muccamukk: text 'Writers expressed themselves with cymbals' with a picture of a set of cymbals (Books: Writing)
What I Just Finished Reading
Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party by Joshua Bloom and Waldo E. Martin Jr., narrated by Ron Butler
Coming from the standpoint of knowing basically zero about any of this, I thought this book was a really good place to start. It laid out the social and political background, how the movement formed and why, the main players and their backgrounds and what happened from there.

It was a little bit repetitive, and the timeline zigzagged a bit, but mostly it read very well.

I would like to read some individual stories by Panthers, as this book was meant to be more academic, and I feel like there's a lot of voice and emotion left out.


Watership Down by Richard Adams
Third time I've read this, but first in a few years, but I remember so much of it so vividly from when Dad read it to use when we were young. It is very difficult to talk about a book as deeply foundational as this one. I noticed more character details this time, how the stories built on each other, how the chapter quotes tied in. Still in love with it, still get teary at the end.


The Selection (The Selection #1) by Kiera Cass
Hard one to rate. One one hand, was it good? No. The world building is meant for people who thought the Hunger Games was too deeply considered and realistic, the obvious love triangle is obvious and all plot twists were predictable from page one.

However, I've gotta say that I needed to buzz through a book like this for pure soap to reset my brain, and it does exactly what it says on the tin entirely competently. I'll probably read the next two, while I'm at it.


The Raven and the Reindeer by T. Kingfisher
So this is pretty much a creepy Nordic mythology retelling of Snow Queen except with lesbians. I was a fan. It was also really funny, and the characters felt well built and real. I loved all the talking creatures.


A Story as Sharp as a Knife: The Classical Haida Mythtellers and Their World by Robert Bringhurst
Absolutely fascinating and probably better read more slowly or more times than I did. As the traditions are so absolutely different than literature I'm familiar with, I had a hard time getting a lot of them as clearly as Bringhurst wanted me to, I think. What I did get was slightly dizzying in scope, and I feel like I'll need to go back to it.

Bringhurst was also selling his point hard that he was talking about proper art, which was more or less preaching to the choir, but I suppose it did someone good. I should like to hear it spoken, as pronunciation guides elude me.


The Lost Child of Lychford (Lychford #2) by Paul Cornell
Very enjoyable, more so even than the first one. I liked tying in the bedevilment of Christmas rush for the vicar with actual bedevilment, and how the women are starting to work together as a team. It could have been a little too direct, but let each woman have their own beliefs and ways of thinking about and using magic. I'd be happy to read more of tor.com wants to publish them.


What I'm Reading Now
From the library: Obsessive Genius: The Inner World of Marie Curie by Barbara Goldsmith, which I just started, but is interesting so far. I'm curious how much it will include that I hadn't hit on the Curie research binge I did for that LoT fic.
Audio: The Jewel House: Elizabethan London and the Scientific Revolution by Deborah E. Harkness, which I'm almost done, and was absolutely fascinating.


What I'm Reading Next
Probably finish up a few audiobooks I left hanging, then work through the library stack (in order of dueness):
Hot pterodactyl boyfriend by Alan Cumyn
Four wars of 1812 by D. Peter MacLeod with the Canadian War Museum 1812 team
Tecumseh & Brock: the War of 1812 by James Laxer
The theatre of the world: alchemy, astrology and magic in Renaissance Prague by Peter Marshall.
A two-spirit journey: the autobiography of a lesbian Ojibwa-Cree elder by Ma-Nee Chacaby with Mary Louisa Plummer
muccamukk: Wanda casting a spell, surrounded by violet swirls. (Avengers: Scarlet Witch)
Hi, sorry for posting this late, yesterday was busy here.

Since there doesn't seem to be a lot of participation, I'll wrap up here. I hope people were lurking? In any case, I want to binge watch season two before I do my SSR Confidential sign up, so I'll let it rest here.

Cheers to everyone who commented.
muccamukk: Peggy Carter wearing a leather jacket, holding a gun and looking like she means business. (Cap: Agent 13)
Please comment in this post with reactions, impressions, meta, fic ideas or whatever else you think of. Anon commenting is on if you don't have a DW and don't want to fuss with OpenId. Comment totally anon, or sign with your user name, as you like. Don't worry if you're late watching, join in the comments anyway, whatever time you get to see the episode.

This post is a spoiler zone for the whole Agent Carter series, and the MCU generally. If you want to avoid spoilers, you can comment in this thread.

We're trying out a Squee-Only Thread. If you'd like to focus on squee, and remain untroubled by people not liking your fave, whoever your fave may be, check it out and ignore the rest.

