rhoda_rants: (gerard)
This one knocked the wind out of me. I tried to write something eloquent and insightful and came up empty. I never saw Linkin Park live. Despite going to Projekt Revolution in 2007. (We left before their set. Not getting into why because it's not the time, and yes, I'm kicking myself.) Which means although I wouldn't call myself a "fan" on the same level as their actual fanbase, they did give me the best damn summer of my life and I cannot thank them enough.

That said, this is my favorite song:



Please, please, take care of yourselves. All of you.
rhoda_rants: (sam)
HI ALL!

First, that thing I was vaguely hinting about (and probably should have posted about sooner but never mind that now): I had the opportunity to write a guest article for Belladonna Horror Magazine! Check it out, I did the Lost Boys article!

In other news: I did not get either of the two jobs I was holding out for earlier this month, but I just got a call for another interview--still library stuff, still full-time, so fingers crossed for that one. Interview is on Monday! Send good vibes! I also created a LinkedIn profile but I have no clue how to navigate it yet. Give me time. I'll get there.

Nextly, we are ALL over Convention Week at the moment, even locally. The library's free con, FantaSci, is happening this weekend, so I'm going to go and meet Leanna Renee Hieber, author of Tor's "Strangely Beautiful" series (which I haven't read yet, but I will). She's doing a panel on the history of Gothic literature. So OBVIOUSLY I gotta be there for that.

Lastly, I have somehow inadvertently introduced Mom to Supernatural. It's entertaining. And kind of bizarre, since I haven't revisited Season 1 since I got through my whole binge-watch. (THEY LOOK SO YOUNG! OMG!) I'm recapping the adventure on Twitter with the hashtag #MomWatchesSupernatural.

Happy Wednesday!
rhoda_rants: (han solo)
Okay, I don't know if anyone else will be as amused by this as I was, but I have to share it. So every year (as of last year-ish) Gerard Way and Worm* do this charity livestream thing where they play board games and make art and take donations. Here is the promotional whatsit for this year's stream, coming up the second week in August.

ANYWAY, in the "fangirl mode on, must know all the things!" rabbit hole I fell into when I heard about this, I found a completely different stream with Worm and this dude Bill badgering Gerard into playing "Dead By Daylight." The game is EXTREMELY violent, they all swear a lot, and I recognize not everyone is into watching playthroughs like I am, but it's also pretty funny.



Just FYI, a solid twenty minutes collectively is them futzing with STEAM bc the game is in Beta and not loading all the way (and Gerard has trouble figuring out the controls), but about 9 minutes in is when they start playing the first time; and about 47 minutes in is when Gerard takes the role of the killer. AND THEN SHIT GETS REAL.

*If that name sounds familiar, it's because he used to be MCR's bodyguard/merch guy. I'm 75% sure I've met him at least twice.
rhoda_rants: (rey)
Stuff I did on my mini working vacation:

  • Introduced myself to the college library staff and let them know I applied for the full-time job there, so they know my face now.

  • Met many dogs! So many dogs!

  • Hung out with [personal profile] orangerful! We had lunch and she showed me *her* library, and I am jealous of her rad desk space.

  • Got up to 20k in my WIP, have gotten through the copying/pasting/editing part, and on to the transcribing from my notebook part. Progress!

  • Started my letter writing project, the impetus for which will be made clear in my fangirl-heavy Doom Patrol review which I haven't posted yet. (It'll make sense eventually.)

  • Visited many bookstores, record stores, and ice cream shops, and picked up Mother Panic. Very nearly picked up The Black Parade on vinyl as well, despite the fact that I really can't afford it right now and already have THREE separate copies of the same album. (The original, the collector's box set, and the 10 year anniversary edition, if you're wondering.)


ANYWAY. Had a most excellent trip. The first couple days were hard though. Way more social interaction than I prepared for. Pro-tip: if someone is taking a five hour drive to come see you, don't force them to meet a house full of brand new people on the first day. Jesus. (On the upside: dogs. Many dogs in this house full of people. Which means many opportunities to hide in corners and cuddle them.)

Downside: I got a call from the IT department while I was there, and I didn't get that job. Sigh. I just don't have enough experience with the specific programs they're using. Which isn't as soul-crushing as it could be, since this other job is higher on my list anyway.

It'll be much easier going up next time if I need to. Fingers crossed! I'm totally qualified for this one. Please, let me get this job and relocate.
rhoda_rants: (gerard)
Hey gang!

