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Hypable: In a new interview conducted by Emma Watson, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling drops a bombshell: She regrets putting Ron and Hermione together.

SO, this is hilarious on so many levels. Such a premium was placed on Being Right About Canon in the HP fandom, including ships, like one got points for correct predictions. Not that it was the ONLY fandom where that happened, of course.

I’ve always been a Harry/Hermione shipper and completely unapologetic about it, with the note that I never expected my ship to be canon, because the Ron/Hermione and Harry/Ginny was telegraphed from way early on.

However, the smugness of the dude at Mugglenet (don’t remember his name) combined with the attitudes of a lot of people in fandom on both “sides” pretty much guaranteed that I stopped talking about it. I didn’t and still don’t need any of my ships to be canon to enjoy them in fandom, but god it was just a big ball of anger and awkwardness all around.

So I’m going to just say this made me laugh for a full minute, and I’m totally serious when I say that, in the spirit of some of the meanest shit that went down in the HP fandom, if you were one of the people that tried to make ANYONE feel bad for how they enjoyed their canon OR fanon ships, and this is the sort of news that would upset you?

I hope you are a little bit fucking miserable right now.
I hope you are weeping and gnashing your teeth a little bit. And I mean that in the meanest way possible, because you totally stole some of my joy from the final HP books, not because my ship wasn’t canon, but because you all sucked the joy out of the fannish room and I will carry that grudge FOREVER.

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I REALLY enjoyed the Day of the Doctor. It was so happy-making and had a kind of… positivity that I haven’t felt in the same way from Who in a while.

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I've recently updated and revamped my skin care and make up routines, and feel like talking about it. I know this won't interest all of you, so feel free to skip if it's not your thing.

Since I'm starting to see the faintest signs of aging on my face, I've actually started a For Real skin care regimen. I'm mostly using Clinique products, as they are of a fairly reasonable price range and I have super oily, olive/yellow undertoned skin with large pores (but weirdly, I rarely break out), and Clinique has decent solutions there, plus I have had good luck with them in the past. I'll be linking to Sephora for the most part.

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Part 2: Makeup coming soon!

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So the Hobbit was very good! I took one of my friends this morning at 11 am and then took her to lunch for a late birthday present. We ran into allysonsedai and her husband and were able to sit with them so that was nice! <3

We saw the 2D, which sounds like a good choice considering some of the reviews I've seen. I'll probably try out the 3D before it goes out of theaters, but I am honestly not a huge fan of 3D movies. I've only seen a handful and it always kind of pulls me out of the experience because of those stupid glasses and me going "wow, that's some crazy 3D action!".

A few notes:

1) It really should be titled "The Hobbit And A Bunch Of Other Shit From the Appendices of LotR", but I suppose that might be ridiculous. :))

2) Structurally, it's The Fellowship of The Ring. Which totally makes sense, but also made it a little boring? In a lot of ways, I felt like I'd already seen this movie, though obviously the material was different. It's not really a complaint so much as an observation.

3) It needed to be about 30 minutes shorter.

4) They could not have picked a better Bilbo Baggins than Martin Freeman. <3

5) The sweeping shots of beautiful New Zealand were so plentiful that I'm sure NZ tourism people were like OMFG YES THANK YOU PETER JACKSON.

There were many times I felt a bit weepy in this movie and most of them were related to Bilbo.

I will wait to fully judge this movie until I've seen the entire trilogy. I absolutely appreciate Fellowship of the Ring more now that the whole trilogy is done, and I have a feeling that I'll feel the same about this one.

Also, I seriously about came up out of my chair cheering for the Star Trek trailer. God, that movie looks so awesome. I hope it lives up to its trailer. I'm not sure I will be able to handle Benedict Cumberbatch's voice vibrating in my chest through movie theater speakers for two hours, but I'm going to really try. :)) B was all "Jesus Christ, I'm going to see that movie" and she does NOT give a shit about Star Trek at all.

