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so I was reading this post and she was talking about Bodyswap focusing on the physical sensation and I thought...what would it be like if someone bodyswapped with a robot?

Here's the trippy part: I wrote these stream-of-consciousness. One after the other. I copied them to this post. When I went back to my word processor to determine wordcount....each piece had exactly the same amount of words. By accident.

Title: Steel/Stolen
Genre: Science Fiction
Rating: G
Warnings: loss of identity
Wordcount: 462

Steel )
Stolen )
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Signed up to make a Club Vivid Vid to "All the Right Moves" by One Republic, and it looks like I'm not going to finish in time. If i do finish it in time for the premiers show, i'll submit it for that.

Sigh. I really hate missing deadlines, but my life has been too busy lately to make them.

Now I just have to step it up for Premiers (there's, like, 2 I want to make, and now there's 3!)
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I realized recently that my Youtube channel didn't have the majority of my vids on it. In the process of finding the right sized and correctly audio-ed vids to upload on there, I began thinking about what my favorite parts of my past vids were.

There's always a moment (a clip, a bit of music/video matching), just one, in each of my vids that makes me think "This is important".

The first time I did a real vid (not clip-pirating from youtube oh goodness those were the dark years) and had it shown semi-publicly (OH VIVIDCON), it was a Premiere vid about Merlin to the song "Dream Awake" by The Frames. Hopefully you don't remember it, because it was terrible. Terrible editing, rush job, slipped frames, wonky aspect ratio, the whole nine yards of FAIL.

But I was so proud I could do it! The idea was fantastic, the concept that Morgana was a Merlin-version of Cassandra was sound, and I seriously regret that the first time I put that idea out there was coupled with shit editing. If I had polished it more before sending it, if I had given myself more time to complete it (instead of getting the last episode on my computer THE DAY BEFORE IT WAS DUE), I'm sure it would have been better received. On top of the editing fails, I put the description in the program book as an explanation for who Cassandra was, and a lot of people didn't like that I thought they didn't know. I know now what I didn't know then: it's better to assume everyone's on the level than to assume they're not and piss people off.

ANYWAY, that vid sucked, so I polished it. I did what I should have done before I sent it in, and I made it better. My MOMENT OF AWESOME (aka my favorite part) is when you see Morgana throw Arthur a sword when he's fighting. The entire first half of the vid is all "Morgana, like Cassandra, has prophetic dreams, and nobody listens to her about them. Meanwhile, Arthur and Merlin are taking care of these badass baddies, and Morgana is stuck at home, probably locked up in the dungeons, helpless to fight them off." and then you have Morgana tossing Arthur his sword, followed by Morgana Fighting, Morgana Defending herself, etc, and it's the turning point for the whole vid. Yes, she has dreams, yes, no one listens, but no, she is not helpless. She fights WITH Arthur and Merlin.

In "Call It Off", my unknown vid (Youtube won't let me post it without disabling the audio ARGGG) in a very very small fandom (Sunshine Cleaning), it's just tears, tears, tears, phones, their mom, sadness, hard decisions, (which is okay, I like that vid, I think that's the point of it. They have to make choices, and they will get hurt by them.), and it's full of clips that have emotional resonance in me (mostly because the acting is so fucking awesome, I am swept away in a wave of tears at them) so it's not really that when my Moment OF AWESOME comes around it's awesome because it makes me cry....

When there's that 4-part clip sequence between Norah-and-Lynn, transitioning to Amy-and-Mac, transitioning to Norah-and-Lynn, back to Amy-and-Mac...it's the point of the vid, right there. Norah/Lynn is Forbidden Hope, Amy/Mac is Forbidden love, Norah/Lynn is Happy Friendship, Amy/Mac is Happy Love, it's like a step forward and a step backward, a tiny dance that shows comparisons in the relationship each sister has. It just settles my heart.

In "Friends", my most recent and beloved vid, which I made for Festivids 2010 for Valika, is, surprisingly, my mother's favorite. She will demand to see it every day and posts links to it on her FB page. She doesn't even know the fandom. This makes me happy. My MOMENT OF AWESOME is the second PING in the beginning, when Arthur Dent hits his head going down the stairs.

It sends the message: "This video is for the LOLZ. do not take this seriously." It's very rare that I have such a simple message in the beginning of any of my vids. The first PING is a lighthearted romp, the second ping is OKAY TIME TO LOLZ U GUYS, the third PING is HAHAHA no really, this vid is stupid, but in a funny charming way.

In "WTF" my Sherlock (BBC) vid, just the very thought that I put the song lyrics ON THE SCREEN, WITH THE VIDEO FOOTAGE and pulled it off is practically a moment into itself. There are, however, 2 MOMENTS OF AWESOME (gasp!).
1) the first "there's just this thing about you". It also sets the theme of the whole vid with that one line. There's just this thing about Sherlock, you know? And it's fucking with John's mind. The whole vid is a giant WTF moment in John's head.
2) I'm quite sure I'm the only one who knows about this little Easter Egg I've hidden in the text....but when it does the first "the kinda thrill/ that could maybe kill ya"? The way I've arranged the text, when it fades from "the kinda thrill" into "that could maybe kill ya", there's a point where it almost says "the kinda kill/ that could maybe thrill ya" which I think is the truest Sherlock statement. I was hoping someone would catch that little visual spacing/poetry thing I did, but oh well. Can't win them all.

meme: WIP

Apr. 16th, 2011 03:43 pm
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Seen at Lamardeuse's LJ: "Post a single sentence from each WIP you have (or as many as you want to pick). No context, no explanations. No more than one sentence!"