I'm going out of town this weekend to pursue a full time job opportunity and I'm SUPER excited about it. Don't want to say too much because I don't want to jinx it, but it is another library, for a college, in Maryland, and I have *connections* there and a place to stay, at least for this weekend. So fingers crossed!! The reason I'm bringing this up here is I'm going dark on Internet while I'm away, just to focus and try to get some things done. I might watch Spider-Man: Homecoming while I'm there. (If anyone in the area knows about local theaters/would like to join me, let me know!)

Also--my review for Gerard Way's Doom Patrol is up! Link!! IT IS SO GOOD YOU GUYS!! I tried to keep this one professional, because it was for the library, but I'm writing another one to post on [personal profile] glitter_n_gore so I can gush properly, so stay tuned for that. But yeah, you need to read this comic. Exceeded all my expectations, it did.

HAPPY FRIDAY!!!
rhoda_rants: (gerard)
Hi! A lot's been happening! And I wrote some stuff! Have a buncha links!!!

My Werewolf Pride series over at [personal profile] glitter_n_gore is . . . gonna go over Pride Month, actually, but screw it these things never work out how I expect them to. Here's the one on Lupin, and here's the one on Ethan Chandler from Penny Dreadful.

At the library, I wrote a thing about Wonder Woman and another thing about American Gods.

I also wrote a thing for the paper about Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology, which I'm NOT linking elseweb because it's got a huge picture of my damn FACE. I'm cool with you guys seeing it, but what the hell. I dunno who took over their web master duties, but guest reviewer photos go on the BOTTOM. And are very small. The header should be an image of the actual book. Like, nobody knows who I am, that image is going to draw in zero readers. Also I dunno why some editors somehow make the grammar and spelling WORSE but I assure any mistakes you see in this article aren't mine this time. Pfft. /rant

Other things I did not write include: WAYWARD SISTERS!!! THAT LADY-CENTERED SUPERNATURAL SPINOFF THE FANDOM HAS BEEN BEGGING FOR!!!! IT IS HAPPENING!!!!!!!! Here is one of many "OMG FLAIL FLAIL FLAIL (pleasedontfuckitup)" speculation/wishlist think pieces out there so I don't have to write one myself.

But I do have a few provisos to add to it. Putting these under a cut so they don't take up too much space....

Rhoda's Personal Wayward Sisters Wishlist )

MOVING ON:

Sense8, while still cancelled, is not ending on a cliffhanger as folks feared when the cancellation was announced. Lana Wachowski released this open letter describing a two-hour wrap up finale/followup type thing that will satisfy viewers' curiosity and give them some closure. It's not quite like bringing back the show altogether, but it's better than nothing. More importantly, this, along with the Wayward Sisters spinoff, proves that fans can get shit done. Network heads don't entirely ignore us and that's important to remember. I....just wish I actually *liked* Sense8 so I could share in this victory with you. I'm very happy for fans of the series that this is happening, but I uh, still haven't watched Season 2. (There are reasons for this, but seeing as this is a Happy Joy Yay Good Things time for the fandom, I'm not going to talk about them today.) I will say that announcing the cancellation of the most unapologetically queer show on Netflix at the beginning of Pride Month was a shit thing to do, so I'm glad they "fixed" it (sort of) while we're still in June. It's a small favor, but still.
rhoda_rants: (holtzmann)
Library Patron: I need to print this thing!

Me: Okay, we can do that! It's [price] per page, do you have any money on your library card, or do you need to add some?

LP: Uhhhhhhhhh....

Me: Let's start over: How many pages do you need?

LP: Uhhhhhhhhh....

Me: Y'know what, let's walk over to this computer together and get you started.

[some minutes later]

LP: I typed in my email and it gave me this error message!

Me: Ah. See, this is the search bar for the library catalog. Not for the internet. To get to your email, you need to type in the address bar *points* here.

LP: Ooooooooh.

[some minutes later]

LP: I can't remember my password!

Me: For your account?

LP: No, for my email! When I do email on my phone it's just there and I never need a password. My son/daughter/nephew/neighbor's kid set it up for me!

Me: Okay. There's usually a "Forgot my password" link on the login page. *looks* There it is! Click on that and it'll pull up a security question or send a code to your phone or something.

[some minutes later]

LP: But where is it? Where's the thing I need to print?

Me: *trying not to faint at the 1,000+ unread emails in the inbox* Well, do you know who it's from?

LP: *tells me who it's from*

Me: *scanning similar-looking names with attachments on* Okay, is it this one? This one? What about this one?

[some minutes later]

LP: Hey, why does it say I owe money? I don't owe money--I returned those books last week!

Me: No no, that's the amount of money you just added for printing. It's not a fine, I promise. If you did have a fine that would be *points* here.

LP: Ooooooooh.

