eumelia: (little dream - observing)
A few days ago I posted this:

Pick a character I've written and I will explain the top five ideas/concepts/etc I keep in mind while writing that character that I believe are essential to accurately depicting them.

I got some requests :) All of which are detailed under their respective cuts. If you want more, don't hesitate to ask!

Magneto )

Steve McGarrett )

Grace Williams )

Danny Williams )

Kono Kalakaua )

I had a very hard time picking out only five things for each character, as they each contain multitudes, and I have so much more to say about each of them.
eumelia: (music)
A music meme for shippers!

This meme came via [ profile] oaktree89

-Write down 10+ of your current favourite ships.
-Put your media player on shuffle. The number of the song corresponds to the number of the pairing.
-Quote a part of the song that you think has any similarity with the couple.

Ships and Lyrics )

Yeah, I have a lot of female singer-songwriters in my music collection and my taste is horribly mundane and ordinary.
eumelia: (creepy)
Neil Gaiman's "Sandman" is being adapted to Television.

I find the fact that Supernatural's Eric Kripke has his thumb in this pie, distressing. Mainly because I find Supernatural to be derivative in the most unoriginal way, the writing horrendous and the gore not particularly entertaining.
Also the fact that it bleeds into other fandoms via crossovers in such a chronic way very irritating.

Let it be known, I'm not judging anyone who likes Supernatual (Hello, Torchwood fan!) but the actual show is just vomitous.

So anyone involved with that show touching anything to do with Sandman is very upsetting.

Of course at this point there is nothing but this announcement as far as I'm aware, so it would appear that there isn't even a proper pitch.

In the words of the Interwebs: Do Not Want.

Sandman in many ways was what got me to be a critical thinker. To doubt the world around me, note not reality, but the way the world is constructed. Mainly, how the world is narrative. It helped that the story itself is layered, multi functional as both text and image and the lines blurring between Morpheus' arc and the rest of players is really gorgeous.
Dream may have been the Sun of the solar system of Sandman, but everyone else was also a planet.

I like that metaphor.

Sandman also helped me, over reading it over and over for ten years, to rid myself of the idea that I needed to believe in a power greater than the story. Because even though I kept on trying to have faith in various and sundry gods, powers that be and even that good ole' time religion which believes that Earth and the Universe is a Libra eventually coming to the conclusion that myths of god, are just stories about people.

It's a great comfort of mine.

In relation to that, I don't remember my dreams, sometimes, very rarely, I'll remember a feeling I dreamt, but the actual plots I live through in my subconscious mind are locked away and put forth in the snippets of scenes I write and the characters who talk to me when I'm awake.
I think, much like Watchmen, that there are some stories that can't be translated into a different medium without losing something that made the original story an important turning point in that medium. Because while Watchmen the movie was terrible (except for the opening credits, which was absolute movie making genius!) the comic was a punch in the gut of everything that had come before it.
Samndman is seminal because it crosses genres, breaks them, talks about them consciously and is (was) presumptuous enough to talk about human nature without being condescending.

I fear that Sandman, should a television adaptation actually happen, will be dumbed down to suit the palate of what ever demographic television show makers think actually watch television.

And so I ask... for the love of all that I hold dear, why?

Here, have a song.
Day 6: Your favorite band.
Allow me to be completely cliché and give you…
"Norwegian Wood" by the Beatles!

The Days )
eumelia: (little dream - observing)
Oh, lord, there is politics of various kinds that I wish to discuss, some very disturbing trends that are happening in my country including murder, incitement and other things that I distract myself from because I'd much rather think about Inception and what that movie means to me in the grand narrative way I think about movies and comics and books and television and how they affect my life.

Because Inception is one of those movies I have decided to love, especially the stories that aren't being told, as usual.

It's always dreams.

I don't know what I should write about. I need to think about it. In the mean time have some music. That always helps me.

Day 4: Your favorite male singer.
Leonard Cohen, hands down!
This is actually my favourite song by Leonard, "So Long, Marianne":

Possibly because it's so vague and it can apply to anybody's life. I like to think I'm not "almost" young and that I'll laugh and cry over and over again. And of course, that no matter what, we live and die alone, even though we are surrounded by everyone else who is also alone.
I'm not ashamed of being afraid sometimes.
I'm brave some of the times, I think.

Day 5: Your favorite female singer.
Well, my fave is Sinead O'Connor and I don't want to double the videos I give you, so here's another song I really love by her.
"The Foggy Dew" which she sings with The Chieftains.

