Rec: The Turnaround podcast

Jul. 21st, 2017 10:59 am
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 I’ve been listening to a new, limited-run podcast, The Turnaround, in which Jesse Thorn interviews well-known interviewers about interviewing. It’s not a topic I’ve given special attention to before, other than getting annoyed when I think someone is doing a bad job interviewing. But I spend a lot of time listening to podcasts and NPR shows that include interviews, so I have really enjoyed this opportunity to think about how interviews contribute to news and stories and how they are produced and edited. While there are some themes that have come up in most interviews, such as the importance of listening, the guests also have some widely different approaches to other key parts of interviewing, such as how they prepare.
 
I haven’t heard all of the available programs yet, but I can recommend:
 
Audie Cornish, host of NPR’s All Things Considered, discussing interviewing in the context of daily news.  
 
Brooke Gladstone, of On The Media, (essential weekly listening, imo) on the more critical, in-depth interviewing style of this program.
 
And then, it's interesting to contrast those interviews with two people who usually do much more lengthy, free-form interviews:
 
Susan Orlean, who writes books and long-form magazine pieces, and speaks thoughtfully about how she enters different communities and approaches interviewing "regular" people.

Errol Morris, the documentary filmmaker. He described liking to get interviewees to talk for extended lengths of time, and that is also his approach to being interviewed - long-winded and rambling, but still interesting.

If it weren't for podcasts like this, I would probably do much less housework. Anyone have recommendations for good listening? 

Gratitudes

Jul. 18th, 2017 08:01 pm
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1. Beautiful summer skies.

2. A glass of pink wine. (See icon.)

3. Lunch with someone I dearly love. \o/!

4. The entertainment value of watching my son play his first game of Magic: the Gathering today.

5. The prospect of an evening of Great British Bake-Off with [personal profile] sanj once I put Mr. Kid to bed, huzzah.

Fic: "Ampersand" 120/127 (NC-17)

Jul. 13th, 2017 07:07 pm
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Title: Ampersand
Pairings: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson, Mycroft Holmes & Sherlock Holmes, Mycroft Holmes/John Watson, Mycroft Holmes & Sherlock Holmes & John Watson
Tags: Alpha Sherlock, Angst, Asexual Relationship, Asexual Sherlock, Babies, Beta John, Blow Jobs, Bonding, Developing Relationship, Domestic, Family Feels, Friendship, Hand Jobs, Hurt/Comfort, Kissing, Life Partners, Non-Sexual Intimacy, Masturbation, Mpreg, No Incest, Omega Mycroft, Omega Verse, Parenthood, Pining, Platonic Bonding, Polyamory, Pre-Poly, Pregnancy, Requited Love, Sex, Sexual Frustration, Slow Burn, Unconventional Families
Summary: John isn’t all that interested when he finds out that Mycroft is pregnant. Mary just left, things with Sherlock are difficult, and nothing is the same, most of all not John himself. But then there is a bond needed, a baby born, and it was never meant to happen like this, but somehow... Family, love, sex, and making it work - the complicated way. Post season three Omega Verse AU!


Too cute (if you like kids)

Jul. 13th, 2017 10:40 am
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A couple of days ago I asked, Do You Know This Vid? I got a couple of things wrong -- the little girl's hair is light brown, not blonde -- but [personal profile] fayance kindly pointed me to the correct site and video. Unfortunately, it didn't allow "cross-domain access". Does that mean I have to be a member of Facebook? I'm not.

But, with a title, I could search Youtube, and found it quickly. Mila talks (the title under the other vid-page) took me to a page of this little girl's discussions about life. The specific vid I wanted was Traveling disasters by two year old Mila.

This little girl is obviously bright, very verbal, quite opinionated (but what little kid doesn't have strong opinions? <g>), and extremely expressive; she's a hoot to watch.

There are several others; Cindy and I will watch this afternoon.


Y'know, it occurs to me... this is the kind of child authors are thinking of when they write a kid into fanfic. *waves to Aly* There are children at the high end of the curve, whose mental and verbal expressions seem two or three -- or even more -- years older than their chronological age. Those of us who work more often with "average" children -- or even those striving to reach average -- may forget that such standouts exist. (More than a few times I've conducted a speech test with a child who seems stupendous -- he/she is answering every question, and I'm sure they will hit standard scores of 12's or 13's, but when I score it, they're only reaching 9's and 10's. I've worked with below-average children so long that my perceptions of "average" are skewed.) But, yeah, the above-average kids are among us, and who can fault an author for putting them in a fic, if they want to include a child? After all, most of our heroes, in fic, movies, or TV, are considerably above average; may as well let our OCs -- adult or child -- have something approaching parity with the leading characters. <g>
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More movie notes

Jul. 12th, 2017 08:24 pm
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The Keepers - Netflix documentary, 7 episodes. 2017.

This was rough, but riveting and thought provoking. A detailed investigation into the murder of a nun in 1969, this series focuses largely on women who were her students in high school (so they are in their 60s now). There is a lot of discussion of sex abuse in the Catholic church, some discussion of possible police corruption (or at least egregious incompetence), and a strong sense of the social consequences of violence. Recommended if you like true crime stories and can handle the discussions of abuse.