Merlin, Original Fic, SGA, Supernatural. See if you can guess which ones are the fanfic! )
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I'm at faviconhellpenguin and fandoms in the immediate queue include Stargate Atlantis, Merlin, Harry Potter, Supernatural, Smallville, SG1, Doctor Who, Stardust, Eli Stone, House MD, Haven, etc!
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AHAHAHAHA. I LOVE PEOPLE. Some of these prompts are, like, on complete crack. They start out sounding like prompts, and the ends devolve into pipe dreams.

I mean, like, I don't know if I'm supposed to comment on other people's prompts, but #26 on the full list of art/writing prompts, the last one:
"Annals and letters of a social climber with a knack for politics who ends up pulling the strings behind the scenes in a dynasty that rules by divine right, whilst also cultivating the world's first lineage of domesticated flying pygmy wildcats. No smokers please."

the first part is like "ah, i wouldn't be able to write that :(" and then the last part is like "WHAT OMG I WANT TO READ THIS!"

SO MANY PROMPTS, i want to write/draw/read THEM ALL.
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following the way [personal profile] trobadora wrote her letter.
[community profile] junetide is awesome, and I can't wait to see what you churn out!

writing )

art )
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Title: Crook of My Good Arm
Fandom, Pairing: Alice (Syfy), mild Alice/Jack, mostly Alice/Hatter
Music: "Crook of My Good Arm" Pale Young Gentlemen
Summary: This is the song I've been leaving out of all my Alice mixtapes, hoarding it like a magical video-editing squirrel. The first time I heard this song, I thought, "I HAVE TO VID THIS TO ALICE/HATTER", partially because it's the perfect song, partially because it's Hatter.
Size/Length: 212.58MB; 02:55
All the liars I know
tell me the course is bleak.
They can go to hell,
I know that story well,
and maybe I am weak.
But not the crook of my good arm.

Run run through the thicket and the barley,
run run for the sake of your good name.
Run run for the puzzle of it all
for the child in your heart
that's taking all the blame.

Download at Megaupload | Stream on Vimeo Password at Vimeo is "hatterissexy"
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So I leave for Gallifrey One tomorrow around 2:30.

Friday costume: Frobisher (look for the giant Private Detective Penguin)
Saturday: Amy Pond a la Vincent and the Doctor (i'll be the one holding the fake sunflower)
Sunday: undecided. probably Frobisher first half of the day and regular me the rest.

let me know if you're going to be there!
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I've decided to make a Werewolf vid. Using Blood and Chocolate, Skinwalkers, and Lost Girl. If I can find my Underworld, I'll use that, too.

So the way I made my festivids vid was in 3 days, in a new way:
I wrote the lyrics line-by-line on a piece of paper with space between the lines. I watched the movie, and paused it at moments i thought would fit in with the lyrics and wrote the timecode and a few descriptive words underneath the corresponding lyric. That way, when I eventually brought the video file into my editing software, I just found the timecode, highlighted, and dragged the clip I needed into my timeline. It only took me 3 days, and that's not even a full 3 days.

Unfortunately, this time, I know what I want the footage to be about, I have the theme, but I don't have the song narrowed down. So I just did the whole timecode+description and made a list of all the scenes I thought would be important when I choose the song.

If you're interested, here's what my list looks like spoilers if you haven't seen the movie )

Also, few side notes on this movie:
*Rafe has my hair. It bothers me. My exact hair + style.
*I read the book after the movie, which is probably why I like the movie more, even though the end is a total opposite.
*The way the wolves/people dance at the bar/club place? Is exactly how I dance. Eerie.
*I wish Vivian had said something to Gabriel at the end.
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So when I was signing up for Festivids, I had just created my etsy account and was starting to make stuff and was so very very excited about the whole thing that i signed up for festivids under my etsy name in a fit of glee. Unfortunately, now nobody knows that "elegantbutstrange" is "hellpenguin" and my awesome vid of awesome isn't easily connected to my name. sigh.

Anyway, here's the vid I did:

Title: Friends
Recipient: Valika
Fandom: Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy movie (2005)
Song/Artist: "Friends" Flight of the Conchords
Summary: Friends help you when you're in danger/ Friends are people who are not strangers.

Link to the FV Poster with all my lovely comments
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1. Go to Wikipedia and hit random. The first article you get is the name of your band.

2. Go to quotationspage.com and hit random. The last four or five words of the very last quote on the page is the title of your first album.

