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12 November 2011 @ 04:12 pm
i did work! on a saturday!  
man that's weird. I feel very proud of myself though - I managed to draft the six page theoretical paper that discusses me and my partner's project. We were asked to choose five objects from the Getty Archive that were arranged around a word that was important to visual studies, and then write about how those objects revealed to us something about that word's relationship to the field, or the field itself. We chose disembodiment. It was fun. We had engraved woodcuts of Marie Antoinette's decapitation. And other things. Anyway, it was six pages of me trying to talk about how the disembodied is productive but should always remain in a tension with the 'embodied.'

Anyway, now onto other things. Plans for the weekend are as follows:
- walk doggie
- buy groceries for coming week
- do laundry
- buy sandpaper for shelving unit i 'liberated' from the street so it can become linen cupboard
- write draft of my prospectus (which means four short papers) by Tuesday
- shower
- hang out with friends tonight

I am annoyed that the client I use for updating dreamwidth/lj is not compatible with firefox 8 (and don't hate me, but I hate semagic, so I can't use it). It is weird to be typing into the 'update' page.

It's been a cold and gloomy day here in LA. And since they happen so rarely it's actually been really nice as a kind of excuse to stay in jammies and not go outside. Not that I usually need excuses, but still, the operating principle is sound.

And in other random things, I have also been consuming adorable fanfiction ... here, you can have some of it too:

Downtown (everything's waiting for you) by anon at xmen_firstkink
XMen // Charles/Erik // Pretty Woman AU // NC17 // 10,000~ words
Tight jeans and eyeliner, bright lights and dirty streets. Downtown LA, with its rumbling traffic and crowded sidewalks. It’s a place you go to forget your cares. A place where everybody’s got a dream. His dream was decent money, a client that didn’t leave marks and a roommate that he didn’t want to punch in the face. None of it was likely to come true any time soon. Still, it was better than no dream at all.

OMG sure you were like if anyone was going to do Pretty Woman Charles would totally be the prostitute and YOU WOULD BE WRONG BECAUSE ERIK WORKS SO MUCH BETTER. This is awesome and just everything you want in a movie AU and OM NOM NOM. Plus special appearance by Tony Stark

Quickening Days by fahye_fic
Merlin // Merlin/Arthur // R // 20,000
In which dragons & ghosts & prejudices are confronted, Merlin wears a hat (twice) and a dress (once), Arthur breaks some crockery (lots), there are more pranks than pillowfights but at least one of each, and many secrets are revealed.

I'm a sucker for good plotty Merlin-reveals-his-magic fics and this is one of the good kind. And growdhog day esque fics, because they also work.

The World On Hist Wrist by bendingsignpost
BBC Sherlock // John // AU // PG13 //30,000~
First, he is shot in Afghanistan. Second, he wakes to a phone call in Chelmsford, Essex. Third is pain, fourth is normalcy, fifth is agony and sixth is confusion. By the eighth, he's lost track. (John-centric AU)

Ok, so this is a more serious story than I usually go for, but it's kind of incredible and a really weird but lovely time traveling (but not, not at all) idea. It takes a little bit to get one's legs, so stick with it if it feels weird, but the ending is all worth it and super cool and just... sometimes a really good concept fic is what your'e in the mood for. And even if you didn't know it, you're in the mood for this one.

I have more recs (like this number times oh, 100 since my last recs post) but am too lazy to do the write ups. Want to find them? Visit my fanfic tag at pinboard.

also posted to dreamwidth | you can reply here or there | um, but don't worry, i'm still an lj girl
(no subject) - shehasathree on November 12th, 2011 09:43 pm (UTC) (Expand)
my monkied brain: _nihon-flowerkatekat1010 on November 12th, 2011 11:03 pm (UTC)
It REALLY was! We've spent the last two weeks getting to see stuff from other people's projects too, and all semester having Getty Institute researchers present their stuff to us - I have to say this class made me seriously wonder how cool it would be to be an art historian.
littleotter73littleotter73 on November 12th, 2011 10:30 pm (UTC)
Go You! :) How 90's is that? LOL

I wish I could say I was productive in a domestic kind of way, but since we've all been so sick and cooped up in the house, the hubby took the kids out and I went and enjoyed a pumpkin latte and a shortbread at Panera Bread BY MYSELF where I spent hours listening to good music and working on a one shot.

I still need to see X-Men First class. It's not on streaming yet over at Netflix. I seriously wonder why I keep them around sometimes. Grr to them. I am sure after that I will be consuming all sorts of Charles/Erik fic. Gotta say that Fassbender (mmm Fassbender) and MacAvoy were too adorable promoting the movie.

And man, I envy you for having the Getty in your backyard. It's definitely on my list of things to visit if I ever get out to LA. Cool project!
my monkied brainkatekat1010 on November 12th, 2011 11:13 pm (UTC)
lol - hey, we lived through it, you're allowed to use 90s expressions!

And hey, I think you deserve a break on the weekend lady. It sounds like you actually were productive in an emotionally important way too! Which totally counts.

You seriously seriously do need to see X-Men First Class. Charles is like this amazing flirt, totally makes reading the fanfic worthwhile, and seriously I couldn't HELP but have slash goggles with the two of them. Both him and Fassbender or just crazy hot too. Not that I'd advocate downloading it, but ... I'd advocate downloading it from somewhere. That's what torrents are for, right?

And the saddest thing about having Getty in the city is that, prior to this class, I hadn't been there for literally 10 years. I had it in my head that it was a pain to get to (which it is, but not really *that* bad). The awesome part is that our researcher pass is good until the spring, so we can keep going after the class is over. And if you're curious I just posted a picspam of the things we did find - Old stuff! it's cool! ;)
littleotter73littleotter73 on November 12th, 2011 11:30 pm (UTC)
Ok, I'll subscribe to that way of thinking. LOL

I just tend to look around the house and despair that it will ever have people over on a whim. "Why yes, my house is clean, come on over for that spontaneous cup of coffee." Never. Gonna. Happen. But hey, I was productive and I felt a lot better. I just wish I could've stayed there for a few more hours, or maybe hopped over to the other Panera so they wouldn't keep looking at me funny.

Oh, yes, I do plan on seeing it. I'll be a good girl and rent it since it's not on streaming on Amazon Prime yet either. I don't mind paying if it's available.

I know what you mean. I live 45 minutes west of Washington DC and I only head into town when I have people visiting from out of town who want to go or if I happen to go to a sports event (Capitals or Nationals). I love several of the Smithsonian museums and there are several new museums and monuments I want to visit, but at this point, without visitors, I can't be arsed.

Very cool old stuff. :) I think the spirit photography interested me the most there.