ETA: I'd also like to mention that I was completely surprised at my emotional reaction to seeing the opening credits and hearing the opening music for The Hobbit. LotR really touched me 10 years ago, and being back in that seat, giving it a chance to do that again apparently made me have FEELS about it. :))

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The Truth is Out There: “The X-Files” Ended 10 Years Ago & Predicts the End of the World


Ten years ago today the series finale for the X Files aired. I’d barely watched any of season 9, but I tuned in to those last few episodes. I was 21 years old, a junior in college and I loved that show more than anything.

Though I didn’t do much more than read fic and lurk in that fandom from the age of 16 to about 22, the fact that I knew fandom existed came from the X Files and caused me to go looking online when I first read Harry Potter less than a year later. I jumped in there with both feet, and the rest is history.

I remember standing (yes, standing) in front of my TV as those last moments of my beloved show aired, crying like a baby, and sure I’d never love again.

Oh, 21 year old me. If you only had known that the best was yet to come. <3

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1) Saw the Avengers on Friday and it was GREAT FUN! I've never been much of a comic book person, but I usually enjoy the movies made from them even if I don't rush to see them right when they come out. I'm glad I saw this one at the theater, and I would like to see it at least once more before it goes out.

2) Also, in the run up to watching Avengers, I rewatched Iron Man, and I watched Iron Man 2, Captain America, and Thor for the first time. IM2 was great fun, as I assumed. I liked Captain America and Thor more than I thought I would, which was a nice surprise.

3) OMG HOUSE. I have no idea what's going to happen next Monday in the finale, but I spent most of this week's episode curled up in a ball around my pillow going OH GOD and WHAT THE HELL? The show's quality has declined in recent years without a doubt, but I still have a PLACE OF LOVE for it in my heart and will be sad to see it end. I hope it doesn't suck. Series finales always make me cry.

4) Work is CRAY CRAY and I'm mostly keeping up with social networking twice a day. I check in the morning when I wake up and once I get home from work. This means I usually have MASSIVE amounts of Tumblr to go through. LJ is almost depressingly manageable and Twitter has started to drive me insane as my Twitter client on my computer decides how far back I can read with no option to retrieve cut off posts. I might have to start reading on the site again, as I cannot seem to find an option/preference that turns off the whole "loading only last 2 hours of posts" crap. My phone at least allows me to refresh those missing posts.

5) Anyone got a twitter client rec for Macbook?

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Today is my 9th anniversary with regards to LJ. I don't post here as much as I used to, but I still read religiously every day. I've always been kind of crap about commenting, so not much has changed there.

Pretty much every major life experience I've had since the age of 22 has been recorded here in some fashion, and the people I consider my closest friends in this world I met because I asked for an invite code on a mailing list back in 2003. And I'm still meeting new and awesome people. That's kind of crazy in the good way.

Today also, weirdly, marks the 7th anniversary of starting with the company I currently work for. I started out as a staff accountant. It was my second "real job" and I was 9 months out of school. Since then I've held several different positions, seen an increase of 50% from my original starting salary and manage my own department. Which is also kind of crazy.

Work is challenging and frustrating and interesting right now. I've become incredibly cynical about corporate America in the last 7 years, which is quite possibly unavoidable, but I'm also grateful that I have a good job that engages me, even if some mornings find me wanting to hide under the covers and not come out because oh my god insane.

In other news, I'm finishing up season 6 of my West Wing rewatch. I love this show and it is my comfort space. <3

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So I posted on Twitter that I shouldn't have gone through the Benedict Cumberbatch tag on Tumblr, but I saw this post and changed my mind.

The text, for those disinclined to click:

the only cumberbatch i’ve seen at the oscars tonight was during that warhorse clip for gary oldman.

...


That has pretty much made my night.

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So it's probably obvious (though maybe not really on LJ/DW) that I have become more active in a fandom again after a long while of just... not. YAY SHERLOCK. Not quite sure why I didn't go all fannish during the first series, as I REALLY LOVED IT. I think I just wasn't in a fannish place in general? Regardless, that time is over.

