Silver Surfer #11: "Zero-Sum Game"

Jun. 27th, 2017 01:12 pm
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"When we first conceived the current Silver Surfer series, there were three big stories we wanted to do. Galactus (#8-10) was the first. Shalla Bal (v2 #1-4) was the second. The third starts in Silver Surfer #11..." - Tom Brevoort

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Jun. 27th, 2017 03:03 pm
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We ended up at Palm Palace for dinner last night. The food and service were good, but even though I was conservative about what I ate, I ended up not feeling well due to a combination of gas and reflux. I think that the reflux was partly due to the gas and such, possibly even mainly due to it.

I slept badly last night. I never used the c-PAP at all because it seemed unwise with reflux and with me getting up repeatedly during the first couple of hours. I woke up with the sneezing and runny nose again, so apparently the c-PAP doesn't relate to that. Damned if I have any clue what's going on.

I guess I'll keep the extra appointment I have with my doctor next month (I was supposed to cancel it in favor of the scheduled follow up in August, but I held onto it in case something came up). My chances of getting in to see her any earlier are almost zero. I didn't want to keep that appointment because it Thursday during Art Fair. That week is pretty much the worst time to go to UHS all year long as all the buses will be both detoured and packed. My dentist appointment, in the same general area, is the Monday of that week, but that should be before the detours start. Official Art Fair is usually Thursday, Friday, and Saturday with set up on Wednesday.

The technician came today to do the tune up on the air conditioner. He says it all looks good (which isn't surprising given that the unit is only two or three years old). The woman from their office who called to let me know that he was on his way kind of freaked me out because she insisted that all of our windows had to be closed in order for him to work. Scott declined to shut the windows last night because the predicted high for today was 73F, and I can't shut most of the dratted things on my own (and Cordelia was still asleep). She assured me that the technician could close them for me. He was puzzled as to why she'd think it would be necessary. He said that that requirement is for when it's actually cold outside. That is, if the windows are open and it's 50F outside, it's kind of hard to get the AC to do anything so that he can see how it's working.

Anyway, that's done until the furnace tune up in the fall. We get the same guy each time, and I like him.

I've gotten the trash out. I'm holding out on the recycling in hopes that I can break down some of the boxes in the basement and get rid of them. I like keeping a few boxes in case of wanting to send a package, but we've probably got thirty Amazon boxes down there. We don't need that many, and I know there's room in the bin for at least some of them to go.

Off-Topic Tuesday!

Jun. 27th, 2017 11:11 am
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In the comments to these weekly posts (and only these posts), it's your chance to go as off topic as you like. Talk about non-comics stuff, thread derail, and just generally chat amongst yourselves.

In the US, the new Healthcare scheme is being co-ordinated and planned in such cloak and dagger stealth and secrecy that the planning of the D-Day landings look like an information free for all by comparison.

The Supreme Court upheld, sort of, Trump's travel ban, until it's review later in the year, so we'll see how that one goes.

The British PM finalised a deal with the Democratic Unionist Party (a party more regressive than even her own Tory Party are) to shore up her minority Government for Brexit, and the cost of this compeltely cynical move? A snip at £1 billion pounds. And this from a PM who told a nurse that the Public Sector pay cap of 1% had to stay because "We don't have a magic money tree"... yeah, right.

A new mini-version of the Super Nintendo is being released in September for $80

This weeks Doctor Who, the first of the two part season finale (and last regular story for Peter Capaldi) was pretty damn awesome... especially if (like one lucky friend) you had managed to avoid ALL spoilers, because the reveals were very, VERY impressive. And even if you knew what they were, they were still capable of holding an emotional gut-punch.

Missy was a delight, in her trying to be good, but not really having the right attitude for it. (Oddly, and I only realise this as I typed that last sentence, in some ways reminiscent of Capaldi's early stories, where his social skills were... distinctly lacking and he ponders over whether he's a GOOD man)

The Cybermen should always reflect a degree of body horror of course, but I can't recall anything on this scale before (The proto-Cyberman screaming "Pain!" repeatedly and endlessly through it's voicebox, until a nurse comes along to tend to it... by turning the volume on the voicebox down... That's just HORRIBLE)

My one serious concern is that Bill does not end up being a victim of the reprehensible "dead lesbian" trope in TV drama, but I'm hoping that Moffatt's tendency to NOT kill characters will shine through and it might end up being something to do with why he's seen regenerating at the start of the episode. Am REALLY jazzed for the finale!

