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Me, At Some Nebulous Time In The Past: I become aware of an actor called Channing Tatum. He was quite good in Stop Loss, but he was awful in GI Joe. Admittedly, everyone and everything was awful in GI Joe.* But the salient fact is that I form an opinion on Channing Tatum, and that opinion is that he has a stupid face.

 

Me, A Few Months Ago: I go see Haywire and enjoy it tremendously. I have lots to say on the subject of how much I like Gina Carano, and it turns out I really enjoyed watching Channing Tatum's stupid face get punched by a hot girl. Later when reading more about Haywire, I find out that Channing Tatum and his stupid face are making another film with Soderberg about his actual facts past as a stripper, featuring a whole bunch of hot actors. I am both confused and intrigued. I put the matter from my mind.

 

Me, Three Weeks Ago: Channing Tatum still has a stupid face. I am looking for something to watch and the Eagle is available on the anytime+ and lots of people on my flist wrote fic about that movie, so I'm sure I can put up with Channing Tatum's stupid face for the length of the movie.

 

Me, Three Weeks Minus the Length of the Movie Ago: Channing Tatum's face remains stupid and it's a bit weird being a Scottish person watching a movie about the Romans being generally terrified of my ancestors, but I really liked that. Maybe I should hunt down some of that fic, and be less judgemental of Channing Tatum and his stupid face in the future...

 

Me, Two Weeks Ago: “Channing Tatum and his stupid face were in a stupid dance movie? I love stupid dance movies! Maybe I should check that out...”

 

Me, One Week and Three Days Ago: My friend lends me Step Up.** I watch Step Up. It was a stupid dance movie in all the best ways. And it would appear that while his face is quite stupid, the rest of Channing Tatum moves in ways very pleasing to the eye. Suddenly the whole stripper thing makes a great deal of sense.

 

Me, Less Than A Week Ago: I go see 21 Jump Street. I laugh considerably more than I expected. And I find, that somehow, inexplicably, I have totally become a Channing Tatum fangirl despite his stupid face.

 

Me, Last Night: *Find all the Channing Tatum tumblrs!* I <3 his stupid faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaace!

 

It is a very odd life, this fangirl thing.

 

*I'm still going to see the GI Joe sequel though. Because I am a glutton for punishment, and they’ve added the Rock and Adrienne Palicki to the cast. I am easily swayed by the most random of things.

**By my friend I mean the internet.


anonymityblaize: (inception)
It's finally time for me to unveil my completed Inception cross stitch! I am terribly excited about showing this off, and I hope other people like it as much as I do!

I began thinking about this project around this time last year, but didn't start stitching until towards the end of June. It took me a long time before I was happy with any of the umpty jillion patterns I tried and discarded. I noodled around with several screengrabs and whatnot of the hotel corridor fight for quite sometime before settling on doing the Arthur poster image, mainly because it had a wider range of colours than using a scene directly from the movie. I was finished the actual stitching part by the middle of November so it would seem that I keep taking around five months to do one of these cross stitches o' doom, regardless of the size of the project. (For reference, Arthur is over twice the size and contains over three times the number of stitches as my stitched Serenity, and almost double the stitches of the Enterprise one.)

At no point did I get frustrated with this project, which is a novelty to me. Not even a minor pout or kerfuffle. I can't decide if that's the reason this has been my favourite project so far, or if it is genuinely the best thing I've made. I've certainly never stitched better. The stitches and the tension are much more uniform across the piece than I've ever achieved in the past.

Here come the stats! The stitched design measures 22cm by 29cm. It contains 31,108 stitches from 25 different colours of thread. I used nearly 150 metres of those threads, and almost 50 meters of that is the very dark navy that dominates the piece.

So. Yeah. This happened.


Many more pics, and larger ones too, can be found here.

(BTW, does this count as fanart? I mean, I know it does, but could I post it to inception comms as fanart? And if so, which ones should I post it to? I am excited to show it off, but confused as to where it would be welcome. I am a bear of very little brain sometimes.)

Right, now I'm off to check my totem so I know I didn't make this beauty in a dream...

ETA: Pattern now available here.

x-posted to [livejournal.com profile] geekcrafts here, [livejournal.com profile] craftgrrl here, [livejournal.com profile] inceptionfilm here, [livejournal.com profile] inception_art here, and [community profile] inception here.