I'm sure everything will be pretty casual, so I'm not going to have rules or anything. Please don't be an asshole to other commenters.

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Mar. 15th, 2017 11:54 am
muccamukk: Telya standing in the forest. (SGA: Forest Woman)
Humble Bundle: Women of Science Fiction and Fantasy

I can't decide on this one. I own a bunch of it already. Good books in there though.
muccamukk: Peggy, with briefcase, entering a room, the light of the hall silhouetting her. (AC: Silhouette)
Please comment in this post with reactions, impressions, meta, fic ideas or whatever else you think of. Anon commenting is on if you don't have a DW and don't want to fuss with OpenId. Comment totally anon, or sign with your user name, as you like. Don't worry if you're late watching, join in the comments anyway, whatever time you get to see the episode.

This post is a spoiler zone for the whole Agent Carter series, and the MCU generally. If you want to avoid spoilers, you can comment in this thread.

We're trying out a Squee-Only Thread. If you'd like to focus on squee, and remain untroubled by people not liking your fave, whoever your fave may be, check it out and ignore the rest.

I'm sure everything will be pretty casual, so I'm not going to have rules or anything. Please don't be an asshole to other commenters.
muccamukk: Blue Beetle grinning as he lands. Speech bubble: I did it with science! (DC: SCIENCE!)
Various poking around for 17th century English court/piracy things has led me to the letters of the Tuscan Resident in London, which includes such things as:
"The Duke of Buckingham shows so much earnestness in forwarding this expedition, and in making arrangements for his personal requirements, that people now begin to believe that he really means what he says and that he will command in person. He appears confidently to believe that by undertaking this voyage he will make so favourable an impression on the people that he will regain their confidence. More faith than usual is now placed in his statements, and his serious intention is also shown by the military costume which he wears, with an immense collar and a magnificent plume of feathers in his hat. "
and
"The Duke of Buckingham invited their Majesties to a very beautiful fete given at his residence. A bullet was performed, with various interludes, representing the naval armament and its departure from this island. The Duke appears to have thought that the real fleet would be ready to sail sooner than is generally believed. "

(I maintain that the fashion off between Orlando Bloom as Buckingham and Louis XIII in the 2011 The Three Musketeers had more historical veracity than anything to ever happen in another Musketeers adaptation.)

Meanwhile, I have ALSO found ex-pirate Henry Manwaring's The Seaman's Dictionary: Or, An Exposition And Demonstration Of All The Parts And Things Belonging To A Ship Together With An Explanation Of All The Terms And Phrases Used In The Practique Of Navigation.
Which includes such fascinating historical tidbits as:
A Bitter-end is that end of the cable which is used to be within board, still at the bitts, when the ship rides at an anchor; so that upon occasion when they would have that end bent to the anchor, they say bend-to the bitter-end, which we use when we find that the other end which was bent to the anchor, is worn, fretted or galled.

Three random music/art things I have recently liked.
Gerald Finley - "Batter My Heart"

Amelia Curran - "The Mistress"

Marianela Nuñez and Carlos Acosta - Don Quixote - Act I finale
muccamukk: Edwin leaning back to look at Peggy, who is turning towards him. (AC: Companionship)
Welcome to our first second third fourth fifth post.

Please comment in this post with reactions, impressions, meta, fic ideas or whatever else you think of. Anon commenting is on if you don't have a DW and don't want to fuss with OpenId. Comment totally anon, or sign with your user name, as you like. Don't worry if you're late watching, join in the comments anyway, whatever time you get to see the episode.

This post is a spoiler zone for the whole Agent Carter series, and the MCU generally. If you want to avoid spoilers, you can comment in this thread.

We're trying out a Squee-Only Thread. If you'd like to focus on squee, and remain untroubled by people not liking your fave, whoever your fave may be, check it out and ignore the rest.

I'm sure everything will be pretty casual, so I'm not going to have rules or anything. Please don't be an asshole to other commenters.
muccamukk: A soft-focus close up of Peggy, who is wearing bright red lipstick. (AC: Lips)
Welcome to our first second third fourth post.

Please comment in this post with reactions, impressions, meta, fic ideas or whatever else you think of. Anon commenting is on if you don't have a DW and don't want to fuss with OpenId. Comment totally anon, or sign with your user name, as you like. Don't worry if you're late watching, join in the comments anyway, whatever time you get to see the episode.

This post is a spoiler zone for the whole Agent Carter series, and the MCU generally. If you want to avoid spoilers, you can comment in this thread.

We're trying out a Squee-Only Thread. If you'd like to focus on squee, and remain untroubled by people not liking your fave, whoever your fave may be, check it out and ignore the rest.

