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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

12:31PM - it's happening

I think we all wondered - especially those of us who wrote/write and read/read fanfic - what a Mulder and Scully still chasing X-files into their 50s would look like...and now we'll get to find out. Of course, from my vantage point, racing toward that decade myself, it doesn't seem so preposterous as it used to.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Monday, November 17, 2014

1:41AM - i'm as shocked as anyone...

...that I'm reposting something from Gizmodo. But the last line made it imperative.

Generation X is Sick of Your Bullshit

You're going to read this, and you're going to say, how is this about tech? I'm gonna head you off at that pass: This is a message from Internet, the generation that became the voice that set the tone for everything you love about the Net. And it's pissed. -Editor

"Earlier generations have weathered recessions, of course; this stall we're in has the look of something nastier. Social Security and Medicare are going to be diminished, at best. Hours worked are up even as hiring staggers along: Blood from a stone looks to be the normal order of things "going forward," to borrow the business-speak. Economists are warning that even when the economy recuperates, full employment will be lower and growth will be slower-a sad little rhyme that adds up to something decidedly ­unpoetic. A majority of Americans say, for the first time ever, that this generation will not be better off than its parents." —New York Magazine

Generation X is sick of your bullshit.

The first generation to do worse than its parents? Please. Been there. Generation X was told that so many times that it can't even read those words without hearing Winona Ryder's voice in its heads. Or maybe it's Ethan Hawke's. Possibly Bridget Fonda's. Generation X is getting older, and can't remember those movies so well anymore. In retrospect, maybe they weren't very good to begin with.

But Generation X is tired of your sense of entitlement. Generation X also graduated during a recession. It had even shittier jobs, and actually had to pay for its own music. (At least, when music mattered most to it.) Generation X is used to being fucked over. It lost its meager savings in the dot-com bust. Then came George Bush, and 9/11, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Generation X bore the brunt of all that. And then came the housing crisis.

Generation X wasn't surprised. Generation X kind of expected it.

Generation X is a journeyman. It didn't invent hip hop, or punk rock, or even electronica (it's pretty sure those dudes in Kraftwerk are boomers) but it perfected all of them, and made them its own. It didn't invent the Web, but it largely built the damn thing. Generation X gave you Google and Twitter and blogging; Run DMC and Radiohead and Nirvana and Notorious B.I.G. Not that it gets any credit.

But that's okay. Generation X is used to being ignored, stuffed between two much larger, much more vocal, demographics. But whatever! Generation X is self-sufficient. It was a latchkey child. Its parents were too busy fulfilling their own personal ambitions to notice any of its trophies-which were admittedly few and far between because they were only awarded for victories, not participation.

In fairness, Generation X could use a better spokesperson. Barack Obama is just a little too senior to count among its own, and it has debts older than Mark Zuckerberg. Generation X hasn't had a real voice since Kurt Cobain blew his brains out, Tupac was murdered, Jeff Mangum went crazy, David Foster Wallace hung himself, Jeff Buckley drowned, River Phoenix overdosed, Elliott Smith stabbed himself (twice) in the heart, Axl got fat.

Generation X is beyond all that bullshit now. It quit smoking and doing coke a long time ago. It has blood pressure issues and is heavier than it would like to be. It might still take some ecstasy, if it knew where to get some. But probably not. Generation X has to be up really early tomorrow morning.

Generation X is tired.

It's a parent now, and there's always so damn much to do. Generation X wishes it had better health insurance and a deeper savings account. It wonders where its 30s went. It wonders if it still has time to catch up.

Right now, Generation X just wants a beer and to be left alone. It just wants to sit here quietly and think for a minute. Can you just do that, okay? It knows that you are so very special and so very numerous, but can you just leave it alone? Just for a little bit? Just long enough to sneak one last fucking cigarette? No?

Whatever. It's cool.

Generation X is used to disappointments. Generation X knows you didn't even read the whole thing. It doesn't want or expect your reblogs; it picked the wrong platform.

Generation X should have posted this to LiveJournal.

Republished from Mat Honan's tumblr.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

10:51PM - Fic: Ravenous

Fandom: The X-Files
Pairing: Mulder/Scully
Rating: General Audiences
Length: ca. 1,900 words
Relevant episodes: Hungry, Amor Fati
Summary: Mulder has cravings, too.
Beta Thanks: Forte and cinvidiosa
Prompts, (also courtesy cinvidiosa): a fall fair, something lost, and a ghost story
Disclaimer: Deny owning anything.
First posted to xf_is_love

Scully. Another hunger he"d worked like hell to suppress.Collapse )

Thursday, June 5, 2014

10:52PM - wishin' and hopin'

That The X-files Files podcast is as awesome as it should be. So far, it's just fun hanging with the fanboys. Fingers crossed, they'll get some of the talent to join in.

