Pie in the Sky
Also re: my previous post
, one of the labor songs included on the mix is “The Preacher and the Slave”, which is an incredibly bitter song about how religion is used to pacify the oppressed; it’s the original source of the phrase “pie in the sky”.
The chorus goes:
You will eat, bye and bye
In that glorious land above the sky
Work and pray, live on hay
You’ll get pie in the sky when you die (that’s a lie)
…and now in complete contraindication of my attempt at having responsible political feelings, I just someone to make an incredibly bitter Dean Winchester vid to that song. (..you could make it a political vid. ^_^ SPN needs some radical leftist politics anyway.)
It’s U.S. Labor Day - let’s all get sentimental about the Wobblies.
I got tagged in a couple memes, so here
eine kleine meme
Fill in the blanks and tag 6 people! (don’t forget to tell them you’ve tagged them)
Tagged by: vejiicakes <3
Favorite color: Blue. Also green. Actually, nature-y colors in general. And jewel tones. And any really saturated. And black and white and gray. And brown. Basically, colors.
Height: 5-foot-something (5’6”-ish I think?)
Talents: dedicated dilettantism
Last dream you remember: My grandfather and father were both alive, and my grandfather was going through some of his old animation work in the run-up to his 100th birthday and contemplating selling the copyrights to Disney or someplace before he died. (My grandfather in RL did poetry and fine cabinetry but no animation. But his hundredth birthday is coming up.)
Can you juggle: I can juggle one quite well, and two quite poorly
Do you like writing: I like having written.
Do you like dancing: only under very specific circumstances (i.e. the music is good and I know nobody’s going to try to hit on me or judge me.)
Do you like singing: yes but I’m terrible at it so I don’t do it where anybody can hear me.
Dream vacation Zero-gravity orbital resort.
Dream guy/gal: There was this OC I came up with in college who was literally from the Dream Kingdom and they had this complicated marriage system which basically meant that if he arranged-marriaged an Earth girl he could bypass a bunch of political crap and I could hang out in his dream palace and have sex with his hot nonhumanoid cousin while he brooded attractively in his room.
Dream wedding: Me and a bunch of my friends go to the courthouse and register as a family corporate, and then throw a week-long house party in our luxury Roman-styled villa. On Tertius.
Dream pet: A cat, and a smart, practical cat, the sort of cat who could go backpacking with me and stuff.
Dream job: Content developer for some sort of creative franchise. Basically I want to be the person who does the synopses for the Nancy Drew books but doesn’t have to actually write the hard parts.
Favorite album:This Good Omens fanmix.
Least favorite song: It’s the song that never ends. Yes it goes on and on my friends. Some people started singing it not knowing what it was but they’ll continue singing it forever just because it is the song that never ends, yes it goes on and on my friends, some people started—- (Alternatively basically anything that calls itself contemporary Christian praise music.)
Least favorite album: Radiohead’s OK computer. I still don’t know why so many people in my generation love it because my brain just filters it out as pointless static.
Least favorite artist: I dislike Frank Miller pretty comprehensively
Hair color: Octarine
Eye color: dark
Humorous/serious: …I would hope most people can manage both.
Taller/shorter:As vast as the universe, as small as the distances between quarks
Biggest turn-off: finding me physically attractive
Biggest turn-on: being fictional
….I tag anyone who hasn’t been tagged yet!
Also spiderfire tagged me in one:
Favorite line or moment from Shakespeare? Um, “I give unto my wife my second best bed with the furniture.”? (this implies I’ve read any actual Shakespeare anytime recently, which is sadly not true.)
Favorite line or moment from the Bible? It’s a tie between Tamar and Judah, and Judith.
Favorite antagonist? The Lone Power (or is that cheating, since the Lone Power is every Antagonist?)
Of all the strange things that got exported from the Americas around the world…corn or tomatoes? Tomatoes.
What is a TV show that is currently in progress (maybe not airing right now, but, you know - not done) that you like? Uh, that would require me to have been actively following TV in, like, the last three years. QI? Last Week Tonight, maybe, though I haven’t seen much of it yet.
What is the worst class you have ever taken? In college, the Anthropology class that consisted of the professor telling the same three stories from his Peace Corps stint in the ’60s over and over for a semester. In public school, the class where literally all we did the entire semester was go over practice tests for the standardized test.
When you have had a crap day, what is your favorite go-to reading? …pinboard’s “Popular Fandom” page.
Where would you like to visit? Earth orbit.
Is your followers to following ratio above or below 1? Above
Have you ever called in sick when you weren’t? I’ve called in sick when I had convinced myself I was probably sick but turned out I was just feeling sick because of HOW MUCH I didn’t want to go to work, does that count?
Rec a fic or bit of fanart? recs are too hard, sry
Oh - and a bonus - have you done the icebucket thing? I have not, but my local county government has been infected, and I can tell you there’s nothing that spoils the joy of it like a bunch of upper-level bureaucrats putting photos of themselves in wet shirts everywhere because their secretaries told them all the influential people were doing it. You guys can just donate money. It’s okay. Nobody actually wants to see you in a wet shirt.
Howard Stark and the Manhattan Project
Can we talk about this? Because, okay, in the first Iron Man movie, Tony says, “My father helped defeat Nazis. He worked on the Manhattan Project.” In the days when Iron Man was all there was to MCU, there were some really great fanworks exploring this. But then, when we see him in the Captain America movies, he is really manifestly not working on the Manhattan Project, and in one of the tie-in comics he pretty directly declares that he is doing Rebirth and the SSR instead.
