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Not a lot of Best this time around, sadly, but no especially spectacular horrors either. The reviews )
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Not the most stellar year for fashion: I could have included even more ugly/questionable gowns, and there were enough bad looks to group into a few different categories! On to the review )
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Happy birthday to [personal profile] cynthia1960 !
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I must admit that I have read a lot more mystery fiction this past year than SF so I have no recommendations in the fiction category. However, in a few of the other categories, here are some of the things that I'm nominating:

  • Best Dramatic, Long Form: "Guardians of the Galaxy"

  • Best Dramatic, Short Form: The Honest Trailers take on FROZEN (I'm always quixotic in this category)

  • Best Fanzine: Journey Planet (not at all influenced by the fact that I had two essays in one of its issues, of course :-> )

  • Best Fan Writer: I fully support the great idea by [personal profile] grrm to nominate Laura J Mixon in this category for her exposé of Requires Hate


  • [Although this is posted at Dreamwidth, if you belong to both DW and LJ, please comment on LJ]
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    I've been using Yahoo Mail for years and suddenly I can no longer choose to show quotes for the original message in a reply - the default behavior now is for the original message to show at the bottom of the screen and I can't find a setting to change it. Contacted YahooCare through Twitter and they responded "Yup, sounds like normal behavior." Seems to me like the equivalent of "We have always been at war with Eurasia."
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    Our favorite fashion review time of the year! The Review )

    Kingsman

    Feb. 3rd, 2015 05:15 pm
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    Saw Kingsman last night, a stylish homage to 1960s spy movies with a dapper Colin Firth, 1960s spy emeritus Michael Caine, Mark Strong playing a good guy for a change, and impressive newcomer Taron Egerton. Like its source material, it is sexist and there is a lamentable amount of killing and gore, but it was a lot of fun nonetheless.
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    Was there an idea shortage this year or are people moving from agency to agency too much? What are the odds of two commercials with inspiring young blade-runner amputees and two commercials with screaming goats? The Reviews )
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    Realized that today's Super Bowl will be the fourth sports final I watch in three days: Saturday night was the Asian Cup soccer final (Australia beat South Korea for their first major title ever), yesterday was the final in a cricket tri-series against India and England (Australia beat England by a whopping 112 runs), and last night was the Australian Open final (my guy Andy Murray lost in an exhausting marathon). Ironically, this year the SB is the final I care least about, based mainly on a standing rule as a Dolphins fan: anyone but the Patriots :->
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    Sympathies to my Cheesehead friends, especially because the Packers really deserved to win, having outplayed Seattle for most of the game. GB was the second team I was supporting due to sentimental ties with their QB (Denver's Peyton Manning for the SEC and the Pack's Aaron Rodgers for Cal), and both lost. (I don't think I was the deciding factor, though...)

    I usually try to point out that no one player loses a game because prior and subsequent plays that didn't/don't get made by others also make a difference but if I were Packers tight end Brandon Bostick, who touched the onside kick ball that enabled Seattle to recover and score to help force overtime, I think I'd be investing in a bulletproof vest and be careful starting my car.

    As for the Super Bowl, I am now reduced to hoping for a Seattle repeat because New England spanked the Colts 45-7 so I am in Anyone But the Patriots mode.
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    I have a question for anyone here who also reads Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar series (which Stephen calls "My Little Pony Goes to War" :-> ) as a guilty pleasure: In Winds of Fury, the queen's daughter Elspeth says she's abdicating as heir in favor of her half-siblings partially because some people are suspicious of her because of her traitorous father, who first lied to her mother to get her to marry him and then tried to assassinate her. How is it that *no one* in that scene points out that her mother's second husband is her father's *brother* and is now the country's co-ruler, or that her half-sibs therefore also share that family's blood?

    This really bugs me - am I the only one who's noticed this?

    Mysteries

    Jan. 11th, 2015 01:19 pm
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    Read two 1920s mysteries yesterday: Murder at the Brightwell by Ashley Weaver is a Mary Stewart-like hotel-guest mystery (recommended) and The Impersonator by Mary Miley is a compelling tale of a vaudeville actress hired to impersonate a lookalike missing heiress about to come into her fortune (highly recommended)
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    Finally made our airline reservations for our annual trip to Boskone and then to NYC. Miraculously, even though I got one of the cheapest upgradeable tickets, our outbound trans-Pacific upgrade came through right away! We're having to arrive a day earlier than usual because the new United direct Melbourne-LAX flight does not fly on Thursdays and they no longer have service through Sydney on the other days. (Took me a while to figure out why all the web site would show me for Thursday were Air New Zealand flights.)

