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Jan. 23rd, 2012

Cally - Facepalm

What have the repubs done to me?

You guys. I think I'm falling in love... with Ron Paul. o.O (OMG, I tuned in to watch Mittens and Mr. Toad eat each other, and stayed for the tiny little man who doesn't want to nuke Iran and Cuba too while we're up. Ahhh!)

P.S., Hi! Trying to catch up...

Nov. 6th, 2011

K/A - Heroine Addict

Some happy news

The Kara/Sam fic exchange is winding up, and we had a pretty good turnout and very high quality, in my unbiased opinion. XD I'll post the author reveal (and unscreen comments) later tonight, but for now, the anonymous masterpost is here.

Also, since I made you guys experience the odyssey of the bar exam with me, I thought I should share the good news: I am the 84% of Massachusetts bar exam takers who made the cut. In just over a week I'll be sworn in, and you can call me Frolicndetour, ESQ. XD

Sep. 18th, 2011

Cally and Nicky 2

Seven Days of Cally Tyrol, Day 6: On Being a "Victim"


"I developed this theory that you guys would sit around and go, 'What’s the worst thing that happens in this episode? Can it happen to Cally?'" - Mo Ryan

One of, if not the most frequently cited reason people give for hating Cally was that she was a "victim," or had a "victim mentality" or even, according to TWoP's Jacob*, "was so in love with her own victimhood that it informed every action, every decision she made."

*Jacob brings to mind something I've heard said about Nancy Grace: it doesn't matter who you are, or what you've done; if Jacob hates you, I think I kind of love you. See also: my reluctant Michael Angeli apologism.

I have a three-fold response to the "victim" accusation:

1. What exactly do we mean by "victim"?

2. We should distinguish between Watsonian vs. Doylist criticism here. [Warning: link goes to TVTropes.]

3. Why is "victim" necessarily a term of contempt?

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Seven Days of Cally Tyrol, Day Five: Icon Roundup!

I almost never make icons, but I know plenty of other people who make awesome ones. :D Icons, with credit, under the cut.

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Sep. 17th, 2011

Cally and Nicky 2

Seven Days of Cally Tyrol, Day Four: Contradictions, or Not

I think I have 'till Monday before they start making the master post, so Day Four it is!

Not really a substantive post, but one of the more interesting things about Cally is something Chief alluded to in that scene where he confronts Baltar's cult: "Cally wasn't like me. She forgave you for New Caprica; she even read your stupid book, but not me. [something about sins even God won't forgive.]" (paraphrased)
For all that she held an epic grudge against the cylons, Cally had a very forgiving heart when it came to *everyone* else. Her cynicism about the "toasters" was matched only by her almost childish idealism about what the human society could be, even in the worst of circumstances. Not only forgiving Baltar, who literally signed her death warrant, and being one of the relatively few people to argue that he should get a real trial; she was also the voice of "we can't start turning on each other" when Captain Kelly was blowing up all the pilots because ... pilots kept dying. (...?) Of course, she firmly believed that OBVIOUSLY it was Athena, DUH. *g* But it's not like the actual truth made any more sense? And I think her reasoning there was similar to what she said in Litmus, when everyone first figured out that the Cylons looked like humans and started to go all Patriot Act: if humans were to survive, they needed to have faith in each other. They couldn't be consumed by conflict or blame or the suspicion that everyone around them was a Cylon. (And again with the irony. D:)

I forget who said once that Cally was often about the US vs. Them, but that was because the Us half of that equation was so important to her. In a way, I think that's part of why she hated Boomer - and by unfair extension, Athena - so much; not just that she shot Adama, or that she did to Chief's psyche what Chief was soon enough going to do to Cally's - but that by seeming to be one of them, a trusted member of the human family, and then turning out to be the enemy, she dealt a heavy blow to their ability to trust and rely upon each other.

Sep. 14th, 2011

Cally and Nicky 2

Seven Days of Cally Tyrol , Day Three (...oops), Family

First off, apologies for FAILING at this daily posting thing. It as been A Week, complete with a new job [whee!], a new-to-me car, the breakdown of said new-to-me-car, a rental car... anyway, I'M SORRY CALLY I'LL TRY TO DO BETTER.

