Jul. 13th, 2016 01:21 pm
dunc: (bizarro)
I haven't logged in over here in literal years, and I'm horribly neglecting my 'real' personal blog anyway, but I can't with that last entry. You can also find me at Club Jade, Tumblr, and (of course) my one true social media love, Twitter.
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I got a bunch of gift cards for the holiday, and I had today off, so I went down to Barnes & Noble.

There are a few books I'm looking for, but (of course) I bookmarked them at work so I have by now completely forgotten the details. And they're probably not out yet anyway. But I knew that Saladin Ahmed's Throne of the Crescent Moon was just released in paperback, so what the hell.

I was also looking for the new Star Wars Insider... Not there. (Of course.) I already have Scoundrels and I'm about halfway through it, but I looked anyway... It was in none of the places I expected to see it... (Like, y'know, where the rest of the Star Wars novels are? Or where the new SF/F is? I always look at the new release tables, no matter how much Nook crap they try and hide them behind, but none of the stuff out there was SF/F this time, and the round table was full of health books.) Given that this is B&N I suspected they didn't order enough (again*) and blah. But just as I left, I did spot them on some of the standees, but that is literally the last place I would look for anything SF/F.

* I live in what used to be hardcore Borders territory. When they all closed, this B&N became the only new bookstore in my corner of suburbia. But they still order like there are 4 Borders within a half-hour radius, which means anything that's not spent multiple weeks on the NYT bestseller list sells out fast.

I also saw a 50 Shades of Grey party game, which... What?

But basically, I guess I'm renewing my Amazon Prime membership... Though honestly, a lot of that is because I'm addicted to Instant Video. (Thanks for that, Doctor Who.) I should be done with S2 of Downton Abbey just in time for S3 to start on PBS...
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1. Click through a link before commenting on the tweet. This is a big pet peeve of mine (particularly when I'm running the work Twitter) and the thing is it's not that hard.

2. Cut back on the passive-aggressive statements. This is something I've been doing lately, because I've run into a few serial offenders and fuck is that crap annoying.

3. Improve your grammar! It matters. Even if it is 'just a tweet.'

4. Don't be afraid to unfollow people! If folks are starting to tweet a lot about stuff you don't care about or otherwise annoy you (see #2,) it's best to let just them loose.

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So I wrote up my thoughts on EpVII and the EU and blogging the other day. As some of you may know, I've been kind of wavering about continuing blogging for a while - a long while - before all this broke.

Blogging is not something that's really hard for me - after all these years I can bust out a basic news post in 5-10 minutes, easy - but my enthusiasm was undeniably dropping. I have no fucks to give about The Clone Wars and the EU has been foundering and even fanfic - which has got me through many other dark periods - has been thin on the ground lately. The last Celebration helped a lot by having lots of news and generally not sucking for me but it was only a temporary boost. I mean, its hard to get really excited about something like Angry Birds Star Wars for more than a day or so, if that.

And mentioning Jedinet... Let me just say that I have NEVER ONCE REGRETTED leaving the fanboy industrial fandom complex - and choosing to stay out of it again when TFN came calling a few years back - than I am right now. I didn't start the blog to make CJ a giant fansite or become whatever they call BNFs these days (NOTHING. Because it peaked with Cassie Claire and killed the whole concept dead, right?) or to get free books or to stand up for lady fans or any of that - I started it because I thought 'Hey! A blog! That would be a fun way to liven up the CJ site and keep people informed!'

Ha ha.

The blog has... evolved, let's say. I don't know what's going to happen now, or in 2015, but I do know one thing - I have my enthusiasm back. I have something to look forward to that's more than more of the same. And that's something.

Now if only I could find the time and energy to work on a new template, because goddamn I hate the look of that thing.

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(If you've been busy, here's all the CJ coverage.)

Here are a few things I'm already sick of:

1. It's going to destroy the EU! Okay, so I already addressed this. You know what? There's a lot of crap in the EU that deserves to go/be ignored. And sure, I'd like to see, say, Mara. But I don't expect it. I expect a clean slate, or something pretty damn near to it. Think otherwise? Write a fanfic or something. I don't want to hear it. (Or rather, I will be hearing it for the next 3 to 10 years. No matter what they do. Oye vey.)

2. George sold because he is sick/dying! Is it really so hard to believe that maybe the guy wants his retirement to actually be a retirement? Maybe he's just sick of Star Wars. Hell, I'm a fan, and I have days like that. And no one has ever screamed profanities about Jar Jar at me from the side of a street. (No, I don't know if that's really happened to him, but come on: It probably has.)

3. Lists of writers/directors. One had Wes Anderson on it, as a lark, and that amused me. But still. Yes, I know who Wes Anderson is and know enough to find the idea of him doing Star Wars funny, but I'm not a film scholar or anything like that, I have no horse in this race, mkay? I realize it's inevitable.

4. Casting existing EU characters, period. Also inevitable. Sigh.

5. HttE is going to be Episode 7! (YOU GUYS KNOW I HATE THAT.) Thankfully that one has pretty much been nipped in the bud now. The lists of EU crap people want to see on film not so much, but, well.

Thing I am hoping for: I want the Anakin/Luke character to be a girl. Maybe the BOW/Han, too. It's past time.

Though honestly, I haven't done much speculating. I have new plot bunnies, but that's a whole different thing and I refuse to let myself let them influence my thoughts on the actual movies. That way leads to being the person on the street screaming about Jar Jar.

And finally, I am apprehensive about what's going to go down with fansites and that whole aspect of fandom. The landscape we saw before and after the prequels was SO DIFFERENT, and I don't just mean the reaction to the PT. I've written 4 posts today AND IT'S FUCKING SATURDAY. ARGH. I still need to think on things and blah blah, but it's going to be.... Something. More sites, more blogs, more fanfic. More comments from people who have no idea what they're commenting on. I was starting to like our nice, quiet little place in fandom. Oh well.

