msilverstar: (orlando squinchyface)
...but damn does he look good!



(he’s in the center, his hair is still kinda blond from some movie in China.)

He’s almost the same age Viggo and Sean Bean were when filming LOTR.

So, happy birthday to me too.

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Just $10 donation to Planned Parenthood, you get 100 chances to win!  PP is one of the most important groups in the country now, worth donating (you can always unsubscribe later if they send you too many begging emails).  So doing a good thing and possibly getting an amazing thing!  You can also buy gift certificates but they start at $25.


https://www.prizeo.com/prizes/lin-manuel-miranda/the-ultimate-hamilton-experience-as-a-guest-of
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Elijah Wood ~ Questions set by John Rhys-Davies



1 What surprised you most about The Lord of the Rings?
How intimate it felt. I had nothing to compare it to then, but this quality has become more special over time. All of us embarked on something that had never been done before, tucked away in beautiful New Zealand, and if felt homegrown, like the world's largest independent film

Elijah Wood at ComicCon 2016

2 Did it open new doors for you?<
Certainly. More profoundly, living abroad for the first time and the personal growth I experienced as a result set me forth on the rest of my life.

3 Was there any detriment workwise to doing it?
I don't think so. I definitely remember a feeling of not wanting to rest on the success of the films, but I didn't feel pigeonholed. I just knew I had to keep working and challenging myself

4 Have you acquired any new interests?
I DJ as a hobby which has increasingly become a source of enjoyment and expression. I've always wanted to open a restaurant, as I'd love to marry the creativity of designing a space whilst giving a great chef a place to create. And opening a record store is something I've wanted to do since I was a teenager. Certainly no shortage of things I've dreamed about.

5 What car do you drive?
I have a 1984 Mercedes diesel wagon. It's long been a favorite car of mine and I finally found one in excellent condition last year.

6 I hear you have a new TV series, what's it about?
It's called Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency and it's based on Douglas Adams' series of books. It's difficult to summarise, but essentially it's a wild funny mad detective show with a case that is constantly revealing itself as it goes along. I'm excited for people to dig in.

7 Are you seeing someone?
Yes, sir.

8 What do you say when young people ask you about being an actor?
That one should love the craft and have no other motivations besides that passion. That it takes hard work and perseverance. Don't wait for opportunities to come to you. Create your own.

9 Where do you see yourself being another 15 years down the road?
Still making films and hopefully directing. And I imagine I'll still be talking about the films and my love of New Zealand, the closeness of the cast and crew, the craftsmanship of the various departments and the new roads they paved, and so much more.

from Empire Magazine January 2017, pp. 95-97

Dirk Gently PR:



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Posted in full on my tumblr via http://ift.tt/2h8wgxL on December 05, 2016 at 12:53PM
prokopetz:
dazzledfirestar:
stardust-rain:

violent-darts:

sephboy:

heres a cool idea: what if in 2017 tumblr commie kids gave up the creepy romanticization of the soviet union thing in favor of the aesthetics of american labor history–the haymarket riot, the pullman strike, the great railroad strike, emma goldman & yiddish socialism, woody guthrie, pete seeger, paul robeson, the iww and the 1912 textile workers’ strike, the ladies’ garment workers’ union, wpa murals, the american communist party, bread and roses, the union maid. that’s the Good Shit if yr looking for historical leftist culture imo

Seriously tho, kids. 

The USSR was a blood-soaked mess. A racist, anti-semitic, sexist blood-soaked mess at that. Do not repeat the sins of the Left of the 60s/etc by ignoring that. (Same goes for Maoist China, etc.) To ignore that is to literally piss on a truly appalling number of graves As an allegory, Animal Farm’s inaccuracies were that it’s not grim and horrific enough. The most conservative and hesitant and “well we don’t want to be hysterical about this” count of Stalin’s death toll, not including famine-victims, is 4 million; the one which, after various amounts of research, I find most convincing is about 20 million. Mao’s Great Leap Forward killed anywhere from 18 to 50 million, and we have literal footage of Tienamen, guys. 