    We debated whether to go to New York after Boskone because our usual travel playmates can't make it this year but we decided to go anyway, which gives us an opportunity to shop, eat bagels (well, me at least), and get together with friends. Another deciding factor was that I have enough credit-card points to cover a decent NY hotel! We've noted a couple of plays we wouldn't mind seeing but Stephen won't go to musicals so we're likely to just see what we can get at the half-price booth for a change.
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    Had to giggle at this sick but funny imagining of Christmas at Kim Jong Un's place by Jim Wright on Facebook.The family conversation )
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    Slideshow by the Go Fug Yourself crew. The snark starts about halfway through. ("There are no words. Which is fitting, as there is no fabric, either.")
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    My annual winter holiday rant, which might be less necessary this year because of all the publicity about the first night of Chanukah coinciding with Thanksgiving.

    I wish I could fit the following policy statement on a button that I could wear for the entire month of December:
    "Chanukah is not the Jewish Christmas. Chanukah has nothing whatsoever to do with Christmas except that they both fall at approximately the same time of year.

    "I know you're trying to include me and not make me feel left out by saying "Merry Christmas or Happy Chanukah," or by including one Chanukah song (usually the obnoxious "I Had a Little Dreidel") in a school's assembly, or by calling the tree that the company puts up in the lobby of all of our buildings a "holiday tree." Instead, you're just aggravating me (especially when you say "Merry Christmas, and a happy Chanukah to all our Jewish friends" when Chanukah is already over). I don't feel left out at all. It's your holiday and this is essentially a Christian country. Have a good time! Celebrate Christmas all you want! Call a Christmas tree a Christmas tree! Just leave my holiday out of it."

    I'm well aware that the majority of people in the U.S. celebrate Christmas, and that many do so not because it's a Christian holiday but because it's fun and the lights are pretty and giving and getting presents makes them happy. Nice try, but that does not make Christmas a secular holiday that I want linked to my religion's holiday just because it happens to occur at the same time of year. (Listen closely to the words of most Christmas carols and then try to use the word "secular" again with a straight face.) If people want a secular winter holiday with trees, lights, and presents, I wish they'd change the name but I realize that ship has pretty much sailed.

    Chanukah is a minor post-Biblical Jewish holiday commemorating a military victory and a supposed concomitant miracle. Weirdly, it's now the Jewish holiday whose name is most known to Christians, who assume that it is much more important than it is. The best analogy I heard was years ago, when a rabbi gave a sermon imagining that a group of Christians moved to a country where the predominant religion had a major holiday in February. To make the Christians feel better, the citizens decided to make a big deal out of Valentines Day. Thanks, but no thanks.

    So much for my rant to Christians. Now for my rant to Jews.

    When I was young, Chanukah was a holiday for kids -- to keep them interested for all 8 nights of the holiday, parents gave them little presents each night. Adults never gave each other presents, and no one exchanged cards. Now, Chanukah appears to be going the secular way of Christmas. Jews who can't quite bring themselves to have a Christmas tree still get into mailing out fancy cards and giving each other expensive gifts. And some Jews do have a Christmas tree -- many justifying it by saying that Christmas is now a secular holiday and they just like the look of the tree and the lights. My answer to them is: if you like having a decorated tree and lights on your house and you're not doing it to celebrate Christmas, do it in June.

    If you celebrate a holiday at this time of year, I hope you have a wonderful time!
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    And happy Thanksgivukkah!

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    This amusing K-Mart ad for Joe Boxer is causing some controversy but this isn't the first time – I actually find this ad from a few years ago even sexier!
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    Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] yagathai! Best wishes for many happy more!
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    We finally have Part 3 of the Tom and Lorenzo reviews, which IMHO are not nearly as good as the first two as they mainly consist of diss contests between the contestants (although I did like Austria :-> )

    The Telegraph has also picked their ten most outrageous outfits accompanied by snarky comments.
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