The reason I love this song as sung by Sinead is the connection with Irish history. Sinead was my first impression of Ireland when I was but a baby listening to her not understanding her rage, her pain and her power. When I visited Ireland four years ago (fuck!) I felt as though I'd arrived to a second home. I know it's corny and Ireland is so mystified in stories, media and history.
But what's a Jewish grrl to do...
eumelia: (music)
Day 3: A song that makes you dance.

Any thing by Queen makes me want to dance, but this makes me move my butt!
Queen's "Fat Bottomed Girls"

It is most opportune that I am finally watching what seems to be one of the best Rock n' Roll Comedy movie I've seen since "Almost Famous" and "This is Spinal Tap" (okay, that is a bit much but still).

The Boat That Rocked is really funny and has a huge repertoire of classic 60's rock which makes me feel all fuzzy inside. The pub hopping scene is especially lovely. Though I'm still not clear on why a Welshman dressed as a pimp is considered sexy.
Felicity the Lesbian cook (yes, that's what she's known as on this boat filled with stones highly sexed men) is a bit of a butt-monkey, but in the great tradition of British movies, there are (white) men of every size having sex with a great many type of woman, which makes it fun to watch as well.
Honestly not the main foci of the film, but the things you notice, right?

Philip Seymour Hoffman and Bill Nye are sexy beasts.

I'm only half way though at the moment, I'm hoping Felicity the Lesbian cook manages to have some sex with a bird at some point.
ETA - 13:20: She did! YAYS!

Enjoy the music!

The Days Left To Sing To )
eumelia: (music)
Day 2: A song that makes you cry.
Ha! They are legion!
But the two that never fail are:
Sarah Mclachlan's "Fear" - it makes me cry because of the tone of despair that comes from it, and wherever there is despair there is always a touch of hope and there is nothing more painful that hope.
Not really.

And America's "The Last Unicorn" ,which is also one of the best animated features ever made!
Alas, no embed, here's the video.
I think the reason this song makes me cry is because it mourns something that only exists in the imagination. A dream that we want to see made real, but could never really contain. A mythical beast that is all about goodness and purity, two things humanity seems to not be able to actually formulate.
eumelia: (music)
Hello there!

Let's get this started, yes?

Day 1: Your favorite song.
Oy, this is difficult. It changes over time, because I can't imagine ever being so constant in my tastes.
But were I to choose a favourite song at the moment it would probably be:
Sinead O'Connor's "Troy"

More days to come! )
eumelia: (music)
Post 5 songs (or more) that start with the letter you're given. Let me know if you'd like a letter.

[personal profile] tamara_russo gave me the letter I.

It is a good letter, videos embedded under the cuts:

I Am Stretched On Your Grave )
It's haunting. She sings with pain that strikes true and it's always accompanied by distinctive Irish instruments and trills.

Favourite Line: I still would be your shelter/Through rain and through storm/And with you in your cold grave/I cannot sleep warm

I Can't Decide )
I've often discovered music through shows that I love. Scissors Sisters is no different. of course I heard them on the radio, who doesn't know "I Don't Feel Like Dancing", but when I heard this song and creepy lyrics, I knew it was a match made in heaven. The video will tell you why I love it so...

Favourite Line: It's a bitch convincing people to like you

I Am The Walrus )
Who doesn't love Surrealism and interacting with "Alice in Wonderland"?

Favourite Line: Sitting in an English garden waiting for the sun./If the sun don't come, you get wet from/Sitting in the English rain.

I'm Afraid of Americans )
I actually only recently discovered this song, mainly because of this fanvideo. It is superb use of a song and images from a mediocre movie to make a video with bite.
The song itself it fantastic, because I always enjoy clever lyircs about contemporary politics.

Favourite Line: Johnny wants pussy in cars.

Last, but certainly not least! I Think I'm Paranoid )
Shirley Manson was the first female celebrity I ever crushed on.
She confused me. In a good way.
The video of this song was the first time I ever laid eyes on her.
I still love this song, especially because I did grow up to be paranoid. It doesn't mean they're not out to get me.

Favourite Line: You can look, but you can't touch/I don't think I like you much/Heaven knows what a girl can do/Heaven knows what you've got to prove
eumelia: (fangirl)
Today's [community profile] fannish5:

Name five characters whose fashion sense you admire.

This is fun, because I get to use pictures!

Cut for convenience )
eumelia: (fangirl)
From [personal profile] briarwood.

List five of your favourite TV shows:
A) Torchwood
B) Buffy The Vampire Slayer
C) Star Trek:DS9
D) Doctor Who (Nu-Who, only)
E) Blackadder

I know, I'm retro...