And to shift slightly more ON topic (which I really do try NOT to do), it's the last week of Pride Month, and whilst we may not have had a theme devoted to it, since EVERY month is Pride Month on scans_daily (Well, it is if we're doing it right), a big shout out to all members who identify on the delightful rainbow which is the LGBTQIA spectrum! You are all welcome, you are all celebrated and if some of you want to post scans on the topic, then fly my pretties, FLY!
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Conflict is needed for drama. And in a group, there is that one character who is around just to cause conflict with the other characters. WEST COAT AVENGERS #69 is an example of when there are two characters there just to cause conflict, and what happens when they fight each other.

Story by Roy Thomas, with art by Paul Ryan.

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Grudge Match )

The Hood #3

Jun. 26th, 2017 01:04 pm
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Jun. 26th, 2017 06:21 pm
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Today is our 24th anniversary. Scott took the day off so we could hang out together. We went into Ypsilanti to do some Ingress and got lunch at a diner called The Bomber.

Cordelia spent most of the afternoon with one of her friends downtown. She kept calling us and asking us to suggest things to do. I couldn't come up with anything she liked. They'd already gotten ice cream and didn't want any other type of food. They didn't want to window shop. They didn't want to actually shop. They didn't want to visit any museums. Pokemon Go and Ingress are too out of style to even be considered even if they had either on their phones.

Yesterday, Scott got the lawn mowed and cleaned out one of the two Time Capsule drives. The big problem we've got is that his hard drive is over a terabyte of family photos and videos. We may need to dedicate one of the drives to his machine and use the other for me and Cordelia, but that will require that Scott actually pay attention to what the program is doing and be willing to address the matter rapidly if one drive or the other stops working.

We watched two library DVDs last night and then returned them today (long, long waitlists). Both were amusing in different ways, and we even got Cordelia to join us in watching one of them.

Scott bewilders me by watching TV episodes on his laptop while he's also watching his brother playing games with active voices (and explosions). I think he flips back and forth in terms of the visuals. When I'm in the same room with him, I keep trying to follow what's going on just by listening, and... Yeah. Not working.

I used the c-PAP for a chunk of last night and didn't have any sneezing or runny nose today. Hopefully, that's done. I'm not sure how much the Ativan is actually helping and how much is just that I've got more time for sleeping to make up for the poor quality. I'm having trouble, when on my side, with getting adequate head support without dislodging the nasal pillows. I very much doubt that a different mask would help given that it seems to be the shape of my face changing depending on which bit the pillow is pressing against.

And now we're trying to come up with dinner ideas...
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 …that I happened to read kinda recently and that I personally haven’t already recced, in reverse chronological order. The list leans towards Spuffy crack.
This is the result of a 6-month backlog of reccable fic, after Buffyverse Top 5 fried my fic processors.
I'm too sleepy and impatient to do @mentions.