And this is a really important question for Howard Stark’s history, because - because, well, if you look at all the most eminent American physicists, chemists, mathematicians and engineers in Howard’s generation, and the generation after, and a couple generations before, they pretty much all worked on the Manhattan Project, at least the people doing the sort of things he was doing in IM 2. And they didn’t just work on the Manhattan Project, they spent most of the war in top-secret hothouse conditions in Los Alamos.
So if Howard wasn’t in Los Alamos - whether he did peripheral work for the project or not - that means he was basically left out of the most important, defining experience that all of his peers shared.
Let’s see how many Discworld fans this gets to
on sad trash hobos
Also, when I was working on that fanart I kept seeing Sad Bucky pics on my dash and doing a double take when I realized they weren’t actually meant as fancasts of Young Valjean.
I mean yes they’re both muscle-y and sad and have their hair hanging down over their face so they can hide behind it.
And they were both poor and thrust into the caretaker role too early in their lives, sure, and they were just about the same age when everything stopped for them,
and they were forced to toil for evil for decades while everything that was them was taken away bit by bit and they struggled in an abyss of emotionless, mechanical numbness to hang on to the last fractured memories of their loved ones while their life was basically in suspended animation but whatever
oh and there’s the superstrength and healing factor and amazing sniper skills, but other than that
just imagine the winter soldier sitting on a curb somewhere in Russia measuring out the heights of all his brothers and sisters with his metal hand. because that’s the only knowledge he still has of them.
it’s fine, i’m fine, everything’s fine
"He returned at night weary, and ate his broth without uttering a word. His sister, mother Jeanne, often took the best part of his repast from his bowl while he was eating,—a bit of meat, a slice of bacon, the heart of the cabbage,—to give to one of her children. As he went on eating, with his head bent over the table and almost into his soup, his long hair falling about his bowl and concealing his eyes, he had the air of perceiving nothing and allowing it."
Le soir il rentrait fatigué et mangeait sa soupe sans dire un mot. Sa sœur, mère Jeanne, pendant qu’il mangeait, lui prenait souvent dans son écuelle le meilleur de son repas, le morceau de viande, la tranche de lard le cœur de chou, pour le donner à quelqu’un de ses enfants; lui, mangeant toujours, penché sur la table, presque la tête dans sa soupe, ses longs cheveux tombant autour de son écuelle et cachant ses yeux, avait l’air de ne rien voir et laissait faire.
Text from the Les Mis Annotation project
Look it’s a very late Illustrate the Brick post. I have no deep meta on this one, just that fandom needs to do way, way more with young hot emo bangs Valjean. I know it says he had not had time to fall in love, but surely he can have a few rolls in the hay? Or Marie-Claude next door offering in jest to let him pay for the milk in trade instead of coin, and him shrugging and going for it? Or at least some fluffy family fic before he had to become the man of the family? After all we have no canon for young hot anime-hair Javert, but we have canon for young hot anime-hair Valjean. More of Valjean’s life was spent being hot young anime-hair Valjean than anyone else. Just sayin’, fandom, just sayin’.
Notes on the art: So the reason I got far behind - other than a two-week-long attack of Life followed by a much-needed vacation - is that I forgot my resolution to just do simple black ink still-lifes, and decided that this chapter and the next one both wanted to be, well, things I don’t have the skill to draw. I realized belated that the reason this one wasn’t working in my drafts is that it wanted to be in charcoal, the problems being a) I don’t know how to do charcoal effects on the computer, b) I don’t own any charcoal pencils, and c) I wouldn’t know how to use them if I owned them. So I compromised and this is soft drawing pencil in my sketchbook. (and therefore not really quite what I wanted to go for, but that’s art for you.)
1. I stumbled on this old crossover notfic that starts with Eroica, goes to White Collar, and moves from there, and now I desperately want it to magically become a real fic with no effort on my part.
2. I also desperately need fic about grown-up Claudia and Jamie Kincaid, the #1 team of grifters and art thieves in New York (they also dabble in high-stakes gambling and financial crime, depending on who won the coin toss that week.) They’re impossibly glamorous and impossibly good at what they do; they swap off playing siblings, lovers, and business partners as the con requires, and nobody in their circle is quite sure which is real. Every summer they break into the Met overnight just for nostalgia’s sake but they never steal anything but coins from the fountains; the rest of the time they live in a succession of luxury penthouses and loft apartments, and they love what they do. Their specialty is selling people real artwork with forged provenances. (Occasionally, just for fun, they sell things that would’ve been *more* valuable without the forged provenance confusing things.) (Their parents and siblings think Jamie’s an accountant and Claudia works in marketing, which isn’t entirely wrong. Mrs. Frankweiler has weekly teas with June Ellington wherein they sigh over young people these days.)
A Fun Game
1. Pick a relatively-recently-released movie or TV show, produced in the US, that you kind of like, and has an active fandom.
2. Plot out a Star Wars fusion crossover where they’re all, like, Jedi or space smugglers or rebel leaders or whatever.
3. Headcanon all the AU versions of the White characters as droids or nonhumanoid species. Headcanon all the other characters as humans from various planets.
4. Congratulations! Your crossover verse is now 1000x more interesting than if you had done the reverse.
(you can do the equivalent with fantasy-ish AUs and other SF things as well, I’m just kind of stuck on SW at the moment, because reasons.)