This is not the good example you are looking for. Do not romanticise them. 

100% go back, as OP says, to the things that actually had good results (like a 40 hour work-week and basic human worker’s rights and shite) and did not do them over mountains of corpses. We have lots! They even included (gosh!) women! and queers! and people of colour/different ethnicities! They do all the things you want. 

These are your models. Not those bloody handed bastards over there. 
 
honestly, now is more important than ever to remember the historical contributions that the working class has made for social movements, given how much the media have taken blaming them for the rise of fascism. 

From Trump to Brexit, the narrative being spun has been that of “the working class were too poor and too dumb to know better” and how both Brexit and Trump spoke for them or to them, even though a majority of that demographic are non-white/immigrant/minorities who are severely affected by the political outcome. It’s a false narrative and it is both classist and racist and erases the fact that labour rights and worker’s rights and social rights in West Europe and Americas have come from and were heavily supported by the socialist left and working classes. 

Just to start off, I was reading the other day about The 1936 Battle of Cable Street, which was a stand organised by the local working class comprising of Jewish locals, the Irish locals, Labour and Communist party members in a demonstration against a Nazi march that lead to confrontation with the police (Discworld fans, read the fuck up about this because you will find a lot of what Pratchett was referencing in Night Watch). 

I’m sure there’s probably a lot more examples, and what OP mentioned definitely deserves more historical context and background. But the fact is that those historical contexts are either forgotten or ignored by the tumblr social justice commie kids scene because clueless privileged teenagers are more willing to worship dead genocidal dictators for cheap aesthetics than do actual fucking research. 

There’s a difference between celebrating bloody totalitarian regimes and celebrating actual socialist and leftist movements that had a positive outcome, in all their complexities, struggles and conflicts. And that difference means research and looking at the contexts of historical and social political landscapes of the time, the sum of which unfortunately can’t be reduced to sickle-and-hammer on a pastel colour palette.  

Also please be aware that the horrors that were brought down on people in the USSR and other regimes are within living memory. There are witnesses, victims and perpetrators STILL ALIVE, and potentially on tumblr. This is not some far off thing that happened hundreds of years ago. PLEASE understand how the trivializing and romanticizing of these regimes and their imagery can be very triggering.

My family on my father’s side ended up in Canada fleeing the Holodomor. That whole side of my family tree just ends around 1933 - the records to trace it back any further than that simply don’t exist. Like, I’m sympathetic to socalist causes, but if you want to get me on side, maybe don’t hold up the regime that murdered 50% of my ancestors as your go-to example?
 
Yeah, I did a paper on Stalin in school, going in with the idea that “anybody Joe McCarthy hates can’t be all bad”, and coming out with “Stalin is pretty much all bad”.  From his sneaky rise in the Party leadership, turning people against each other, to what he did with power: torture and starvation and exiling whole peoples to Siberia and informants everywhere and indoctrination and show trials where former comrades confessed and named other people.  He was a monster. 

And for the personal touch, my great-grandmother was an illegal immigrant to the US, fleeing Stalin and Hitler both, the rest of her family all died except one uncle.  Two out of about 30 people. 

So any idealistic young communists and socialists out there, that is the wrong damn model to take.  Not that there are any superfantastic models, but some are better than others.  Just because we have a fascist President-elect does not mean we have to be extreme in the opposite direction.

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Thousands Plan To Join Hands Around Oakland's Lake Merritt In Protest of Trump on Sunday (via East Bay Express)

lake merrit plan.png

Grabbing my kid and going to make a statement 🌀🇺🇸💔💜☮💔☮💔☮

hands-around-lake-merritt-reality.jpg

Tiring, not sure how meaningful, but feeling good

Hey, we made the first photo of the New York Times story : http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/17/opinion/a-12-step-program-for-responding-to-president-elect-trump.html

msilverstar: (drowning in splooge)
I can’t really believe this, I’m sorry and terrified and I’m so sorry everyone who drowns when the sea level rises and everything goes to SHIT  How can this be happening now? 

