Feb. 14th, 2019 08:54 pm
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Remember that XKCD strip years ago about the death of the Mars rover Spirit?

Well, NASA just pulled the plug on its fellow robot Opportunity, 15 years into a mission that was planned to last 90 days. Its last message (translated into Human) was "My battery is low and it’s getting dark."

Take it away, Randall Munroe:

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Ohmigodyouguysseriously. Watch Russian Doll on Netflix. It's basically Groundhog Day starring Natasha Lyonne set among New York hipsters. With a great soundtrack. Except then a few episodes in it takes a turn into something of its own instead.

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In the spirit of February shitposting:

I guess it's been 50 years and some form of confidentiality has been lifted, because now we know the plotline of season 6b and why the Second Doctor was really put on trial.

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Few quick thoughts on the season finale:

Motherforkin' spoilers )

Anyone else with any thoughts?
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Last year I wrote Crumbs (BtVS/Hansel and Gretel). I didn't know if I was going to do anything for this year, the only thing I'm sort of working on at the moment is very non-joyous, but then I got into a discussion with [personal profile] thenewbuzwuzz on her brilliant fic Haikus Illegal In Several States and got to thinking about weird US sex laws.

So without further ado, here's Moose!Buffy/Elk!Spike smut. ...-ish. Consider that your warning.

Title: Yukon Ho!
Author: Beer Good ([personal profile] beer_good_foamy)
Fandom: Buffy, all-ungulate AU
Pairing: Spike/Buffy
Rating: R
Word count: ~1200
Summary: Buffy is a moose, Spike is an elk. Can they overcome the prejudice between their species and find true love?

Being the Wolf Slayer is a lonely calling, but moose are solitary animals anyway so it never bothered Buffy in the slightest. )
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What I watched, stopped watching, began watching, etc )

Stuff I wrote in 2018:

Crumbs (BtVS/Hansel & Gretel, Willow/The Witch). While hanging out in a chatroom, Willow runs into a somewhat older witch. Rather a lot older, in fact. But as it turns out, they have some old antagonists in common. AO3

Working In The Pain Mine (BtVS, several Slayers, gen). Five Slayers ponder life and power to change the world as they work in shifts to take down a giant lizard monster. AO3

The Tale of the Wheelbarrow That Thought "The Hell With This" (Stand Still Stay Silent, Barry/Cat-Tank). Barry the Wheelbarrow finally has enough of the abuse the crew heap on him, and decides to go on an adventure of his own. If he happens to rescue the cat-tank along the way, well, all the better. AO3

A Product of Its Time (BtVS/Stranger Things, Angel & Steve, gen). Angel walks into a bar and meets… Steve Harrington! A tale of heartbreak, nostalgia and hairspray follows. AO3

Olly Olly Oxen Free (BtVS, Buffy & Dawn, gen). Dawn knows most of her memories aren't real. But she'd still like to know exactly when they became real. Isn't it weird that the monks just plonked her right into reality with memories so vivid that she honestly can't tell where they end and her real life began? How did that work, exactly? AO3

3 Sentence Ficathon fills (Stand Still Stay Silent, Agent Carter, Star Wars, Person of Interest, West Wing)

We Three Ghosts of Accident Are (BtVS, Willow/Faith) 'Twas the night before Christmas, and Faith got a visit from some ghosts. That's OK, Slayers know how to handle the undead. AO3

Willow's Adventures In Slumberland (BtVS, Willow, gen-ish) What if Willow’s coma in Becoming lasted for weeks, or even months? And what if she got to spend it all in Sunnydale High's library, with access to all knowledge known to man? AO3

Three... uh, five quick thoughts on the Buffy reboot
I got to be on the Sunnydale Fanfic Club podcast!
Thoughts on the new Halloween movie
Thoughts on Sabrina and Haunting of Hill House
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However 2018 may have been really fucking weird in a lot of ways, music has been a constant source of everything from righteous anger to silly fun. Here are 20 songs I listened to a lot, ranging from old favourites making more or less unexpected comebacks (how can The Breeders still be this good 25 years after "Cannonball"?) to hard-working rappers and funksters getting a break to teenagers who still think you can do something with an electric guitar.

Happy new year, everyone, with focus on the "happy" and "new".