I'm sure everything will be pretty casual, so I'm not going to have rules or anything. Please don't be an asshole to other commenters.

I'm going to start watching around 8pm (PST). If anyone wants to live chat. I have a dal.net channel #ssr-rewatch. Kiwi browser client is an easy way to get on. Your log in should look like the one below, except with your username filled in.
Settings to log into irc on kiwi. Channel = #ssr-rewatch server = irc.dal.net
(click to embiggen.)

I think that's it. Have fun, everyone!

Mary Beard!

Mar. 9th, 2017 09:38 am
muccamukk: Silhouette of Supergirl in flight, crest of the House of El behind her. (SG: Super)
Lecture for London Review of Books: Women in Power.

This is long, but well worth a read/listen (I'd rec listen, as I find Beard adorably dorky, and she has lots of asides and a Q&A at an end that are not in her notes).
muccamukk: Jan flying. Text: "Watch out where you swing that hammer, Golden Boy! There's a lady present!" (Marvel: Feminism)
Tor.com: Nevertheless, She Persisted (a flash fiction collection). This has been going up at one fic an hour, all day, and appears to be wrapped up now.

I thought the story by Amal El-Mohtar was especially fine.

Of course the first two comments have been banned by the mods. Amazing.
muccamukk: Peggy, with briefcase, entering a room, the light of the hall silhouetting her. (AC: Silhouette)
Welcome to our first second third post.

Please comment in this post with reactions, impressions, meta, fic ideas or whatever else you think of. Anon commenting is on if you don't have a DW and don't want to fuss with OpenId. Comment totally anon, or sign with your user name, as you like. Don't worry if you're late watching, join in the comments anyway, whatever time you get to see the episode.

This post is a spoiler zone for the whole Agent Carter series, and the MCU generally. If you want to avoid spoilers, you can comment in this thread.

Starting today, we're trying out a Squee-Only Thread. If you'd like to focus on squee, and remain untroubled by people not liking your fave, whoever your fave may be, check it out and ignore the rest.

I'm sure everything will be pretty casual, so I'm not going to have rules or anything. Please don't be an asshole to other commenters.

ETA: Not on chat tonight.
muccamukk: Peggy Carter wearing a leather jacket, holding a gun and looking like she means business. (Cap: Agent 13)
Welcome to our first second post. Hope you enjoy the show.

Please comment in this post with reactions, impressions, meta, fic ideas or whatever else you think of. Anon commenting is on if you don't have a DW and don't want to fuss with OpenId. Comment totally anon, or sign with your user name, as you like. Don't worry if you're late watching, join in the comments anyway, whatever time you get to see the episode.

This post is a spoiler zone for the whole Agent Carter series, and the MCU generally. If you want to avoid spoilers, you can comment in this thread.

I'm sure everything will be pretty casual, so I'm not going to have rules or anything. Please don't be an asshole to other commenters.

I'm going to start watching around 8pm (PST). If anyone wants to live chat. I have a dal.net channel #ssr-rewatch. Kiwi browser client is an easy way to get on. Your log in should look like the one below, except with your username filled in.
Settings to log into irc on kiwi. Channel = #ssr-rewatch server = irc.dal.net
(click to embiggen.)

I think that's it. Have fun, everyone!
muccamukk: Peggy, with briefcase, entering a room, the light of the hall silhouetting her. (AC: Silhouette)
Welcome to our first post. Hope you enjoy the show.

Please comment in this post with reactions, impressions, meta, fic ideas or whatever else you think of. Anon commenting is on if you don't have a DW and don't want to fuss with OpenId. Comment totally anon, or sign with your user name, as you like. Don't worry if you're late watching, join in the comments anyway, whatever time you get to see the episode.

This post is a spoiler zone for the whole Agent Carter series, and the MCU generally. If you want to avoid spoilers, you can comment in this thread.

I'm sure everything will be pretty casual, so I'm not going to have rules or anything. Please don't be an asshole to other commenters.

I'm going to start watching around 8pm (PST). If anyone wants to live chat. I have a dal.net channel #ssr-rewatch. Kiwi browser client is an easy way to get on. Your log in should look like the one below, except with your username filled in.
Settings to log into irc on kiwi. Channel = #ssr-rewatch server = irc.dal.net
(click to embiggen.)

