jaune_chat: My cat Timothy, a cream-and-tan mackrel tabby (Blood Moon)
So, I'm watching Sleepy Hollow. Generally enjoying it; it's fun.

But one thing that particularly tickles me is that I get to say, upon the inclusion of a certain guest star:

Guest-starring John Cho's decaying corpse! :D
jaune_chat: My cat Timothy, a cream-and-tan mackrel tabby (MyFandomNeedsTherapy)
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Up to Episode 5 - Scorch, so spoilers ahoy. Also, thoughts on supervillains, particularly examples in AoS, and one from Buffy.

A good show! )

I don't get supervillains. Or heroes sometimes.

Really, I do not. )
jaune_chat: My cat Timothy, a cream-and-tan mackrel tabby (WritingIsHard)
So, in December I posted what I had intended to be the final chapter of a series I had started waaaaaaay back in 2006. I got some good comments on it, some great responses from people who'd been with me during the main writing of the long story of the series for two years. And then I got some other responses.

Lemme rant... )
jaune_chat: My cat Timothy, a cream-and-tan mackrel tabby (Hunger Games Odds in Favor dark)
It's my turn to talk about the Hunger Games. When I saw the movies were coming out, I had precisely zero knowledge of what they were about or that there were books about them. But, hearing some good things, bought the books, read all three, and watched the movie, and found it entirely satisfying and an excellent translation of the book.

But when I went to check reviews of the movie, I found a great deal of the same complaints from many reviewers (even those who generally found it favorable or at least all right). Spoilers below for first book and the movie, along with much commentary )
jaune_chat: My cat Timothy, a cream-and-tan mackrel tabby (Cooking)
So, ok, here's a confession - I watch a few reality TV shows. Project Runway, Top Chef, and I started sporadically watching Face Off. I also watch a few more cooking shows that could be considered same: Chopped and Iron Chef America. I learn a lot from my cooking shows. Different kinds of ingredients, the names of some famous chefs and restaurants, and the extistance of all sorts of different cooking techniques. (Since the shows I watch are competition-driven, I don't get to learn said techniques, but they're fun to look up later.) Overall, I find them entertaining and they give me some great ideas.

But every now and then I find myself watching these shows and just want to smack the chefs over the head with a rubber fish.

Not because of personality or behavior (though that can grate: remember folks, if it gets caught on camera, it's there forever for your future employers to review) but because of their reactions to certain challenges. Namely, what I call the "Real Person's Cupboard" challenges.

Now I know that most professional chefs working in fine dining restaurants want the freshest ingredients they can lay their hands on. Fresh fish, fresh vegetables, fresh fruits, fresh herbs, locally-raised meat and dairy, the works. I totally understand and support that decision. It makes the food taste better, and no artist wants to work with inferior materials.

I, however, am not a professional chef. I am Jane Q. Public, and I tend to buy whatever's cheapest and most convenient at my local grocery store. This is what I eat on a day-to-day basis.

I recall a challenge on Top Chef (in Season 3) where the chefs were challenged to make a gourmet entree using... CANNED FOOD! When the sheet was whipped off the table and the canned food revealed, the resulting moans, groans, and disgusted snears would have made me think they were being told to cook with fresh horse manure.

That wasn't the last time I've seen that reaction either. Whenever the contestents on Chopped are given a processed ingredient to use, someone always bitches and moans about it. Iron Chef does this less often, but whenever they do, the chefs always find in inordinately challenging.

I'm sorry, what? What do you think most people eat from day to day? Given a much larger budget, infinite time, and superior cooking skill, I could cook with just fresh ingredients too, but that's not going to happen. What happened to these skilled chefs? Did they never eat canned tuna growing up? Never had canned green beans? You're in a bloody cooking competition! Let me know how I can take my can of chili and turn it into something fabulous! I should not have to look at my cupboard in shame.

I don't expect the whole competition to be about what to do with canned ham. Truly it's more fun to watch chefs cook with fabulous fresh ingredients. But canned food is not crap. It's what most of us eat. Don't disparage my tinned peas!
jaune_chat: My cat Timothy, a cream-and-tan mackrel tabby (WritingIsHard)
Comments are great things. For those fic writers here on LJ, comments are often our lifeblood. They give us a reason to keep writing, encouragement that we're on the right track, and just let us know that in the whole wide world, someone else finds our efforts worthy of notice. For a lot of us, that's all we want. And a comment is far more meaningful than a simple kudos or "like" vote. But let me discuss a couple different kinds of comments that invite more discussion. Specifically the concrit comment and the "but you're not a telepath!" comment.