Several Things:

1) I have moved my bookmarks from Delicious to Pinboard. You can find my account here. The interface is much cleaner than Delicious and the import process was super easy. There is a one time fee of approx $10, but you know, worth it. I'm happy to answer any questions about the change over process if anyone is interested.

You know, when I was heavily into SGA fandom, I used my Delicious network/friends page extensively as a way to see what everyone else was reading. It was very social and while the internet has moved on since then, I hope I can kind of use it that way again. There is SO much Sherlock fic.

2) I got an AO3 account! Those who have been around for a while know that I don't REALLY write fic, though occasionally I do indulge if the mood strikes. It's nice to have a central place to put everything. My page is here. I've gotten some lovely feedback on the post-Reichenbach Sherlock story I wrote, which, as rarely as I do write, has been pretty nice!

3) Finally, I have actually started to use my Tumblr account. It became clear to me, as Sherlock started eating my brain in that uniquely fannish way, that I needed to go where the people were. And apparently, among other places, that is Tumblr. I'm not 100% in love with the interface, and still find aspects of it kind of confusing, but I've mostly got it.

The browser extension Missing-e has been quite helpful, adding little usability tweaks that make the experience a bit easier. Tumblr will yell at you for using it, but only when you've logged out and are logging back in (which I rarely do). They tell you all sorts of dire things will happen using it, but I'm of the opinion that if Tumblr would ADD the relatively minor tweaks that Missing-e provides, the point would be moot, so they can shove it.

All that being said, I kind of love the atmosphere around Tumblr. It's spastic and weird, and populated almost entirely by animated GIFs as both critique of events and reactions to random postings. It's ridiculous but makes me smile on a regular basis, so I'll take it.

My username over there is longtimegone. I know some of you have Tumblr accounts with different names than LJ/DW. If you have added me, or would like to add me over there, and your name is different, please leave me a comment letting me know?

Totally unrelated to Fannish Things, I got the new Girlyman CD, Supernova, in the mail a few days ago, and I've been listening to it and it's beautiful. Girlyman is a Sunday morning kind of listening to me. Their harmonies are gorgeous. It relaxes me to listen to them.

So, what's up, everyone? Anything shiny and new grabbing your attention? Tell me about it! <3

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Here are two more...things. I ran across a Billie Piper ficathon meme thing (shut up) one night almost two years ago, and decided to write two little fics. One for Doctor Who and one for Secret Diary of a Call Girl.

Yeah, I don't know. It felt like the thing to do. Then I promptly forgot about them. So now I'm sharing.

A Life Like That (1142 words) by faviconlongtimegone
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Doctor Who, Doctor Who (2005)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Tenth Doctor (duplicate)/Rose Tyler
Characters: Tenth Doctor (duplicate), Rose Tyler
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I've traveled to all sorts of places. Done things you couldn't even imagine, but... you two... street corner. Two in the morning. Getting a taxi home. I've never had a life like that. - Ninth Doctor, Father's Day




Halfway to Hannah (395 words) by faviconlongtimegone
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Secret Diary of a Call Girl (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Hannah/Ben
Characters: Hannah Baxter, Ben (Secret Diary of a Call Girl)
Summary:

She lets the bags in her arms slide to the floor in the hallway and she disassembles Belle right there without a sideways glance in the mirror on the wall, all the while, staring at the Ben shaped thing asleep on her couch.



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Mary Magdalene (5625 words) by faviconlongtimegone
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sherlock (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Molly Hooper, Sherlock Holmes
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Tomorrow Sherlock will be gone, and Molly Hooper will have to start mourning him with everyone else.



Thank you to ivyblossom for the beta and cheerleading!

Yeah, y'all, I have no idea where this came from.

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Sherlock was REALLY awesome. Not without flaws but OMG FANNISH FEELINGS INITIATED FINALLY. Maybe I need four episodes? Yeah, whatever.