The new job is awesome so far, if totally overwhelming [holy shit I have actual clients coming to meet with me in my actual office, when did this happen???]; the only not-awesome thing about it is the commute, which is an hour and a half each way, so it's been busy. Though I did find the time to watch Ringer? Oh Buffy, the things I will do for you. o.O

Anyway, without further ado:

My only love, sprung from my only hateCollapse )

Sep. 11th, 2011

Cally - Facepalm

Doctor Who quick reaction post


Spoilery for The Girl Who WaitedCollapse )

Sep. 10th, 2011

Cally and Nicky 2

Seven Days of Cally Tyrol, Day II: Vid Recs

Getting this one in under the wire as I just got home from vacation. Recs for two for wonderful vids that feature Cally:

Antebellum, by fifmeister (who also made my lovely banner!), is a deconstruction of Cally and Chief Tyrol's relationship, contrasting their early innocence with the darkness that was never far away. It's poignant and beautifully done.

On a more cheerful note,

I'm Not Here for your Entertainment, by ivanolix, showcases the combined awesomeness of Cally as well as Boomer and Tory, two other female characters who were decidedly under-appreciated by fandom and, especially in later seasons, canon as well. This is definitely one of my go-to cheer-me-up vids. :D

Sep. 9th, 2011

Cally and Nicky 2

Seven Days of Cally Tyrol, Day 1, Courage

I have a huge soft spot for characters who are brave, sometimes to the point of foolhardiness; who act without stopping to worry about the consequences and with a certainty driven by a clearly defined world-view. In other words, characters who are nothing like me. *g*("Wait, wait, let's stop and think about this!") My #1 reason to love Cally Tyrol is that she was so frakking brave in standing up for herself and for others, regardless of how daunting the circumstances.

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Sep. 7th, 2011


Miscellaneous Squee

I got back from my fourth (!) Dragon Con adventure on Monday morning, and I basically just woke up. ;) On the one hand, the Con FLEW by this year, and I'm still dealing with the fact that it's over. On the other hand, I'm not sure my health could stand it more than once a year. Though this year I managed to get more sleep than usual, thanks to the discovery that Advil PM counteracts my normal tendency to wake up excitedly at 6:30 even when I was up until 4 a.m. talking about BSG, politics, and how gorgeous Tricia Helfer really is.

Some highlights:

1. Really, the main attraction of Dragon Con for me is that it's essentially a four-night pajama party with your flist. It was just incredibly incredible to see many of you again and to meet some of you for the first time. Now, if only I could put the rest of you non-convention goers in my pocket and bring you along, my life would be complete. :D

2. I feel the need to mention the two BSG panels I went to somewhere near the top, as they are my ostensible reason for going? Mary McDonnell and Tricia Helfer are lovely, Mary gave a great answer to nicole_anell's* question about female relationships on the show, and Tricia and James used to drink whiskey together before their more intense sex scenes. Kevin Grazier was wankily defensive about "smart-ass fanboys" who insist that Cylon physiology doesn't make sense (DUDE... never mind), Hatch and Olmos were the usual, and Tahmoh is pretty much the nicest guy ever.

* though Nicole refused to take credit for the actual question; I can't remember whose it originally was

3. We all managed to get into a Saturday night screening of the new Doctor Who, which was amazing, if only a little less awesome than last year's screening of The Plan. Now I want to watch every Who episode with a room full of 700 extremely over-excited fans.

4. Even though I'm not into comics, I tagged along with emmiere and lyssie to a panel on comics and feminism, which turned out to be both enlightening and heartening as to the extent the panelists and the audience seemed to *get it.* Well, the panelists and most of the audience; there were a couple of "what about the MEN" questions which were effectively dealt with by the panelists, to widespread applause. And someone brought up the Batgirl fiasco, and a (male!) audience member yelled out "that woman is a hero," and the crowd went wild. Granted, it was a self-selected audience at this panel to begin with, but at least it was standing room only?

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Aug. 23rd, 2011

Kara Laughing

Return of the Numbered Lists

1. LJ is being all weird again; I hope this posts. Maybe it was the Earthquake! (So glad there don't seem to be any serious injuries! That was admittedly rather exciting.)

2. I haven't been able to contact the mod of bsg2003fics to see if it would be alright to pimp my fic exchange. I remember that people have done so in the past, even though it says you're not supposed to. Luckily for me, callmeonetrack is testing the waters. I'll wait and see if anything happens to you! ;)

3. Sign-ups are here by the way. There are some very intriguing prompts up there already, but I KNOW more people indicated they were interested. Yes, LJ polls are binding, you didn't know?

4. I just got back from a long weekend in Chicago. Fell totally in love with the city. Pictures to come!

5. Dragon Con in just a little over a week! Who's coming? :D

Aug. 13th, 2011

Kara Laughing

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1. The cat was playing on my keyboard and did something weird to my enter key. It still works, but now it seems to have a totally different function. I have to code in line breaks by hand. So sorry I appeared and then disappeared, BSG chat people! I forgot it's hard to chat without an "enter" key.
2. Sign-ups for the pyramidofdreams ficathon are up. I'm excited. :) And a little nervous. I haven't been involved in running a ficathon since rose_griffes and I did a BSG remix together back in.... 2007? Yikes. Hopefully I won't screw up too badly.