And I can't even use my usual vote icon because Viggo voted and proselytized for the Green Party. If even one of his fans in a swing state bought into his logic, or if the popular vote was so much bigger than the electoral college votes, there might be some acknowledgement that it wasn't really a mandate. Fuck.
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2016-10 Dom at Sitges PR 
 
 Dom at Collectormania Milton Keynes, 2003, by @msilverstar




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Posted on tumblr via http://ift.tt/2dyoFw1 on September 30, 2016 at 08:20PM

RT [personal profile] eyebrowofdoom:

I learned today that Kassie/ethrosdemon died on 27 September 2016.

It sounds there won’t be any kind of public memorial type stuff happening. Information (there is very little) is here:

http://ift.tt/2dypqFz

ETA slightly more info here http://ift.tt/2cIfR0v

http://ift.tt/2cIeLBX

I knew her originally from Buffy, then later Lotrips, then CW (Smallville/Supernatural) - she was a key early founder of fannish infrastructure in the Supernatural fandom. Did not know her well but always enjoyed exchanging comments. She was sharp and hilarious, and her fic (both fan fic and published pro fic) was wonderful.

I’m also feeling sad about the dispersal of the livejournal fandom diaspora and how we have not been able to maintain anything like the kind of cohesion we used to have there. Feel like there is almost no one left on deck to do the kind of public mourning we used to do. IF I DIE, YOU GUYS HAD BETTER NEVER STOP POSTING ABOUT ME FFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU (ok?).

ping @sharpestrose

x-post http://ift.tt/2cIeTS8
Ethrosdemon was really nice to newbies like me back in the day, and we were talking US culture and politics on her LJ just last month.  I’ll miss her. Also, not a memorial: http://fanlore.org/wiki/Ethrosdemon
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“Hillary” 1x03 (via kseniyasurvivor:)
 
Maybe I’m just partial (who am I kidding, of course I’m partial, it’s Dean O’Gorman), but George Lowe, the sidekick who didn’t get to the top of Everest, is more interesting than Edmund Hillary as such. 

For those in New Zealand: Hillary miniseries on TVNZ


for the rest of us, try LoungeLobby

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diocletianscabbagefarm:

ambelle:
dickprintbandit:
imsoshive:


Wild

this is true.

What’s funny is that I’m not surprised

The article lays down some insightful history about the origin of the national anthem, I recommend reading it to everyone

No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

“The Star-Spangled Banner,” Americans hazily remember, was written by Francis Scott Key about the Battle of Fort McHenry in Baltimore during the War of 1812. But we don’t ever talk about how the War of 1812 was a war of aggression that began with an attempt by the U.S. to grab Canada from the British Empire.

However, we’d wildly overestimated the strength of the U.S. military. By the time of the Battle of Fort McHenry in 1814, the British had counterattacked and overrun Washington, D.C., setting fire to the White House.

And one of the key tactics behind the British military’s success was its active recruitment of American slaves. As a detailed 2014 article in Harper’sexplains, the orders given to the Royal Navy’s Admiral Sir George Cockburn read:

Let the landings you make be more for the protection of the desertion of the Black Population than with a view to any other advantage. … The great point to be attained is the cordial Support of the Black population. With them properly armed & backed with 20,000 British Troops, Mr. Madison will be hurled from his throne.

Whole families found their way to the ships of the British, who accepted everyone and pledged no one would be given back to their “owners.” Adult men were trained to create a regiment called the Colonial Marines, who participated in many of the most important battles, including the August 1814 raid on Washington.