I think that's it. Have fun, everyone!
muccamukk: Peggy holds a pencil between her teeth and studies a clipboard. (Cap: Preoccupied)
So a bunch of people who've signed up for [community profile] ssrconfidential wanted to do a canon refresher, and I agreed to host it. Since we're trying to get eighteen episodes watched before the main writing period really gets going, it's going to be pretty fast (think of it like those dance marathons from the 1930s). However, don't worry if this schedule doesn't fit your schedule. I'm just going to put the posts up on the below days; if you want to watch them then, yay, if you want to watch six on Saturdays and none during the week, also yay, just comment as something familiar passes you by. Don't worry about adding me, just track the Fest: Agent Carter Rewatch tag for e-mail alerts. I have anon posting turned on for those without DWs.

I'll be putting up the posts a little before 8pm (initially PST, then PDT after time change) on the following dates. I'm not sure if anyone is interest in irc chats to go with, but I can set up a channel if anyone is. Other suggestions welcome, in this regard. Commenting on the posts seems easiest to me as then no one has to be too worried about time zones. You can live blog reactions by replying to yourself in a chain, etc.

I am counting the main comment section as a SPOILER ZONE for the whole series and the MCU generally. However, I will make the first thread on each post spoiler free, and link to it from the main post for spoiler adverse first-time watchers. That thread will only have spoilers for that episode and the ones proceeding it, not for the rest of the series.

I'm not really going to have any rules, other than to please remember that thine favourite is not always mine favourite and the other way around. Expressing dislike of a character/plot/hat is fine, but don't be a dick about it.

Schedule:
3 March: 1x1 - "Now is Not the End"
5 March: 1x2 - "Bridge and Tunnel"
7 March: 1x3 - "Time and Tide"
9 March: 1x4 - "The Blitzkrieg Button"
11 March: 1x5 - "The Iron Ceiling"
13 March: 1x6 - "A Sin to Err"
15 March: 1x7 - "Snafu"
17 March: 1x8 - "Valediction"
19 March: 2x1 - "The Lady in the Lake"
21 March: 2x2 - "A View in the Dark"
23 March: 2x3 - "Better Angels"
25 March: 2x4 - "Smoke & Mirrors"
27 March: 2x5 - "The Atomic Job"
29 March: 2x6 - "Life of the Party"
31 March: 2x7 - "Monsters"
2 April: 2x8 - "The Edge of Mystery"
4 April: 2x9 - "A Little Song and Dance"
6 April: 2x10 - "Hollywood Ending"

I'm open for discussion on rewatching various other things Peggy appears in, such as Cap movies, Ant-Man and the mini movie thingy, presumably after the main rewatch. Comments? Questions? Opinions? Discuss them here.
muccamukk: River looking out of the frame, half turned away. (DW: River)
So obviously I'm a fan of DW's image hosting. It saves so much time.

I'm behind on absolutely every one of my shows, which is bad as I need to do an Agent Carter rewatch before I write for [community profile] ssrconfidential.

Have solid ideas and starts of stories for Cap/IM RBB and [community profile] fandom5k, but need to dig in more. Will probably do RBB first.

I was seriously looking at doing that sibling relationship exchange, but then saw who the mods were, so haha, no. Good not to sign up for more things at this point anyway.

The Bible site managed not to e-mail me my Lent reading today, so I'm going to look one up in a liturgy book, but they're all on the top shelf, and I'd have to move a chair. [Whining about how Lent should be easy goes here, lol.]

All in all rainy spring days here. I'm hoping to get a bit more of a garden going. I just grew four or five things and barely put flowers in last year, but the other keeper wants to share time this year, so that'll help. I'm going to try growing fennel. Me v. germinating lavender continues. Take three, see how it goes. I should just buy wee plants, but they're difficult to get out here.

I really liked this (image heavy!) post about Steve Rogers over on tumblr: Captain America 76th Anniversary Celebration Post. Thanks to [tumblr.com profile] jayleeg for putting it together.
muccamukk: Wanda casting a spell, surrounded by violet swirls. (Avengers: Scarlet Witch)
Sign ups are open.

But not here!

Check out [community profile] mcurollingremix for updates.
muccamukk: Steve and Tony standing side by side looking into a blue background. (Marvel: Into the Blue)
Remix Madness (free for all where everyone throws in and remixes each other)

Title: Getting Home Again (The Kidnappers Never Prosper Remix)
Remix Of: Kidnapped! (Again) by Muccamukk
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] antigrav_vector
Fandom: Marvel 616
Characters: Steve/Tony, Avengers
Words: 2,100
Rating: Teen
Summary: He was asleep when Tony was taken, and it's left Steve a wreck. Now he's got to keep it together long enough to get Tony back...
Notes: Angsty Steve PoV remix of my angsty Tony fic. All fic should have Steve!Angst remixes, even (especially?) the Steve Angst ones.