Aug. 4th, 2011

Kara Laughing

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1. Via a bunch of people:
play 20 questions against a computer. It managed to guess Kara, Laura Roslin, Cally, and Inara from Firefly, but missed Smash Williams from Friday Night Lights. So I figured it was a genre thing, but then it guessed Alicia from The Good Wife. As well as my childhood heroine, Sara Crewe from A Little Princess. (Great book, great character; title hasn't aged well.) It also got Twilight Sparkle. XD

2. I've floated this idea to a few of you Chatzy frequent fliers, but I was thinking of trying to throw together a Pyramid of Dreams fic exchange type thing. Christmas in, um, September? :D? Any interest?

Jul. 29th, 2011

Kara Laughing

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Whee, I made it through! The exam process anyway; I won't find out my results until November. But for now I'm just glad to be done. Last night I dreamt that I was back at the post-bar party with my classmates and someone started talking about the Negotiable Instruments question that totally wasn't on there, but I don't think that actually happened. Thanks so much for your support, flist. <3

ETA: Can't hold a candle to this remarkable woman. Though I totally understand why she didn't leave until she'd finished the damn test. No one wants to go through this twice.

Jul. 26th, 2011

Kara Laughing

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So the bar exam is tomorrow and thursday. As Andy Sipowicz would say, I would appreciate any and all prayers or good thoughts sent in my general direction. Most especially, that my laptop doesn't give out on me at any time between now and Thursday, July 28th at 5PM, or whenever I can upload my essays. and that they don't ask a secured transactions question Thank you.

Jul. 13th, 2011

Kara Laughing

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dying. send cookies.

Jun. 28th, 2011

Kara Laughing


I possibly shouldn't, but I'm taking an hour off tonight to watch the Frontline Doctumentary The Child Cases. It's on a topic I researched in law school: the so-called "shaken baby syndrome" that the medical community has increasingly come to believe simply does not exist. I'm sure many of you have heard of Louise Woodward, the British nanny who was convicted of shaking Matthew Eapen to death, but you probably hadn't heard - I certainly hadn't - that the medical expert who testified against her in that case has become one of the foremost critics of "shaken baby syndrome." He now states with medical certaintly that Matthew's death could not have been caused by shaking. [Whoops! Sorry we ruined your life, Louise!]

Less fortunate than Louise Woodward are the people portrayed in The Child Cases, one of whom is still serving a sixty year sentence.The story of "shaken baby syndrome" reminds me a lot of the faulty "arson" "science" that resulted in Cameron Todd Willingham'swrongful execution. Two things in particular jump out at me:

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Jun. 13th, 2011

Kara Laughing

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Hilarious, not really spoilery observation about tonight's episode of The Killing

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Jun. 11th, 2011

Kara Laughing

(no subject)

So, frolicndetour, your LiveJournal reveals…

You are… 4% unique (blame, for example, your interest in kara/flippy ship), 26% peculiar, 36% interesting, 15% normal and 19% herdlike (partly because you, like everyone else, enjoy writing). When it comes to friends you are popular. In terms of the way you relate to people, you are wary of trusting strangers. Your writing style (based on a recent public entry) is intellectual.

Your overall weirdness is: 38

(The average level of weirdness is: 28.
You are weirder than 78% of other LJers.)

Find out what your weirdness level is!

Wary of trusting strangers? Where are they getting that from? But look ma, I'm an intemallectual!

May. 22nd, 2011

Kara Laughing

(no subject)

Things are going well on the personal front: got all my grades back - did fine in everything and, most importantly, I got an A in Tax. karate0kat, you're good luck! So I can let go of my irrational fear that I somehow managed to fail something and will be stuck here for another semester. Now I'm looking forward to shedding the irrational fear that I somehow forgot about some mysterious requirement and they'll snatch my diploma away at the last minute. ;)

My laptop's at the laptop store getting fixed (I hope), so what with the limited internet access, I've had more time to catch up on TV. So, briefly:

The KillingCollapse )

A quick rant about a show I can't believe I'm ranting about: Friday Night LightsCollapse )

The Good WifeCollapse )

Doctor Who. Also, LOL JacobCollapse )

Wow, this post got long. I guess this is what happens when I don't inflict my deep thoughts on television on the internet for a while. It feels almost nostalgic. ;)

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