And then answer the following questions: Cut for length )
eumelia: (Default)
As you may have noticed, there have been some interludes in my posting here, but the first two weeks of the Semester pretty much ate up my time... I think this weekend I'll be getting on top of things. There has been a huge amount to write about News Wise (which I shan't get to, unless there are interesting updates) and Life Wise (which I shall get to at some point), but before all that, there are two memes I want to fill out:

Via [ profile] phaetonschariot and [ profile] caledonius72 When you see this meme, post a poem:

Strawberries - תותים )

There, there's a poem. Enjoy it, it's a good one.

For my next meme, it's going to be this one:
1. If you're on my friends list, I want to know 35 things about you.
I don't care if we never talk, or if we already know everything about each other. Short and sweet is fine.
2. Comment here with your answers and repost the questionnaire on your own journal (if you like).
3. All the questions except for 10, 13, 17, 18 and 21 are generalities, so here are most of the answers, the other four shall be answered in person.
Here be a meme )
eumelia: (Default)
Yes, I'm doing it!

The most comprehensive linkage of the meme is here!

Chromatic Castings of The New Doctor Who (9th and 10th) and Torchwood (Series 1-2)!

Under The Cut )

And last, but certainly not least!

Gina Torres as Captain Jack Harkenss!

Well, Yes, my Cardiff is full of beautiful women.
eumelia: (Default)
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eumelia: (Default)
If you still want in on this meme, you can fill it out here.
But now, the lists!

There is no hierarchy to this Top Five Lists, all are equally awesome in my mind!

Top Five Catchphrases )

Top Five Musicians )

Top Five Fights )

Top Five Books )

Top Five Comic Book Characters )

Top Five Dream Jobs )

Any questions?
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Gakked from [ profile] sabotabby, creatd by [ profile] realcdaae

#01 Under what circumstances would you be willing to attempt to assassinate the political leader of your country?
The last assassination in my country made things a whole lot worse, so I'm a bit iffy about that method of regime change. But if theocracy is established and those who aren't Jewish men are by law going to be considered less than human… well, desperate times.

#02 Who do you think would make a better US president: Hitler or Stalin? (You can't say neither... in this world it's illegal for you to not vote)
Stalin. His purges were a wee bit more rational… in the over all philosophical sense I think.

#03 If you had to bomb one city, anywhere in the world, which would you pick? (Picking none is not an option for this question.)
Problem solved.
Click to be shocked, amazed and generally flabbergasted )

Now that's what I call a controversy!
eumelia: (Default)
The Movie Meme!
I love movies.
I'm a movie buff... so sue me.

Are you curious... c'mon clickty-click )
eumelia: (Default)
[ profile] aesiron asked me five questions.
If you'd like me to ask you questions in return, just leave a comment saying so... you know the drill.

5 questions and their answers )
eumelia: (Default)
Because there's time to be a-wastin'!

[ profile] sabotabby chose through this meme - Comment on this post and I will choose seven interests from your profile. You will then explain what they mean and why you are interested in them. Post this along with your answers in your own journal so that others can play along - the following interests:

Quirkyalone is, according to the website: noun/adj. A person who enjoys being single (but is not opposed to being in a relationship) and generally prefers to be alone rather than dating for the sake of being in a couple. Also, a book, a movement, and an international holiday that happens to fall on February 14. Basically, I don't feel the need to be in an exclusive romantic relationship and I don't feel like dating just because it's expected of me. So I'm happily single and have been for the past... oh, two years? Maybe more. My parents encourage me to date, but I see no reason to when I'm very satisfied with just being with myself.

Stitch n'Bitch is the book that got me back to knitting. My Granny taught me to knit when I was eight years old and I only knew how to knit scarves and other straight lines. The book has opened avenues to knitting I'd hadn't tried before. There's also a very inconsistent group that meets to Stitch n'Bitch, but they generally meet far away and on the weekends when there is no public transportation.

Vox Populi Vox Dei is a kind of motto of mine, ever since I heard it on The West Wing when I was 15, yes you can laugh, big fangirl am I. It literally means "The voice of the people, is the voice of god", I mean how awesome is that! How incredible is that sentiment! The people's choice is the only choice that counts.
Also "V for Vendetta" reference.
And I <3 V so.