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So that "I might make a Michael Fassbender smoking picspam" idea turned into this behemoth attractive people smoking post. I have no idea why I have spent so long on this. I make poor life choices. I blame enabling enablers who enable. And also Michael Fassbender.

I hereby disclaim that smoking is BAD and WRONG, kids, so click no further if this picspam will bother you. And also if you are on a slow connection because there are at least 80 something pics and gifs up in this post.

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Which moves us nicely on to James McAvoy:

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Yes, it's a breadstick, but it amuses me, so it stays.

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Tom Hardy. Unf.

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Joseph Gordon Levitt. Yum yum yum.

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David Bowie

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Karl Urban

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And some other sexy people smoking sexily.

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Dammit, RPatz. I don't even like you, why are you so attractive here?

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Bloody hell, Trouty Mouth. Are you even old enough to smoke?

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Da-amn.

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And now I will leave you with an unfortunately poor quality gif of one of the most romantic moments in cinema history, in my humble opinion. If you find attractive people smoking attractively an aesthetically pleasing experience then you must watch Now, Voyager. Go! Watch it! It's a fabulous film.

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Thank you for smoking your time! Feel free to share your own favourite smoking pics/gifs/vids!
 
anonymityblaize: (Default)
I've been dithering about with these patterns for ages and have decided to just ask my dear, wise f-list to help me decide.

So, remember when I wanted to cross stitch this but was afraid it would drive me insane? (And by the way, thanks for all your comments then, I have no clue why I never replied to a single one of them. My brain is clearly a shambolic place.)



Well, this design is likely to be less madness-inducing, and I think it might actually look even better.



I like dark colours! And blues, I like them much better than browns. And Arthur isn't a weird faceless blob because he has his arm in front of his face. So I think this could be a much better pattern for me. It'd still be pretty epic, and take a long time, and probably drive me up the walls (quite appropriate that) but not in quite the same manner as the first pattern. And I need another big-ass crazy project on the horizon. I feel odd without a work in progress I can be running away from!

Thoughts, anyone?
anonymityblaize: (Default)
Have joined the Dreamwidth ranks and just want to test out the cross posting function. I'm [personal profile] anonymityblaize at DW - feel free to add me there, but I think LJ will remain my main internet home as long as it can still manage to function somewhat normally.

A few random links to see how well this all works.

Firstly, anyone who hasn't already should check out [livejournal.com profile] honorh 's story of her time in Japan during (and after) the tsunami, and also her follow up post here. It's an incredibly moving and well-told piece of writing, and an uplifting reminder of how good and kind human beings can be. I have to admit I got quite teary at a few bits.

Secondly (abrupt change of tone is starting to be a habit), I got featured in another lovely etsy treasury, this time a Firefly themed one (as always, you can check it out here), but far more important is the fact than it alerted me to the amazing work of pungopungo who makes some Lady Gaga inspired items but also this amazing reproduction of Zoe's leather vest:
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If only I had the money to spare I would buy one of those in a heartbeat. So awesome.

And thirdly, here is a random fact: Pineapple is a source of bromelain, an enzyme that breaks down proteins. Thus, pineapple is literally a flesh-eating fruit. (This is why you might get a tingly feeling on your lips and tongue after eating a lot of pineapple.)

Please, for the love of God, the flying spaghetti monster, and all that is good in this world, could someone please use this in a Hawaii Five-0 fic? It feels like just the kind of thing Danny could rant about for hours.
anonymityblaize: (smarties)
The lovely Jane Espenson linked to this predictive tweet generator last night and it is bloody hilarious. I spent about half an hour just hitting 'get your next tweet' over and over. Here are some of my favourite pieces of nonsense it came up with:

"I am a drunken shambles. But I can survive winter. We call it is far too early on, leaving the Hobbit!"

"Posted some films when special effects mostly meant crashing actual cars into Pepe Le Pew?"

"I am contemplating the most massive hug. Huzzah! I did I have fallen over myself there. Shame."

"I am walking away from me. Attempting to have got a sound? If a fabulous night and emotional."

"Things I feel like derring-do. That 'do is awesome. More cross stitch this oughta be simple."

"Poppleton is very nearly 3am here. I have the side old craft project: a massively massive military."

"Police manhunt currently stomping through the police are shivering. Hot ginger beer with bonus enthusiasm!"
 
