little help?" Dawn managed to get out as she bounced up and down on the back of the largest vampire. She wasn't sure what she'd been thinking when she tried to choke him with a holiday wreath; pine needles really weren't sharp enough to sever a vampire neck, and now he was trying to throw her off and she hated horsey rides and the eggnog she'd had wasn't helping, and -

When Spike dusted the vamp she tried for a graceful landing, but inertia disagreed and she crashed through the tree, sending angels, candy canes and baubles flying everywhere. "...Ow."

* * *


"OW! Sonofabitch!" Stepping on a bauble is painful even if you're a soulless denizen of the night. One vampire hopped around the room, knocking over the buffet table while trying to pull shards of glass out of his foot, then decided to take his rage out on the old man. "Any last words, grandpa?"

"Merry Christmas?" Giles handed him the gift Buffy had given him. "I suppose as my nemesis, this belongs to you."

The vampire ripped off the wrapping paper, took one look at the knitted sweater with reindeer motif, screamed and dusted.

Giles nodded. "I thought as much."

* * *


"Thanks, Will." Xander brushed off the ashes from the vampire that had been seconds away from a double shot of AB Harris Positive. "Also, huh. I never knew menorahs hurt vampires, but I guess...?"

Willow winced as she carefully checked the abruptly extinguished menorah for vampire-ass-related damage. "May just have been regular vampire fire allergy. It's just... I know I'm not so much with the monotheism these days, and I use crosses to fend off vampires and that's probably some sorta cultural appropriation, but it still feels disrespectful, y'know?" She carefully put it back in the window. "Right. Any more?"

* * *


The last vampire had had enough; nobody had said anything about an army of professional demon hunters. Not wanting to leave empty-handed, he grabbed one of the presents and ran for the door. He almost made it, but then something sparkly flew over his head, slipped down over him and tightened around his legs. He fell face-first, and barely had time to register that someone had landed on his back before a stake pierced his heart.

"Nice one, Blue," Faith said as she holstered the stake.

Illyria dusted off her quickly improvised tinsel lasso. "One does not mess with Texas."

* * *


"Is that it?" Buffy surveyed the damage. "OK, our security deposit's a bust. Aw, the tree."

"Yeah, a vamp did that," Dawn quickly said.

"And one threw your gift on the fire," Giles added. "There's evil for you."

Faith wrenched the remains of the tree upright. "Angel, you wanna be on top?"

Angel ignored Spike's laugh and instead gave Buffy a boost so she could tie Mr Pointy to the top of the tree. A warm glow spread from the few candles that were still lit as the gang stood around with their arms around each other. "Happy holidays, everyone."
beer_good_foamy: (Yes! Yes! Rawwwwwk!)
...because the last thing this world needs right now is another listless, misinterpreted version of "Hallelujah." (Seriously, over here people think it's a fucking Christmas song.)

Nick Cave started his solo career with a demented Leonard Cohen cover, and has spent his entire career trying to catch up.


Emmylou Harris can sing anything. Even if she has to change the title of "Ballad of an Absent Mare" to sneak Leonard Cohen into Nashville.


Electrelane recorded this krautpunk version of "The Partisan" in 2005, turning it into a furious queer protest song. It builds until about 5:00, then it unleashes.


Jennifer Warnes' version of "First We Take Manhattan" was the first time I became aware of Cohen. Stevie Ray Vaughan burning on guitar, also gone too soon.


And of course, the obligatory Johnny Cash version. "I have tried in my way to be free."


Bonus: OK, Dylan gets a pass because he covered "Hallelujah" long before everyone else did, and his version is anything but listless.
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Thank you for everything, Leonard Cohen. Shit, we didn't need this on top of everything else this year.

Give me back my broken night
my mirrored room, my secret life
it's lonely here, there's no one left to torture
Give me absolute control
over every living soul
And lie beside me, baby, that's an order!
Give me crack and anal sex
Take the only tree that's left
and stuff it up the hole in your culture
Give me back the Berlin wall
give me Stalin and St Paul
I've seen the future, brother: It. Is. Murder.

Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing, nothing you can measure anymore
The blizzard, the blizzard of the world has crossed the threshold
and it has overturned the order of the soul
When they said "REPENT! REPENT!"
I wonder what they meant?


Of course, on the other hand...

Ring the bells that still can ring.
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack in everything:
That's how the light gets in!
beer_good_foamy: (Buffy)
Buffy: I don't know what I'm supposed to say.

Giles: You needn't say anything.

Buffy: It'd be simpler if I could just hate him. I think he wanted me to. I think it made it easier for him to be the villain of the piece. Really he was just scared.

Giles: Yes, I suppose he was.

Buffy: Nothing's ever simple anymore. I'm constantly trying to work it out. Who to love or hate. Who to trust. It's just, like, the more I know, the more confused I get.

Giles: I believe that's called growing up.

Buffy: I'd like to stop then, okay?

Giles: I know the feeling.

Buffy: Does it ever get easy?

(Ford suddenly rises from his grave, a vampire just like he wanted, and attacks Buffy. She plunges a stake into his heart with no more effort than swatting a fly. He steps back and looks at the stake protruding from his chest. He looks back up and bursts into ashes.)

Giles: You mean life?

Buffy: Yeah. Does it get easy?

Giles: What do you want me to say?

Buffy: Lie to me.

Giles: Yes, it's terribly simple. The good guys are always stalwart and true, the bad guys are easily distinguished by their pointy horns or black hats, and, uh, we always defeat them and save the day. No one ever dies, and everybody lives happily ever after.

Buffy: Liar.
beer_good_foamy: (Buffy)
Good luck to all my American friends tomorrow. May things work out smoothly. Try not to blow up the world or anything.





And speaking of apocalypses, the excellent webcomic Stand Still Stay Silent put up a very neat family tree of all the characters the other day, and so I wrote a drabble about one of the ancestor characters who is fairly badass.

Deep In The Woods; 100-word drabble about Ensi Hotakainen, who was born after the world ended and never says much.
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