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melannen ([personal profile] melannen) wrote2010-05-08 10:31 am

Not Exactly Follow Friday (Again)

It says ... something ... about just what kind of a dork I am that I went to see Iron Man II, and while there were many things about the movie that I liked and would enjoy discussing, the actual squee!OMG! moments?

TESSERACTS!
DOUBLE PENDULUM!!!

...I guess I am still a math geek at heart.

Also, a double pendulum (aka "Chaos Machine") is the best symbol for movie!Tony ever. I could go on and on about the scene with Tony and the double pendulum.

If I was the sort of person who could make things like that, I would figure out how to make a wind-up clock with a double-pendulum tick. I have wanted to for years. Since I can't, I am so tempted to go down to the cave tonight and build me just the pendulum, counterweighted to swing a long time like the one in the movie. With a box of scraps.

(Note: this is not cut because neither the pendulum nor the tesseracts have any actual spoilery significance whatsoever; they were set dressing. Thus my enormous levels of geekery.)

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Click on this cut if you would like to see some racy vintage postcards of silent-movie era Hollywood Bathing Beauties.








Four of the cards are watermarked "Mack Sennet Comedies", who you can find quite a bit about on the internet, and they were in my grandfather's effects. Now you know as much about them as I do.

If you are not interested in racy vintage postcards of women wearing bathing costumes I would dearly like to own, then we clearly have very different tastes in postcards. But perhaps you would be more interested in one of these posts I have recently made on dreamwidth communities:

At [community profile] sca_attire, photographs of me wearing nothing but a period linen shirt! I understand some of you are interested in that sort of thing. Also featuring: discussion of crossdressing while re-enacting, and me whining about how sewing is hard.
At [community profile] topgearslash (locked) and [community profile] crossovers (unlocked), Part One of the Top Gear/Dr. Who(/Torchwood/Sarah Jane/Big Finish) crossover of doomy doom! (Featuring: men who love their cars and/or spaceships too much, and also bonus multimedia enrichment downloads.)
At [community profile] poetry, this week I am posting an elaborate four-part stealth argument-by-example for poetry as fanwork: NASA RPS from 1970, three variations on Dover Beach, and about a Flemish tapestry. And also some very silly things.
And at [community profile] common_nature, an account of a trip to the beach, in which there are kites, hidden treasures and fossil-hunting.

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Also, overcome by election coverage (OMG, I have discovered that it is possible to be fannish over election results for countries that *are not mine*! So exciting: all the fun, 75% less stress. Hooray!) I have started writing up a post - probably to be posted to [community profile] punditfic - entitled "A Guide To British Fake News for Americans". Are there any British persons reading this who would like to look it over before I post it, for blatant errors?

I also now really, really want the alternate future where David Mitchell started the revolution, Charlie Brooker led it, Andy Zaltzman ended up Home Secretary, and mtf!Patchula J. Oliver spent years in prison after Bristol Palin was elected President of the USA. (They write these things *for* us, guys.)

And finally, if you would like to be on my "obsessing over diversity, privilege and appropriation re: my original characters as an excuse to not actually write anything in their universes" filter, first post to go up soon entitled "wow I have a lot of trans* characters", please click here:
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 38

I would like to be on the original fiction filter:

Yes!
38 (100.0%)

naraht: (polt-Better Britain)

[personal profile] naraht 2010-05-09 02:22 am (UTC)(link)
... I have started writing up a post - probably to be posted to punditfic - entitled "A Guide To British Fake News for Americans". Are there any British persons reading this who would like to look it over before I post it, for blatant errors?

I'm not a Brit, but I'd be happy to look it over as an American with a degree in politics from a British university...
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[personal profile] starlady 2010-05-09 02:37 am (UTC)(link)
Okay, you should totally post Browning's "My Last Duchess" and Howard's "Nicholas Mardruz to his…", because they are an awesome argument for poetry-as-fanfic.

Or I should!
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[personal profile] starlady 2010-05-09 02:45 am (UTC)(link)
Because it's Poetry.

I have to admit I was sort of creeped out by the posting of that one horribly anti-Semitic Canto of Pound's the other week, though. And by "sort of" I mean was, period.
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[personal profile] starlady 2010-05-09 02:55 am (UTC)(link)
Well, Pound's poetry gets a freer pass than he does, anyway.

Yes, I very much chickened out about commenting on that one. Well, going forward...