This one is clearly predicting a future episode of Hawaii Five-0:

"I am going to get so many 'splosions! BTW this show. It's cuckoo-bananas-amazeballs."
 
This one is just the most brilliant thing ever:
 
"Just watched the internet. Don't want to be nice. Just no. You are fashion choices other than I may have."
 
I think "You are fashion choices other than I may have" should be my new catchphrase. And then there's this:
 
"Got featured in real life. This show is kinda weird. I'm utterly bemused now."
 
Yup. Utterly bemused just about covers it.
anonymityblaize: (cat)
Are you still alive, LJ? Cos I really need to take this opportunity to list things what are awesome, because IRL they are decidedly not right now. But I am determined to be full of positivity. Determined, I say!

Awesome Thing #1: Adam and Joe are back in the Big British Castle on my radio! Hurrah! This must be the only radio show in the world where I love the jingles just as much as the actual talking and stuff. Possibly more than the actual talking and stuff.

Awesome Thing #2: Spiral is back on my telly box! Wooooo! Spiral is pretty much what would happen if someone smushed together The Wire and Prime Suspect and then made it in France. Which I'm pretty sure is exactly what they did.

Miniature Awesome Thing #3: I am getting my very disorganized life back in order one tiny thing at a time. Like having all my cross stitching threads carefully ordered. This is a massive victory in a sea of chaos.

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Awesome Thing #4: Awesome people [livejournal.com profile] epicycles and [livejournal.com profile] akisilver who won my services in the [livejournal.com profile] help_japan auctions. They are wonderful and I am hopefully making wonderful things for them. Huzzah!

Awesome Accidental Thing #5: I completely-and-utterly-by-accident and totally-not-on-purpose downloaded and mainlined the rest of Hawaii Five-0 but somehow have managed to save the most recent one to tide me over until next week for a new one.  My snobbish telly stance is slipping and I'm just giving in to the fabulously stupid wonderfulness. Joy.

Awesome Thing #6: The Pet Shop Boys are supporting Take That on tour this summer. I repeat, the motherfucking PET SHOP BOYS are bloody well SUPPORTING Take That on tour. I am going to see the Pet Shop Boys AND Take That in one evening. I am dead. Dead from the awesome and also dead from the bizarreness that the Pet Shop Boys are supporting anyone let alone a band at least a decade their junior. But it is going to be awesome. AWESOME!

The word awesome is starting to look weird now. I think I should stop.
anonymityblaize: (ryan finger)
I don't usually post about serious stuff, preferring to blog about fannish glee and my varied experiments in crafting. But this is really gnawing at my brain so I feel the need to share my thoughts.

So, you may have heard about the #TwitterJokeTrial - a trial about a joke made on twitter, but also a joke of a trial that could have serious consequences for the British justice system and how we use the internet.

Long story short, earlier this year a guy posted this tweet:

Crap! Robin Hood airport is closed. You've got a week to get your shit together, otherwise I'm blowing the airport sky high!!

And got himself arrested for "sending a menacing electronic communication" and fined over £3000. He lost his job, and yesterday, lost his appeal against his conviction. This is beyond ridiculous.

This article gives a much better account than I could manage of why this conviction is so very problematic (although every time he uses "English" I would have substituted "British") and this article does a great job of breaking down why exactly that tweet is a joke (and I'd add - it has two exclamation points on the end. This is clearly internet-speak for "joking!!". He might as well have put !!11!eleventy or LOL at the end).

We don't have a legal protection for free speech in Britain, mainly because we thought we didn't need one. Speaking freely has always seemed like an enshrined British right. Certain newspapers *coughDailyMailcough* may start campaigns against things or people, but usually in an attempt to get them sacked for whatever "offensive" thing they have said, not have them prosecuted for it. We let deeply offensive, bigoted people go on Question Time to defend their hateful views because we thought they had the right to say such things (and we the general public had the right to argue against them and call them Dick-sorry-Nick Griffin). But this ruling says that we don't have free speech in Britain, and that we can be prosecuted for things posted in spur of the moment anger.

But we're an angry bunch in Britain! (Well, maybe grumpy would be more apt.) Our language is full of hyperbolic, violent imagery which we use when frustrated, hungry, or stuck in queues or on hold for customer service.* And the internet is even more fair game for taking a fairly small amount of ire and posting about it in an extreme and over the top fashion.