Then on the night of September 13, 1814, the British bombarded Fort McHenry. Key, seeing the fort’s flag the next morning, was inspired to write the lyrics for “The Star-Spangled Banner.”


https://theintercept.com/2016/08/28/colin-kaepernick-is-righter-than-you-know-the-national-anthem-is-a-celebration-of-slavery/

This is written from an outside POV, history they didn’t teach in my school



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windycityteacher:

burntcopper:



things english speakers know, but don’t know we know.

WOAH WHAT?

Really, I had never noticed that before!  I guess all the reading as a kid made e understand it, Surprising small new unexpected English language information…  But linguists have!  Big bad modifier order post at Language Log
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striving-artist:



Yep. 

Yep. 

Wait, what?


Oh this is GREAT!  I love that video (the Tetris song is engraved in my brain) and there are 5 fics in this fandom on AO3, see the tag: A Complete History of the Soviet Union as Told by a Humble Worker Arranged to the Melody of Tetris
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[tumblr.com profile] fiercynn

password: awake

Wake Me Up [multifandom vid]
by Scribe and fiercynn

Fandoms: Futurama, Doctor Who, Supergirl, The Matrix, The Wizard of Oz, Supernatural, Stargate Atlantis, Inception, Smallville, The Flash, Merlin, Demolition Man, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Cracked.com, Firefly, Sleepy Hollow, Xena: Warrior Princess, Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America (movies), Life on Mars (UK), 28 Days Later, The Walking Dead, Community, Waking Life, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Hannibal, Snow White & the Huntsman, Maleficent, House M.D., Over the Garden Wall, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Vanilla Sky, Star Trek Into Darkness, Om Shanti Om, The Lord of the Rings, Torchwood, Elementary, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Killjoys, Sense8, Quantico




Content Notes: technically mild violence, major character death and suicidal imagery, but none of the characters actually die in canon (or, they’re resurrected)

Notes: made for Club Vivid 2016 at @vividconofficial. Thanks to bessyboo, marianas, feedingonwind, and pearwaldorf for helping us source!

Comment and/or download here or at AO3!

OMG so much this!

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Posted in full at my tumblr via iftt on August 06, 2016 at 12:07AM, an animated gif by [tumblr.com profile] taraljc

Q: If you didn't play Bones and Sulu, what role would you want? Uhura (both)
Karl: Oh my gosh they high-five


Some interview:
Q: If you didn't play Bones and Sulu, what role would you want?

Karl Urban and John Cho, at the same time: Uhura

They look at each other. Karl says Oh my gosh.

They high five.

[tumblr.com profile] taraljc says, I now mentally refer to both of them as Nerdface.


If this is fanservice, I'm all for it!
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Posted in full at: my tumblr at July 17, 2016 at 11:24AM via [tumblr.com profile] mollyringle: So this happened. :D Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd being all bromantic on Twitter more screenshots of Twitter performance )


[twitter.com profile] DomsWildThings "Guys it's been resolved. [twitter.com profile] BillyBoydActor has sent me 20 snakes and 20 centipedes wrapped around 20 orchids for each year of our love. Awwww."


(i'm testing cross-posting from Tumblr via IFTT -- only transfers the first image, sad to say, I had to do the rest individually)
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via http://ift.tt/2aUoPs6, tumblr, and @aidanturnerdaily:

Aidan Turner is in the US promoting Poldark with his castmates.  There are lots of yummy photos as they are all very pretty people, but I like the red one of Aidan best of all of them, it feels intimate.


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via http://ift.tt/2al94Pg and [tumblr.com profile] nonukesthanks:

tumblr implemented on-blog advertising, which is why blog theme html keeps getting messed up.

To shut it off:
  1. Click the ‘person’ icon in the top right
  2. Select ‘Settings’
  3. Select your blog from the column on the right
  4. Scroll down to the ‘Advertising’ section
  5. Shut that shit off.

You have to do it for all blogs individually, including side blogs.