Intro: "Everything's Fine" - Jean Grae & Quelle Chris off Everything's Fine
And last but not least, we have Eltron 8000. Eltron has been sent from the future to warn us of impending war, controlled genocide, disease, famine, drought, natural disasters, technological takeover, and the ultimate destruction of the planet Earth. I'm so glad you could join us. Just one question before we start today's show: how are you doing today, Eltron?
1. "Nameless, Faceless" - Courtney Barnett off Tell Me How You Really Feel
You said, "I can eat a bowl of alphabet soup and spit out better words than you", but you didn't.
2. "A Pearl" - Mitski off Be The Cowboy
It's just that I fell in love with a war, and nobody told me it ended
3. "6 Summers" - Anderson .Paak off Oxnard
Trump's got a love child and I hope that bitch is buck wild!
4. "The Prodigal Son" - Ry Cooder off The Prodigal Son
Dim lights, thick smoke, and loud, loud music is the only kind of truth I'll ever understand!
5. "Last Lion Of Albion" - Neko Case off Hell-On
You'll feel extinction when you see your face on their money
6. "Robbin Hood" - Cat Power off Wanderer
Big fat cat, biggest piece of the pie, high top hat, there's no disguise
7. "Make Me Feel" - Janelle Monáe off Dirty Computer
So good, so good, so fuckin' real
8. "The Joke" - Brandi Carlile off By The Way, I Forgive You
I've been to the movies and I've seen how it ends, and the joke's on them
9. "Bella Ciao" - Marc Ribot feat. Tom Waits off Songs of Resistance 1942-2018
Oh, partigiano, please take me with you I'm not afraid anymore
10. "Wait In The Car" - The Breeders off All Nerve
Wait in the car! I got business!
11. "On The Sunshine" - Spiritualized off And Nothing Hurt
When you reach the ends of all your lines, then tie a knot and swing
12. "Viper Fish" - Goat Girl off Goat Girl
Don't shed a tear, we all feel shame
13. "Heat Wave" - Snail Mail off Lush
And I hope I never get a clue
14. "Pressed 2 Death" - Illuminati Hotties off Kiss Yr Frenemies
15. "Mad As Hell" - U.S. Girls off In A Poem Unlimited
These vital lies just don't come in my size
16. "Fan ta NPM" ("Fuck NPM") - Hjelle off Fan ta NPM
Fuck NPM, Fuck NPM!
17. "Oom Sha La La" - Haley Heynderickx off I Need To Start A Garden
I need to start a garden I need to start a garden I NEED to start a garden I NEED TO START A GARDEN
18. "Bells And Circles" - Underworld feat. Iggy Pop off Teatime Dub Encounters
There will be no revolution, and that's why it will not be televised.
19. "Zero" - Jean Grae & Quelle Chris off Everything's Fine
Fucks to give:
20. "Total Football" - Parquet Courts off Wide Awake!
Those who find discomfort in your goals of liberation will be issued no apology!

Whole thing on Spotify here
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Getting my [livejournal.com profile] whichwillow entry in just under the wire!

Title: Willow's Adventures In Slumberland
Author: Beer Good ([personal profile] beer_good_foamy)
Fandom: Buffy, s2
Pairings: Background Willow/Oz, Willow/Jenny, Buffy/Faith
Rating: PG13
Word count: ~2750
Summary: What if Willow’s coma in Becoming lasted for weeks, or even months? And what if she got to spend it all in Sunnydale High's library, with access to all knowledge known to man?
Written for the Which Witch Ficathon.

I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.
- Jorge Luis Borges

Willow woke up on the library floor with a groan of pain, because that's how you wake up after being smashed under a bookcase, or under anything really.  )
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So I always try to post a holiday fic around this time of year, but I was just starting to come to terms with not being able to come up with one this year, especially since I still have to get my whichwillow fic done in the next couple of days. Then it occurred to me - there are two classic holiday stories I've never used in fic: The Night Before Christmas and A Christmas Carol. So I figured why not mash'em both up and also make it Faith/Willow because why not.

So, happy whatever everyone!

Title: We Three Ghosts Of Accident Are
Author: Beer Good ([personal profile] beer_good_foamy)
Fandom: Buffy, post-series/A Christmas Carol/The Night Before Christmas
Pairing: Faith/Willow
Rating: PG13
Word count: 321
Summary: 'Twas the night before Christmas, and Faith got a visit from some ghosts. That's OK, Slayers know how to handle the undead.

'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the camp
Not a demon was stirring, not even a vamp
But lo! In the bedroom, an energy swirled
A figure appeared, and a loud voice unfurled:

"Behold, I am the ghost of Christmas pa-"

Cut )
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So the 3 sentence ficathon is chugging along nicely, up to 17 pages of prompts right now. Go join in the fun!

I'm going to have to focus on my whichwillow fic and possibly a holiday fic over the next few days, but here are the ones I've filled so far:

Stand Still Stay Silent )

Agent Carter (Peggy/Angie) )

Star Wars: A New Hope )

Person of Interest (Root/Shaw) )

West Wing )
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Guys, the 3 sentence ficathon is back again! Thanks [personal profile] rthstewart! It's open until Jan 31st, so you have no excuses not to join in.