Any reader of this journal may well have worked out that I adore hyperbole. It's usually used in a positive sense (I've lost count of how many things are the "best thing ever" to me) but I did recently attempt to torture the metaphysical concept of a week. What if I'd threatened the people and buildings that had caused that grumpiness? Would I have been guilty of a criminal offense? It scares me to think that I may have to start considering the legal ramifications of venting my frustrations on the internet. Isn't that one of the things the internet is meant to be for?

If you're on twitter and are as angry as I am at this, then please join me in the #IAmSpartacus protest - and tweet (not retweet) these "clearly menacing" words with that hashtag. Let them try to prosecute all of us.

* As a kid, when I was naughty, my father would threaten to rip off my arms and beat me to death with the soggy bit. Even at the age of seven I understood that this was a joke and not a genuine threat, making me then smarter than our judiciary now, apparantly.
 
 
 
ETA: A helpful round up of the whole shebang here. And a very good article on the precedent this is settinghere.
anonymityblaize: (airline)

I seem to have dropped off the interwebs for a few days there. It was odd. I love you, interwebs, I shall never leave you again.

Also odd - as of this weekend, I can add wild boar, springbok, kangaroo and zebra to the list of animals I have eaten. I drew the line at trying baby octopus, which I am aware is an utterly arbitrary point at which to have drawn anything, but there you go. (If you're interested, zebra tastes a bit like venison but sweeter, and, disappointingly, the meat is not stripy.)

Scotland is cold and dark. I should have become accustomed to this by now, but every autumn I am befuddled and confused by this fact.

In happier news, my Serenity cross stitch is moving at light speed now, which is ironic. Will post a pic tomorrow, and it should be finished soon.

Random Tom Hardy for my own edification:

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anonymityblaize: (ryan finger)
I want to fire this week. I want to disown this week. I want to dump this week in a tank of evil mutated sea bass. I want to remove this week's heart with a rusty spoon. I want to build a time machine, go back in time, and kill this week's grandfather. I want to fight this week to the pain. (Its ears it'll keep, and I'll tell you why. So that every shriek of every child at seeing this week's hideousness will be its to cherish. Every babe that weeps at its approach, every woman who cries out, "Dear God, what is that thing?" will echo in this week's perfect ears. That is what "to the pain" means. It means I leave this week in anguish, wallowing in freakish misery forever.)

Does this perhaps begin to hint at the fact that this week has not been a fun week?

The world at large is being very depressing right now, and my own life is just full of little annoyances adding up to major headaches. I cannot escape building work. There are builders outside. There are builders inside. The dirt is coming from INSIDE THE HOUSE, people. No kitchen for four days makes Ms Blaize go something, something. (And it'll be five days before they're actually done.) And mopping the hall every night for four days is also with the crazy-making (although we have concluded that it's way less hassle than giving a cat a bath). I will be spending most of Friday, Saturday and Sunday actually, literally cleaning ALL THE THINGS, but right now that is an exciting, happy weekend to look forward to. I may well be losing my marbles here. I am so behind on every single thing I was meant to get done this week. Grr argh.

Also, some bastards have stolen [livejournal.com profile] rooferrocks's magnificent Wireopoly idea. I like hers better.

On the brighter side of life, James Franco continues to be fascinating to me:
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And Tom Hardy now has his own tag at ONTD. I may never need to visit the mainpage ever again.

(Side note: James Franco and Tom Hardy NEED to make a movie together, yes/yes? The promotional interviews alone would be the most randomly hilarious things ever.)

Right, the last time I was grumpy and in charge of a keyboard and a photobucket account I made a Tom Hardy picspam post and it made me happier, so I'm gonna try that again. (See, any old excuse...) Please picspam me mucho in the comments - it will make me less likely to post more emo nonsense "woe-is-me" pity party type stuff!

Huh.

Sep. 17th, 2010 12:10 am
anonymityblaize: (gaga)

There is no context for this. I have no further information. But this exists so all arguments ever are invalid.

anonymityblaize: (smarties)
And I've seen some random-ass stuff on Twitter. But this takes the cake, the biscuit, and all the cookies.

(Apologies for crappy screencapping, I was in a hurry.)

It all starts out innocuously enough:

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Then the madness begins.

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RPF MPREG? On MY internets? )

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