andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Default)
So, northern summer means a break in TV for those of us in the Magic Land of Downloadia, too, even though it's freezing outside and watching television from under a blanket is one of the only sensible activities. (I didn't make the bed today because I had to keep climbing back into it.)

I've already used the time to catch up on Season Three of Orphan Black - say what you will about the plausibility of some of the twists, but I never get to the end of an episode without being desperate to know what happens next. Thirty episodes in, I still regularly forget that Tatiana Maslany is not five people, and I love the characters.

Now, there's plenty of TV for me to watch or rewatch during the break - especially now I have Netflix! - but I was thinking I should use at least some of the time to catch up on all of something relatively short. Hence this highly scientific poll, in case someone has an informed opinion:

Poll #16819 TV Poll
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 12


What should I watch first?

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iZombie
6 (50.0%)

Penny Dreadful
3 (25.0%)

Black Sails
2 (16.7%)

Something else that I will tell you about in the comments.
1 (8.3%)



I know very little about any of these options. I've just heard the distant buzzing sound creating by happy fans, and avoided spoilers as a result. (My knowledge can be summed up with 'zombies and David Anders, sort of like The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen only Billie Piper is involved somehow and, um ... there are presumably pirates in it?')

Help and advice in the form of poll responses appreciated!
andraste: The first official screenshot of Lady Hawke, female protagonist of Dragon Age 2. (New Worlds)
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 29


Are you reading this?

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Yes
25 (86.2%)

No. I always click on polls without reading the text next to them.
2 (6.9%)

Why isn't there a ticky-box?
2 (6.9%)



Just a inquiry parallel to my 'are you still reading me on livejournal?' post of a few weeks ago. Not crossposted, so as to only pick up people reading my entries here.
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Default)
So, in a few days time, it will be my thirtieth birthday! I am excited about this and not wishing I was turning twenty-nine again. This is an extra important day, since it is also the anniversary of the day I delurked and posted my first ever fanfic on February 22nd, 2000. (And then had to repost it to the mailing list with apologies because my formatting was borked. Ah, youth.)

I'm planning to do a couple of things to mark the occasion, and wanted some input from you guys on what exactly you'd like to see.

Poll #2306 Fanniversary!
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 7


If Andraste were to do a commentary post on one of her vids, I would like it to be ...

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Elevation (Iron Man)
1 (14.3%)

End of the World News/A Thousand Suns (Torchwood)
2 (28.6%)

Drive My Car (Heroes)
0 (0.0%)

Bicycle Race (Doctor Who)
2 (28.6%)

Brothers In Arms (Babylon 5)
2 (28.6%)

Something else I will tell you about in the comments.
0 (0.0%)

If Andraste were to make a commentary post on one of her fics, I would want it to be ...

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Lifestyle Choices (due South)
0 (0.0%)

Five Happy Endings (Farscape)
2 (33.3%)

Like Nobody's Watching (Doctor Who)
2 (33.3%)

Coalescence (X-Men Movieverse)
0 (0.0%)

Masquerade (Babylon 5)
1 (16.7%)

Something else I will tell you about in the comments.
1 (16.7%)

Should Andraste attempt a podfic reading of one of her stories?

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Yes! Her accent will amuse and delight all.
4 (57.1%)

Not interested in podfic/Australian accents.
0 (0.0%)

Radio buttons are oppressing me. Where are the ticky boxes?
3 (42.9%)

If Andaste were to record podfic, I would like to hear this story:



An increasingly complete archive of my stories is available on the AO3 and you can also use the fanfiction tag here if it's been so long since I posted fic regularly that you've forgotten everything I ever wrote *g*.

If anyone feels like getting me a present, here is what I would like:

a) Icons! I have far more room on Dreamwidth than I have icons to fill the spaces.

b) Recs for fanfiction and (especially) vids you think I would like.

Vid Polling

Sep. 8th, 2008 05:02 pm
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Default)
I have had my shiny computer set up for one week now, and I now have a trial version of Premiere CS3 downloading and installed, hooray! Which brings me to my current inquiry.

[Poll #1255627]

It is kind of awesome to be working on a light, funny vid where I can contemplate including gratuitous nudity. So often I end up cutting this kind of thing out. I mean, Jack makes out with people in A Thousand Suns, but nowhere near as many people as he could have done. Which reminds me of one of the great lessons I have learned while vidding: sometimes actors are too hot.

For a long time, there was a shot of Jack Harkness pulling Susie's body out of cold storage in End of the World News. It would have been thematically relevant and it was a good clip, except that the good captain was bent over. After much messing around with the draft, I realised that if John Barrowman's arse was pointing at the camera, nobody would be paying attention to the lyrics, let alone my Srs Bizness themes.

Similarly, American Tune intially included, I think, every clip of Jack Bristow - what is it about guys called Jack? - in handcuffs/tied up from the first three seasons. It took me a while to realise that half of them had NOTHING to do with what the vid was trying to say and were just there for reasons of kink. (I don't even remember which episode it is from Season One where he's in a pale suit and gets tied up and interestingly rumpled, but that was the last one to get cut.)