[some minutes later]

LP: Yay, the thing I needed to print! Thank you so much for all your help!

Me: You are so welcome--have a great day!

LP: You too! *logs off the network somehow instead of logging out of account so I need to restart the computer*

Repeat at least 3x daily. I do love my job, but it requires....patience.
rhoda_rants: (bucky)
ETA After taking y'all's advice: WOW WYNONNA EARP IS SO GOOD YOU GUYS!!! You just saved me so many hours of frustration and disappointment. THANK YOU!!! *HUGS ALL AROUND*

Inner Fangirl: Hey! Hey, Rhoda!

Oh god, what is it now?

Inner Fangirl: I noticed once you’re done with Hannibal you’ll be caught up on most of the things on your List until the Fall.

Why do I feel scared?

Inner Fangirl: I have an idea.

Oh please no.

Inner Fangirl: We should watch Sherlock.

No. No, we shouldn’t.

Inner Fangirl: C’mon, it’ll be fun! There’re only 6 episodes per season!

Yeah but they’re like 2 hours each.

Inner Fangirl: You’re a binge-watcher, you can do it!

But I’ve heard things. The casually misogynistic dialogue. The queerbaiting.

Inner Fangirl: We can write SO MANY BLOGS!

The awkward accidental nudity. You KNOW we hate accidental awkward nudity.

Inner Fangirl: We can reuse our Game of Thrones T&A counter!

Why do we even have that, it’s a terrible idea.

Inner Fangirl: But we have to complete the SuperWhoLock trifecta!

NO WE DON’T.

Inner Fangirl: It’s set in London! Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch in TAILORED SUITS!

STOP IT.

Inner Fangirl: There’s even one set in Victorian Times!!!! With the pipe and the floppy hat and everything!!!!!!!

GODDAMNIT WHY.
rhoda_rants: (rey)
HI!

Here's a few of the things I've been up to in the Real World lately:

New IT position opened up at the library. Full-Time. Wants people experienced in computer-related stuff, customer service, data analyzation, and software specific to libraries. I CAN DO THIS. The application process is a little different though, so I have to figure that out and get it done. But yeah, I can do this. DATA COLLECTION IS WHAT FANGIRLS DO. Weirdly, I feel like I've been prepping for a job like this unintentionally since I first taught myself HTML so I my late '90s fanfics would format correctly on GeoCities. Our skill set comes from everywhere, my dudes. Find a way to capitalize on it.

Also--post up on the library blog about American Gods here! I also sent in a draft for one about Wonder Woman, and I'll let you know what that goes up.

I wrote a print review for Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology as well, so that should be in the paper and their website sometime next month. Stay tuned!

Over at Glitter n Gore I wrote this introductory post for my Bisexual WereWolf Series. I am working on a more detailed write-up about Lupin specifically, and since I asked this on Twitter as well I'll ask here too: Do you think Lupin is bi? Why or why not? Thanks for the input!

I also got permission to write another thing which I'm too excited about to jinx it but STAY TUNED!!!!

Lastly--Wonder Woman Icons! I got your Wonder Woman Icons right here:



Just a few to start with. There will (might?) be more. Take. Have. Enjoy. I saw the movie for the SECOND time last night by the way, and it's even better the second time around. AND THE BLACK PANTHER TRAILER DROPPED YESTERDAY!!!!! I am delighted about both of these movies and I need y'all to squee with me. (Seriously. Bury me in squee. It's been a hard week otherwise for reasons that elude me.)
rhoda_rants: (scarlet witch)
AND YOU GUYS IT IS SO GOOD!!!


GIF of Gal Gadot smashing into a German war room and KICKING SO MUCH ASS.
Source.


I will NOT darken this post with any of the stupid knee-jerk crap churning around from the butthurt doofuses who don't want to see this make money. BECAUSE IT IS ALREADY MAKING SO MUCH MONEY! Last I heard, it has already passed the $95 million mark and IT IS ONLY FRIDAY!

Short, spoiler-free review first:

Origin story! This is Where Diana Came From and What She Did during WWI. Lots of really cool stuff with the Amazons in the beginning--including Princess Buttercup herself, Robin Wright-Penn, which I did not know about beforehand--and then more cool stuff in London and the German front. Lots and lots of fighting, very messagey in places, but in a "Siddown, child, and allow me to lay some truth bombs on ya!" kind of way, which was IMMENSELY satisfying. The first actual, proper, war zone fight scene actually made me cry. It was overwhelming but in a good way.

SPOILERY VERSION INCOMING! )
rhoda_rants: (sam)
(I can stop blogging about Supernatural ANY TIME I WANT.)

SO.