  • 2014, complete: Slayer Unleashed by EllieRose101 (11,802w, NC-17, Spuffy). I’m reccing it for sudden, fabulous background polyamory that ties in to the overall themes of the fic, but you should know it’s a very claim-filled sequel of a claimfic. I thought it had a few neat fantasy details re: how a psychic link thing would work in everyday life.
  • 2012, complete: sung me moonstruck, kissed me quite insane by storyqdayx5d (3580w, E and Underage, Buffy/Drusilla). I found it through  Restfield​‘s Drusilla recs on tumblr, and I want to second. It’s beautiful and hot, and Buffy is very Buffy, and Drusilla is extremely Drusilla. It WORKS.
  • 2012, complete: untitled Spike and Buffy Season 4 bodyswap ficletby athenniel (278w, not rated but probably T, pre-Spuffy). This seems different from most other bodyswap fic I’ve seen, in that it brings out how disturbing it could be to have someone else wear your body, especially someone as dedicatedly annoying as s4 Spike. It’s like a nonstop tennis match of snark and pettiness. I love it.
  • 2012, complete: Love Me, Love My Dog by Rebcake​ (990w, PG, Spuffy and background Sprusilla). It’s Spike! As a terrier! Actual Dog!Spike! I thought it was adorable and accurate.
  • 2012, complete: Torn by Quinara (517w, T, Spuffy). Author’s summary: “The end of Smashed, only where Buffy and Spike are a butterfly and a moth… Go with it?” Rebcake​ told me it exists, over here.
  • 2011, WIP: the Green Card verse by brutti_ma_buoni (61,063w, G to M, Spuffy). Buffy fake-marries Spike for important plot reasons in season 4. I think the_moonmoth recced it recently.  I thought it was prettily playful and funny, and many, many other good things besides, and I really dug the way that canon elements kept surfacing in unexpected shapes and combinations.
  • 2011, complete: The Watcher’s Council Wellness Retreat by gabrielleabelle (5155w, G, s6 canon Scoobie ships). A kind of light-hearted… farce? that got painfully accurate at times. The Scoobies need therapy for many, many reasons. :)
  • 2010, complete: Those Who Favor Fire by angearia (1184w, PG-13, Spuffy). You’ve seen Spuffy ice skating fic (or you might have), now get ready for EXCELLENT Spuffy ice skating fic (I mean if you haven’t)!
  • 2010, complete: Ceteris Paribus (All Else Being Equal) by Beer Good (1500w, PG13, gen). SO MANY puns. From author’s summary: “In canon, Buffy and Willow are Psychology majors. Isn’t it funny how that echoes in a lot of the themes in season 4? What if they’d picked a different subject, like… oh, I dunno… Economics?”
  • 2010, complete: LADIES PREFER BLONDES by moscow_watcher (3000w, PG13, Spuffy). Glorious bodyswap genderswap (or sex-swap technically, ofc -- it's a temporary girl!Spike, okay) crack, good for the soul. It had so many plot twists, and I laughed practically the whole way.
  • 2009, complete: Tabula Not Rasa by moscow_watcher (3252w, R, Spuffy). Again with the amazing plot twists and thoroughly entertaining smutcrack, featuring a fun headcanon about the Powers that Be.
  • 2009, complete: Stick Shift by Stultiloquentia (4812w, E, Spuffy). Author’s summary: “Buffy stakes herself a vampire.” It’s what it sounds like (see the rating), and it’s EXQUISITE, poetic and thinky and everything else.
  • 2007, complete: Maturity Vs. Experience by hello_spikey (4353w, NC-17, Spike/Giles). Spike and Giles kind of get drunk and have a maturity contest that they both lose? I thought it was really funny.
  • 2006, complete: Collide by Enigmaticblue (68,410w, T, Spuffy). Kind and perceptive, and hopeful. From author’s summary: “What if that house-demolishing in Smashed was a metaphor with a different meaning than the writers gave it?” Recommend the meta at the beginning of the fic if you’re not reading the fic itself.
  • 2002, complete: Because It’s Wrong by mahaliem (1246w, R, Spuffy). Honestly, the sheer age of it fills me with awe. And, well, it makes some good points… (Approximately 50% of this fic is Spike talking dirty.)
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Happy Birthday!

Jun. 26th, 2017 04:43 pm
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Happy birthday to [personal profile] liliaeth and [profile] thenewbuzzwuzz! I hope you both have a wonderful day and wish you an even better year to come!
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Comics don’t rip off pop culture anywhere near enough any more. Krypto and Ace the Bat-Hound happened because of Lassie and Rin Tin Tin. Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD happened because of James Bond and the Man from UNCLE. Comics used to omnivorously devour whatever was popular and make it part of the mix. Usually two years too late, but they were in there trying. Kung fu popular? Have some kung fu heroes! Blaxploitation? Gotcha covered. But at some point, greedily chasing trends started to be frowned on. And the Big Two comics got to be a lot more about maintaining the old stuff than chasing the new. I think that was a point when comics lost a lot of vitality. If Pokemon had happened in 1965, there’d be a Spider-Man villain today named Monsteroso, who hunted & trapped monsters he used to do crimes. -- Kurt Busiek

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