Title: 'Iron Man: The Watchers of the Moon'- the rehash
Remix Of: Iron Man: The Watchers of the Moon by Muccamukk
Creator: [archiveofourown.org profile] ranoutofrun
Fandom: Avengers (Ambiguous Fandoms)
Characters: Steve/Tony
Pages: 6
Rating: NSFW
Summary: Will the moon ever be the peaceful passenger for our world again, will the alien menace be defeated, will the plot ever be resolved....? The idea continues....
Notes: SOMEONE DREW MY COMIC SCRIPT! That's like a life goal taken care of right there. Which, is also amazing because it's extremely well done, and adds a new ending to the original story, which is excellent and hilarious. THIS IS THE BEST.

Title: Inquiries into Orbital Dynamics (Mission Controllers' Remix)
Remix Of: Gravitational Pull by antigrav_vector
Author: [personal profile] muccamukk
Fandom: Marvel 616 (OCs, Rhodey, Jan, background Steve/Tony)
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 5,600
Notes: Steve and Tony do not appear in this fic, also I'm a massive nerd. Thanks to Dap for beta reading.
Summary: When a mysterious object appears in orbit around the Moon, NASA teams up with the Avengers to investigate it. This is NASA's story.


Relay Remix (Telephone remix, similar to Rolling Remix, the chains are revealed here.)

Title: Nightmare Fuel
Author: [personal profile] muccamukk
Fandom: Marvel 616 (Steve/Tony)
Rating: Teen
Word Count:2,200
Notes: Due to a mix up in files, instead of getting Ranoutofrun's excellent send up of the cover of Iron Man #172, I got the actual cover of Iron Man #43 (which looks like this) and, not recognising what it was, cheerfully remixed it into this story. Whoops. Thank you to Robin for beta reading.
Summary: The mission may not have been exactly routine; Steve did get turned into a evil snake, and may have almost killed Iron Man, but he's usually better at shaking off this kind of thing. Now, the memories linger.

Title: Nightmares and Daydreams of You
Remix Of: Nightmare Fuel by Muccamukk
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] dapperanachronism
Fandom: MCU
Characters: Steve/Tony
Words: 1,700
Rating: Teen
Summary: Steve wakes with a start, gasping for breath, tangled up in sweat-soaked sheets. The images of lunging at Iron Man's throat, of teeth and metal still fresh in his mind, the scene playing over and over behind his eyes.
Notes: This chain when through the most amazing universe hopping. Here's the first one :D I really like the sweet h/c moments towards the end.

Break

Feb. 25th, 2017 06:48 am
muccamukk: Phryne sitting in the cockpit of a biplane, about to pull her goggles down. (MFMM: Flying)
I've been cranky and unreasonable lately (sorry), and am going to take a couple days off line. Back Monday or Tuesday.

Here's a picture of the U.S.S. Nimitz.Read more... )
muccamukk: Cap pulling Iron Man to his feet. Text: "Help you stand." (Marvel: Help You Stand)
(Are they rounds if it's more or less continuous and unending?)

Anyway, I think this essay by Zen Cho is one of the best things I've read on the topic, and all my circle who are into SFF fandom should read it: Being an itemised list of disagreements.

This post by Rachel Manija Brown is also good, especially as it has a links list of excellent ways to help at the bottom: A more specific grievance.

I also rec their books, though RMB with the caveat that she's a friend of mine (WHO IS GREAT).


On more cheerful topics, I claimed an RBB art over at [livejournal.com profile] cap_ironman, which I know I swore up and down I would not, as it overlaps with [community profile] fandom5k, but there was this really great 17th-century duel pic, and, well. So I'm currently plotting that. Anyone who has fun things you think I should know about the 1620s in England, France or Ireland, feel free to add to the research pile :D (Huguenot Rebellions and other early 30 Years War concerns especially welcome).

Here's a poem: "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning" by John Donne (Nenya: "Is this by an F_FA nonnie?")


I found a dead octopus, sent pictures to the Park, and have received cooing comments in return. Only biologists. We might finally get the scaffolding's taken off the tower this week. Huzzah! I keep meaning to do a picture post, but it has not yet occured.
muccamukk: Stephen smiling and looking confused. (B5: Confused Smile)
Title: Once Like You Are Now
Author: [personal profile] muccamukk
Fandom: Babylon 5 (Stephen/Marcus, Richard Franklin)
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 4,500
Notes: Written for [community profile] babylon5_love month.
Summary: As the civil war comes to an end, Richard and Stephen Franklin meet again, and Stephen has a few things to tell his father.

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