Commentary about commenting )
jaune_chat: My cat Timothy, a cream-and-tan mackrel tabby (Dramatic Sting (Miguel from El Dorado))
Fail, Awesome, Fail, Awesome, Dr. Who reference, Fail, Awesome, WTF?, COOL!, lolwut? Ah yes, I must be watching the Heroes season finale.

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jaune_chat: My cat Timothy, a cream-and-tan mackrel tabby (Bunny Squee)
The Wall... of PORN!!!

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jaune_chat: My cat Timothy, a cream-and-tan mackrel tabby (Peter Chokeabitch)
Tricksy Heroeses!

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jaune_chat: My cat Timothy, a cream-and-tan mackrel tabby (Half-Decent Storyline)
Hiro is confused, Samuel is "disappointed," and Sylar is... Sylar.

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jaune_chat: My cat Timothy, a cream-and-tan mackrel tabby (Half-Decent Storyline)
Holy Smokes! Logic made its way into the plot!

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jaune_chat: My cat Timothy, a cream-and-tan mackrel tabby (Dramatic Sting (Miguel from El Dorado))
*Dramatic guitar sting* When we last left our intrepid Heroes, Nathan had died but good this time, Sylar gets himself alive, all the lies were about to come crashing down, and the plot is starting to show signs of coherance.

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jaune_chat: My cat Timothy, a cream-and-tan mackrel tabby (LegenWaitForItDary)
That was freaking amazing.

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jaune_chat: My cat Timothy, a cream-and-tan mackrel tabby (Petrelli Night)
This is the only entertainment I have where spiking my blood pressure is a good thing.

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jaune_chat: My cat Timothy, a cream-and-tan mackrel tabby (PetrelliPlatonicRelationship)
A heap of questions and several instances of choked-up Jaune.

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Word Meme

Nov. 19th, 2009 06:05 am
jaune_chat: My cat Timothy, a cream-and-tan mackrel tabby (Timothy)
It's a Word Meme! [livejournal.com profile] perdiccas gave me five words that remind her of me. Now I must talk about them.

1. Incest - I somehow managed to get into two fandoms at the same time that has extensive fic with incestous brothers, namely Heroes and Supernatural. Why? Because the brothers are hot. And particularly in Heroes, they touch. A lot. In a very suggestive manner. In both fandoms there is angst galore, mutual saving of each other's lives, heartfelt confessions, and mutual destiny. That's more interaction than some canon het couples get in six seasons. So, in the safety of my fandoms, yeah, I ship that.

2. Cats - I love them! My own Timothy was literally a lifesaver to me at one low point in my life. They're warm, fuzzy, and my own cat is adorably affectionate, delightfully playful, and quirkily bizarre. If two members of my family hadn't been allergic, I would have asked for one growing up. As it was, it was less than a month after I'd gotten my first apartment that allowed pets when I got Timmy from a rescue group. Everyone needs a friendly cat in their life! I'm also a shameless admirer of CuteOverload and ICanHasCheezburger.

3. Pinch hitting - I tend to do that a lot. I did that before I got laid off because I had a strange schedule that gave me days off at a time (though I worked 12-hour shifts) and I was on the night shift, so I had plenty of writing time. I pinch-hit now because I'm still out of work and have even more writing time! Also, I have an overactive muse and don't mind writing to spec. And, well, because everyone deserves the fic they were promised!

4. Maturity - I'm 28, going to be 29 next month, so I think I'm one of the older people in all of my fandoms. After almost three decades on this spinning ball of dirt, I think I can safely say that experienced gained is a good thing. Don't fear it.

5. Insight - I has it. I like to think I'm a good listener and observer. I was always the quiet kid in class, the one that watched everyone. I do a lot of that even still, and will sometimes bust out answers no one expected me to have. I tend to remember the oddest things.
jaune_chat: My cat Timothy, a cream-and-tan mackrel tabby (HRG Awesomeness)
Several instances of utter awesome! Extreme sexiness! And introspection…

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