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2017-05-06 11:32 pm
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Steven Universe S04E21-25, "Lion 4: Alternate Ending" through "I Am My Mom"

These are available on demand through my cable provider this weekend, so I watched them all in a gulp tonight. (I was going to last night but I was done with Con or Bust stuff too late.) The episodes air Monday-Thursday this week; Season 5 premieres Memorial Day.

I don't know if I'll do individual episode breakdowns, as I'll be very very busy all week and away Thursday night to boot. So come back when you've seen them all!

spoilers for all five episodes )
kate_nepveu: sleeping cat carved in brown wood (Default)
2017-05-05 07:48 am
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Steven Universe fans with cable or the CN app

Check either your cable's on-demand system or the CN app--the app is releasing next week's episodes today, and while my cable system (Spectrum, formerly Time Warner) isn't participating in the app, it does have all of new week's episodes available on-demand now, ending Monday, when they start airing on CN.

Eee! New Steven Universe tonight for me!
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2017-04-22 10:21 am
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also, while I am signal-boosting

Don't back that Kickstarter for a short film about slash fandom, because it's co-written and edited by Franzeska Dickson, who is not a person to be given a platform to talk about race in fandom.

Twitter threads: one, two, or I could just say "wrote that digustingly racist 16k meta (AO3-locked) last year", and a lot of you will know what I mean. Note that the second threads has screencap excerpts of the meta.
kate_nepveu: sleeping cat carved in brown wood (Default)
2017-04-22 09:00 am
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Con or Bust auction: offer by Sunday, bid starting Monday

I have still basically not been here, sorry, but fyi:

Con or Bust is taking auction offers through tomorrow, Sunday April 23 (end of the day Eastern time).

Bidding starts Monday April 24!

There's a bunch of cool stuff up already, a few more things going up today, and, I hope, more coming in that just haven't been submitted yet. So check it out!

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2017-04-10 10:58 pm

Welcome to Night Vale, "All Hail"

My third live Welcome to Night Vale show. I still like the experience of "The Librarian" best, but the audience-participation part of this one was way more to my personal taste than "The Investigators" (and pretty self-evident from the title).

Unfortunately the big climax didn't quite land for me, but that's because I liked it better when (redacted) did it. And I do wish they wouldn't mix the music and sound effects so loud. But on the whole it was a very enjoyable 70 minutes.

Guests, which change from show to show, as I understand it, so not really spoilers, but just to be safe: tonight's guests )

The music was Erin McKeown, previously heard on the weather with "The Queer Gospel".

Finally, Cecil's pants really have to be seen to be believed.
kate_nepveu: sleeping cat carved in brown wood (Default)
2017-03-30 08:03 am
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Con or Bust-ery

News from the Con or Bust end of things:

1) Auction accepting offers now through April 23; bidding April 24 through May 7.

2) Sign up for the newsletter, which includes fandom news as well as Con or Bust stuff!

3) Read the annual report for 2016 and the board meeting minutes, which include my announcement that I am strongly considering not running for re-election to the Board in spring 2019 (ten! years!) and the Board's agreement that regardless, we should identify and encourage new candidates for the Board next year (and/or people who could start volunteering this year!), to bring new perspectives and to keep improving Con or Bust’s stability as an institution, not just my personal project.

I think that's all for now. *whooshes away*
kate_nepveu: sleeping cat carved in brown wood (Default)
2017-02-17 09:43 pm
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Steven Universe S04E17, "Storm in the Room"

My sleep debt is uncountable so this is not particularly coherent.

SPOILERS )
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2017-02-11 10:05 pm
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The LEGO Batman Movie

This was enjoyed by all members of Chateau Steelypips; it was amusingly self-aware and meta in ways that don't detract from kidly enjoyment of the slapstick. (I mean, it opens with Batman in voice-over saying something like, "BLACK. All serious movies start with a black screen.")

I have not seen all of The LEGO Movie, but the bits I did, didn't impress me: oh look, it's the one cool girl, again, and also daddy issues, whee. This movie is still dude-heavy, with just one of the four central hero characters being female, but at least the Mayor is also a woman? And I love that Barbara Gordon is Commissioner here, with Jim Gordon retiring and very emphatically shuffled off-screen, also that she is firmly on the side of Batman working with the police, not as a vigilante.

Here are some extremely mild spoilers, because this is not the kind of movie where the plot is a surprise:

spoilers )

Trailers:

* Power Rangers: is "gritty" really the appropriate aesthetic?

* The Boss Baby: please no.

* Cars 3 teaser: [personal profile] mariness had said that it reduced a theater of kids to tears, so when I realized what it had to be I warned the kids, and they were fine.

* Some live-action thing that looked earnest and kind of too adult and that entirely failed to make an impression on me, even after I looked through the forthcoming list at IMDB.
kate_nepveu: sleeping cat carved in brown wood (Default)
2017-02-08 07:13 pm
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Elections for Con or Bust's Board of Directors

As I said on Con or Bust's site:
In March, Con or Bust’s Board of Directors will be electing up to four members to the Board, for terms of up to three years. Anyone can be a candidate; if you are interested, or if you want to encourage someone else to run, please read on for more information.
Please see the link for more details and spread the word!
kate_nepveu: sleeping cat carved in brown wood (Default)
2017-01-30 09:23 pm
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Steven Universe S04E11, "Steven's Dream" & S04E12, "Adventures in Light Distortion"

So this whole week's worth of episodes was briefly available on my cable system on-demand back at the start of the month, and I binged them, but I will confine these posts to only things I thought at the time or on rewatching as aired this week, not about stuff that becomes retroactively relevant.

spoilers for tonight's episodes only )
kate_nepveu: sleeping cat carved in brown wood (Default)
2017-01-28 11:12 pm

a statement of position

I believe it is wrong to prevent the entry into this country of legal residents, of incredibly-thoroughly-vetted refugees fleeing terrible conditions, of literal war heroes, and of people who have no ties to terrorism whatsoever, but are perceived to be easy targets for racist, Islamophobic hatred.

If you agree and are able, consider donating to the ACLU, the International Refugee Assistance Project, and/or the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

If you disagree, you are cordially invited to unfollow and uncircle me.
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2017-01-19 10:26 pm
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The Good Place post-season finale (no spoilers)

I love this show A LOT but it hasn't been renewed for another season yet and I really really want it to be so please go and binge it on your option of choice; if nothing else you can watch all 13 episodes on NBC's website. Because it does stick the landing and it's AMAZING but I really, really, really want a second season. A lot.

As I said in my original post, "it's using admirable pacing to unfold a lot of plot and character development in a very compact space," and that continues right up to the very end. So if you're puzzled by certain aspects stick with it, it's worth it, and it all really works as a single thing. And I love everyone in this bar, they're so great, and it's so delightfully off-kilter in all the little details, and it just makes me happy. And amazed. It's so good.

(Yes, there is a rather open end to the season, but it's also one that allows you to pretty easily write your own closure if you want and if for some reason it's not renewed. So I wouldn't call it a cliffhanger, but YMMV.)

A spoiler post will follow.