Here's a few I wrote for the last ones:

Discworld, The Secret History, Moomins, MCU, BtVS

Wolf Hall
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Sounds about right:
Satanic Temple sues Netflix' Chilling Adventures of Sabrina for Grand Theft Goat

A few words on Sabrina, no spoilers beyond ep 2 )

Haunting of Hill House is a lot more successful. No particular spoilers here either, except for a Buffy reference that will alert people to the fact that people DIE in this horror series )

Of course, being Netflix, neither show sets out to truly unnerve the audience or subvert the expectations of either viewers or algorithms. Both essentially set out to be the Stranger Things of their particular target demographic (where I obviously fit into one more than the other). After being disappointed by how Castle Rock fizzled out, I'm still not convinced it's possible - or rather, economically feasible - to make a bingeable long-form horror story in this medium. We'll see what they come up with next. At least The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell has cake and murderous muppets.

But damn, episode 6 of Hill House was good.
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[personal profile] shadowkat posted this: PBS list of Americans' 100 most beloved books. Honestly kind of a weird list, even with the obvious American/Anglo bias. Seems an uneven mix of books people genuinely like (for very different reasons) and classics you're supposed to like (which a lot of people including me do, but... Don Quijote and 50 Shades of Grey on the same list? Seriously?)

But anyway.

Below is a book meme. Bold the books you completed. Italicize the ones you attempted but DID NOT FINISH, and underline the ones you own. Comment if you desire.
100 books under the cut )
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Woah, I wrote Buffy fic. It's been a while. Not sure why. But anyway, here's a plotbunny that got into me and wouldn't let go. This is kind of a ghost story, so feel free to consider it my contribution to Halloween.

Title: Olly Olly Oxen Free
Author: Beer Good ([personal profile] beer_good_foamy)
Fandom: Buffy, season 5/post-series
Rating: PG13
Word count: ~700
Summary: Dawn knows most of her memories aren't real. But she'd still like to know exactly when they became real. Isn't it weird that the monks just plonked her right into reality with memories so vivid that she honestly can't tell where they end and her real life began? How did that work, exactly?

Go then, there are other worlds than these.
- Jake Chambers, The Dark Tower

Buffy says Dawn's just looking for an excuse to have two birthdays, which, hey, what would be wrong with that? Besides, Buffy has, like, three at this point. )
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...well, not just yet, but I just got a chance to see Halloween (2018), and I have thoughts on it and on how monster franchises and its Final Girls age. No specific spoilers, but then it's a slasher so there's only so much plot to spoil...

Thoughts under cut cut cut blood artery spray murder Hitchcock Psycho )

So, the scorecard:
Halloween (1978): 5/5
Halloween II (1981): 3/5
Halloween III: Season of the Witch AKA The One Without Michael Myers (1982): 3/5
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988): 2/5
Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989): 1/5
Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers AKA The One With Baby Paul Rudd (1995): 1/5
Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later (1998): 3/5
Halloween Resurrection AKA The One Where Busta Rhymes Roundhouse Kicks Michael Myers In The Face (2002): 1/5
Halloween (2007): 3/5
Halloween II (2009): 2/5
Halloween (2018): 4/5
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I've mentioned this before (and I've written fic for it too), but Stand Still, Stay Silent is one of the best webcomics out there; an epic, post-apocalyptic tale set in Scandinavia 90 years after a plague wiped out 90% of the world's population and turned the remaining 10% into mutated monsters, featuring a cast of lovable fuck-ups, more mythology and linguistics than you can shake a sharp stick at, and some truly gorgeous artwork.

Why am I mentioning it now? Because it just wrapped up its first season (after 5 years and ~1000 pages), so if you haven't been following it before, now's the perfect chance to catch up. You can start here; the first 60-odd pages are a prologue set in the present day, whereupon it skips 90 years into the future and the story starts proper.

The creator has said you've got about 4-5 weeks before she starts the second season. What are you waiting for? Don't make my sic Sleipnope on you.
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And following up on the previous post, my talk with the good people at Sunnydale Fanfic Club is now available for listening. I had a blast, thanks everyone who sent in questions!

Why is it that you only come up with the perfect answers two hours later, though? What evolutionary process led to that bug in the human brain?
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Hey guys,

Haven't posted much this summer, but here's something exciting: I've been asked to appear on the (rather excellent) Sunnydale Fanfic Club podcast, specifically to talk about "Shelf Life", but you can submit questions and comments on just about anything regarding my writing, I guess.

Go forth and ask me stuff!
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Few artists have ever been able to reasonably be called the Greatest. But with the Queen of Soul, it was never even a question.

Here she is at 73, casually kicking more ass than most people manage in a lifetime.

I wrote a fic about her music once. If any voice could bring the dead to life, hers was it.
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