I think the most important thing in vidding is to stay on message at all times - if your message is that guys called Jack are hot (has someone made that vid?) you can have all the arses pointed at cameras and bondage you want. Otherwise, it is always a bad idea to get off topic when you only have four minutes or so to make your point.

One of these days, I should just make a drool vid. It would have way too much Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, though.

Vid Poll

Jul. 30th, 2008 11:15 pm
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Default)
So, post-Vividcon madness I had started messing around with the Real Ghostbusters vid I'm planning. However, I found out the other day that they're releasing the whole thing on DVD! So I'm going to wait for shiny footage without Cartoon Network logos all over it. Of course, Justice League Unlimited has been out in Region 1 for years and yet I am still waiting for source for that vid ...

Still, this leaves me with the question of what to make next. Out of the stuff I have DVD source for:

[Poll #1232170]


... and I just realised I forgot to say that Human Remains is Yet Another Tom McRae Song, although at least it is a different fandom this time. Possibly I am getting into a rut there.
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Default)
So I came home from work early because I wasn't feeling too well, and put some due South on to perk myself up. Specifically, I watched They Eat Horses, Don't They? which is an early favourite of mine, since it's the episode where I fell for Ray Vecchio.

I don't know quite why it happened then - maybe it's the detection based on the villain looking like a villain from a cop show. (Ah, meta.) Maybe it's the call to find out of the jerky doctor has any outstanding parking tickets. Maybe it's the shower scene where Ray gets increasingly hysterical as his entire family walk in and out of the bathroom *g*. (I note for the record that he seems perfectly happy to have Fraser in there, though.)

However, I found myself asking the question that everyone must ask as they watch early dS, namely 'what the hell is Vecchio wearing?' That purple jacket thing that thankfully gets ruined in a dumpster? The lime jacket with the Hawaiian shirt and blue pants? The blue jacket with the yellow pants? WTF? And it's not just the colours, it's the way half of it doesn't seem to fit properly. I must have an explanation.

[Poll #1084462]

I suspect the actually explanation is that whoever was in charge of these things said 'hey, Vecchio is the sidekick, he must wear wacky clothes!' It then took a whole season for it to occur to someone that when your lead is wearing a Mountie costume, there is already plenty of wacky to go around.
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Default)
Have now spent the better part of a week lying on the couch watching TV while getting over an ear infection. Went to see the doctor today and it seems rest has done the trick and I will not need antibiotics, hooray! I have been making productive use of my time by spring cleaning the house. (I even cleaned behind the fridge! I don't think I've done that since it was installed three and a half years ago!) Now I only have two areas left to clean/organize.

[Poll #1054721]

Also: [livejournal.com profile] quixotic_sense, I still have several boxes of your stuff. Would you like it back, by any chance?

In other news, any time fandom is annoying me with its stupidity, I just need to spend a little time browsing aquarium sites. I do not have any fish at the moment, but I've got plans to set up several tanks in the future. You can never do too much research in advance, as the dumb questions on some of these sites prove.

It's not that I've never killed a fish through stupidity (never leave the lid off the tank unless you're in the room) but at least I never put any livestock in a tank with something that would eat it! If you put neon tetras in with your Angelfish, for instance, chances are the Angelfish will soon be thanking you for the tasty snacks.

Dumbest thing I have ever seen in a fish forum: "I caught a wild trout and put it in my betta's tank, and now my betta is acting weird. What is wrong with him?"

Of course he's acting weird! I would act weird if someone put a wild trout in my house.
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Default)
Now that my tiny robot army is complete - at least until the movie figures are released in Australia - I have an important decision to make ...

[Poll #1048945]
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Default)
[Poll #1040172]

(In other news, I'm not dead or ignoring you, I'm just trying to secure a promotion at work and my parents have been in town this week. I am very tired! But if majority opinion leans that way the archive will open tomorrow.)

ETA: to forestall a round of (completely reasonable!) 'did you get my story?' comments and e-mails that I am too exhausted to answer right now, the stories I'm lacking in are from:

[livejournal.com profile] youngest_one
[livejournal.com profile] wabbitseason
[livejournal.com profile] miriel
[livejournal.com profile] kerravonsen and/or [livejournal.com profile] jmtorres, writing for the same person. So actually I only need four stories, yay!

If you are not one of these people, please relax. If you are one of these people, I'm not posting this to shame you! Everyone I've heard from has good reasons for being late. But I'm worried that I may have missed something in the e-mail, hence the livejournal notice.
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Default)
So, remember my last poll where I asked you all what I should spend my money on? After banking half, I ended up spending some of it on a warm new scarf, as per my grandmother's wishes, and most of the rest on DVDs. (Couldn't find any boots I wanted the day I went shopping.) As a result, I now own American Gothic, the first season of Absolute Power and the Star Trek Fan Collective Q set.