Post-Zionism has been attributed to a new school of Israeli Historians known as the New Historians which have a distinct Left slant in their personal politics which influences their research, which is generally to do with the history of the founding of Israel and its consequences, mainly the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians and continuous conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. For more info: wiki page
For myself, I chose to identify as such, because I feel that Zionism has been hijacked by the Evangelicals and the Hawks in Power and has completely lost whatever original meaning it had, which was a National identity movement. And as a Jew living in Israel I am by default a part of the Zionist project and I don't have anywhere else to go, so I can't deny the fact that I benefit from Zionism. I think the national identity needs to change and go through some kind metamorphosis (or revolution, in which case Social Anarchy baby!) and reach a Post national identity which isn't militaristic, racist, religious or chauvinistic as it is now.
Oh, and peace and co-existance with our fellow human beings who live just a few km's away.

House M.D. is the best show on television since Buffy. Period.

Catwoman (Selina Kyle, that is) was and still is my favourite female comic book character. She's strong, intelligent, compassionate (towards people she considers to be worthy o compassion), beautiful, a cat lady (understatement I know) and can whoop Batman's ass (though he probably likes it, the perv). Add to that that even in her Silver Age incarnation (My GD that purple suit and tail!) she was a villain, but she wasn't evil. She's very much toes the line between what would be considered good and bad, I mean yeah she's a thief, but she only ever stole from the rich or museums, which most likely have insurance. She has her own moral compass which doesn't fit with society's norms is good enough for her.
Batman, IMO, is way waaaay less ethical than almost all the other DC "good" Superheroes. The man is messed up. Is it a shock that he likes his women not so squeaky clean as he proclaims his mission to be?

and I'm interested in Masculinity because it's something I feel is elusive from me. I have a very firm identity as a woman, but gender is a social and cultural construct and I feel I've internalized femininity and perform it "intuitively", masculinity as a performance escapes me. Though oddly, my friend has told me that I'm much more butch than I thank I am. Well, just goes to show nothing is set in stones and ovaries (is there slang for them, btw?)
eumelia: (Default)
Here are the characters to the questions y'all asked me:
#1 Hermione Granger (Harry Potter)
#2 Batman/Bruce Wayne (DC Comics)
#3 Buffy Summers (BtVS)
#4 Nancy Botwin (Weeds)
#5 Severus Snape (Harry Potter)
#6 Josh Lyman (The West Wing)
#7 Tara Maclay (BtVS)
#8 Dexter Morgan (Dexter)
#9 Greg House (House MD)
#10 Lisa Cuddy (House MD)
#11 Superman/Clark Kent (DC Comics)
#12 James Wilson (House MD)
#13 Faith (BtVS)
#14 Wonder Woman/Princess Diana (DC Comics)
#15 Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter)

Your Questions and My Answers )


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June 2015

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V and Justice

V: Ah, I was forgetting that we are not properly introduced. I do not have a name. You can call me V. Madam Justice...this is V. V... this is Madam Justice. hello, Madam Justice.

Justice: Good evening, V.

V: There. Now we know each other. Actually, I've been a fan of yours for quite some time. Oh, I know what you're thinking...

Justice: The poor boy has a crush on adolescent fatuation.

V: I beg your pardon, Madam. It isn't like that at all. I've long admired you...albeit only from a distance. I used to stare at you from the streets below when I was a child. I'd say to my father, "Who is that lady?" And he'd say "That's Madam Justice." And I'd say "Isn't she pretty."

V: Please don't think it was merely physical. I know you're not that sort of girl. No, I loved you as a person. As an ideal.

Justice: What? V! For shame! You have betrayed me for some harlot, some vain and pouting hussy with painted lips and a knowing smile!

V: I, Madam? I beg to differ! It was your infidelity that drove me to her arms!

V: Ah-ha! That surprised you, didn't it? You thought I didn't know about your little fling. But I do. I know everything! Frankly, I wasn't surprised when I found out. You always did have an eye for a man in uniform.

Justice: Uniform? Why I'm sure I don't know what you're talking about. It was always you, V. You were the only one...

V: Liar! Slut! Whore! Deny that you let him have his way with you, him with his armbands and jackboots!

V: Well? Cat got your tongue? I though as much.

V: Very well. So you stand revealed at last. you are no longer my justice. You are his justice now. You have bedded another.

Justice: Sob! Choke! Wh-who is she, V? What is her name?

V: Her name is Anarchy. And she has taught me more as a mistress than you ever did! She has taught me that justice is meaningless without freedom. She is honest. She makes no promises and breaks none. Unlike you, Jezebel. I used to wonder why you could never look me in the eye. Now I know. So good bye, dear lady. I would be saddened by our parting even now, save that you are no longer the woman I once loved.


-"V for Vendetta"


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