Now I know what it feels like to experience a Supernatural finale in real time. And holy shit, this was a doozy.


Black & white GIF of Dean holding finger-gun to his head,
and Sam drawing a finger across his throat.

Source.


Garments were rent, tables were flipped, tears were shed. And then the fandom broke Twitter. I’m not even being hyperbolic, because this time I WAS THERE.

Spoiler-ish, but not going into detail. Tread carefully.

Let's talk about expectation. )
rhoda_rants: (sam)
Of course I'm still punning. Don't judge me.

Sometime last week, I dunno quite when, I realized that we had a couple more Buck-Leming episodes in the can before the S12 finale. On top of that, I realized we have another "fan favorite" character who was introduced by Robbie Thompson, and who was brought back on for a couple more episodes. Cue me going, "Oh fuck, Eileen's gonna die, isn't she?" Not JUST me, mind you. And I'd much rather have my increasing cynicism subverted and thrown in my face than have it validated. Seriously, this is not the kind of Told You So I enjoy.

SPOILERS if you need to know that, but know also: I’m done here. Fuck this show.


GIF of Loki whacking a plebian upside the head
w text reading “Not Today Peasant”

Source


I should just catch up on Sense8 instead. )
rhoda_rants: (loki)
Unpopular opinion time: I do not like Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. Finally watching the Starz adaptation that began airing this week confirmed all my previous feelings about it: while the ideas and imagery are arresting and will get your mind spinning in a good way, the delivery and characterizations left me cold. Also Shadow Moon is a very passive protagonist, the kind of character things happen to, rather than the kind who takes charge of his own storyline. I will say that Ricky Whittle does a fantastic job bringing pathos and empathy to very little meat in the way of action or dialogue, and I already like him better onscreen than I did on the page. It’s an original story with a black lead character and a substantial amount of media buzz. We should be glad it exists. Also I can’t WAIT to see Orlando Jones as Mr. Nancy, who is my favorite character in the book and so awesome he got his own spin-off novel, Anansi Boys. So at the same time I’m fascinated by it and want to watch / read it again? I dunno, it’s weird, and it’ll probably always feel that way to me.

Why even bring this up? Well, the central conflict in American Gods is one that stuck with me, regardless of how distancing I find the source material: the idea that gods need belief and regular worship to exist. The old gods of ancient civilizations are dying out because people either don’t believe in them anymore, or don’t even know about them anymore. The gods of old need believers much more than the general populace needs them, and the general populace needs to see themselves in their icons if they're going to invest any spiritual energy into them.

As you can probably tell, I’m revisiting that “evolution of hero worship” post I hinted at here. But I’m not here to talk about American Gods. Not yet. Instead I’m talking about the Thor movies again, Norse mythology in general, and Loki in particular.


GIF of Loki taking over Hall H at Comic Con
w text reading “Say My Name”

Source


Trust my rage. )
rhoda_rants: (bucky)
If you somehow missed the foolishness in Marvel comics last weekend, this just happened.

This matters why? Well, it matters to me because I am a practicing Pagan with a strong affinity for Trickster archetypes and Norse mythology, and I just found out Neo-Nazis claim Thor’s hammer as one of their symbols. That messed me up a LOT. This must be a little like how moderate-to-liberal Christians feel when hard-right assholes do asshole things in the name of their God. Actually, there’s no end to the otherwise innocuous symbols fascist garbage people will glom onto: the original Swastika, jackboots, this John Carpenter movie for some reason, milk, New Balance sneakers, heavy metal, punk rock, and red shoelaces, to name just a few.

Although in fairness, I’m not sure whether the red shoelaces are a thing in real life or if that was invented for the movie Green Room. (Tangent: Watch Green Room. But gird your loins if you were especially fond of Anton Yelchin. It’s nasty. I watched it way sooner than I should have.)

Anyway, they’re apparently super into Norse stuff and vikings in general, because White People, or Superior Warrior Race, or something. Making Captain America a Nazi sympathizer was bad enough. Handing him Thor’s hammer and declaring him “worthy” of it is SO MUCH WORSE.


GIF of Chris Evans as Steve Rogers w/ text reading, “Son, just don’t.”
Source.


Go home, Spencer, you’re drunk. )
rhoda_rants: (sam)
This recap/rant is brought to you by my upcoming recap of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azakaban, subtitled “Werewolves Are People Too;” my previous rant/recap of SPN Episode 2.17, “Heart”; and the larger repercussions of writer Robbie Thompson’s palpable absence from Season 12.

SO. I'm caught up, more or less, and while Season 12 has been quite enjoyable for the most part (I love Mary, and I REALLY love Mr. Ketch, if you aren't following me on Twitter), some aspects of the way this show is going are bothering me.