Now that I'm done catching up with House and not ready to plunge into The West Wing, I have turned my attention to the omnipotent bane of Picard's life. But I don't know if I should watch his appearances in order or not!

[Poll #1017980]

*has somewhat appropriate icon*
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Attracted to Shiny Objects)
So, after I've had a few days to process Call of the Wild, I have no doubt that my attention will turn to finding a shiny new TV show to love. I have the first instalment of The Aunt's West Wing DVDs here which I could watch. Alternatively, I've *ahem*ed the whole first season of Heroes but haven't watched any of it yet.

[Poll #1004493]
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Live Long and Prosper)
Nobody panic! The ficathon is still six months away. However, I blame [livejournal.com profile] apathocles and our mutual giant robot obsession for getting me thinking about which fandoms I want to include next year. I like to change/expand the roster with each new round, where possible, but I've been considering three contradictory directions for 2007. Ergo, I open the debate to the floor.

Please vote if you have any interest in the ficathon, regardless on whether you plan to participate next year.

This poll does not include any of the fandoms that have been on the Multiverse list in previous years.

[Poll #865075]

If you're wondering what happened to The X-Files and Smallville, I have good reasons for leaving those off the list. Although there are aliens in both shows, in my opinion they're not really about aliens coming to Earth in the same way that - for instance - Roswell is. They're about two FBI agents investigating weird stuff, and a boy with big powers growing up in a small town. Feel free to try and convince me they do belong on the list, though *g*.

ETA: I can't believe that not only did I neglect to put Torchwood in the poll, nobody immediately reminded me of this oversight! Please write in any votes for Torchwood in the last question of the poll.
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Attracted to Shiny Objects)
So [livejournal.com profile] redstarrobot pointed out that I'd left some things out of yesterday's poll, and since I know I'm hardly the only fangirl to have come away from Transformers with a slightly disturbing attraction to F-15 fighter jets ...

[Poll #817703]

Not that I don't think the asexualists in this fandom have pure logic on their side, but Decepticons having sex makes at least as much sense as Decepticons getting falling-down drunk. Given that the latter happens in canon, I figure all things are possible.

ETA: Courtesy of YouTube, here is the scene where the Decepticons have a kegger and pass out *g*.
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Attracted to Shiny Objects)
Last night at roleplaying club, I was shocked - shocked! - to find myself explaining to [livejournal.com profile] lokisrose and her sister that the Transformers were not just robots, but alien robots from the planet Cybertron. I thought everyone who was a kid in the eighties knew that! Apparently, though, not everybody spent that entire decade watching toy tie-in cartoons. To jog the memories of those who did, and to educate those who didn't before 2007, a poll. Vote for what you remember from way back!

[Poll #817176]
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Attracted to Shiny Objects)
So, thanks to the wonders of the local public library, I've got my hands on the first half of the first season of The X-Files and I'm three episodes in. I've seen plenty of episodes of the show over the years from various seasons, but I've never gone through from the start. I've enjoyed myself enormously so far, and I'm looking forward to seeing how the show develops. (In stages, around everything else I need to watch.)

Of course, the question with The X-Files is not where to start, it's where to stop. While I liked Agent Doggett, I have to agree with the general opinion that the last few years (at least) were ... er, not very good. (I wish Robert Patrick had arrived sooner, when the show did not suck.) I'm not sure I want to sit through the whole thing. So ...

[Poll #713579]
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Attracted to Shiny Objects)
Yes, it's that time of year again!

This time around 'that time of year' is a bit different. I'm moving the ficathon up this year, because now is a good time for me to be running it. This year, sign ups will be over by March 31st, assignments will go out as soon after April 1st as I can manage, and stories will be dune on June 1st. That means that you have about two months to write a story, rather than three. (Unless there are many howls of protest from the reading and writing public, in which case I may be moved to reconsider.) If this post so far has confused you, you may want to check out last year's archive to find out what I'm talking about.

The fandoms that will definitely be included in this year's challenge are all five iterations of Star Trek, Firefly, Farscape, both versions of Stargate, both varieties of Star Wars, Babylon 5 and the new Battlestar Galactica. All other fandoms are open to review - I'll decide whether or not to include them based on the results of this poll.

[Poll #690598]
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Markus is a virgin who can't drive.)
Well, I'm planning for it to be a tradition *g*. As usual of late, I'm going to be stuck at my grandmother's place on Christmas Eve, and I need helpful suggestions on what to write to maintain my sanity. (Last year, I produced some very bad Scorpius/Braca porn. You should be glad I didn't post it.)

This year, I've decided this might be a good time to try out one of those fandoms that I've been meaning to write ...

[Poll #639093]
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Default)
It's just after midnight, and I'm having one of my rare bouts of real insomnia. Seems like it'll be an hour or two before I have even the slightest chance of settling down. Therefore, I should ...

[Poll #627109]

I'd offer to answer some of the e-mail and comments I have piled up, but my ability to communicate lucidly decreases dramatically around this time of night *g*.

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