mandolin: (captain america - badass Peggy)
I'll put this in the fanfic recs journal later.

A Week in the Life of Highly Respected SHIELD Agent Phil Coulson by boombangbing
Fandom: Iron Man (2008), Captain America (2011), The Avengers (2012)
Summary: Phil would just like to state for the record that this was all Tony Stark's fault. (Seven increasingly chaotic days in the life of Phil Coulson.)
Characters: Phil Coulson, Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanov, Clint Barton, Jarvis (Iron Man movies), Nick Fury, Bruce Banner
“Sometimes I wish I never joined S.H.I.E.L.D.,” Phil says, picking at the remains of a carton of fries – breakfast, pancakes; lunch, McDonalds; if the job doesn't kill him a heart attack will. “Mostly since 'I Am Iron Man'.”

“You were in the Foreign Service, right?” Clint asks around the straw of his milkshake.


“And didn't you get hired after someone killed your boss in front of you?”

Phil takes a moment to reply. “Well, yes, but most of the time it was a pretty stable job. At least I didn't have to deal with playboy billionaire geniuses.”

“Did they ever catch the guy?”

“No, Fury said it was rogue K.G.B. operation, but no one ever saw the shooter.”

“Sounds like he did you a favour.” Clint looks at the expression on Phil's face and rushes on. “I mean, you probably would have worked for the next ambassador, and they probably would have gone after him too, so the odds are you'd have been shot in the face at some point.”


“No, I mean...” Clint pauses, letting his hands do the talking. “Fury's pretty good about rescuing people from bad situations. Didn't Natasha used to be in the K.G.B.?”

“Supposedly. She almost broke the arm of the last guy who asked, though.”

“Yeah,” Clint replies, smiling wistfully. “That was a fun Christmas party.”

(This is actually not the best part of the fic, but it's the best excerpt I could post without spoiling too much. Dear God, poor Coulson. Just read it.)
mandolin: (captain america - badass Peggy)
And aside from the prompt I'm still working on (which has taught me that I'm not concise enough to do a five things fic), this snippet just came out of nowhere. I have no idea what to do with it and The Avengers is going to probably Joss it. (Literally. Ha.) But once I learned about certain casting spoilers ), this just... happened and I have no idea what to do with it. I think part of it had to do with the disappointing lack of Coulson.

So I'm posting it here and going back to the prompt I should be writing.

Spoilers for the very end of the Captain America movie, by the way. )

*shrug* I don't even know.
mandolin: (howl sparkler)
Happy birthday, [ profile] celli! Hope it was a great one!
mandolin: (whee)
The "I ♥ New York" slogan is more appropriate than ever right now. :)
mandolin: (whee)
Happy birthday, [ profile] germankitty!
mandolin: (muppets)
First off: I feel bad for all the people who were taken in by Harold Camping, and I know he's not representative of most Christians. Glad the world is still here.

Second off: On a lighter note, I present one of the best trailers I've seen this year.

Seriously. Watch the whole thing.
mandolin: (tomo flail)
I think I've posted this everywhere else, but I have to plug this video any chance I get. This is totally our D&D group (although Marc is a little more forgiving because it takes us too long to roll up new characters).


Okay, now I am really going to bed.
mandolin: (omg!)
From the List of Things You Thought You'd Never Hear Me Say:

Ghost Trick for the DS is better than ANY of the Ace Attorney games. And I've played every Ace Attorney game they've localized for the US at this point.

It's got the crazy characters, hilarious dialogue, and complicated pretzel of a plot that I love about the AA games - but this game goes beyond that. The animations are the best 2D sprite animations I have ever seen, to the point that I actually went back and replayed Chapter 12 just to re-watch the epic results of trapping the minister's wife in her own chandelier. And the actual "ghost trick" puzzles are a lot more engaging and challenging than the wall-of-text logic puzzles of the Ace Attorney games. (It does also prove that escort missions, regardless of the platform and game genre, universally suck.)

I will be very disappointed in fandom if I don't see GT cosplayers at Otakon. And if any of those cosplayers can pull off Inspector Cabanela's dance moves I'll be totally impressed. THIS IS HOW THE MAN ENTERS A ROOM. HE NEVER WALKS NORMALLY.

*is now pondering a Lynne cosplay for Otakon despite her impossible hair*

Yes, I was up til 3 am playing it. I got to Chapter 15 and was going to go to sleep until OMGWTFSPOILERS happened, turned the entire game plot on its ear and then I had to play through to the end.
mandolin: (tomo at okinawa)
It has begun. Finally. How long have I been threatening to do this?

Lesson for the evening: CSS sucks.* (But Cyberduck is a nifty FTP program. I like the synchronize option.)

However, I think I'm liking the purple beach theme. I may keep that up when appropriate for the revamp.

Goodnight, folks.

*CSS = Cascading Style Sheets, a necessary evil if I'm going to get my website up to my coding standards after 10 years in professional web development.


Mar. 11th, 2011 08:00 pm
mandolin: (last unicorn)
From [ profile] celli (who posted asking for links) and [ profile] goddesspharo (who responded):

List of online resources for Japan quake info from CNET. There's tsunami-tracking info links, people finder links, and general information links. This is the best list I've seen for all the info in one place.