Let's talk about that.


GIF of Sam at a table tossing back a drink with a grimace.
Source.


SPOILERS up through Ladies Drink Free )
rhoda_rants: (rey)


If Disney doesn't cool it with these amazing trailers this month, I don't even know what. KEEP 'EM COMING! (My birthday month so far has been kind of ick and weird, so this is keeping me level. I'll blog about it later.)

For now---SQUEEEEE!
rhoda_rants: (loki)


IT'S HERE IT'S HERE IT'S HERE IT'S HERE IT'S HERE!!!!!

*runs in flaily circles around the room*

YOU GUYS. I AM SO EXCITED I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT.

LOOK AT HELA. LOOK AT LOKI. OMG I WANT IT I WANT IT NOOOOOOOOW!!!!!!
rhoda_rants: (leia)
One of the many rights of passage for a Harry Potter superfan is Sorting. In the early 2000s when the movies started filming, I came across a few Sorting Hat quizzes online, and almost always wound up in Ravenclaw. So, over time, despite not having joined the official site, I just got used to thinking of myself as a Ravenclaw. All my friends, both online and in meat space, expressed very little surprise when I told them this. "Yeah, that suits you," or "Well of course you are," were oft-repeated phrases. And once, from a beta reader, "Either that or Slytherin, obviously," which . . . I'll come back to.


GIF of Harry under the Sorting Hat muttering “Not Slytherin”


So imagine my surprise when the official, J. K. Rowling-approved Pottermore site put me in Gryffindor. "B-but I'm a Ravenclaw!" I sputtered at the screen in disbelief. Why did this bother me so much, and what does it have to do with The Chamber of Secrets?

Well. . .

I Was Wondering If You Put Me In the Right House )
rhoda_rants: (stoker)
Logged back in long enough to delete my old accounts, because fuck this "agree to this weird Russian shit" nonsense. Goodbye, LJ. Thanks for introducing me to some awesome people, and letting us relocate here. Seriously, fuck LJ right now.

ETA: Cleo is top of things, and here's a long-ass, detailed, and horrifying breakdown of what's going on with the new User Agreement: https://cleolinda.tumblr.com/post/159203569084/confusedkayt-minimoonstar-handful-ofdust

In other news, I've been listening to Silverchair's Neon Ballroom album a lot the past couple weeks. It's kind of awesome and slightly terrifying in retrospect now.



That song came out in 1999. I was sixteen and only just starting to wake up politically enough to pay attention to the clusterfuck that was the Bush vs Gore election of 2000, although I wasn't old enough to vote yet. Within the year, we lost the Twin Towers in New York.

Now, almost twenty years later, it feels weirdly prescient even though there's no way Daniel Johns could've had any idea about exactly the kind of political climate we'd be entering after the aforementioned clusterfuck. (I was a huge fan, I read ALL the interviews, and while he is still very politically active esp. in terms of feminism and animal rights, this song was written mostly for the gang vocals.)

And can we just agree that Silverchair is one of the most severely underrated bands of the 90s, if not all time? I keep forgetting how many great songs are on this one album, and how good they sound live, and how tough it is for me to pick a favorite. Although the videos are laughably easy to search nowadays. I first saw ^that^ video on a VHS tape that I borrowed from a friend in high school. The only alternative was waiting for your parents to get off the phone so you could use the internet, waiting for the dial-up to actually connect you (three tries usually at my house), and then finding a streaming website that would actually load a music video for you. It took fucking HOURS. Finding that clip up there took seconds.

I'm not sure where I'm going with this. I've been going through some of my 90s fandoms just to see how many of them have actually stuck with me twenty years on. When I got to this one, it knocked the wind out of me a little.

In conclusion: Get off LJ, listen to Silverchair, appreciate your wicked-fast Internet while it lasts.
rhoda_rants: (han solo)
I finally saw it! This weekend! And that was kind of perfect because it was my mom’s birthday, and this is her very favorite Disney movie. One of the first questions I had when I found out this adaptation was happening was: Will it be a musical? The answer is a resounding YES, and I cannot express how gleefully happy this made me.


GIF of Belle and The Beast dancing.
Source.


However, because the 1991 animated feature is one of my favorite movie musicals of all time, I have a slightly different set of criteria when it comes to reviewing it. Usually my priorities fall this way:


  1. Characters.

  2. Setting / atmosphere.

  3. Plot.


In a musical though? Everything falls somewhere after one question: Can they sing?

Tale as old as time... )

(Cross-posted to [personal profile] glitter_n_gore.)

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