If it gets to be too much, or if I end up hating the new movies anyway, I can always quit blogging and write fanfic instead, right? Right.

But overall these are all minor qualms, really. I've actually been fairly pleased with much of fandom, or maybe I've just whittled things down to the people I don't mind listening to.


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Been very busy for the past two days, mainly because they are my only days off this week. Yesterday I finished my teeny-tiny bit of Christmas shopping and read two whole books, plus finishing a third.

The first was Jacqueline Carey's Saints Astray a good read but nothing particularly earth-shattering. The second was Amy Kathleen Ryan's Glow, a SF YA that doesn't quite deliver on it's potential and is by no means "the most riveting series since The Hunger Games" (actual back cover text.) The third is Bunheads, which reminded me of another book I read a couple years ago, except that one was about a model instead of a dancer (they both have the exact same ending, for one) and snore. There's nothing in there that's not mildly familiar from Black Swan and Center Stage.

Today I took Louie to the vet, where I found a lump on his tail just as the doctor walked in. It turned out to be just a cyst, thankfully, but I do have to keep an eye on it. And I just finished Jhumpa Lahiri's The Nakesake, which was quite good.

Unpopular opinion annex: The trailer for The Hobbit looks impressively LOTRish, but between the singing and the dwarf parade it reminded me exactly why I could never much get into Tolkien. But I'll probably see it anyway, because somehow Jackson's brand of tweeness annoys me less that Tolkien's. Go figure.

Oh, and I finally installed iWork! Pages is no Indesign/Quark, but it'll do.

FYI, for folks who don't like the redesigned comment pages, I'm hearing that you don't need a code to create a new Dreamwidth account for the rest of the month. I'm going to try to be better at crossposting.
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Has anyone actually explored the idea that by 'bringing balance to the Force' Anakin made the whole dark/light line a bit blurry? Grayed it up? Made the journey to the dark side just not that big a deal, because it's no longer an either/or, no going back type situation?

George Lucas would probably not approve, but since when has that stopped anyone from wondering?
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How are you?

(Yes, probably going to start using this again. Stupid Russian politics.)
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Remember when the internet was just a place for reading and discovering things when you were bored? (Okay, you don't need to remember: It still is.) Here are my picks for the best places to waste away an hour or so.

Neatorama. This is my favorite, and one of my staple bookmarka for finding neat stuff. A lot of genre-related stuff I find here will find its way to CJ or @clubjade.

NOTCOT. This one is more focused on art and design, but a lot of neat stuff will show up here. Plus, pictures!

Metafilter and Kottke. Going old school with some of the staples that are still kicking. I actually really enjoy AskMeFi and could browse it for hours.

Design*Sponge is one of the best blogs around for anyone interested in modern interior design. Apartment Therapy is also fun.

Newcomers. Here are a few blogs I've discovered only recently: Eat Me Daily, Idsgn, and World Famous Design Junkies, all great places to whittle away time.
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Support for Google Analytics. GUYS. Having come to LJ after running a standalone blog, the inability to track our own stats on our journals is something I really dislike. (Yes, I know there are trackers and things you can add to LJ, but they suck compared to a real stats package. Seriously suck.)

Alas, it doesn't seem to work yet, as I can't find the place to input the ID. But I have faith that DW will get to it eventually, unlike LJ. (And on that day? I will buy paid time. IT MEANS THAT MUCH.)

In other DW news, mine now has a real style! It's not perfect, but it's nice enough and has all the little dongles I want. I'll probably replace it eventually as the set width is not particularly ideal on a 13" laptop when one prefers a modest browser window, but it'll do for now.

No, I'm not freaking out about the anti-gay ad thing, because a) this stuff happens (on weekends) and b) I feel a bit guilty for buying into the mass #amazonfail freakout a few weeks back. We've all been on the internet long enough to know better by now. (Plus I know at work, when we have a bad ad - they're usually things that screw up the site somehow, as opposed to being controversial - it can be a real bitch to track down. And we have ad people, but good luck finding them outside of regular business hours.)

I has books

May. 2nd, 2009 05:06 am
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These are most of the books from my living room, though there's still a shelf (a short one) untouched. I don't really want to read any of them right now. So I'm just rereading Acacia.

The pile

The three in the foreground are the April reads I'll be reviewing on CJ this weekend. I only have one review left to write (Acacia, natch) and that'll be a chore because I actually really liked it. Meanwhile, Red was so dreadful I knocked out a review in about a half hour.

Oh, and in the couple days since I took this we went to the used bookstore and I added in three more paperbacks. Go me. :P

And yes, behold my ever-classy dorm room style cable cord.

(Details on what's been read and what hasn't on Flickr.)
dunc: (sw: pt: prophecy)
So now we're in the runup to the 10th anniversary of The Phantom Menace, the film that changed Star Wars forever, and I barely remember a thing about it )
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Okay, so I've poked around a bit, and I like what I see... And THANK GOD, I can deal with this style. (Sorry, I'm still enough of a designer that it matters!) It's not perfect, but it would only need a few tweaks to be good enough, which is far more than I can say for the vast majority of LJ's designs.

The thing I most like over here, and the thing that would most likely make me completely switch, is (of course) the leveled 'friending' system. There are a handful of LJs I actually follow via Google News because I don't want to go all out and friend them... Not that I think they'd friend me back or even be interested in my locked posts to begin with. I just... Don't want them to feel obligated to even look? I don't know exactly, but my lurking tendencies are VERY hard set.


Apr. 14th, 2009 09:53 am
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No time for love, Dr Jones: Big thanks to [personal profile] annalee for the code!
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