My thoughts and prayers go out to everybody affected by this disaster.
mandolin: (kitty bounce)
Happy birthday [ profile] wonderseal!
mandolin: (have no fear)
ATTN: Gargs fans on my friendslist -

Is there anyone actually responsible for the old gargoyles-fans fan fiction archive anymore? I haven't gotten any responses from Guandalug and I've been trying to get in touch with him for a few months now.
mandolin: (not happy)
(For those who haven't read the news yet, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and at least a dozen other people were shot in Tucson this afternoon.)

Naturally, there's been plenty of speculation and fingerpointing in the comments from both sides. Some blame Sarah Palin, some have been digging up wording from old GOP event calendars from June as evidence this was "planned," and one comment I saw speculated that some far-left nutjob did this to frame the Republicans and the Tea Party. Never mind that we don't know a damned thing about the shooter yet. Never mind that the finger-pointing is not helping.

Only a few people have pointed out something that REALLY bothers me:

Rep. Giffords was at that grocery store hosting the first "Congress on Your Corner" event of her term, in which she went out and talked to her constituents in small groups. (Political theater or not, you don't see this very much nowadays and she was making an effort.) You know, instead of hiding in her office and letting interns respond to letters and calls and only talking to lobbyists and people who give her campaign thousands of dollars. For those efforts, she got shot.

Who wants to bet that after this, the others on the Hill won't want to "risk" any more of these type of events? Even though this country needs the politicians to actually connect to the people who voted them in?

We can speculate all we want, blame whoever we want, but that doesn't really change the potential implications here.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of everyone that sick bastard shot. This is a tragedy.

And that's all I have to say on this. I'm going to close all the news sites down for a while and go find my sketchbook.

EDIT: Oh, yeah. This was supposed to be a public post. When I wrote it, no info about the shooter had been released, so I am leaving the above as-is. I do think we need to tone down the political vitriol, and when people try to frame this nutjob as representative of whatever political party they oppose, it's only adding fuel to the fire.
mandolin: (whee)
Now that I'm actually sitting down and not partying or cleaning for the first time in hours:

Happy New Year!
mandolin: (sakaki with mayaa)
At my parents' for Christmas, and with a quiet afternoon I can open up the laptop without feeling like I'm neglecting family members.

Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas, whether you celebrate it or not. :)
mandolin: (nothing on tv)
So I posted apologizing for being MIA and said I'd be catching up on comments and then... promptly disappeared again. Heh.

Well, my earlier comments still stand. I just spent the weekend visiting family and enjoying the last of the warm weather we're going to have for a while. So I didn't get a chance to post about my latest TV addiction.

Putting the back half of the house together has been a slow process, partly because I've been using the opportunity to reorganize while I'm at it and partly because stuff keeps disappearing randomly. I still can't find my second Wii nunchuck. In the meantime, I've been watching a lot of Netflix Instant play because hooking up the Wii to the small TV is a lot simpler and quicker than assembling the VCR/cablebox/ big TV/ corner TV stand. Last Friday night, I was idly scrolling through stuff to watch and wasn't in the mood for anything on my queue. So for the heck of it I decided to see what titles Netflix thought I would love - if nothing else, I figured it would provide me with a good laugh.

At the end of the list, I found Season 1 of Slings & Arrows.

I remembered hearing about the show a few years back when I was in an RP that had a Geoffrey and an Ellen and was amused that Paul Gross (Fraser of Due South) had gone from playing a straight-laced Mountie to an unhinged theatre director. Curious, I decided to start watching, and had finished off Season 1 by Saturday afternoon. (Each season is only 6 episodes long. I did get some sleep in between.)

I can't believe it took me three whole years to start watching the show. The premise is right up my alley, Shakespeare nut that I am, and brought back a lot of fond and not-so-fond memories of Tech Weeks past. The series revolves around a Shakespearean theater festival and its constant troubles, which involve a fairly unhinged artistic director, the ghost of the former director, and the business manager's tendency to be constantly led around by the nose by his corporate sponsor.

Seriously, just watch the trailer - it explains Season 1 better than I can.

Also, to all the friends who were Due South fanatics back in high school: I finally understand how hot Paul Gross is. Seriously. I caught a few episodes of Due South when it was on, appreciated how good he looked in uniform, but after watching him in Slings & Arrows, I finally get it. I am so sorry I never had the chance to see him do Hamlet in the Stratford Festival, because damn. We were two years too early, [ profile] jennies.

Anyway, if I've piqued anyone's interest, all three seasons are available on Netflix Instant Play. Each season is six episodes long, so it's not an incredibly long viewing experience. (I will say that Season 1 picks up in the second episode - the first is largely setup, exposition, and a way of showing how blah Oliver's direction has become...) Also, the theme song will get stuck in your head, fair warning.

Sorry for the shameless plug, but I've been sitting on this for a few days and haven't been near the computer to post about it.

Okay, so...

Oct. 8th, 2010 07:31 pm
mandolin: (super-goyle is here!)
I have basically been sleepwalking through the past week. There's no better way of putting it.

So if you get responses from me that are over a week old, I am playing catch-up.

Sorry for how out-of-it and weird my e-mails have been lately. That's going to stop now.


Oct. 5th, 2010 09:09 am
mandolin: (last unicorn)
Just testing to see if I can actually post by e-mail.

*crosses fingers*


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