Friday, April 11, 2014

3:50PM - springtime nostalgia

Three decades ago, there was no publication I adored and awaited more fervently than the prom issue of Seventeen. Even then, the pastel taffeta lover in me noticed that in general, dresses in the ads were pretty hideous, compared to those in the editorial layout. Enjoy Jezebel's 2014 prom season fashion review.

Am I the only one clutching my pearls at some of those outfits? Ah, whither the days of Gunne Sax?

Monday, April 7, 2014

10:28AM - Garrison Keillor on speed

Anyone have an insight into why the people in my podcasts all sound like they've been partying with the Wolf of Wall Street? It doesn't seem to matter when I downloaded the individual installments - they're all playing at accelerated speed. I tried a cold re-start of my iPhone, and that didn't help either :(

Sunday, March 9, 2014

11:46PM - true detective: spoilery thoughts on the finale

I'm not obsessed enough to write fanfic or anything, but I will be reading as much of the critics' reactions as I can.

form and voidCollapse )

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Saturday, January 11, 2014

1:40PM - FIC: THE X-FILES: Three Times Dana Scully Didn't Go to San Diego for Christmas

Title: Three Times Dana Scully Didn't Go to San Diego for Christmas
Author: Audrey Roget
Rating: R-ish for sexual activity. More like AMC than FX.
Warnings: Very slight for references to domestic violence.
Summary: The title sums it up.
Episodes referenced: Redux I/II, Detour, The Postmodern Prometheus
Length: ~ 1,600
Author's Notes: While many M/S shippers romanticize the Christmas Carol/Emily episodes in S5, their placement in the overarching timeline of the show has always been a problem for me. The heart-breaking melodrama follows so quickly on the resolution of the cancer arc, it feels like too heavy a burden for Scully to be expected to carry. So I've given Scully three alternate scenarios for the Christmas of '97.

Written for pukajen and first posted to xf_santa. Check out the a-MA-zing catalog of 30 fan creations posted to this community!

Christmas Carol/Emily didn"t have to happen.Collapse )

Thursday, December 5, 2013

5:31PM - getting greedy

Fabulous response to some of my Three Sentence Fic-A-Thon prompts...

The Good Wife Will, this is the happiest he's ever been
by vialethe

Hunter McCall Hunter, not-so-hard-boiled
by lysandrafic

The Killing (US) Linden, instinct fail
by waltzmatildah

Agents of SHIELD Coulson, May, like the old days
by
zolac_no_miko

The Mindy Project Mindy, Danny, you don't want to be in love, you want to be in love in a movie
by tiabolt


...so of course, I couldn't resist adding more prompts

You've Got Mail Birdie, Cecilia, enchanted
You've Got Mail Birdie, Madrid
Oklahoma! Annie, sometimes she can say no
The Music Man Marion, her white knight

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

6:10PM - planning ahead for a lost weekend

Hours will be sucked into caramelsilver's Three Sentence Fic-a-thon, I can tell. A reflection of my current and eternal obsessions, here are my prompts

The Good Wife Will, this is the happiest he's ever been
The Good Wife Diane, power
Hunter McCall, Hunter, not-so-hard-boiled
The Killing (US) Linden, instinct fail
Agents of SHIELD Coulson, May, like the old days
House MD Cuddy, the only you I want
The X-Files Mulder, Scully, synergy
The Mindy Project Mindy, Danny, you don't want to be in love, you want to be in love in a movie

Thursday, October 31, 2013

10:38AM - Trick or treat!

It seems LJ is playing a trick on me: Anybody know why the colors on my friends feed keep changing?

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Monday, July 22, 2013

1:07PM

Cross-posted to thekilling_tv

We’re really getting down to the bottom of things...

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Monday, July 8, 2013

3:40PM - mental note: make linden/holder icons

I’m bummed that in general, I haven’t been able to find in-depth discussions of The Killing this season beyond the usual re-caps (thanks, marakara!). For all of the critical praise, the relatively small audience hasn’t produced a really juicy forum for fan blatherings. So because I have no one to geek out with about what has become my most eagerly-awaited “appointment” television – or at least, the one I always watch the same day as it’s recorded – I’m taking to the ‘net to share some thoughts about Sunday’s episode, “Hope Kills” and S3 in general.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

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