3. Go to flickr and click on explore the last seven days. Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

4. Use PhotoShop or similar to put it all together. Post it with this text in the caption.

Everyone is doing it, on Facebook, on ElJay, and I am here to take it to the EXTREME.

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(the first one I did, full of fail.)
my caption: The first, the worst, the Punk band of ex-OBGYNs. Featured songs are "F U Cancer!" and "Syphilis Payback"

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Caption: A new-age easy-listening band, featuring songs "And The Canal Was My Heart" and "Sifting Through Time"

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Caption: Heavy Metal Pop Rock band, sounds like Rage Against The Machine got drunk with Lit, Jimmy Eat World delivered the lovechild, and the All-American Rejects dropped it. Hit songs included are "My Garage" and "Drive Drunk"

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Caption: Off-beat Indie band, instruments: violin, mandolin, keyboard, old typewriter, xylophone, and a bongo. Songs included are "Missed The Train" and "My Heart Is On Fire".

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Caption: Indie Pop Rock band. Well, really, it's just this one chick in her room with a synthesizer and a mixing program on the laptop her parents bought her. Songs include "Down the Street" and "The Tower".
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Everyone's doing it, and I am so totes a sheep.

Episode reviews: 11
Fanfic: 4
Memes I took part in: 2
Vids I made: 7
Book reviews: 1
Movie reviews: 1
Music reviews: 1

Eventful things:
moved all my fics to AO3!
Had vids premier at Vividcon!
Discovered Sherlock!
Started watching Haven!
Took part in Festivids!
I made a youtube video about taxes and voting
Gave up and watched first episode of Hawaii Five-Oh
Got a couple thousand words into my Original Fic!

Fandoms I got all up in:
*Old Spice

If you find any comment-fics I've posted, let me know so I can add them to my journal.

IN SUMMARY: I made a lot of vids. VVC lit a fire under me two years ago and after I got that new laptop and that software it was a losing battle. I haven't written nearly enough fanfic; it feels like I'm drifting far away from my passions. The only reason I wrote so many episode reviews is because I kept a notepad near my computer while watching Season 3 of Merlin.

Also most of the memes I've participated (this year, ALL) didn't get any comments. Guys? Are you out there?
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So remember when I posted about how excited i was to be making this mysterious hilarious vid? And I used a lot of these: "______"? Well, this is that vid.

Title: A Million Ways To Be Cruel
Length: 02:43
Spoilers: Season 3
Character(s): Morgana, Morgana's Evil Face
Summary: Morgana is evil, can't you tell? LOOK AT HER FACE. That's like, a million faces of evil!

MU link: 593 MB
MU link smaller version: 9.17MB
Streaming Link: Youtube

reeeaaallly long author's notes explanation below cut )
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I have tried to be strong. I have tried to be different, to not cave in and watch GOOD GOD ANOTHER SHOW LIKE I HAVE TIME FOR THIS SHIT*?!

But my google feed has shown me countless episode caps and H5O Primers and comparisons on the slash-o-meter with SGA McShep and OK I GET IT.

I give up.


*Ok, actually, since Chuck and Community and 30 Rock when on their christmas break, I guess I have time for more shows.
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I am making a vid. I really shouldn't be, but I am. I will tell you it is Merlin, and it is to a band I keep finding myself vidding, and it is about....SOMETHING. Something that has driven us Merlin fans up the wall because it's SO OVERUSED and I want to tell you what it is but then it will be easily imagined and aufoiseieuhgile omg it's just awesomely fun to wade through footage looking for those shots of ______ doing _____ like ____ doesn't realize ___ is doing _____ and then LOLing at my screen when those shots appear, like, five times in one _____.

It will be done by the end of this month! I will work on it tomorrow, after i have my cavity filled.
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On Tuesday, November 2nd, at 2am, I realized the following:

I had to vote in under 24 hours.
Prop 22 was kinda hilarious.
There's a webcam on my laptop.
I have video editing software.

This led to the creation of a video blog, which I am dubbing "The Cat Show".

I sincerely doubt any of you care beyond LOLing at me, but here's the link to the youtube video I made of myself ranting about Prop 22 and how people always complain about taxes, and the only redeeming quality of the whole thing is that i put some funny texts on the screen, like "Apparently California likes it both ways (Like your mom)".

For some reason, my laptop's microphone picked up my voice in a funny way.

Yes, that is actually my face.

Music rec!

Nov. 4th, 2010 02:50 pm
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I fucking love these guys. Not only is their music instrumentally glorious, like beautiful noise (my favorite kind, y'all), but all 7 band members are uber sexy. Like, if I were just a slight more fangirly I would fucking move to Seattle just for their live shows.

Hey Marseilles:

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Yeah. not 24 hours after seeing the movie, and I went ahead and wrote the fic that had been in my head since then.

Title: Wet Dream
Characters, Pairing: Arthur/Girl!Eames, Arthur/Eames
Summary: How Arthur found out about the "beautiful girl" Eames had at his disposal.
AN: If anyone else has written something like this, rec it to me in the comments. I want Girl!Eames/Arthur all up in here.

I blame Leonardo Da Vinci )


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