Masterminds - on Netflix. 2016. comedy.

This is good if you are in the mood for a silly comedy with some gross-out humor, and which is not mean, and not violent. Zach Galifinakis plays Dave, an armored car driver who gets manipulated into doing a robbery and stealing 17 million dollars. Also stars Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon. Content note: guns go off, but no one is shot.

Netflix and library viewings

Jul. 12th, 2017 04:04 pm
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Source Code. 2011, 93 min.

LOVED this and not sure why I hadn't seen it before. A science fiction thriller by the director of "Moon". Air Force pilot Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) wakes up on a communter train not knowing where he is or what is going on. A woman is talking to him and calling him "Sean". He goes to the restroom, looks in the mirror, and sees someone else's face. Some similar themes to "Moon" about how technology can be used to exploit people.

Okja. Netflix, 2017.

I didn't like this; it seemed like a message move whose message was garbled. It's a science fiction movie with poor world building and the script needed a few more edits. Okja is a "super pig" being raised by a teenage girl in the mountains of Korea. The project is run by a corporation trying to create and market new meat products that are supposedly beneficial for the environment. From the beginning it didn't make sense: why would a food animal take 10 years to mature? That would be way too expensive and is completely unrealistic. Do some research if you're going to write about meat production.

Wintry winter

Jul. 12th, 2017 06:10 pm
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By dint of feeding the woodburner full bore for the last twelve hours, we have convinced the temperature at the top end of the house to rise to 16c/60F. Given that it's currently 4C/39F outside I guess it could be worse.

Bro-in-the-South sent me a nice pic on his cellphone of the white stuff on his street this morning.

News pics of the cold

Tonight is a good night for a roast meal - lamb, roasted spuds, assorted green veges, mint sauce. Also, I am sending son out for the firewood because what else are strong young men for? Or even weedy young men?

Do You Know this Vid?

Jul. 11th, 2017 11:49 pm
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I'm trying to find a video on youtube, for which I do not have a name. Cindy opened it on her facebook page and showed it to me. I'd like to show other people, but on facebook it didn't show a name or a link so I could search. It went thusly:

A little blonde girl is sitting in a big easy chair, describing an experience. Her speech is not always clear; there are captions to help us understand her.

She explains that she was riding on a plane, and the lady in the seat next to her kept talking. "She was a real chatty Cathy." The lady asked what she wanted to be when she grew up. "I don't know; I'm only two!" The girl wished the lady would quit talking. "Then the miracle happened! I pooped in my diaper. After that, nobody talked to me anymore."

Those quotes may be a word off, but they're pretty close. I've tried searching, but the terms are too broad to find it. Has anyone heard of this or seen it and can toss me a link? I'd love to bookmark it.
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Fic exchange success!

Jul. 11th, 2017 02:17 pm
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For Not Prime Time, I received an adorable BACCANO! fic, Chane LaForet Sorts Out Her Feelings After Breaking a Man's Arm - despite the title, there is considerably less violence than in canon, and considerably more introspection, which makes sense given Chane is the viewpoint character. But there's a gorgeous swelling emotion in the fic, like being on the top of a rising wave, because Claire might be the kind of guy who instantly falls in love (and means it), but Chane needs to think things through. (Also the writing style closely resembles that of a good friend, but she swears she didn't write it, so I eagerly await Friday and finding out who my friend's writing-doppelganger is.)

I wrote for a fandom I've never written before, and a pairing that I hadn't originally offered. Whee? But my recipient loved it, and so did other people, so I can bask in Achievement Unlocked: New Fandom/Pairing. :-D

"Romanology: Vital"

Jul. 10th, 2017 09:15 am
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"Romanology: Vital" by nancy
PAIRING: Sherlock/John
FANDOM: Sherlock
RATING: R
WARNING: very AU, slavery, part of an ongoing series
SUMMARY: John's proper place in Sherlock's life is questioned and disrupted.

Has just been added to Sherlock Holmes Slash and is listed on the new stories page and the Holmes/Watson page.

Crossposted to Chance's Archive, Chance's Archive on Tumblr and Chance's Archive blog.

Summer gratitudes

Jul. 8th, 2017 03:23 pm
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1) I am trying a new recipe -- black rice salad with mangos and cilantro. (I forgot to buy the roasted peanuts, so will have to add those tomorrow.) I've never cooked black rice, so I'm hoping I chose the right setting on the rice cooker, but I am psyched to see how this turns out.

2) I'm also marinating some chicken thighs to roast tomorrow. I got a store-bought marinade (green chile), made in Austin, and I was hopeful that given its provenance it would actually taste spicy to me. To my great delight, it does.

3) I got to see friends over the past week, and that was a very happy thing indeed. \o/!

4) Now I am home but my kid doesn't come home until tomorrow, so tonight I get to go out to dinner like a grownup. ([personal profile] sanj and I are going to hit the Indian place, since that is a place I cannot go with Mr. Kid, at least not until he broadens his palate a bit.)

5) I got ten hours of sleep last night (!!!) and I have high hopes of replicating the feat tonight.

How are y'all? I've been mostly offline for a week; what'd I miss?

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