2089 / Orphan Black, 4.03

Apr. 30th, 2016 02:46 pm
siria: (orphan black - green)
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All of a sudden, the semester is almost over and I'm at the point where everything I do here is a potential "last"—the last time I visit that restaurant, walk along that stretch of the river, see a certain person. There are people who are away on research leave this semester and whom I'll likely never meet again. It's a weird kind of melancholy, even as I'm more than ready to be out of here.

In other news, the concept of a PhD is a difficult one for an almost-three-year-old to grasp, so the Wee Niece has apparently been going around telling people that I got "the prize for best teacher." (Much to the chagrin of my sister's boyfriend, who has a Master's in history and teaches it and geography at secondary-school level.)

Orphan Black, 4.03, The Stigmata of Progress )

The Magicians dreams

Apr. 30th, 2016 12:11 pm
kate: Aang :DDDDDDDDDDDDDDD (AtLA: Aang grinning)
[personal profile] kate
So I watched The Magicians (I was watching it live, actually, but the season is done now and it's been renewed for another). Vague character-ish spoilers under here. )
And last night I had a couple of dreams about it, like, very detailed and memorable dreams. Cut for length. )

Happy birthday, Barbaro.

Apr. 29th, 2016 11:45 pm
thedarkmaterial: (Barbaro: The Fiend of Fair Hill)
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You've been in the magazines this week - You're on the cover of Blood-Horse, in fact; an article on laminitis research and how far it's come in the years since they started the fund named after you. You were today's flashback to past winners on the Kentucky Derby Instagram.

You would have been thirteen this year. Not lucky or unlucky; thirteen itself doesn't matter at all, actually. The only reason it's a number to mark is because it's three-year-olds who run for the Crown, and that means it's ten years on. Ten years since you were an undefeated winner; ten years since you broke down - but not quite ten years since you died, yet; that comes in January (and I remember it like it was yesterday; remember the order I saw the headlines in, and how it took a few seconds for it to sink in - just like it did when Edgar pulled you up).

We have a king now - a Pharoah, really, but a king finally. And I love him. He's beautiful - a bay with a little white star, just like you - and his people are wonderful, and they say he's got the sweetest personality of any racehorse in the world. I don't mind saying he's the one we waited for, he's the reason we had to wait, but - of all the princes who came before, it's you I wonder about the most, about what might have been if what happened hadn't. I'd even have taken you losing the battle, if only you could have won the war.

Your sire died four years ago, and your dam was just retired from breeding a few weeks back. You had four brothers, in the end; two are at stud now, and two have gone on to other careers. None of them ever managed to be you - but how could they? Even if they'd been great winners themselves, they never would have been you. (La Vlle Rouge's final foal, by the way? By Bernardini. I don't even know what to say about that.)

It still hurts, after all this time. ("After all ths time?" Always. Always.) I still sit here and cry, and I think everyone else does, too. I can still recognize the Lael silks a mile away; still know that brght pink #8 cloth. I still miss you, and I still love you, and I still like to think that maybe one day, we'll meet on the other side of the bridge and we'll go for a ride - but not until after I've gone with Jens again. You're taking care of him, right? And Joey, and Tommy, and Quiz? (Or maybe Tommy's taking care of you, since he was there first. Bay racehorses, both of you, and I've always thought that's why I have such a soft spot for them. He was the first horse I rode by myself and the first horse I fell off; he was the horse who made me have to stop riding for a while, but I've never held it against him. He may not have been a champion on the track, but he never forgot how to run, did he.)

One day I'll get my Breyer back, or I'll buy it again - and then I'll put it up next to Pharoah's; my King and my king.

His grandest creation, as history will tell - that little bay horse they called the Fiend of Fair Hill.

The 100: Fire Inside the Mountain

Apr. 29th, 2016 08:08 pm
tassosss: (Clarke)
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Title: Fire Inside the Mountain
Vidder: [personal profile] tassosss
Fandom: The 100
Music: I See Fire by Ed Sheeran
Summary: A fire is building inside Mount Weather
Content notes: Show levels of violence
Spoilers: Season 2
Length: 4:55

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china_shop: Neal, Peter and Elizabeth smiling (Default)
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1. Latest favourite cryptic crossword clue is a linguistics joke: In which our conclusions are often non-U (8,7) Solution )

2. "How Black People Are Being Shut Out of America's Weed Boom: Black Americans were disproportionately targeted in the “war on drugs.” Now state laws and steep regulatory costs have left them far more likely to be shut out of America’s profitable marijuana boom". [Buzzfeed] (via [personal profile] umadoshi). An excellently written, appropriately outrage-inspiring piece.

3. We've just finished The Expanse season 1, noir detective/action/politics/conspiracy in spaaaaaace. (It was particularly cool to watch this just after reading The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, for all its similarities and differences. Mostly differences.) Both of the main dude characters made me roll my eyes in different ways, but I enjoyed it for all that, and it was fun seeing various Canadian actors pop up. (Hai, Art from Orphan Black! Hai, Due South's Gardino! HEE!)

4. It's Saturday morning, and I'm heading out in a sec to try out a new zumba instructor. Arms are still borderline sore. (But wheeee, I wrote something yesterday!)

5. Here are my answers to the "three sentences of an imaginary story" meme, collected for my own convenience:

Neal wakes up from pretending to be dead, for Sherylyn )

Agent Carter, Dottie, for sapphire2309 )

White Collar haunted house story excerpt, for sallymn )

White Collar boys lost in the woods, for kanarek13 )

Neal and/or Peter mountain climbing, for ladyrose42 )

Battle Creek truth serum fic, for draycevixen )

Waltzverse futurefic excerpt, for Sherylyn )

Neal in Paris with memory wipe, for mergatrude )

Vid: Photosynthesis (Galileo)

Apr. 29th, 2016 08:50 am
actiaslunaris: Galileo - Utsumi Kaoru resting her head on Yukawa Manabu's shoulder - text: a line-drawn heart (heart on his sleeve)
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Title: Photosynthesis
Music: Never Look Away
Artist: Vienna Teng
Category: Character study
Content: Stuttery cuts; flashes
Fandom: Galileo (2007)
Characters/Pairings: Utsumi Kaoru/Yukawa Manabu
Concept: "The shape you've grown." (Parallels and character growth.)

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Divergent: Allegiant

Apr. 29th, 2016 07:11 pm
china_shop: Neal, Peter and Elizabeth smiling (Default)
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Oh my god, this series is so ridiculous, and I continue to enjoy the hell out of it. :-D

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