But yeah, that's the issue, it's hard to divine the poster's motivation from the posts, so I at least dither about how to pitch my prospective comment. Which is really all my personal issue.
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[personal profile] tea 2010-05-09 03:39 am (UTC)(link)
Also, a double pendulum (aka "Chaos Machine") is the best symbol for movie!Tony ever. I could go on and on about the scene with Tony and the double pendulum.

Omg, please do. That scene was hands down my favourite in the movie (which I loved, all over - I was pleasantly surprised for a sequel, but then, RDJ *is* Tony Stark, and it's hard for him to disappoint that way.) Man. Is there good movieverse Iron Man fic? I've read next to none but love the whole 'verse so much.
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[personal profile] majoline 2010-05-09 06:03 am (UTC)(link)
WOW. Thank you to the rec to The Kids Aren't All Right. That was amazing.

(And I loved what you were doing in [community profile] poetry)
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[personal profile] tea 2010-05-09 11:51 pm (UTC)(link)
Ooh, thank you! I have indeed read the Vanity Fair article, but it requires a re-read to see this future prediction.

Funny, I almost think I'd prefer gen (well, as gen as its going to get with Tony) fic of Iron Man, though this is Not Usually The Case. I think I could handle Tony/Anyone (oooh, I remember reading Tony/Peter Parker from basingstoke that had Tony's voice down perfectly), actually, but probably not actual Romance, capital R etc. I will scroll through your recs - I'm happy with crossovers and slightly confused reading of fandoms I don't know!
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[personal profile] copracat 2010-05-09 03:58 am (UTC)(link)
If you are not interested in racy vintage postcards of women wearing bathing costumes I would dearly like to own, then who are you and why are you here?

Oh, just me with that thought, then?

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Postcard number 3's little rolled stockings/socks omg, adorable.

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[personal profile] finch 2010-05-09 05:56 am (UTC)(link)
You are not the only one who squeed at those things, believe me. :)
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[personal profile] eisen 2010-05-09 02:10 pm (UTC)(link)
As someone who keeps failing to write her own post about looking at diversity in her original characters as a way of avoiding writing more of her own original fic I APPROVE OF THIS FILTER YES. And am hopeful seeing it get used will light a fire under my butt to get me to write my own thoughts about my stuff, too, because thoughts about writing are good.

Spoilers for IM2 in whitetext to spare people's eyes:
(I couldn't enjoy IM2 as much as I wanted to because EXTRA ELEMENTS for the periodic table THAT HAVE STABLE HALF-LIVES are my number one pet peeve of comic book and movie science and it just killed my enthusiasm so fast. THIS IS NOT FUCKING POSSIBLE ACCORDING TO SCIENCE. I DO NOT CARE IF YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO BE A GENIUS. IT'S NOT. RICHARD FEYNMAN'S - or, well, insert favorite physicist or chemist here, I just have a massive awkward crush on Richard Feynman and it pleases me to imagine him as a secret zombie ninja - ZOMBIFIED CORPSE WILL NOW COME TO YOUR DOOR AND KICK YOU IN THE FACE.)
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[personal profile] eisen 2010-05-09 08:45 pm (UTC)(link)
Well then! :D

... sob I suspect I would enjoy that theory more if that very same problem weren't one of the things that drove me nuts about Star Trek's science. THEORETICALLY, IT'S POSSIBLE, but I am still pretty sure those would not be something safe to stick in a human body! Unless, you know, you wanted a human body sprayed in living color all over the backwash of history and the future or something. Not that I've given this theory thought or anything before and realized "this is only good for BREAKING THE UNIVERSE", no, couldn't be.

AHAHAHAH YES THAT TOO.
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[personal profile] benedict 2010-05-09 06:20 pm (UTC)(link)
Aw. I like all their smiles!
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[personal profile] espreite 2010-05-10 01:00 am (UTC)(link)
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<_< .... >_> .... <_< *saves pictures* I have a weird thing about collecting vintage beach pictures, so this = JOY!

I have very little knowledge of British politics, but I await the Guide excitedly!
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[personal profile] espreite 2010-05-10 04:12 am (UTC)(link)
Ohhhhh that does sound promising! Before the election I attempted to, you know, actually learn a bit about the *issues* of the parties and candidates, but this way of looking at it is so much more interesting :P
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[personal profile] marigan 2010-05-11 09:26 am (UTC)(link)
I'm definitely interested in the filter! At some point on my LJ I'll take time off from bothering you all about science and start bothering you instead about diversity, and how cultures respond to genocide and slavery, because I'm wrangling with that even more than with science that goes over my head.
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[personal profile] lady_ganesh 2010-05-12 01:13 am (UTC)(link)
I want the boots/shoes and hose in this picture so damn much.