[personal profile] tropes made sure I had lots of fic to read. The bags under my eyes each morning THANK HER. <3

Yesterday it was announced that Benedict Cumberbatch is going to be playing the villain in the next Star Trek film (apparently an original villain).

emmagrant01 made a post about it, linking to the ontd_startrek post about the announcement, wherein there is a predictable range of hilarious and hot GIFs and such. (oh ontd_startrek <3)

I have been looking through the pages and pages of comments all day, laughing at things.

And then I came across this comment thread and promptly started breathing into a paper bag.

NO WORDS.

Picture at link for the lazy among us. You're welcome.



I'm sure this picture has made the rounds before, and I MIGHT have seen it? But WHATEVER. We all need to look at it again, I feel. Because my brain just exploded.

That is all.

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I was reading through the last LJ news update, and it appears that some users have had their manual pay accounts switched to auto-pay without consent. I'm not sure of the exact details there, and I'm not trying to be alarmist about it without more details, but it's worth checking.

Here's the thread where it was brought to LJ's attention.

You can go to your Manage Account page to see if you are set to "auto pay" renewal when your paid time expires.

I've got a permanent LJ account, so my stuff was fine, but I know some of you pay. I haven't had an opportunity to work up righteous outrage about LJ's crazy this week, but the payment thing could be a big deal, so I wanted to give a heads up.

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1 box mini Saltines
1 1/3-1 1/2 cups canola oil
3 tblsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp cayenne pepper (can omit to avoid SPICY)
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1 pk ranch dressing mix

Mix everything but crackers in a gallon ziploc bag. Where mix = squish together in a closed bag. Dump in crackers and turn a lot to coat. Let sit for at least an hour (ideally two hours) turning every 15-20 minutes to coat with mixture.

Remove from bag and let sit for at least 15 minutes on paper towels to drain. I usually let it sit longer and occasionally blot carefully. Store in an airtight container. Eat.

These are spicy with the cayenne pepper. I like that, but there are many variations of this recipe on the net and it's something you can totally play with to come up with your perfect flavor mix.

I let them sit in the container overnight, so the oil was absorbed by the crackers completely. They do not get soggy, and were surprisingly not greasy! I think it's because it was canola oil? I don't know.

They are good and easy. Make some.

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Does anyone have a rec for a good charging dock with speakers that would work with both an iPhone 4 and an iPod (160GB)?

I am doing my own research, but I'd like to see what people are actually using. I'd like to stay under $150 if possible but if something is awesome, just tell me about it regardless of price.

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A friend made a post this morning spurred me on to thinking about my mom and how my relationship with her has changed and grown as I've gotten older. I have a great mom. She's supportive and loves me and can drive me crazy faster than anyone else on the planet. I'm sure I can drive her crazy faster than anyone else too. :))

Anyway, I've been meaning to post about this, off and on, for a while.

My mom is in a fandom. And while it's not a fandom I share, and one I kind of find faintly awkward, it's still kind of cool because it means we share a connection that I never really expected to be able to share with my mom.

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I just wanted to share this about my mom, because it's kind of fascinating to watch and it's really made us grow closer over the last several years. I don't ask her if there is RPF that she reads about Def Leppard though. There are some things I just don't need to know. :))

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I went over to parkergray's (adorable) home last night to have margaritas and tacos and watch, but we ended up chatting for a while at the restaurant and then had great intentions to watch the episode with some wine back at the house, but ended up just bullshitting for about 3 hours. :)) So I came home and watched it before I went to bed! Very fun night though!

There was a lot of good in this episode. I felt it probably needed another 15 minutes of airtime, but overall, it was good. And one big thing that kind of sucked. And a part of the Confidential episode that made me LOL FOREVER.

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And also, that's it for Doctor Who Confidential. I feel kind of ambivalent about the cancellation in general, because it's definitely been stretching for material, and I feel the extension from 30 to 45 minutes was probably a bad move all those years ago. However, there were always some good behind the scenes moments and segments where the themes of the episodes were explored, and that was nice. The Doctor's Wife Confidential was probably the best one this year overall.

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