I saw my first ad today, it blocked the blog content and I couldn’t figure out what was going on for quite a while. Blergh.
msilverstar: (a vi)

Thanks to @demonessryu for tagging me! It took me a while, I just don't like writing about myself these days. So:

  1. I am employed! I like the company and the people and my job pretty well.

  2. I really like getting paid

  3. I get to ride a train to work, and I still love trains! It's not a perfect solution, but I would literally die if I had to drive. I'm working at home a couple of days a week as well. We'll see what happens when it gets dark at 4:30

  4. My daughter, who is showing me the Big Fat Quiz of Everything at the moment and generally being wonderful. And a family that watches Granada Jeremy Brett Sherlock Holmes together...

  5. My little house, which is cluttered, but still has high ceilings and lots of windows and green outside, and feels good.

  6. Good food: chocolate, Dungeness Crab, stone fruit esp. cherries and peaches, a perfect roast chicken, sushi, artisan bread, channa masala

  7. The weather is mostly mild and foggy in the mornings, sunny during the afternoons. My work is further inland but they have AC, as does the train.

  8. Fandom friends old and new, and art and fic with so much happy smut! And angsty epics and confusing wonderful fics and crossovers galore.

  9. Aidan Turner and Dean O'Gorman and Graham McTavish going to conventions (sadly, not the same ones) and still enjoying the fan love

  10. The color green, specifically dark emerald green.  

msilverstar: (liv-billy-andy SAGs)

Netflix
  • Orange is the New Black - in small doses, it's really intense and reminds me about the failures of our society
  • Call the Midwife - I liked that jenny didn't fall in love with the guy who pursues her, and she did break up with the married guy.  It's an interesting combination of romance, religion and gritty reality, and the screaming labor is always
  • MASH - We used to watch it every week, when it was a contemporary answer to the Vietnam War, it's weird seeing the period from so far away. Parts of it have aged better than others, the sexism is gross but Larry Linville is oddly attractive at times.
  • Almighty Johnsons - Such weird show, but I like it a lot, and my fave Dean O'Gorman is very fun to watch.  It starts off very male but gets more balanced and has truly unexpected plot twists.  The Axl/Helen bodyswap episode is bizarrely  funny and memorable and the Gin Wigmore soundtrack is great.
  • Tried Silver Linings Playbook and was bored out of my skull.
  • The West Wing - girlchild adores it, the crackly dialog, she has no idea what a great fantasy that was during the Bush administration
Amazon Prime (they are losing money on us, heh)
  • Dancing on the Edge- Jazz musicians in 1930s England - we finished this one, Angel Coulby & Chiwetel Ejiofor were good, but the plot was a gigantic mess and not much was resolved.  Loved Wunmi Mosaku as the backup singer who comes into her own.
  • Borgia - parts of it work for me, some of the costumes are spectacular, but there's way too much exposition, Cesare looks and acts like a young Sean Penn, and Pope Alexander with a New York accent is just jarring.
  • The Americans - girlchild likes it, I'm not entirely sure. 
  • VEEP - just starting this, so far not too much embarrassment humor
  • Mozart in the Jungle - all of them have interesting flaws, and there's a certain schadenfreude in seeing beautiful people in imperfect lives.
acorn.tv (I got a 3 month sub to try it out)
  • Poldark - Aidan Turner acting moody and shirtless, also pretty costumes, pretty Cornwall, OTT plot...
  • The Blue Rose - a temp and her friends fighting corruption in New Zealand, with a bit by Mark Ferguson
  • Falcón - Spanish police detective in Seviille, actors include Marton Csokas, Hayey Atwell, Santiego Cabera, all looking gorgeous
  • The Clinic - Irish medical clinic soap opera, nicely done, eventually will have a young Aidan Turner as the receptionist
  • Partners in Crime - Agatha Christie's Tommy and Tuppence, looking forward to that!
Other means
  • Underground (WGN) the trailer looks good, and I was annoyed with Turn for so little Aldus Hodge, and I hope it's a great story of slaves freeing themselves
  • Agent Carter - bought season 1 on itunes, and probably will get the second one for female friendship if nothing else

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